Chart Moves: Are the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons Bringing a Folk-Rock Wave to Country Radio?
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As previously reported, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, logs a fourth week at No. 1 the Billboard Hot 100, while the latest singles by Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars enter the top 10. Who else makes notable moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts?
-- The Lumineers: As it holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100, "Ho Hey" enters the Country Airplay chart at No. 60. The track tops Hot Rock Songs for a 13th week and Adult Pop Songs for an eighth frame. Now, the smash is garnering spins at three monitored country stations, led by CBS Radio-owned KMLE Phoenix, which played it 22 times during the Feb. 4-10 Nielsen BDS tracking week. KMLE also played Mumford & Sons' fellow pop/rock hit "I Will Wait" 37 times last week.

Although neither of the songs is being aggressively promoted to country radio, KMLE PD Jeff Garrison says, "[Both groups make] music with real lyrics and real instruments that speak to everyone, not just one format of listeners. The reaction has been tremendously positive, with most listeners telling us that both bands belong on KMLE."

With spins at 15 monitored stations, "Wait" reaches a new peak at No. 46 in its 10th week on Country Airplay. Speaking of the song ...
-- Mumford & Sons: Following the group's performance of it at the Grammy Awards (Feb. 10), "I Will Wait" soars 26-15 with Digital Gainer honors on the Hot 100, netting its highest rank in its 27th week. It previously charted as high as No. 23 upon its debut the week of Aug. 25, 2012. The song roars 34-12 on Hot Digital Songs with 104,000 downloads sold (up 116%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The sum is the song's second-best; it began with 153,000 the week it entered the Hot 100.

-- Fall Out Boy: The band previews its sixth studio album, Save Rock and Roll, due May 7, as "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" charges onto the Hot 100 at No. 26 and Hot Rock Songs at No. 8. The latter entrance is the first in the top 10 for a newly-released song since the survey adopted an airplay/sales/streaming hybrid formula in October.
"Songs" storms Rock Digital Songs and Alternative Digital Songs at No. 1 (and Hot Digital Songs at No. 3) with 162,000 first-week downloads sold. It concurrently starts on the Alternative radio airplay chart at No. 29 with 310 opening-week plays on 26 reporters.
"Songs" is Fall Out Boy's first entry on Alternative since 2008. The group has scored three top 10s on the ranking, peaking as high as No. 2 with "Dance, Dance" in 2006.
-- Rihanna: After she performed "Stay," featuring Mikky Ekko, at the Grammy Awards and released its video, the song enters the Hot 100 at No. 75. It bows on Hot Digital Songs at No. 25 (67,000, up 289%) and Hot 100 Airplay at No. 74 (15 million in audience, up 75%).
In the iTunes Store's top five as of this posting, following post-Grammy buzz and the arrival of its clip (in which Rihanna sings in a bathtub), "Stay" should vault to the Hot 100's upper reaches next week.
-- George Strait: Quiz time! Who are the only two artists to appear on Hot 100 Airplay each year since it expanded to include all formats monitored by BDS in 1998? Well, Strait is one, obviously enough, since you just read his name at the start of this paragraph ... The other? Guess, then keep reading.
Strait enters the chart at No. 68 with "Give It All We Got Tonight" (17 million, up 23%). The song lifts 87-80 on the Hot 100 and bullets at No. 25 on Hot Country Songs.
The other act to grace Hot 100 Airplay each year dating to 1998? Jay-Z. He tacked 2013 onto his streak as soon as Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," which features the rapper, debuted four weeks ago; it rises 14-10 this week. Strait, thus, is the only artist to populate the list as a lead act each year in that span.