Chart Moves: Passenger Goes For A Ride; Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Returns; Korn Collects First Mainstream Rock No. 1

Jarrad Seng


As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week and Eminem and Rihanna blast in at No. 3 with "The Monster." Who else makes regal moves on song charts this week?

-- Passenger: The singer/songwriter (aka, Mike Rosenberg) shoots 17-12 on the Hot 100 as the chart's top Streaming Gainer after contestant Cole Vosbury performed "Let Her Go" on the Oct. 28 episode of NBC's "The Voice." Vosbury's version enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 15 (36,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), while Passenger's original jumps 5-3 on the ranking as the top Digital Gainer (139,000, up 65%) and Streaming Gainer (2.4 million U.S. streams, up 26%, according to Nielsen BDS).

-- Pitbull: His Ke$ha collaboration "Timber" (up 35-20 on the Hot 100) gains in all three of the chart's metrics. It rises 19-17 on Hot Digital Songs (84,000, up 33%) and 60-46 on Hot 100 Airplay (29 million audience impressions, up 33%) and debuts on Streaming Songs at No. 46 (1.3 million, up 45%).

-- Lady Gaga: Her "Applause" spends its 12th week in the Hot 100's top 10 (7-10), encompassing its entire chart life and marking her longest such streak; 2011's "Born This Way" spent its first nine frames in the top 10. Meanwhile, new ARTPOP (Nov. 11) preview cut "Venus" bows at No. 32 with 108,000 sold.

-- The Neighbourhood: "Sweater Weather" reaches the Hot 100's top 40 (42-33) in its 21st week, as its pop crossover success follows its peak at rock radio. It lifts 21-18 on Mainstream Top 40 after topping Alternative for 11 weeks. It also gains in sales (47,000, up 11%) and streaming (1.4 million, up 8%).

-- Justin Bieber: After the first three releases from his "Music Mondays" series hit the Hot Digital Songs top 10, fourth offering "Recovery" begins at No. 15 with 94,000 downloads sold. A recap of how each prior song in the series has sold in its first week: "Heartbreaker" (182,000); "All That Matters" (127,000); and "Hold Tight" (111,000). On the Hot 100, "Recovery" opens at No. 41.

-- Michael Jackson: The late King of Pop's "Thriller" re-enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 14. The classic cut peaked at No. 3 on the list on March 10, 1984, during its initial 14-week chart run. Now a staple during Halloween celebrations, "Thriller" rose by 51% to 35,000 downloads sold and 82% to 2 million domestic streams. "Thriller" returns to the Hot 100 at No. 42; it originally peaked at No. 4.

-- Florida Georgia Line: "Stay" rises 14-8 on Hot Country Songs to become the duo's fourth song to reach the upper region. Concurrently, the pair's "Cruise" falls below the top 10 and is removed (per recurrent rules) following an unprecedented pair of longevity feats in the chart's almost 70 years: 66 total chart weeks and 24 of those at No. 1. Following "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line reached the Hot Country Songs top 10 with the No. 5-peaking "Get Your Shine On" and the No. 3 hit "Round Here." All four songs appear on the act's debut full-length album "Here's to the Good Times," which has spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and sold 1.2 million copies. On the Hot 100, "Stay" jumps 71-62.

-- Rihanna: She scores her 21st No. 1 on Dance Club Songs with "What Now" (2-1), padding her lead over Janet Jackson (19) for the second-most toppers in the chart's 37-year history. Madonna leads with 43 No. 1s. Remixes from R3hab, Firebeatz and Guy Scheiman contribute to Rihanna's latest triumph. "What Now" lifts 96-83 in its second week on the Hot 100.

-- Donna Summer: The late diva returns a classic to Dance Club Songs, as "MacArthur Park 2013" debuts at No. 39. She spent five weeks at No. 1 on the survey in 1978 with her original "MacArthur Park Suite." New remixes from Laidback Luke power Summer's posthumous club play.

-- Korn: The veteran band collects its first No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock airplay chart, as "Never Never" rises 3-1. Of the band's previous 25 visits to the tally dating to its first in 1998, it had risen as high as No. 3 with 2006's "Twisted Transistor."

-- Pearl Jam: On Alternative, the group logs its 19th top 10, and first in more than three years, as "Sirens" climbs 11-9. Pearl Jam had last reached the region with the No. 6-peaking ballad "Just Breathe" in 2010. Only four acts have racked more top 10s in the chart's 25-year archives: Red Hot Chili Peppers (24), U2 (23) and Foo Fighters and Green Day (20 each).

Additional reporting by Wade Jessen, Gordon Murray and Rauly Ramirez