Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Hits No. 1 on Hot 100

Steven Taylor
Robin Thicke

The song, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, zips 6-1 to become Thicke's first Hot 100 No. 1. Plus, Ariana Grande returns to the top 10 at a new peak and Miley Cyrus debuts at No. 11

Robin Thicke scores his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, vaults 6-1. Ariana Grande and Mac Miller, meanwhile, return to the top 10 each with "The Way" and Miley Cyrus enters at No. 11 with "We Can't Stop."

"Lines" leaps to the Hot 100's top spot as the chart's top Digital, Airplay and Streaming Gainer. The song is the first to claim all three honors simultaneously since the lattermost award was introduced in March last year. The funky track spends a second week at No. 1 on Digital Songs, gaining by 38% to 315,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and reaches the top 10 on Radio Songs and Streaming Songs: it vaults 17-8 on the former chart (73 million all-format audience impressions, up 50%) and 24-8 on the latter (3.5 million U.S. streams, up 66%), according to Nielsen BDS.

With its latest frame, "Lines" passes 1 million downloads sold, marking Thicke's first song to reach the milestone. His No. 14 Hot 100 hit from 2007, "Lost Without U," has sold 946,000.

While Thicke celebrates his first Hot 100 topper. T.I. collects his fourth, and first since "Live Your Life," featuring Rihanna, in 2008. Pharrell claims his third; he previously reigned, also as a featured act, on Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" (three weeks, 2004) and Ludacris' "Money Maker" (two, 2006).

The 6-1 Hot 100 lift for "Lines" is the greatest positional increases to the apex from within the top 10 since Usher's "OMG," featuring will.i.am, made the same ascent more than three years ago.

"Lines" rises 2-1 to become Thicke's third No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, following "Lost" (11 weeks, 2007) and "Sex Therapy" (two, 2010). It's T.I.'s fourth (and first since 2008's "Whatever You Like") and Pharrell's fourth (and first since "Money") on the genre tally. "Lines" racks a fourth week atop the recently launched R&B Songs chart.

"Lines" takes over atop the Hot 100 with a whopping 44% jump in overall chart points, displacing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton (1-2; down 4%), after a five-week command. Still, "Hold" continues to gain in airplay, bulleting at No. 2 on Radio Songs (134 million, up 2%) for a second week. "Hold" drops 1-2 after seven weeks in charge of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs but logs an eighth week atop Rap Songs.

Pharrell enjoys his first set of concurrent Hot 100 top five hits, as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," billed as featuring Pharrell Williams, remains at No. 3. The track rings up a third week at No. 1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (2.4 million, up 10%) and pushes 8-6 on Radio Songs (80 million, up 25%). It holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (5.4 million, down 3%) and No. 4 on Digital Songs (193,000, up 1%). As with Thicke's "Lines," "Lucky" passes 1 million in digital sales. With 1,030,000 sold, it's likely, by next week, to pass the pair's 2001 dance hit "One More Time" (1,047,000) as its best-selling download to date. "Lucky," meanwhile, crowns the Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a fourth week.

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Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" slips to No. 4 on the Hot 100 from its No. 2 peak, although it rules Radio Songs for a fourth week. With 159 million (up 3%), he continues to rewrite his best weekly audience reach for any of his singles.

Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," featuring Nelly, stays at its No. 5 peak in its 36th week on the Hot 100 with across-the-board gains. It returns to its No. 2 peak on Digital Songs (225,000, up 15%) and sails 10-9 on Radio Songs (67 million, up 9%) and 13-9 on Streaming Songs (3.2 million, up 14%). The cut tops Hot Country Songs for a 15th frame, while passing 4 million in digital sales since its release.

Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" fires up 8-6 on the Hot 100, reaching a new highpoint in its 41st week. The track, atop Hot Rock Songs for a 12th week, reaches the top five on Streaming Songs (6-4; 4.1 million, up 9%) and returns to the region on Digital Songs (6-5; 192,000, up 21%). As it continues crossing from rock to pop formats, the track bounds 20-14 on Radio Songs (57 million, up 22%).

P!nk's former three-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Just Give Me a Reason," featuring fun.'s Nate Ruess, descends 4-7, above Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It" (7-8), although the latter track jumps 12-6 on Streaming Songs (3.7 million, up 22%) and 9-7 on Radio Songs (75 million, up 18%).

Up 12-9, pop singer Ariana Grande's debut single "The Way," featuring Mac Miller, returns to the Hot 100's top 10 for the first time since it debuted 10 weeks ago at No. 10. The track rises 7-5 on Streaming Songs (3.8 million, up 8%) and, although it backtracks on Radio Songs (12-13) and Digital Songs (13-14), it gains by 10% and 18%, respectively, on the tallies. It's also yet another song to pass 1 million in sales this week.

Icona Pop's "I Love It," featuring Charli XCX, dips 9-10 on the Hot 100 after peaking at No. 7.

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Just outside the Hot 100's top 10, Miley Cyrus debuts at No. 11 with "We Can't Stop." After its first week of availability, the track enters Digital Songs at No. 3 with 214,000 downloads sold. It's her highest rank and sales sum since her lone No. 1 on the sales chart, "Party in the U.S.A.," led for six weeks in 2009; it debuted with 226,000 and peaked with 285,000 over Christmas week that year. "Stop" tops the No. 4 191,000-unit Digital Songs start of her last lead single from a studio album, 2010's "Can't Be Tamed." ("Stop" previews her forthcoming RCA Records debut set.) Cyrus' new single begins at No. 29 on Streaming Songs (1.7 million) and, although its 6.2 million in audience leaves it below the 75-position-deep Radio Songs chart, it bows at No. 40 on the Pop Songs genre airplay list.

Check Billboard.com tomorrow (June 13), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.


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