Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Holds Atop Hot 100; DJ Snake & Lil Jon Hit Top 10
Williams' 'Happy' rules for a sixth week, while DJ Snake and Lil Jon's 'Turn Down for What' charges into the top 10
Pharrell Williams' "Happy" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while continuing to challenge for a weekly radio audience record. Plus, DJ Snake and Lil Jon's EDM track "Turn Down for What" soars into the top 10.
It's Wednesday, so let's delve deeper into the numbers behind the top 10, as we do each week.
As "Happy" maintains its Hot 100 rule, it leads the Radio Songs chart for a fifth week with a 3 percent gain to 226 million all-format audience impressions (up from 219 million), according to Nielsen BDS. In the Radio Songs chart's 23-year history, it moves closer to the biggest weekly audience. Here's a look at the five top totals, with Williams figuring into the top two:
Peak Audience, Title, Artist (Chart Week)
228.9 million, "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell (Aug. 31, 2013)
225.9 million, "Happy," Pharrell Williams (April 12, 2014)
212.2 million, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey (July 9, 2005)
196.3 million, "Irreplaceable," Beyonce (Jan. 20, 2007)
192.5 million, "No One," Alicia Keys (Dec. 22, 2007)
Powering its Radio Songs reign, "Happy" leads the Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Adult R&B Songs airplay charts, while ranking in the top 10 on Rhythmic Songs (which it topped two weeks ago), Adult Contemporary and the top 20 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Adult Alternative Songs and Latin Airplay.
"Happy" leads the Digital Songs chart for a seventh week, although down by 13 percent to 321,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Having sold at least 300,000 in each of the last seven weeks, it's the first song to link such a streak since Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (again, featuring Williams) did so for a record 10 consecutive weeks last year. Only two other titles have run up streaks of at least seven weeks selling 300,000 or more in each frame: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz (eight weeks, 2013), and fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae (seven, 2012).
On Streaming Songs, "Happy" holds at No. 10 with 3.3 million U.S. streams (down 6 percent), according to BDS. It stays at No. 2 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart, which it led for two weeks (2.3 million U.S. streams, down 12 percent, according to BDS).
Another stat that should make Williams (even more) happy: he passes Elvis Presley among male artists with the most weeks at No. 1 in the Hot 100's 55-year history. Williams has now tallied 23 total weeks among his four No. 1s, passing Presley (22 weeks) and tying 50 Cent and Nelly for 10th place among men with the most frames at the summit. Usher leads all solo males with 47 weeks at No. 1 (the fifth-best sum all-time, after Mariah Carey's 79, the Beatles' 59, Rihanna's 51 and Boyz II Men's 50). (Also notably, Presley's career predates the Hot 100, which launched in August 1958, so his total would surely be higher had the chart existed when he enjoyed such smashes as 1956's "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Don't Be Cruel" and 1957's "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock," among other classics.)
"Happy" concurrently spends an eighth week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
John Legend's first Hot 100 top 10, "All of Me," posts a second week at No. 2. The piano ballad rises 3-2 on Radio Songs (164 million, up 14 percent), claiming the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer honor for a second straight week. It logs a fourth week at its No. 2 peak on Digital Songs, up by 1 percent to 226,000. On Streaming Songs, it lifts 4-3 (7.2 million, up 3 percent).
Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, holds at No. 3 on the Hot 100. It led for four weeks before "Happy" began its command. The cut leads Streaming Songs for a sixth week and becomes just the second song to rule On-Demand Songs for at least 10 weeks; Macklemore & Lewis' "Thrift Shop" racked a record 13 weeks at No. 1 on On-Demand Songs last year.
As reported this morning, Perry will team with Kacey Musgraves for the June 13 episode of "CMT Crossroads," which pairs pop and country acts. "From the moment I heard 'Merry Go Round' by Kacey Musgraves [which won this year's Grammy Award for best country song], I knew we were cut from the same songwriter's cloth," Perry tells Billboard.
(And, while Capitol Records has yet to officially release a follow-up single to "Dark Horse," the third single from Perry's album "PRISM," the set's "Birthday" is approaching the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, with an average of 20 plays on the 10 reporting stations playing it.)
Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz, ranks at No. 4 on the Hot 100 for a third week. It peaked at No. 3 for four weeks.
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As the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" logs an eighth week atop the Billboard 200, the album's "Let It Go" by Idina Menzel keeps at its No. 5 Hot 100 peak to date. The best original song Oscar-winner holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (7.7 million, up 5 percent) and pushes 4-3 on Digital Songs, although down by 2 percent to 164,000. Sales account for 50 percent of the song's Hot 100 points; streaming, 46 percent; and, radio, just 4 percent, although the ballad rises 15-13 on Adult Contemporary and 32-31 on Adult Pop Songs.
The word "frozen" also describes the Hot 100's entire top seven, where those titles remain in place from last week. Bastille's "Pompeii" repeats at No. 6 (and tops Hot Rock Songs for a seventh week) and Lorde's "Team" is a non-mover at No. 7. The songs have peaked at Nos. 5 and 6 on the Hot 100, respectively.
Aloe Blacc's "The Man" reaches a new best rank on the Hot 100 (9-8), swapping spots with OneRepublic's No. 2 hit "Counting Stars" (8-9).
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DJ Snake and Lil Jon boast the Hot 100's lone top 10 new entry, as "Turn Down for What" jumps 15-10. The EDM track makes across-the-board-gains, climbing 9-7 on Digital Songs (96,000, up 9 percent), backtracking 7-8 on Streaming Songs but surging by 11 percent to 3.7 million and debuting on Radio Songs at No. 50 (27 million, up 20 percent).
"Turn" is the first Hot 100 top 10 (and chart visit) for DJ Snake and the ninth top 10 for Lil Jon, who'd last visited the top tier four years ago as a featured act (with Sean Paul) on Jay Sean's No. 10-peaking "Do You Remember." Lil Jon scores his first top 10 as a lead act since his "Snap Yo Fingers," featuring Paul and E-40, reached No. 7 in May 2006. He tallied his first top 10, "Get Low," with the East Size Boyz and featuring Ying Yang Twins, in 2003.
"Turn" concurrently crowns the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (2-1).
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (April 3), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs, will refresh, as they do each Thursday. The latest charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine (on sale on Friday, April 4).