As previously reported, Katy Perry’s “Roar” takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100, halting the 12-week reign of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell. Who else has the eye of the tiger on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week?
— Robin Thicke: Despite “Lines” (Billboard’s top song of the summer) ceding the Hot 100 throne to Perry’s “Roar,” Thicke blasts 83-25 with follow-up “Give it 2 U.” Following his appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 25), the song soars 72-17 on Hot Digital Songs with a 251% increase to 84,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in the first full sales tracking week after the VMAs.
Airplay for the song is also building early on, as “Give” lifts 75-63 on Hot 100 Airplay (19 million audience impressions, up 29%, according to Nielsen BDS).
— Justin Timberlake: Following Timberlake’s reunion with his ‘N Sync band mates at the VMAs, his current single “Take Back the Night” rebounds to a new peak on the Hot 100, climbing 44-29. It had risen as high as No. 33 four weeks ago. The track jumps 58-27 on Hot Digital Songs (56,000, up 97%) and soars to the top 10 (19-10) on Pop Digital Songs.
— Bruno Mars: Fellow VMAs performer Mars debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 60 with “Gorilla.” The track, which follows the No. 1s “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man” and the No. 5-peaking “Treasure” from his second album Unorthodox Jukebox, starts at No. 24 on Hot Digital Songs with (57,000).
— Avril Lavigne: “Rock N Roll” starts on the Hot 100 at No. 91 and Hot Digital Songs at No. 45 (36,000). It’s the second Hot 100 entry featuring co-writing credit for Lavigne and her husband Chad Kroeger of Nickelback: “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” the first single from her self-titled fifth album (due Nov. 5), reached No. 20.
— Paul McCartney: The icon debuts on Hot Rock Songs at No. 48 and Adult Contemporary at No. 30 with “New.” The song serves as the title track from his first album of original songs (due Oct. 15) since 2007’s Memory Almost Full, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 635,000 copies. McCartney has teased the new release on Twitter with a series of “new”-themed Tweets, including “lyweds,” “sworthy” and “York.”
On Adult Contemporary, “New” marks McCartney’s 40th entry. He first appeared on the chart as a soloist with his first post-Beatles single, the No. 4-peaking “Another Day,” in 1971
— Luke Bryan: With Streaming Gainer honors (1.4 million U.S. streams, up 57%, according to BDS) and a No. 2 rank on Country Streaming Songs, Luke Bryan spends a third week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with “That’s My Kind of Night.” The cut leads Country Digital Songs for a third straight week (112,000).
“Night,” meanwhile, surges 15-10 in its fifth week on Country Airplay, marking the quickest top 10 climb in 14 months on the tally and the fastest of Bryan’s 11 solo top 10s. The radio-driven chart hadn’t welcomed a top 10 trip so swiftly since Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over” posted a fifth-week jump (12-10) (June 30, 2012) before eventually spending two weeks at No. 1. No song has managed a top 10 rank in fewer than five weeks in nearly five years: Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” needed just four frames to enter the region in October 2008.
— Daft Punk: The duo zooms into the top 10 of Dance/Electronic Songs (18-10) with “Lose Yourself to Dance.” Featuring Pharrell Williams (as did its summer smash “Get Lucky”), “Dance” takes advantage of the full tracking week since its video premiere on the VMAs. Sales of 10,000 (up 106%) propel it to a new peak on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (36-18). Its 765,000 total U.S. streams (65% from YouTube and 31% from Spotify), allow for a re-entry at No. 12 (up 47%) on Dance Streaming Songs.
— Kylie Minogue: The diva continues her No. 1 streak on Dance Club Songs as “Skirt” lifts 2-1 to become her seventh straight leader and 10th No. 1 overall on the list. The track, serviced to Billboard’s DJ panel via import remixes (Nom De Strip, Hot Mouth and Switch, among others), continues a reigning run that began in August 2010 with “All the Lovers.” Despite her three-year No. 1 streak, Minogue has a Dance Club Songs history that dates back 25 years. She first graced the chart with “I Should Be So Lucky,” which peaked at No. 10 in 1988.
Additional reporting by Wade Jessen and Gordon Murray