Lorde's 'Royals' Crowns Hot 100 For Fifth Week


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Lorde's "Royals" is the Billboard Hot 100's ruler for a fifth week, helping add to another week of solo women controlling the top three. Plus, OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons enter the top 10 and Lady Gaga starts just outside the top bracket with her new single.
Per our Wednesday tradition, let's look closer at the numbers.
"Royals" commands the Hot 100 fueled in part by its second week atop the Hot 100 Airplay chart, as it gains by 3% to 171 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. It also returns to the top of Hot Digital Songs (2-1) for a fifth total week at No. 1 (222,000 downloads sold, down 13%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The track leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a third week with 2.6 million on-demand U.S. streams, according to BDS (down 6%). The activity helps the song reach a new peak (3-2) on the overall Streaming Songs chart (7.4 million U.S. streams, down 2%).
As reported Monday, "Royals" takes over atop the Adult Top 40 airplay chart this week. It's No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs for a ninth week.
As she storms in atop the Billboard 200 with her album "PRISM," Katy Perry holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100 with her former two-week No. 1 "Roar." It lifts 4-3 on Streaming Songs (6.8 million, up 13%; it led the list the week of Sept. 21.) "Roar" also jumps 2-1 on Adult Contemporary.
Perry concurrently debuts at No. 30 on the Hot 100 with second "PRISM" single "Unconditionally." The ballad powers 53-33 on Hot 100 Airplay (36 million, up 65%). Notably, album track "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J) ranks higher than "Unconditionally" on the Hot 100, as it vaults 57-28 with the top Streaming Gainer nod, as it enters Streaming Songs at No. 35 (1.5 million, up 173%). Comparatively, "Unconditionally" drew 581,000 streams (up 251%), even trailing other "PRISM" song "Walking on Air" (594,000). Then again, both "Horse" and "Air" have gained familiarity as they were previously available for digital purchase as album preview cuts (and debuted and peaked at Nos. 17 and 34 on the Hot 100, respectively).
Miley Cyrus' former two-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Wrecking Ball" keeps at No. 3. It returns to No. 1 on Streaming Songs (2-1) for a fifth cumulative frame at the apex (8.9 million, down 10%); holds at No. 5 on Hot Digital Songs (136,000, down 17%); and bullets at No. 6 for a second week on Hot 100 Airplay (107 million, up 14%).
As noted in Friday's "Ask Billboard" reader mailbag, Lorde, Perry and Cyrus have monopolized the Hot 100's top three spots since the week of Sept. 28. With this week marking the seventh straight that the trio has locked up the top three, it moves closer to the mark for the most weeks in a row that that only lead solo women, shutting out men entirely, have controlled the region: female soloists managed such a reign for a record 10 consecutive frames in 1999, thanks to hits by Brandy, Deborah Cox, Britney Spears, Monica, Cher and Whitney Houston.
Avicii breaks up the Hot 100's upper echelon all-girls club, as "Wake Me Up!" holds at its No. 4 peak. It reaches new highpoints on Hot 100 Airplay (3-2; 151 million, up 8%) and Hot Digital Songs (4-2; 158,000, down 14%). It leads Dance/Electronic Songs for an eighth week and becomes the DJ's first No. 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart.
Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" (featuring Majid Jordan) stays at No. 5 on the Hot 100 and dominates Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and R&B Songs for a fifth week each.
Jay Z's No. 4 Hot 100 hit "Holy Grail" (featuring Justin Timberlake) reverses course 8-6 and reclaims the throne for a 12th total week atop Rap Songs. Lady Gaga's fellow No. 4-peaking "Applause" likewise rises 9-7 on the Hot 100. (Keep reading for more about Gaga …)
Two tracks freshen up the Hot 100's top 10, led by OneRepublic's "Counting Stars," which shoots 15-8 with top Digital Gainer honors; it jumps 9-4 on Hot Digital Songs with a 48% gain to 152,000, its best sales week. On the Oct. 21 episode of NBC's "The Voice," the band's frontman Ryan Tedder guided contestants James Irwin and Matt Cermanski as they covered the song. "Stars" soars 22-13 on Streaming Songs (2.6 million, up 29%) and 40-31 on Hot 100 Airplay (36 million, up 19%).
"Stars" is OneRepublic's third Hot 100 top 10. It follows 2007's No. 2-peaking breakthrough "Apologize" (billed as by Timbaland featuring OneRepublic) and 2011's No. 8 hit "Good Life."
Imagine Dragons also fly into the Hot 100's top 10, as "Demons" rises 12-9 as the chart's top Airplay Gainer. It concurrently reaches the top 10 on Hot 100 Airplay (12-10; 68 million, up 24%) and Adult Top 40 (13-10). It spends a 21st week in the Alternative top 10 after peaking at No. 2 on the tally in August. "Demons" elevates 15-11 on Hot Digital Songs (99,000, up 24%) and 24-22 on Streaming Songs (2.1 million, up 13%).
"Demons" is Imagine Dragons' second Hot 100 top 10 from its debut studio album Night Visions, following the No. 3-peaking "Radioactive" (which ranks at No. 16 in its 61st week). Lead single "It's Time" reached No. 15.
From dragons to a fox: Ylvis' "The Fox" rounds out the Hot 100's top 10, falling four spots from its No. 6 peak.
Just outside the Hot 100's top tier, Lady Gaga debuts at No. 13 with "Do What U Want" (featuring R. Kelly), the second single (following "Applause") from ARTPOP, due Nov. 11. The new cut starts at No. 3 on Hot Digital Songs, and No. 1 Pop Digital Songs, with 156,000; "Applause" started at Nos. 3 and 2 on the respective charts with 218,000 in August.
"Want" marks Gaga's 14th Hot Digital Songs top 10. R. Kelly, meanwhile, lands his 52nd Hot 100 entry and highest rank since "I'm a Flirt" peaked at No. 12 in 2007.
Visit Billboardbiz tomorrow (Oct. 31), when all rankings, including the Hot 100, Hot Digital Songs, Hot 100 Airplay, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday. The latest charts also will appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine (on sale on Friday, Nov. 1).