Chart Moves: Jake Owen, Usher, Shakira Score New No. 1s; Florida Georgia Line Debuts

Jake Owen

Jeff Lipski

As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, and Maroon 5 reaches the top 10 as "Maps" moves 13-9. Who else courses up the Billboard song charts this week? 

-- Jake Owen: He scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin'" makes waves with a 2-1 rise. Owen lands his first leader since "Alone with You," which spent the first of two weeks at the summit on April 7, 2012 (before the chart's switch from measuring airplay to an airplay/sales/streaming methodology). He first reigned with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" for two weeks in September 2011. "Beachin'" likewise leaps to the top of Country Airplay, where it's Owen's fifth No. 1.

-- Coldplay: The band collects its first top 10 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, as "A Sky Full of Stars" skyrockets 18-9. The song (at No. 59 on the Hot 100) was produced by and written with Avicii. It's received further help at radio from a recently released remix from Hardwell. "Stars" is the rock group's first track on Dance/Mix Show Airplay in eight years: "Talk" reached No. 17 in 2006.


-- Usher: As the song reaches a new peak on the Hot 100 (72-65), he returns to familiar coveted territory on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, where "Good Kisser" becomes his record-tying 13th No. 1. He matches Drake for the most toppers since the Nielsen BDS-based chart launched in 1992. Lil Wayne ranks third with nine No. 1s, followed by Jay Z, R. Kelly and Alicia Keys, each with eight.

-- Shakira: She secures her seventh No. 1 on Dance Club Songs with "Dare (La La La)" (2-1); it's at No. 76 on the Hot 100. Remixes from Chuckie, Chus & Ceballos, Alex Mind and Dirty Loud, among others, helped Shakira shake her way to the top.

(Nos. 76 and 77 mark an especially musical section of the Hot 100 this week: "Dare (La La La)" ranks a notch above "La La La" by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith.)

-- Busta Rhymes: Rhymes debuts at No. 94 on the Hot 100 and No. 29 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Calm Down," featuring Eminem. The track marks Rhymes' best entrance on the latter chart in 16 years, when he also opened at No. 29 as a featured act on Puff Daddy & the Family's "Victory," also featuring the Notorious B.I.G. (Now 50 positions-deep, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart housed 100 titles in 1998.) He landed his highest debut earlier in 1998, when "Dangerous" opened at No. 14; it peaked at No. 4. "Calm" mark's Eminem's 50th Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs entry (and his 13th as a featured act).

-- Seether: As "Isolate and Medicate" bows atop Top Rock Albums (with 37,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), lead single "Words as Weapons" rises 2-1 on Mainstream Rock Songs, becoming the band's fifth leader on the airplay list. It's the group's first No. 1 since "Tonight" in 2011.

-- Romeo Santos: On Tropical Airplay, he notches his eighth No. 1 with "Eres Mia." Santos is due to make history this week when he headlines New York's Yankee Stadium on July 11-12, becoming the first Latin artist in more than 40 years to do so. The last such Latin act? Fania All Stars headlined (the original Yankee Stadium) in 1973.

-- Justin Moore: He snares the top debut on Country Airplay with "Home Sweet Home," from "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue," due Aug. 19. The countrified treatment of the Motley Crue classic features the band's lead singer Neil, who makes his first Country Airplay visit. The song has other country ties: Carrie Underwood's cover debuted and peaked at No. 21 on the Hot 100 in 2009. (The band's original reached No. 89 on the Hot 100 in 1985; a re-release rose to No. 37 in 1992.)

-- Florida Georgia Line: "Dirt" enters Hot Country Songs at No. 40 based solely on radio play. With industry forecasters expecting an arrival in the neighborhood of 150,000 downloads sold in its first week, the lead single (released July 8, as was its video) from the twosome's next album, due this fall, should surge into the upper ranks of next week's Hot Country Songs chart (and impact the Hot 100). The pair performed the song July 8 on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

FGL's debut album, "Here's to the Good Times," has sold 1.9 million copies and yielded three Hot Country Songs No. 1s, including "Cruise," which ruled the chart for a record 24 weeks and rose to No. 4 on the Hot 100.

Additional reporting by Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal, Gordon Murray and Emily White

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