As previously reported, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" slithers up to the top 10. Who else scales Billboard song charts this week?
-- Chris Brown: "Loyal" leaps 31-14 on the Hot 100 as the top Streaming Gainer. With the third version of the track, featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga, released on March 26, it rises by 52% to 53,000 downloads sold (with 20 percent from the new mix), according to Nielsen SoundScan. French Montana and Too $hort were featured along with Wayne on previous incarnations of "Loyal," but Tyga's verse made the song's March 24th-released official video, which caused U.S. streams to more-than-double during the chart week to 4.1 million (up 103 percent), according to Nielsen BDS.
-- Justin Timberlake: Fittingly, given that "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)" is its parent album, "Not a Bad Thing" becomes his 20th top 20 Hot 100 hit, jumping 27-20 in its fifth week. It rises 17-14 on Digital Songs (65,000 downloads sold, up 5 percent) and 23-16 on Radio Songs (53 million, up 27 percent).
-- Naughty Boy: The Sam Smith-assisted "La La La," following Smith's appearance as the musical guest on the March 29 "Saturday Night Live" episode (hosted by Louis CK), speeds 39-31 with top Digital Gainer honors in its sixth week on the Hot 100. It bounds 25-13 on Digital Songs with a 42 percent surge to 69,000. It likewise jumps in radio audience (25 million, up 21 percent) and streaming (1.4 million U.S. streams, up 11 percent, according to BDS).
-- Blake Shelton: He rewrites the record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles in the Country Airplay chart's 24-year history, as "Doin' What She Likes" (2-1) becomes his 11th straight leader (counting only promoted, non-seasonal singles). With the song (at No. 36 on the Hot 100), he passes Brad Paisley, who logged 10 No. 1s in a row in 2005-09. Shelton's streak opened with "Hillbilly Bone" (featuring Trace Adkins) in 2010, while he'd tied Paisley's run when "Mine Would Be You" spent three weeks atop the chart last year.
Shelton is also featured on "Medicine" by Shakira (his fellow coach on NBC's "The Voice"), which debuts at No. 57 on Country Airplay. The song is from Shakira's self-titled album, which enters the Billboard 200 at a career-best No. 2 with 84,000 sold.
-- Neon Trees: "Sleeping With a Friend" charges 78-56 on the Hot 100 and is the top debut on Digital Songs (No. 34) with a 90 percent vault to 39,000. Likely helping fuel its gain: media coverage of lead singer Tyler Glenn's coming out announcement last week. The track enters the top 10 on Hot Rock Songs (11-9) and Adult Top 40 (11-10); on the latter list, it's the band's third top 10, following "Animal" (No. 2, 2010) and "Everybody Talks" (No. 1, one week, 2012).
-- Lady Gaga: "G.U.Y." enters the Hot 100 at No. 76 (with 72 percent of its chart pointed owed to streaming activity) and Streaming Songs at No. 31 following the premiere of the song's official video on March 22. (The chart's March 24-30 BDS tracking week, thus, encompasses the clip's first full week of streaming.) The 11:47 minute "G.U.Y: An ARTPOP Film," which also features snippets from the "ARTPOP" title cut and the set's "Venus," helped "G.U.Y" rack 2 million U.S. streams during the tracking week across various streaming services. (Also contributing to the total was the "G.U.Y."-only version of the video, which debuted on March 27.) The song's streaming sum marks a 98 percent increase in overall streaming activity over the prior tracking week.
-- The Black Keys: The Keys turn in a No. 77 start on the Hot 100 and a No. 12 entrance on Hot Rock Songs with "Fever." The track launches at No. 2 on Rock Airplay (10.3 million in first-week audience) and No. 7 on Rock Digital Songs (35,000 downloads sold). "Fever" previews the duo's eighth full-length album, "Turn Blue," due May 13.
-- Rixton: "Me and My Broken Heart," the debut hit from the Scooter Braun-managed U.K. boy band, enters the Hot 100 at No. 87, powered in part by a 27-20 advance on Mainstream Top 40. Among its writers: matchbox twenty's Rob Thomas; the song borrows from his 2005 No. 6 Hot 100 hit "Lonely No More."
-- KONGOS: The group crowns the Alternative airplay chart with "Come With Me Now," which rises 2-1 in its 10th week. The band completes the quickest ascent to the Alternative summit since Lorde's fellow first hit "Royals" needed only nine weeks to reach No. 1 last year. Among rookie bands, KONGOS' first chart entry marks the fastest-flying No. 1 since Evanescence's maiden hit "Bring Me to Life" (featuring Paul McCoy) also crowned the chart in its 10th frame on the March 29, 2003, tally.
-- Prince Royce: He races 4-1 on Latin Airplay with "Te Robaré," capturing his eighth No. 1 and seventh consecutive leader on the list. In terms of successive No. 1s, the Bachata singer ranks second only to Enrique Iglesias, who started his chart career with eight straight trips to the summit (1995-97). Royce will perform live on Telemundo's broadcast of the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24. He's a 16-time finalist in 15 categories, including artist of the year.
-- Kylie Minogue: The diva notches her eighth consecutive No. 1 on Dance Club Songs, and 11th overall, with "Into the Blue" (3-1). The lead single from her new studio set, "Kiss Me Once," was remixed by Patrick Hagenaar, S-Man, and Vanilla Ace, among others.
-- George Michael: The pop vet ends an 18-year absence from the Adult Contemporary chart, as "Let Her Down Easy" debuts at No. 29. The song, a remake of Terence Trent D'Arby's 1994 single, is from Michael's live album "Symphonica," which entered the Official U.K. Albums chart dated April 5 at No. 1 (and the Billboard 200 at No. 60). Michael had last charted on AC with the No. 8-peaking "Fastlove" in 1996. He first appeared on AC 30 years ago as half of Wham!, which burst in with four top five hits from its breakout album "Make It Big," including the five-week No. 1 "Careless Whisper."
Additional reporting by William Gruger, Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal, Gordon Murray and Rauly Ramirez