Miley Cyrus holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Wrecking Ball." The song wins a close race with Katy Perry's former two-week topper "Roar," which takes over atop the Radio Songs chart. Lorde, meanwhile, climbs to No. 1 on Digital Songs with "Royals," which remains at No. 3 on the Hot 100.
Let's look closer at the numbers for this week's top 10.
Last week, "Ball" bounded 22-1 on the Hot 100 as it soared 21-1 on Streaming Songs with a 1,565% gain to 36.5 million streams in the chart's tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS, following the song's Sept. 9 video premiere. This week, the ballad stays atop Streaming Songs but with a 61% loss to 14.3 million. "Ball" concurrently leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a second week with a 4% decrease to 2.7 million.
"Ball" drops 1-3 on Digital Songs with a 36% fall to 301,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan; last week, it rocketed 10-1 with 477,000, a 312% rise. Airplay, meanwhile, is building strongly for the track, as it flies 59-31 on Radio Songs with 38 million all-format audience impressions (up 90%), according to BDS.
While it reigns for a second frame, "Ball" deflates by 50% in overall Hot 100 chart points. As Perry's "Roar" (2-2) is down by 8%, the songs are separated by just 2% in points. Last week, "Ball" boasted an almost two-to-one points lead.
Still, "Roar" becomes Perry's sixth No. 1 on Radio Songs (2-1), charging ahead by 8% to 159 million. At seven weeks, it's her fastest-leaping leader, besting the nine-week flights of "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" "Roar" completes the quickest climb to No. 1 since fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) also soared to the summit in seven frames (April 21, 2012).
"Roar" holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (7.3 million, down 19%) and Digital Songs (301,000, down 9%).
Perry additionally debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 17 with "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J), a preview song from her album "Prism," due Oct. 22. It begins on Digital Songs at No. 4 (194,000).
Lorde's "Royals" ranks at No. 3 on the Hot 100 for a third week while jumping 3-1 on Digital Songs (307,000, up 17%). The 16-year-old New Zealander is the first solo female to send a debut entry to No. 1 on the sales tally since Carly Rae Jepsen ruled for eight weeks beginning last June with "Call Me Maybe." Ke$ha ("TiK ToK," 2010), Lady Gaga ("Just Dance," 2009) and Perry ("I Kissed a Girl," 2008) were the three prior women to dominate Digital Songs on their first tries.
"Royals" advances 6-4 on Streaming Songs (5.5 million, up 11%) and gains by 17% to pass the 100-million audience barrier (104 million), despite slipping 5-6 on Radio Songs. The track crowns
Alternative Songs for a seventh week, extending its mark as the longest-leading No. 1 by a lead female in the chart's 25-year history. "Royals" tops Hot Rock Songs for a fourth week and blasts into the Pop Songs top 10 (13-5).
Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" pushes 5-4 on the Hot 100. It's up by 12% in streaming (to 4.9 million) and 15% in airplay (to 101 million). The track heads up Dance/Electronic Songs for a third week.
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) descends 4-5 on the Hot 100, ceding the top spot on Radio Songs (1-2) to "Roar" after an 11-week command (152 million, down 13%). Still, it leads R&B Songs for a 19th week and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a 16th frame.
Jay Z's "Holy Grail" (featuring Justin Timberlake) holds at No. 6 on the Hot 100, despite lifting by 6% in airplay to 124 million. It rules Rap Songs for an eighth week.
Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" (featuring Majid Jordan) reaches a new peak on the Hot 100 (8-7), claiming top Airplay Gainer honors as it pounces 8-5 on Radio Songs (106 million, up 22%). It also gains on Digital Songs (8-8; 150,000, up 4%) and Streaming Songs (15-12; 3.1 million, up 10%).
Lady Gaga's "Applause" dips 7-8 on the Hot 100 but roars to the Radio Songs top 10 (18-9; 73 million, up 23%). The lead single from "ARTPOP," due Nov. 11, is her 10th top 10 on the airplay tally.
Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais' No. 6-peaking "Summertime Sadness" rebounds 10-9 on the Hot 100, aided by a 7% gain in airplay (to 94 million), while Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound," which rose to No. 8 four weeks ago, returns to the top 10 (12-10).
As projected last week, Britney Spears soars onto the Hot 100 at No. 12 with "Work B**ch!" The lead single from her eighth studio set, due Dec. 3, launches at No. 6 on Digital Songs (174,000) and No. 28 on Streaming Songs (1.8 million), while climbing 69-58 in its second week on Radio Songs (21 million, up 31% in its first full week of airplay).
Visit Billboard.biz tomorrow (Sept. 26), 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. The latest charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine (on sale on Friday, Sept. 27).