As previously reported, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" gain on the Billboard Hot 100, where they rank at Nos. 1 and 9, respectively, following the acts' live performances at the Academy Awards on March 2. Who else makes notable moves on Billboard song charts this week?
-- One Direction: The quintet scores its first No. 1 on a Billboard radio airplay ranking, as "Story of My Life" rises 2-1 on Adult Top 40. The boy band had reached No. 5 on the chart, and No. 3 on Mainstream Top 40, with "What Makes You Beautiful" in 2012, but hadn't returned to the top 10 of each tally until its current hit. Sue O'Neil, PD of Mainstream Top 40 reporter WKSE and Adult Top 40 panelist WTSS Buffalo, N.Y., is among those crediting the organic lean of "Story" for its success. "It's a new, more contemporary sound for One Direction," she told Billboard in January. "You find yourself singing and liking the song whether or not you normally like the boy-band sound, or even One Direction. It's a great song."
"Story," at No. 14 on the Hot 100 after peaking at No. 6, concurrently enters the Adult Contemporary top 10 (11-10). It remains in the Mainstream Top 40 top 10 after reaching No. 4.
-- Avicii: The DJ replaces himself at No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, as "Hey Brother" lifts 2-1, displacing "Wake Me Up!," the chart's leader for the past 26 weeks (1-2). "Brother," which enters the Hot 100's top 20, pushing 25-20, gains by 3% to 74,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and ranks at No. 3 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs. On Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs, "Brother" bullets at No. 2 (2.3 million U.S. streams, up 5%, with 45% of its activity from Spotify, according to Nielsen BDS). The track topped Dance Club Songs three weeks ago after reaching No. 4 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay in December. (Its uncredited bluegrass-tinged vocal is from Union Station's Dan Tyminski, whose "W*H*E*E*L*S" topped Bluegrass Albums in 2008.)
Dating to the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart's Jan. 26, 2013, inception, Avicii is the first act to notch two No. 1s, while his 27 total weeks at No. 1 are the most of any act.
-- Coldplay: Anticipation for the band's sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories," due May 19, appears sky-high, as first single "Magic" debuts on Digital Songs at No. 7 with 114,000 downloads sold. The start marks the band's second-best debut sum, trailing only the 139,000 that "Paradise" sold in its first frame (Oct. 1, 2011). Sales of "Magic" account for 78% of its points on Hot Rock Songs and the Hot 100, where it storms in at Nos. 7 and 24, respectively.
"Magic" materializes at No. 13 on Rock Airplay with 5.5 million in first-week audience (for the week ending March 9), according to BDS. The song grants Coldplay its best debut rank and opening-week listenership in the chart's nearly five-year history.
"Ghost Stories" is Colplay's first album since 2011's "Mylo Xyloto." Also helping build buzz: the group headlined the first iTunes Festival at South by Southwest (March 11), where it performed "Magic" live for the first time.
-- The Chainsmokers: Campy club anthem "#SELFIE" blasts 55-28 on the Hot 100, fueled largely by its 20-10 vault on Digital Songs (88,000, up 64%). It crowns Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (3-1) and enters the top five (6-5) on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, sweeping Digital, Airplay and Streaming Gainer honors. Two-thirds of the song's Hot 100 and Hot Dance/Electronic Songs points stem from sales.
-- Lady Antebellum: While "arena hoedown," as Lady A's Charles Kelley calls it, "Compass" becomes the trio's eighth No. 1 on Country Airplay, it's the first for writers Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, aka Stargate. The pop writing/production duo branches to country success after penning Hot 100 No. 1s for Beyonce, Ne-Yo, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Wiz Khalifa. ("Compass" ranks at No. 50 on the Hot 100.)
-- Phillip Phillips, Kodaline: Phillips' "Raging Fire," from the 2012 "American Idol" champion's forthcoming sophomore album, bows with 74,000 downloads sold after he performed it on the March 6 episode. His first set, "The World From the Side of the Moon," meanwhile, re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 107 (3,000, up 121%).
Irish quartet Kodaline also performed its single "All I Want" on "Idol" the same night, and it debuts on Hot Rock Songs at No. 30 with an 885% gain to 13,000 sold. The song impacts adult top 40 and triple A radio on March 24.
-- U2: The band joins Williams and Menzel in benefitting from its Oscars performance. "Ordinary Love" returns at a new Hot 100 peak (No. 84), up by 28% to 39,000 downloads sold, its best weekly total.
U2 also takes over atop the Triple A airplay chart with fellow current single "Invisible" (3-1). With the coronation, U2 passes Coldplay (11 to 10) for the most No. 1s in the list's 18-year history.
-- Carlos Vives: He rockets onto the Latin Airplay chart at No. 1 with "El Mar de Sus Ojos" (featuring ChoQuibTown). The debut marks the eighth chart-topper for the Colombian singer, and his second to start at No. 1, following "Volvi a Nacer," which bowed at the top in October 2012. The new track, which launches on Hot Latin Songs at No. 11 (with two-thirds of its points from airplay), logged 11.8 million in audience in its opening week.
-- Future: The Atlanta rapper benefits from a video premiere, as his "Move That Doh" (featuring Pharrell Williams, Pusha T and Casino), opens at No. 36 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song's star-studded clip, with cameos from Tyler, the Creator, Schoolboy Q and Wiz Khalifa, was released on March 6 and helped the track's U.S. streams jump by 341% to 780,000. Future's album "Honest" is due April 22.
-- The Pretty Reckless: A rare format hit with female vocals tops the Mainstream Rock radio airplay chart, as the Pretty Reckless' "Heaven Knows" ascends 2-1. With the track sung by the band's Taylor Momsen (first known for her acting on the CW's "Gossip Girl"), a female vocalist croons the chart's top title for just the second time in 24 years; Halestorm, fronted by Lizzy Hale, reigned for two weeks last April with "Freak Like Me." Prior to the leaders, no female had sung a Mainstream Rock No. 1 since Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet" ruled for two weeks in February/March 1990 (three years before Momsen was born).
Additional reporting by Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal, Gordon Murray and Rauly Ramirez