As previously reported, Lorde’s “Royals” crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week. Who else roars regally on song charts this week?
— Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The pair’s stellar year on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs continues as “White Walls,” featuring Schoolboy Q and Hollis, jumps 11-8. The move spurs the duo’s fourth top 10 on the list following “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz (No. 1, 14 weeks, the longest reign for a rap song), “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton (No. 1, seven weeks), and “Same Love,” featuring Mary Lambert (No. 3). “Walls” climbs 39-31 on the Hot 100.
Macklemore & Lewis are only the fifth duo to reach the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 four or more times since Nielsen data began powering the chart in December 1992. OutKast holds the record with six top 10s in that span, followed by ’90s outfit Zhane with five. Macklemore & Lewis tie K-Ci & JoJo and the Ying Yang Twins for the third-most top 10s by a duo in the Nielsen era.
— Florida Georgia Line: As for another surge by a duo, FGL secures its second leader on Country Digital Songs with “Stay,” which sells 51,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and flies 6-1. The act spent 25 cumulative weeks atop the tally with “Cruise.”
“Stay” reaches a new peak on Hot Country Songs, where it improves 7-4, and enters the Hot 100’s top 40 (47-37).
— Matthew Schuler: As he competes on the fifth season of NBC’s “The Voice,” Schuler soars onto Hot Rock Songs at No. 10 and the Hot 100 at No. 40 with his version of Leonard Cohen’s classic ballad “Hallelujah.” The song, which Schuler performed on the show’s Nov. 11 episode, bows at No. 4 on Rock Digital Songs with 106,000 downloads sold, marking the best sum for a “Voice” single this season. It passes James Wolpert’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” which also opened at Nos. 10 and 4 on the respective rock charts last week with 71,000.
In turn, other well-known versions of “Hallelujah” surge. Jeff Buckley’s re-enters Rock Digital Songs at No. 24 with a 367% increase to 11,000 and Rufus Wainwright’s interpretation swells by 132% to 3,000. Meanwhile, Cohen’s original more than triples to 2,000.
— Justin Bieber: He begins the second half of his scheduled 10-part “Music Mondays” series, as the sixth release starts with 77,000 and debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 50 and Hot Digital Songs at No. 11. The first five tracks have combined to sell 756,000.
— Lady Antebellum: Since debuting its first Hot 100 entry 13 years ago this week, StarGate (Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen) has written and produced 23 top 10s, all for such pop/R&B acts as Beyonce, Ne-Yo and Rihanna. “Compass,” which bullets for a second week at No. 87 on the Hot 100, marks the pair’s first charted composition with a country act.
— American Authors: The band, featured in last week’s Bubbling Under spotlight, makes its first Hot 100 appearance, as “Best Day of My Life” enters at No. 93. The song begins on Hot 100 Airplay at No. 68 (15 million audience impressions, up 15%, according to Nielsen BDS), spurred by its 15-14 lift as the Greatest Gainer on Adult Top 40. It also gains by 12% to 18,000 sold.
— Calvin Harris: Calvin Harris makes it five No. 1s on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, as “Thinking About You,” featuring Ayah Marar, rises 3-1. Harris, who spent nine weeks at No. 1 earlier this year with “Sweet Nothing,” featuring Florence Welch , also increases his total weeks at No. 1 to 42. In the 10-year history of the ranking, only Rihanna, with 47 weeks at the top combined among her 11 No. 1s, has tallied more.
“Thinking” marks the first Billboard No. 1 for vocalist Marar, whose first unaccompanied hit, “Beg Borrow Steal,” debuts at on Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 49 and increases 25-20 on Dance Club Songs.
— Foxes: The singer born Louisa Rose Allen grabs her first lead/solo No. 1, as “Youth” ascends to the top of Dance Club Songs (3-1). She first reached the chart’s apex in February as the vocalist on what would become Zedd’s mainstream breakthrough hit, “Clarity.” Remixes from Danny Howard, Seamus Haji and Breakage, among others, contributed to the coronation of “Youth.”
— Gerardo Ortiz: He launches on Hot Latin Songs at No. 19, marking his highest debut, with new single “Mujer de Piedra.” Ortiz’s previous best debut was with “En Preparacion,” which entered at No. 31 in 2010. The new song claims Greatest Gainer honors on Regional Mexican Airplay, where it opens at No. 17 with 3.9 million audience impressions in its opening week at radio.
— Johnny Mathis: Beloved crooner Mathis and piano wiz Jim Brickman bow at No. 27 on Adult Contemporary with “Sending You a Little Christmas.” The song marks a landmark visit for Mathis, as he tallies his 50th AC hit (and first since 2003 and just his second of the last 25 years).
Mathis first reached the chart in its second year of existence (1962) with the No. 2 hit “Gina.” He’s just the fifth act to amass at least 50 AC entries. Elton John leads with 69 appearances, followed by Barbra Streisand (64), Neil Diamond (58), Elvis Presley (53) and Barry Manilow, also with 50.
Additional reporting by Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal, Gordon Murray and Rauly Ramirez