After their well-received live performances at the Academy Awards, broadcast on ABC on March 2, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” and Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go,” the latter of which won best original song honors, both shine on the Billboard Hot 100. The former leads the list for a third week, while the latter blasts into the top 10, vaulting 17-9.
As we do each Wednesday, let’s run down the numbers behind all the winners in the Hot 100’s top 10.
“Happy” maintains its Hot 100 command adding all three of the Hot 100’s Gainer awards: Digital, Airplay and Streaming, marking just the second song to sweep the prizes since the Streaming Gainer nod began two years ago this week. The other triple-winner also featured Williams’ vocals: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring Williams and T.I., which claimed all three ribbons on the June 22 and Aug. 17, 2013, charts.
With sales comprising the majority (55%) of its chart points, as they did last week, “Happy” leads the Digital Songs chart for a fourth week with a 19% gain to 490,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported, the sum is the biggest since Katy Perry’s “Roar” debuted with 557,000 on the Aug. 31, 2013, tally. “Happy” posts the 13th-largest sales week ever for a digital song and the eighth-greatest for a non-debuting title.
Having sold 413,000 downloads in the previous tracking week and 402,000 in the week before that, “Happy” is also the first song to earn three straight weeks of more than 400,000 in sales since “Blurred Lines” did so in the three consecutive weeks last June. (The SoundScan tracking week for this week’s Hot 100 began at midnight on Monday, March 3, after the Oscars telecast, so Williams’ and Menzel’s songs benefit from a full week of post-Awards buzz.)
“Happy” snares the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a seventh consecutive week, the best streak since “Lines” linked a record 10 weeks (in a row and total) last year. “Happy” crowns the Radio Songs chart for a second week with a 14% surge to 187 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
On Streaming Songs, “Happy” climbs 3-2 with 8 million U.S. streams (up 20%), according to BDS. It concurrently takes over atop the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (2-1; 3.2 million U.S. streams, up 28%, according to BDS).
The cut spends a fifth week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while Williams additionally makes news on the Billboard 200, where his album “G I R L” debuts at No. 2 with 112,000 copies sold. (“Happy” is the lead single from “G I R L” after first being released on the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack.)
Menzel likewise translates Oscars exposure (and, of course, the pop culture frenzy over John Travolta having flubbed her name when introducing her performance) into Hot 100 gains, as “Let It Go,” from the “Frozen” soundtrack, bounds 17-9 to become her first Hot 100 top 10. “Go” jumps 5-4 on Digital Songs (185,000, up 42%), with sales accounting for two-thirds of the song’s chart points. Still, it soars in streaming, too, charging 14-7 on Streaming Songs (4 million, up 25%).
Airplay makes up just 2% of the Hot 100 points for “Go,” as the Broadway-inclined ballad pushes 20-18 on Adult Contemporary, the only airplay chart on which the song ranks. The last Hot 100 top 10 that charted on AC and no other airplay survey? Taylor Hicks’ “Do I Make You Proud,” which topped the Hot 100 and reached No. 14 on AC in 2006. Like Menzel via “Frozen” and the Oscars, Hicks similarly transformed visual-media exposure to chart success, as “Proud” benefited from Hicks winning the 2006 season of Fox’s “American Idol.” The last two Hot 100 top 10s whose only airplay chart history was on AC before Hicks were also “Idol” singers: 2003 champ Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken managed the feat with “Flying Without Wings” (No. 2 Hot 100; No. 27 AC) and “This Is the Night” (No. 1 Hot 100; No. 13 AC), respectively.
While Menzel is new to the Hot 100’s top 10, she first gained widespread acclaim in the Broadway musical “Rent” and won a Tony Award in 2004 for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway smash “Wicked.” Just last week (March 5), she began starring in the new Broadway musical “If/Then.” She’s also starred on Fox’s “Glee” (as the mother of Lea Michele’s Rachel) and is the voice of snow queen Elsa in “Frozen.” Menzel’s Billboard chart history dates to 2005, with, notably, her version of “Wicked” signature song “Defying Gravity” having become a No. 5 hit on Dance Club Songs in 2007.
After it led the Hot 100 for four weeks until two weeks ago, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” spends a third week at No. 2. The track tops Streaming Songs for a fourth week, although with a 20% drop to 8.9 million streams. It slips 1-2 after eight weeks atop On-Demand Songs (2.7 million, down 6%). On Digital Songs, which it led for five weeks, “Horse” retreats 3-5 (182,000, down 14%). It holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (153 million, up 1%), which it dominated for two weeks earlier this month.
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With “Happy” up by 14% in overall Hot 100 points and “Horse” down by 12%, the former boasts a strongly widening 60% points lead.
Aside from Williams, Menzel and Perry in the Hot 100’s upper ranks, John Legend’s first Hot 100 top 10, “All of Me,” rises 4-3. The piano ballad pushes 4-2 on Digital Songs (210,000, up 6%), 6-4 on Streaming Songs (5.7 million, up 9%) and 8-6 on Radio Songs (107 million, up 22%).
Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz, dips 3-4 on the Hot 100 after four weeks at its No. 3 highpoint. It rises to a new peak (9-8) on Radio Songs (93 million, up 7%). Bastille’s “Pompeii” holds at No. 5 (and rules Hot Rock Songs for a fourth week), climbing 5-4 on Radio Songs (122 million, up 11%).
In the top 10’s second half (aside from Menzel’s ascent), Lorde’s “Team” holds at its No. 6 peak; Beyonce’s No. 2-peaking “Drunk in Love, featuring Jay Z, stays at No. 7; OneRepublic’s No. 2 hit “Counting Stars” keeps at No. 8; and, Pitbull’s former three-week No. 1 “Timber,” featuring Ke$ha, is likewise a non-mover at No. 10.
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (March 13), 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 14).