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Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ Holds at No. 1 On Hot 100

Pharrell Williams' "Happy" may not have won best original song honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2), but the jubilant track remains atop of the Billboard Hot 100 after reaching the summit…

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” may not have won best original song honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2), but the jubilant track remains atop of the Billboard Hot 100 after reaching the summit last week. The song additionally ascends to No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart. 

As we do each Wednesday, let’s dig into the numbers behind the Hot 100’s top 10.

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“Happy” maintains its Hot 100 command with gains in all three of the charts metrics (sales, airplay and streaming), while sales continues to make up the majority (53%) of its chart points. It leads the Digital Songs chart for a third week with a 3% increase to 413,000 downloads sold. Having sold 402,000 last week, “Happy” is the first song to earn two straight weeks of more than 400,000 in sales since another Williams-assisted track, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring Williams and T.I., reached the number in the three consecutive weeks last June.

A full week of post-Oscar buzz should further fuel sales of “Happy” on next week’s charts, as the SoundScan tracking week for this week’s Hot 100 ended on Sunday night at midnight. Williams performed the song on the ABC broadcast of the festivities.

While “Happy,” from “Despicable Me 2,” as well as the lead single from Williams’ studio album “GIRL,” released yesterday and due on next week’s Billboard 200, didn’t take home the best original song nod, the song that did, Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go,” which she also performed on Sunday, edges 18-17 on the Hot 100 and 7-5 on Digital Songs (130,000, up 4%). It, too, could benefit from a full week of sales after the Oscars. (And, in a show of support for John Travolta after he flubbed Menzel’s name when introducing her performance, how about a nod to his own impressive Hot 100 track record? The actor/singer scored three Hot 100 top 10s in 1977-78, including the No. 1 “Grease” classic “You’re the One That I Want,” with Olivia Newton-John.)

Back to “Happy”: the song becomes Williams’ first No. 1 as a lead artist on Radio Songs (2-1) with an 18% surge to 164 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. He’d previously topped the airplay tally three times as a featured act: on Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (three weeks, 2004), Ludacris’ “Money Maker” (two, 2006) and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (11 weeks, 2013). Reaching the top of Radio Songs in just its sixth week, “Happy” ties Eminem’s “The Monster,” featuring Rihanna (2013), and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (2011) for the fastest trip to the top this decade. (The last song to soar to No. 1 more quickly? Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor,” which bolted to No. 1 in five weeks in 2001.)

“Happy” also claims the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a sixth consecutive week, the best streak since “Blurred Lines” linked a record 10 weeks (in a row and total) last year.

On Streaming Songs, “Happy” climbs 4-3 with 6.6 million U.S. streams (up 9%), according to BDS. The cut concurrently spends a fourth week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

After it led the Hot 100 for four weeks until last week, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” spends a second week at No. 2. The track tops Streaming Songs for a third week, although with a 3% drop to 11.2 million streams; it had surged by 86% last week following the Feb. 20 release of its official video. It also rules the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (2.8 million U.S. streams, down 2%, according to BDS) for an eighth week. On Digital Songs, which it led for five weeks, “Horse” slips 2-3 (212,000, down 16%). As reported yesterday, the single dominates the Pop Songs radio airplay chart for a fourth week, upping Perry’s career total to 46 weeks at No. 1 on the ranking, pushing her past Mariah Carey for the most time spent at No. 1 in the list’s 21-year history.

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With “Happy” up by 11% in overall Hot 100 points and “Horse” down by 7%, the former boasts a comfortable 21% points lead. Last week, “Happy” won the top slot over “Horse” by a mere 4% margin.

Below the Hot 100’s top two, Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz, logs a fourth week at No. 3. The cut rebounds 3-2 to its peaks on Streaming Songs (7.1 million, up 2%) and Digital Songs (217,000, down 12%) and bounds into the Radio Songs top 10 (13-9; 87 million, up 15%). It’s Derulo’s fifth Radio Songs top 10 and first since “The Other Side” reached No. 10 last year.

John Legend’s first Hot 100 top 10, “All of Me,” holds at No. 4, with the Streaming Gainer ribbon, after leaping from No. 11 last week. The piano ballad stays at No. 4 on Digital Songs (198,000, down 2%) and No. 6 on Streaming Songs (5.2 million, up 15%). On Radio Songs, “Me” powers 14-8 (87 million, up 23%) to become Legend’s first top 10 on the ranking. He’d previously peaked as high as No. 12 on Radio Songs with “Green Light,” featuring Andre 3000, 2009. “Me” leads the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart for a fifth week.

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, Bastille’s “Pompeii” reaches the region (6-5) in its 29th week, tying for the third-longest trip to the top five in the chart’s history. (Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” holds the mark, having taken 42 weeks to reach the top five. This week, the song extends its record for the most weeks totaled on the Hot 100 to 79, as it holds at No. 27; meanwhile, AWOLNATION’s “Sail” adds to its second-best sum of 78 weeks, as it keeps at No. 41.) “Pompeii,” which topped Alternative Songs for four weeks last year, likewise lifts 6-5 on Radio Songs (109 million, up 8%). It commands Hot Rock Songs for a third week.

In the second half of the Hot 100’s top 10, Lorde’s “Team” advances to a new peak (7-6); Beyonce’s No. 2-peaking “Drunk in Love, featuring Jay Z, slides 5-7; OneRepublic’s No. 2 hit “Counting Stars” rebounds 9-8; A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something” falls to No. 9 (after reaching No. 4); and Pitbull’s former three-week No. 1 “Timber,” featuring Ke$ha, holds at No. 10.

While no songs enter the top 10, highlights below the bracket include the Chainsmokers’ buzzy EDM track “#SELFIE” launching as the Hot 100’s highest debut at No. 55 (and charging 12-6 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs); Justin Timberlake’s “Not a Bad Thing” bows at No. 65 after he performed the song, from his former Billboard 200 No. 1 album “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2),” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Feb. 21 (wrapping Fallon’s first week hosting the NBC show); and, Lorde’s “Glory and Gore” jumps 88-68 on the Hot 100 with Digital Gainer kudos (47,000, up 46%) following its usage in promos for the History channel’s “Vikings.” The song is the third radio single, following “Team” and the nine-week Hot 100 No.  1 “Royals,” from Lorde’s debut full-length album “Pure Heroine.”

Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (March 6), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs, will refresh, as they do each Thursday. The latest charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine (on sale on Friday, March 7).