Chart Moves: AWOLNATION 'Sail's Onto Mainstream Top 40; Avicii Evolves; Lorde Keeps Leaping With 'Royals'


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As previously reported, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. + Pharrell, spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert, roars into the top 20. Who else makes notable moves on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week?
-- AWOLNATION: At last, "Sail" enters the Nielsen BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart at No. 39. It logs its 43rd week on the Hot 100, rebounding 39-36. The track marked the act's first Billboard chart appearance more than two years ago (Feb. 19, 2011), when it debuted on Alternative, on its way to a No. 5 peak. The song has racked to-date sales of 3.1 million over its odyssey, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "If I had a wish-list of songs I would love to see truly break at top 40, this song would be on it," says mainstream top 40 KKSW Topeka, Kan., PD Tabatha Levrault. "So long after its release and with impressive numbers on You Tube and iTunes, I hope it receives the overall national attention it deserves. Its synthesizer feel and addictive lyrics – 'blame it on my A.D.D, baby ...' – speak to this generation."
-- Kendrick Lamar: "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" breaks into the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with a 12-9 jump in its 36th week. On the Hot 100, it rebounds 42-33 after peaking at No. 32 six weeks ago. "Vibe" is Lamar's fourth top 10 hit on the R&B/Hip-Hop list, following "Swimming Pools (Drank)," which logged a No. 3 peak; "Poetic Justice," featuring Drake (No. 8); and A$AP Rocky’s "F**kin Problems," on which he's featured alongside Drake and 2 Chainz (No. 2).
-- Brett Eldredge: The singer scores his first top 10 on Hot Country Songs with "Don't Ya," which hops 12-10 (and 54-45 on the Hot 100). The track also becomes Eldredge's first top 10 on Country Digital Songs (11-9; 50,000, up 3%). Eldredge first impacted Hot Country Songs with two tracks in 2011: "Raymond" (which peaked at No. 23) and "It Ain't Gotta Be Love" (No. 46).
-- Avicii: "Wake Me Up" enters the Hot 100 at No. 81, as well as Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 12. It starts on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs a No. 5 with 52,000 first-week downloads sold, marking his best weekly sum.  His "Levels" peaked with 47,000 the week of Jan. 14, 2012 (and was sampled in Flo Rida's No. 3 Hot 100 smash "Good Feeling" the same year). "Wake" previews the Swedish DJ's album "True," due Sept. 17. It also weaves in a folk element among its cored EDM sound. "Phillip Phillips/Mumford & Sons … meet … EDM?" muses mainstream top 40 WPLW Raleigh, N.C., assistant PD Mike Biddle of the progressive track.
-- Lorde: The 16-year-old New Zealander keeps leaping with her debut U.S. single "Royals." The track bounds 14-1 on Heatseekers Songs (ahead of a likely debut on next week's Hot 100); 11-8 on Alternative Digital Songs (24,000, up 31%); 15-11 on Triple A; 13-12 on Hot Rock Songs with top Streaming Gainer honors (397,000, up 32%); and 20-16 as the Greatest Gainer on Alternative (up 57%).
Additional reporting by Rauly Ramirez and Wade Jessen