Chart Moves: Michael Jackson Tops Adult R&B; Kenny Chesney Soars Onto Hot Country Songs; Michelle Williams' Destiny's Child Reunion Leads Hot Gospel Songs
As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, while MAGIC! (No. 3) takes over atop Digital Songs with "Rude." Who else makes moves on Billboard song charts this week?
-- Enrique Iglesias: The Latin superstar lands his seventh No. 1 on Tropical Airplay, as "Bailando," featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, steps 2-1. Iglesias has inhabited the No. 1 spot on Hot Latin Songs with the track for eight consecutive weeks; on the Hot 100, it hops to a new peak (40-35). The title was recently released in an English version. In all, it sold 31,000 downloads in the week ending June 22 (up 20 percent), with the Spanish version contributing 40 percent of its sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Michael Jackson: The late King of Pop reigns again, as "Love Never Felt So Good," with Justin Timberlake, lifts 2-1 on Adult R&B. (It dips 33-36 on the Hot 100.) Jackson previously topped the Nielsen BDS-based Adult R&B chart (which launched in September 1993) with "You Are Not Alone" for three weeks in 1995 and "Butterflies" (five, 2002). Timberlake lands his first Adult R&B No. 1. He'd previously peaked as high as No. 2 with another superstar duet, "Until the End of Time," with Beyonce, in 2008. (Keep reading for more on Beyonce …)
-- Avicii: As "Wake Me Up!" logs a 52nd week on the Hot 100 (35-43), it becomes the 39th single to spend at least a year on the chart. That's of the nearly 26,000 titles to appear on the Hot 100 dating to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception.
-- Justin Moore: He claims his fourth No. 1 on the Country Airplay tally with "Lettin' the Night Roll," which gains by 3 percent to 47 million in radio audience (2-1). He'd most recently topped the Jan. 5, 2013, list with "Til My Last Day." "Roll" ranks at No. 10 on the sales/streaming/airplay hybrid Hot Country Songs chart and No. 51 on the Hot 100.
-- T.I.: He arrives at No. 8 on Hot Rap Songs with "No Mediocre," featuring Azalea, granting the former his first trip to the top 10 since "Ball," featuring Lil Wayne reached No. 10 in 2012. The new track, a debut on the Hot 100 at No. 58, opens at No. 2 on Rap Digital Songs with 51,000 downloads sold. On Rap Streaming Songs, it enters at No. 12 with 1.4 million domestic streams, 78 percent of which stem from the music video, released June 18. The not-so-mediocre debut on Hot Rap Songs grants Azalea her third top 10 and first as a featured artist. She holds the top spot with "Fancy" for a 10th consecutive week.
-- Kenny Chesney: The star collects his 77th hit on Hot Country Songs chart, as "American Kids" bounds in at No. 17, the list's third-highest debut this year. The lead single from his forthcoming studio album is a summery sing-a-long number that's sprinkled with pop culture references from Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp to MTV and Katy Perry. With less than three full days of sales, the song sold 40,000 downloads in the week ending June 22. On Country Digital Songs, it starts at No. 7. It jumps in at No. 27 on Country Airplay with 12.9 million in audience, marking Chesney's 10th top-30 debut. Dating to the chart's Jan. 20, 1990, launch, the sum is the best of any artist; Garth Brooks ranks second with seven such lofty launches. On the Hot 100, "Kids" kicks off at No. 82.
-- Childish Gambino: The musician/actor/comedian, aka, Donald Glover, logs his first top 10 on the Rhythmic airplay chart, as "V. 3005" advances 12-10. It bullets at No. 97 in its second week on the Hot 100. Its top 10 status and Hot 100 rank were long in the making, as Glassnote began promoting the song to radio back in November.
-- Michelle Williams: Destiny's Child's latest quasi-reunion, "Say Yes," featuring Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, vaults 9-1 on Hot Gospel Songs. The majority of its chart points (61 percent) is from streaming, as the song roars 18-1 on Gospel Streaming Songs with a 1,749 percent blast to 1.2 million streams for the week (placing just outside the 100 most-streamed songs among all formats). The reason for the jump? The song's video premiered on June 18.
-- Ricky Dillard & New G: The act earns its first No. 1 on Gospel Airplay, as "Amazing" ascends 2-1. The act's history on the chart dates to 2005; it logged two prior top 10s: 2008's "The Light" (No. 3) and 2011's "God Is Great" (No. 10).
-- OK Go: The viral music video masters score their first entry on Hot Rock Songs (No. 10) with "The Writing's on the Wall." Streaming (2.2 million U.S. streams) accounts for 92 percent of its chart points after its elaborate video of optical illusions was released June 17. The new-wave-influenced band will release its fourth album, dating to its 2002 debut, in October.
-- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: The band ends a four-year absence from the Triple A airplay chart, as "U Get Me High" soars in at No. 11. The bow is their best since "Saving Grace" launched at No. 6 eight years ago (July 8, 2006); that song went on to become the group's fourth and most recent No. 1 in the chart's 18-year history. "High" previews "Hypnotic Eye" (due July 29), the band's first studio set since 2010's "Mojo." Petty and the Heartbreakers begin a 31-date North American tour, with Steve Winwood, on Aug. 3 in San Diego.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal and Emily White