As previously reported, Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. Who else smashes their way to notable success on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week?
— Ylvis: Being used in promos for Fox’s new TV season, novelty song “The Fox” by the Norwegian comedy duo bounds 25-13 as the Hot 100’s top Streaming Gainer. Streaming accounts for 75% of the song’s Hot 100 points total, as it claims the No. 3 spot on Streaming Songs for a second week with 7.1 million U.S. streams, up 21%, according to Nielsen BDS. Sales make up almost the rest of the track’s Hot 100 points sum, as “The Fox” starts on Hot Digital Songs at No. 22 with 60,000 first-week downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Radio has yet to complete the song’s chart puzzle, as it garnered a mere 86 plays last week among the 1,244 stations that report to the Hot 100, according to Nielsen BDS. (KNHC Seattle and WEZB New Orleans led with six spins each.) Expect a significant jump, however, now that Warner Bros. has begun promoting the song to pop radio.
— Luke Bryan: With a sixth week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, “That’s My Kind of Night” (No. 16 on the Hot 100) is the longest-running leader by a solo male in the almost eight years since Keith Urban’s “Better Life” wrapped a six-week reign on the chart dated Nov. 26, 2005. No solo male has led for longer than six weeks since Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” spent seven weeks at the summit in 2004.
Bryan’s track adds Streaming Gainer honors on Hot Country Songs (1.9 million). On Country Digital Songs, “Night” lands a sixth straight week at No. 1 (103,000).
— Jason Aldean: The singer logs his 10th No. 1 on the Country Airplay tally with “Night Train,” which rolls 2-1 (and ranks at No. 32 on the Hot 100). Aldean had most recently topped the radio chart with “The Only Way I Know” (with Luke Bryan and Eric Church) in February.
Dating to his first leader in 2006, Aldean’s No. 1 count is outpaced only by four artists: Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney (13 each), Carrie Underwood (12) and Blake Shelton (11).
— Justin Timberlake: Ahead of the Sept. 30 arrival of the second edition of his album The 20/20 Experience, “TKO,” the set’s second single, starts at No. 54 on the Hot 100 with 79,000 sold. Lead track “Take Back the Night” reached No. 29 three weeks ago.
— Tim McGraw: It’s a golden week for the country superstar, whose “Southern Girl” (No. 59 on the Hot 100) jumps 12-9 to become his 50th top 10 on Country Airplay. Since McGraw’s first top week in the chart’s top 10 almost 20 years ago (March 26, 1994), he’s taken the most songs into the upper tier, besting runner-up George Strait (47), Kenny Chesney (45), Toby Keith (39) and Alan Jackson (38).
With more than half of his top 10s (26) climbing all the way to No. 1, McGraw is tied with Jackson and Strait for the most leaders in the chart’s entire 23-year archives.
— Linkin Park: The band debuts at No. 65 on the Hot 100 and No. 11 on Hot Rock Songs with “A Light That Never Comes,” a collaboration with DJ Steve Aoki. The track starts at No. 5 on Rock Digital Songs (55,000) and No. 15 on Rock Airplay with 4.9 million first-week audience impressions. The cut, which concurrently begins on Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 8, previews Recharged (due Oct. 29), a collection of remixes from Linkin Park’s 2012 album Living Things.
— Daughtry: The band makes its first Hot 100 appearance in two years with “Waiting for Superman” (No. 70), the lead single from its fourth album Baptized, due Nov. 19. It bows on Pop Digital Songs at No. 10 with 53,000 downloads sold.
— Imagine Dragons: The group flies onto the Hot 100 at No. 78 and Hot Rock Songs at No. 13 with “Monster,” which starts on Rock Digital Songs at No. 6 (54,000). The song appears on the soundtrack to the video game “Infinity Blade III.” Two tracks from the band’s album Night Visions rank above “Monsters” on Hot Rock Songs: the record-setting 23-week No. 1 “Radioactive” (No. 3) and current radio single “Demons” (No. 8).
— Gavin DeGraw: Introducing his fifth studio set Make a Move (Oct. 15), “Best I Ever Had” enters the Hot 100 at No. 88, pushing 15-14 on Adult Top 40. Its rising airplay helps spur a 36% gain to 25,000 downloads sold.
— Pearl Jam: The band enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 23 with “Sirens,” the second single from Lightning Bolt (Oct. 15). It bows on Rock Digital Songs at No. 19 (13,000) and Rock Airplay at No. 31 (2.4 million), fueled on the latter list by its No. 39 arrival on Alternative. The song marks Pearl Jam’s 38th Alternative entry, tying the band with U2 for the most charted titles in the chart’s 25-year history.
Additional reporting by Wade Jessen