Chart Moves: Luke Bryan Leads Hot Country Songs 'Again'; Black Keys' 'Fever' Rises to No. 1 on Triple A

Alysse Gafkjen
The Black Keys

As previously reported, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week and Ed Sheeran's "Sing," which Williams co-wrote and -produced, soars in at No. 15. Who else's singing and other musical talents are noteworthy on Billboard song charts this week?

-- Luke Bryan: The first complete Nielsen SoundScan and BDS tracking week following the April 6 Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS spur chart gains for several acts involved in the show, led by Bryan. The co-host and performer jumps 3-1 on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart with "Play It Again," the top Digital and Streaming Gainer. Bryan's eighth leader on Hot Country Songs logs a second week at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs with a 24 percent increase to 108,000 sold and posts the biggest spike on Country Streaming Songs (4-3; 1.4 million U.S. streams, up percent).
Dating to his first No. 1, "Rain Is a Good Thing," on the July 24, 2010, chart, Bryan's eight Hot Country Songs No. 1s are the most of any act. He passes Blake Shelton, who's scored seven in that span. "Again" also flies 26-14 on the all-genre Hot 100, surpassing Bryan's prior top peak of No. 15 with "That's My Kind of Night" last fall.
-- Ed Sheeran: One more note about "Sing": the song is the highest-ranking Hot 100 hit written or produced by Pharrell Williams but for which he does not get artist credit since Gwen Stefani's "Wind It Up." That track hit No. 6 in December 2006.
-- Jerrod Niemann: He ends a nearly four-year drought from topping Country Airplay, as "Drink to That All Night" rises 3-1. He achieved his first No. 1 with "Lover, Lover," which dominated the Aug. 14, 2010, tally. In between chart-toppers, Niemann rose as high as No. 4 with his sole other top 10, "What Do You Want" (2011). "Drink" bullets at No. 38 on the Hot 100.

-- Calvin Harris: The momentum of "Summer" continues to build, as the track claims both Digital and Streaming Gainer tags and climbs 7-6 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. It flies 72-47 on the Hot 100 (as the Streaming Gainer). The first single from Harris' forthcoming studio album concurrently vaults into the top 10 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs (12-7) following the April 6 premiere of its official video. Of the track's 1.8 million U.S. streams (up 93 percent) in the April 7-13 tracking week, 52 percent are owed to Vevo on YouTube views.
On Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (6-5), "Summer" (on which Harris sings lead vocals) spikes by 33 percent to 34,000 downloads sold. The song also soars into the top five on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (14-4), where it's his eighth top five hit.
-- The Black Keys, Coldplay: The Keys turn in their second Triple A No. 1, as "Fever" rises 2-1. The duo's "Lonely Boy" led for seven weeks in 2011-12. At just three weeks, "Fever" makes the quickest climb to the top since Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" also reached the summit in its third frame (Sept. 8, 2012), beginning an 11-week reign.
"Fever," which previews the Black Keys' eighth full-length album, "Turn Blue," due May 13, dethrones Coldplay's "Magic" (1-2), which, upon its coronation the prior week, tied the band with U2 for the most Triple A No. 1s (11) in the chart's 18-year history. On Alternative, "Magic" becomes Coldplay's 10th top 10; on the Hot 100, it surges 66-54.
-- Disclosure: The duo, featuring vocalist Sam Smith, scores its first top 10 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, as "Latch" pushes 11-9. At 33 weeks, the song completes the longest climb to the top 10 in the chart's 15-month history; it eclipses the 29 weeks taken by Calvin Harris' "Thinking About You." "Latch" lifts 90-79 on the Hot 100.
-- Pitbull: "We Are One (Ole Ola)," the official 2014 FIF World Cup song, debuts at No. 88 on the Hot 100 with the majority of its Hot 100 points (60 percent) from sales, logging 29,000 first-week downloads sold. The previous official Cup cut, Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)," reached No. 38 in 2010.

-- Katy Perry: Following the four-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Dark Horse," new "PRISM" single "Birthday" bows at No. 91 after its official lyric video premiered on April 10. The clip spurs a 971 percent blast to 1.5 million U.S. streams in the last four days of the April 7-13 tracking week.
-- Ingrid Michaelson: The bespectacled singer/songwriter, who broke through in 2007 with the No. 37-peaking "The Way I Am," charts her first Hot 100 hit in more than five years, as "Girls Chase Boys" enters at No. 98. Her sixth album, "Lights Out," is due in the upper reaches of next issue's Billboard 200.
-- Jack White: He claims the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Rock Songs with the instrumental "High Ball Stepper" (No. 28), fueled by its No. 21 start on Rock Digital Songs (13,000 downloads sold). The wordless track previews his second solo album, "Lazaretto," due June 10. The new set's first proper single (not "Stepper") will be released on Record Store Day (April 19), as White attempts to crack the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest-released song; he plans to perform, record, press (on 7-inch vinyl) and sell the track in less than 24 hours.
-- Chevelle: The band racks its fourth Mainstream Rock No. 1, as "Take Out the Gunman" rises 2-1. The song's ascent halts the five-week reign of The Pretty Reckless' "Heaven Knows." When the latter title, sung by the group's Taylor Momsen, notched its fifth frame at No. 1 (April 19), it tied Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' 1982 classic "I Love Rock 'N Roll" for the list's longest command for a song sung by a female vocalist.

-- Zooey Deschanel: There's a new girl (literally) on the charts, as the actress/singer-songwriter makes her first solo appearance on a Billboard airplay tally: Prince's "FALLINLOVE2NITE," on which she's featured, debuts on Adult R&B at No. 29. The pair sang the bouncy pop song on the Feb. 2 post-Super Bowl episode of her Fox TV hit "New Girl." As half of She & Him, Deschanel has graced one airplay list: the duo's "Baby, It's Cold Outside" rose to No. 16 on Adult Contemporary in 2012. She & Him has tallied three Folk Albums No. 1s, with their album catalog having recently passed 1 million in sales.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield, Wade Jessen, Gordon Murray and Emily White


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