"Roar" widens its lead at No. 1, while Lana Del Rey and Drake also move up.
Once again, Katy Perry's "Roar" makes the loudest noise on the Billboard Hot 100, as the song rules the survey for a second week, fueled in large part by the premiere of its video last week. Meanwhile, Lorde and Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais make notable moves within the chart's top 10 and Drake returns to the region.
"Roar" claims the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer award, as it rises 3-1 on the Streaming Songs chart with a 122% increase to 12 million U.S. streams, up 33%, according to Nielsen BDS. The song's fun queen-of-the-jungle-themed video premiered on Thursday (Sept. 5). "Roar" leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a second week (2.1 million, down 1%).
"Roar" crowns Digital Songs for a fourth week, selling 373,000 downloads for the week ending Sept. 8 (down 17%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Last week, it gained by 14% in sales after Perry performed it on the MTV Video Music Awards [Aug. 25]).
"Roar" adds the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award for a second week, charging 6-2 on Radio Songs with a 28% spike to 123 million all-format audience impressions, according to BDS. How fast a start is the song off to at radio? It's the first to rocket to the Radio Songs top two in five weeks or less since 2004, when Usher and Alicia Keys' "My Boo" also reached the region that swiftly.
In all, the success of "Roar" so far bodes well for parent album "Prism," due Oct. 22. Capitol Records previewed the set on Thursday, with Perry introducing each track, for industry invitees at Solo in New York. "I'm beyond impressed. Incredible production and killer hooks," beamed WHTZ (Z100) New York program director Sharon Dastur of the album. Check out Billboard's review of the set here, as well as what other attendees had to say about "Prism."
"Roar" widens its lead tenfold atop the Hot 100 over Robin Thicke's former 12-week No. 1 "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell), which spends a second week at No. 2. "Roar" gains by 18% in overall chart points, while "Lines" loses 2% of its sum, granting the former title a hefty 42% lead in points; last week, the margin was 4%.
Still, "Lines" leads Radio Songs for a 10th week (194 million, down 5%). It's the first song to reach double-digit weeks at No. 1 since Rihanna's "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris) led for 12 frames in 2011-12. "Lines" logs the longest Radio Songs command for a solo male since Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" (featuring Static Major) licked the competition for 10 weeks in 2008. (Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" holds the mark for the most weeks atop Radio Songs: 18, in 1998.)
"Lines" slips 2-4 on Streaming Songs (4.9 million, down 26%) and 3-5 on Digital Songs (168,000, down 31%). Billboard's Song of the Summer links a 14th week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and a 17th week atop R&B Songs.
Sixteen-year-old New Zealander, and current Billboard magazine cover act, Lorde blasts 8-3 on the Hot 100 with her breakthrough U.S. single "Royals." The track wins top Digital Gainer honors for a fourth time in five weeks, vaulting 8-2 on Digital Songs (225,000, up 34%). It reaches the top 10 on Streaming Songs (12-8; 4 million, up 40%) and lifts 17-13 on Radio Songs (72 million, up 26%).