As previously reported, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. + Pharrell, spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Who else makes head-“Lines” on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week? Notably, many movers owe their momentum to NBC’s “The Voice.”
— Zedd: Dance track “Clarity,” featuring Foxes, soars 24-14 on the Hot 100 following fourth-season “Voice” runner-up Michelle Chamuel’s more pop-focused performance of it on the show on June 10. Her version spikes the original by 44% to 105,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, spurring a 24-13 vault on Hot Digital Songs. Chamuel’s version, meanwhile, starts on Pop Digital Songs at No. 25 (25,000). Zedd’s original concurrently bounds 26-16 on Hot 100 Airplay (52 million impressions, up 17%, according to Nielsen BDS).
— Swon Brothers: Forty years ago, Anne Murray took the Kenny Loggins composition “Danny’s Song” to No. 7 on the Hot 100 (and No. 10 on Hot Country Songs). The classic returns to the Hot 100 as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 66 (for the first time since Murray’s recording) following the duo’s performance on “The Voice” (June 10); the Swon Brothers finished third on the series this season. The cover roars onto Country Digital Songs at No. 4 (73,000), marking the pair’s best sales week, and Hot Country Songs at No. 16.
— Amber Carrington: The fourth-place “Voice” finalist’s take on “Sad,” a track from Maroon 5’s album Overexposed, debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 92. (No surprise about the choice: Her “Voice” coach was the group’s Adam Levine.) Her interpretation enters Hot Digital Songs at No. 43 with (46,000), while the original vaults from less than 1,000 to 16,000 and debuts on Pop Digital Songs at No. 37.
— Danielle Bradbery: And … this season’s winner of “The Voice.” The singer debuts two titles on Hot Country Songs: “Who I Am” (No. 22), which originally spent three weeks at No. 1 for Jessica Andrews in 2001, and “Please Remember Me” (No. 30), written by Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings and a former five-week chart-topper for Tim McGraw in 1999. Bradbery’s versions enter Country Digital Songs at Nos. 8 and 11 with 60,000 and 47,000 sold, respectively.
— Avril Lavigne: A discount from $1.29 to 69 cents in the iTunes Store helps lift “Here’s to Never Growing Up” by 72% to 131,000 downloads sold, its best weekly sum. Also helping its cause: On June 14, Lavigne Tweeted a link to purchase the track. On the Hot 100, the song rockets from No. 34 to a new peak at No. 20.
— Austin Mahone: The pop singer premiered his new single, “What About Love,” on the syndicated “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” (June 7) from flagship WHTZ New York and released its video on June 10. It enters the Hot 100 at No. 74, marking his first chart entry. (Prior single “Say Somethin” fell short of the chart but reached No. 34 on Mainstream Top 40 last fall.) “Love” jumps 68-47 on Hot Digital Songs (45,000, up 58%) and debuts on Mainstream Top 40 at No. 36.
— Jack Johnson: The singer/songwriter debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 88 and blasts onto Hot Rock Songs at No. 11 with “I Got You,” the first single from his sixth studio album, From Here to Now, due Sept. 17. The track starts at No. 3 on Rock Digital Songs (48,000), as well as No. 48 on Rock Airplay (1.4 million audience impressions).
— The Civil Wars: The duo begins on Hot Rock Songs at No. 19 with “The One That Got Away,” fueled by a No. 12 start on Rock Digital Songs. The track introduces the folk act’s second full-length album, due Aug. 6, and first since the duo (Joy Williams and John Paul White) announced its hiatus late last year.
— Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: As “Same Love,” featuring Mary Lambert, reaches the Hot 100’s top 40 (51-33), it leaps 17-7 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs to join the duo’s first two singles – “Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) (No. 4) and “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) (No. 1) – in the latter list’s top 10. Although it’s common for artists to chart multiple titles in the chart’s top 10 simultaneously, thanks to the proliferation of guest features, it’s rare for an act to post three concurrent top 10s as a lead. Since Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs adopted Nielsen data in December 1992, Macklemore & Lewis are just the third act to achieve the feat. Usher did so over six weeks in 2004 and 2010 and 2 Chainz managed the accomplishment three times last year.
Additional reporting by Wade Jessen and Rauly Ramirez.