As previously reported, Lorde’s “Royals” leaps to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, dethroning Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” Who else dons chart crowns and makes notable news on song charts this week?
— Drake: In the same week that his “Nothing Was the Same” debuts atop the Billboard 200, Drake takes over at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (featuring Majid Jordan) (up 7-4 on the Hot 100). The song’s 3-1 rise halts Robin Thicke’s reign with “Blurred Lines” at a Nielsen-era-record 16 weeks and marks Drake’s 11th leader on the list. Since Nielsen data began powering the chart in December 1992, only Usher has taken more titles to the summit (12).
— Aloe Blacc: After finding success as the uncredited vocalist behind Avicii’s “Wake Me Up!” (4-5 on the Hot 100), Aloe Blacc’s solo version, minus the EDM elements of Avicii’s, sold 15,000 downloads in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to debut at No. 33 on Pop Digital Songs. Blacc concurrently arrives at No. 7 on Heatseekers Albums with his own “Wake Me Up EP” (2,000 sold in its first week).
— Luke Bryan: With a seventh week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” (No. 16 on the Hot 100) logs the longest chart-topping run by a solo male since Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” stacked seven weeks on top in 2004. No male soloist has led for longer than seven frames since the late David Houston reigned for nine with “Almost Persuaded” in 1966.
— Imagine Dragons: “Demons” leaps into the Hot 100’s top 40 (46-28) thanks to across-the-board gains, rising in airplay (33 million audience impressions, up 24%, according to Nielsen BDS), digital sales (45,000, up 20%) and streaming (1.9 million U.S. streams, up 9%, according to BDS). It reaches the Hot Rock Songs top five (8-5) in its 52nd week on the list.
— Florida Georgia Line: “Cruise,” the lead single from the duo’s album “Here’s to the Good Times,” is just the eighth Hot Country Songs hit to spend a year on the Hot 100, where it descends 42-46 in its 52nd week. Meanwhile at country, the pair is onto the set’s fourth single, “Stay,” which re-enters Hot Country Songs at No. 47.
— Fitz and the Tantrums: The group makes make history as it scores its first Alternative leader, “Out of My League.” The song lifts 2-1 in its 33rd week, completing the longest climb to No. 1 in the chart’s 25-year history. It passes the 32-week trek of Neon Trees’ “Animal” in 2010. “League” halts the seven-week Alternative reign of Lorde’s “Royals”; it likewise dethrones “Royals” on Rock Airplay after Lorde’s song led for six weeks.
— Yandel: Yandel lands his first Latin Airplay No. 1 as a lead solo artist, as “Hable de Ti” leaps 6-1. Boasting a 53% increase, “Hable” registered 15.6 million in audience during the tracking week. On Hot Latin Songs, it rises 6-5 as the chart’s Airplay Gainer. Yandel is no stranger to either chart, having reached the Hot Latin Songs summit 10 times as half of star urban duo Wisin & Yandel. Most recently, he’d topped the list in December 2012 as a featured artist on Gocho’s “Amor Real” (also featuring Wayne Wonder). “Hable” is the first single from Yandel’s solo album De Lider a Leyenda, due Nov. 5.
— Wisin: Speaking of the twosome, Wisin enters Hot Latin Songs and Latin Airplay at No. 14 with “Que Viva La Vida.” The track starts with 6 million radio impressions in its first week and 2,000 downloads sold, good for a No. 8 debut on Latin Digital Songs. The track is the first cut off Wisin’s solo album, due Dec. 3.
— Yoko Ono: The singer, 80-years-young, refreshes her first Dance Club Songs No. 1, “Walking on Thin Ice,” with all new remixes and takes it to the top again, marking her 11th No. 1. She first reinvented the original version, which reached No. 13 on Dance Club Songs in 1981, for clubs in 2003, with it reaching No. 1 via versions from Pet Shop Boys, Danny Tenaglia and Felix Da Housecat. Now, thanks to remixes from Dave Aude, R3hab and Ralphi Rosario, among others, Ono crowns the chart again with the aptly renamed “Walking on Thin Ice 2013.” This marks the third time an artist has taken a song to No. 1 twice on Dance Club Songs: Jennifer Holliday doubled up with “No Frills Love” in 1986 and 1996 and Jody Watley ruled with “Looking for a New Love” in 1987 and again in 2005.
— Boney James: The saxophonist breaks a tie with Richard Elliot for the most No. 1s (nine) on the Smooth Jazz Songs airplay chart. “Powerhouse” rises 2-1, granting James sole possession of the most leaders in the ranking’s nearly nine-year history.
— Metallica: A baseball tie-in helps “Enter Sandman” reach a new milestone. The band performed its 1991 classic at New York’s Yankee Stadium on Sept. 29 in honor of retiring closer Mariano Rivera, who adopted it as his theme upon entering home games. The song soars 13-1 (12,000, up 117%) and tops Hard Rock Digital Songs for the first time in its 123 weeks on the chart.
— a-ha: The erstwhile trio’s 1985 Hot 100 No. 1 “Take on Me” makes its first appearance on Pop Digital Songs, debuting at No. 46 with a 35% increase to 9,000 downloads sold. The song is receiving renewed exposure in new Volkswagen TV ads.
— Joe Nichols: His country hit (up 17-14 on Hot Country Songs) “Sunny and 75” debuts at, of course, No. 75 on Hot Digital Songs (21,000, up 7%). Just one of those quirky coincidences that makes an avid chart-watcher’s day.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield, Gordon Murray, Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal and Rauly Ramirez.