As previously reported, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay Z, darts 13-2. Who else makes notable moves on Billboard song charts this week?
— John Legend: The crooner reaches his highest position on the Hot 100, as “All of Me” jumps 27-17. He’d previously peaked as high as No. 24 with his breakout hit “Ordinary People” in 2005 and “Green Light” in 2008. “All” ascends 15-11 on Digital Songs with a 53% gain to 131,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, after Legend sang the piano ballad at the Grammy Awards, broadcast live on CBS on Jan. 26.
“All” also moves 2-1 on the Adult R&B Nielsen BDS-based airplay chart, marking his second topper on the tally. In 2012, he led for seven weeks with “Tonight (Best You Ever Had).”
— Sara Bareilles: Following her performance of “Brave” with Carole King (in a medley with the latter’s “Beautiful”) at the Grammy Awards, it reaches a new Hot 100 peak (26-23) in its 34th week. The song, up by 14% to 87,000 sold (a new weekly high), completes the chart’s third-longest trip to the top 25; AWOLnation’s “Sail” reached the region in 51 weeks, while Of Monsters and Men’s “Little Talks” needed 35 frames. Speaking of “Sail” …
— AWOLnation: Here’s the latest on “Sail” and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” in their quests to make history on the Hot 100. Logging its 75th week, “Radioactive” (33-13; read below for details) is now one frame from tying for the Hot 100’s longest-charting hit, a mark held by Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” (76 weeks, 2008-09). Meanwhile, AWOLnation’s “Sail” (42-47) also remains in the running for the record, as it earns its 74th week on the tally, the chart’s third-longest stay.
— Luke Bryan: Bryan logs his eighth No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS-driven Country Airplay chart with “Drink a Beer” (2-1); it holds at No. 35 on the Hot 100. He’d most recently ruled Country Airplay with “Crash My Party,” which spent three weeks on top last July.
— One Direction: After charting for a week at No. 12 as a preview cut from the band’s new album of the same name, “Midnight Memories” returns to the Hot 100 at No. 68 following the Jan. 31 premiere of its official video. With 89% of its Hot 100 owed to streams, it enters Streaming Songs at No. 21 (2.8 million U.S. streams, up 403%), according to BDS.
— Imagine Dragons: As “On Top of the World,” the fourth single from the band’s debut album “Night Visions,” bows at No. 100 on the Hot 100, second release “Radioactive” blasts 33-13, up 239% to 208,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Of the sum, 73% is from the version featuring Kendrick Lamar after the group and rapper performed the song together at the Grammys.
— Daft Punk: “Get Lucky,” Grammy winner for record of the year and best pop duo/group performance, rebounds 4-2 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, the track’s best position since Aug. 31, when it dipped 1-2 after a 13-week run at No. 1. The song is currently spending its 42nd consecutive week in the top 10, its entire chart run. “Lucky” is the list’s top Digital Gainer (112,000, up 122%) and Streaming Gainer (3.1 million, up 92%).
— U2: While the band remains in the Triple A top 10 (at its No. 7 peak) with its Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning “Ordinary Love,” from the “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom ” biopic, the band enters Rock Airplay at No. 35 with new track “Invisible.” The new song, in partnership with (RED) and Bank of America, raised more than $3 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in 36 hours (Feb. 2-3) via free downloads on iTunes. (All proceeds from additional copies of “Invisible” sold for $1.29 beginning on Feb. 4 will also contribute to the Global Fund).
“Invisible,” which, according to U2 frontman Bono, will not be the first single from the band’s 13th studio album, expected this year, debuts after its first day of airplay with 2.2 million audience impressions from plays at 50 Rock Airplay reporters.
— Suuns: The band bows on Hot Rock Songs at No. 50 with “2020.” Almost all the song’s chart points are from streaming, as the Montreal band’s track drew 446,000 U.S. streams following its inclusion in a Nike Flyknit Super Bowl (Feb. 2) commercial featuring a host of athletes, including Richard Sherman of the newly-crowned champion Seattle Seahawks.
— Fleetwood Mac: The Mac is back, debuting at No. 18 on Rock Digital Songs with its ’80s classic “Seven Wonders,” which sold 13,000 downloads in the SoundScan tracking week ending Feb. 2 (up 9,086%). The song surges after Steve Nicks sang it to open he Jan. 29 episode of FX’s “American Horror Story Coven.” Originally released as the second single from the band’s 1987 album Tango in the Night, “Wonders” reached No. 19 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on Mainstream Rock.
As of last month, Billboard confirmed that Christine McVie has rejoined the group after a 16-year hiatus, with a Fleetwood Mac tour possible this year. Tango marks the last studio album of all-new material by the now-reformed core band lineup of McVie, Nicks, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham.
Additional reporting by Wade Jessen, Gordon Murray and Rauly Ramirez