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Pharrell Williams Leads Hot 100; John Legend, Idina Menzel On the Move

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, and closes in on a radio audience record, while John Legend’s “All of Me” pushes 3-2 and Idina Menzel’s “Frozen” ballad “Let…

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, and closes in on a radio audience record, while John Legend’s “All of Me” pushes 3-2 and Idina Menzel’s “Frozen” ballad “Let It Go” returns to the top 10, soaring 14-5.

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

As “Happy” maintains its Hot 100 command, it rules the Radio Songs chart for a fourth week with a 5 percent lift to 219 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. In the Radio Songs chart’s 23-year history, it moves to second place among titles with the biggest weekly audiences. Here’s a look at the top five, with Williams figuring into the top two such hits:


Peak Audience, Title, Artist (Chart Week)
229 million, “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell (Aug. 31, 2013)
219 million, “Happy,” Pharrell Williams (April 5, 2014)
212 million, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey (July 9, 2005)
196 million, “Irreplaceable,” Beyonce (Jan. 20, 2007)
192 million, “No One,” Alicia Keys (Dec. 22, 2007)

Linking the above hits are their crossover appeal, as all scored success at pop, R&B and adult formats, among others. Fueling its Radio Songs reign, “Happy” additionally leads the Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Adult R&B Songs airplay charts, while ranking in the top 10 on Rhythmic Songs and Adult Contemporary and in the top 20 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Adult Alternative Songs and Latin Airplay.

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“Happy” leads the Digital Songs chart for a sixth week, up 2 percent to 370,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Having sold at least 300,000 in each of the last six weeks, it’s the first song to link such a streak since Katy Perry’s “Roar” also reached the 300,000-downloads sold mark in six straight frames over its first six weeks of release last August through October. “Happy” is the first song by a male artist to rack such a run since Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” did so for a record 10 consecutive weeks last year.

On Streaming Songs, “Happy” slides 5-10 with 3.3 million U.S. streams (down 9 percent), according to BDS. It departs the summit of the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart after two weeks at No. 1 (2.4 million U.S. streams, down 15 percent, according to BDS). The cut spends a seventh week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

John Legend’s first Hot 100 top 10, “All of Me,” climbs 3-2. The piano ballad holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (224,000, up 4 percent) and No. 4 on Streaming Songs (6.8 million, up 6 percent), while rising 4-3 on Radio Songs (143 million, up 13 percent). The song earns top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100, ending the eight-week streak of “Happy” claiming the award (the second-best stretch ever; “Blurred Lines” linked 10 weeks in a row).

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The continued domination of Williams and the advance of Legend earns the artists’ label, Columbia Records, its own honors. Columbia is the first label to monopolize the Hot 100’s top two in exactly a year, since Warner Bros.’ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, returned to No. 1 for its fifth of six weeks at the summit, displacing Baauer’s No. 2 “Harlem Shake” after five weeks at No. 1 (April 6, 2013). Columbia had last doubled up in the top two on the Feb. 26, 2000, chart, when Savage Garden’s “I Knew I Loved You” logged its fourth and final week at No. 1 and Mariah Carey’s “Thank God I Found You,” featuring Joe & 98 Degrees, fell to No. 2 after a week on top.

Below the two Columbia crooners, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, dips 2-3 on the Hot 100 after four weeks at No. 2. It led for four frames before “Happy” began its command.

Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz, ranks at No. 4 on the Hot 100 for a second week. It peaked at No. 3 for four weeks.

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Idina Menzel returns to the Hot 100’s top 10, rocketing into the top five (14-5, a new peak). Two weeks ago, it leapt 17-9 following the buzz of the ballad, from Disney’s “Frozen,” winning best original song at the Oscars on March 2. The song benefits from the release of the movie on DVD and blu-ray on March 18, as does the “Frozen” soundtrack, which scores a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as “Fanzels” (aka, fans of Menzel, Billboard magazine’s current cover artist) helped it sell 202,000 copies in the week ending March 23 (up 104 percent), its best weekly sum so far.

“Go” earns the top Streaming and Digital Gainer nods on the Hot 100, vaulting 10-2 on Streaming Songs (7.5 million, up 114 percent) and pushing 5-4 on Digital Songs (167,000, up 37 percent).

Menzel’s breakout mainstream hit also becomes the highest-charting best original song winner on the Hot 100 since Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” from “8 Mile,” won for 2002 after spending 12 weeks at No. 1. (“Go” passes last year’s champ, Adele’s No. 8-peaking “Skyfall,” the only other winner to reach the top 10 since Eminem’s hit.)

Of the total Hot 100 points for “Go,” 51 percent are from sales and 45 percent from streaming, with just 4 percent owed to radio. Still, the song rises on two airplay charts: Adult Contemporary (16-15) and Adult Pop Songs (36-32). 

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Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Bastille’s “Pompeii” slips from its No. 5 peak to No. 6 (and tops Hot Rock Songs for a sixth week) and Lorde’s “Team” likewise drops a spot from its No. 6 highpoint.

OneRepublic’s No. 2 Hot 100 hit “Counting Stars” descends 7-8, while Aloe Blacc rises to a new best rank (10-9) with “The Man.” The latter track climbs 8-6 on Digital Songs (126,000, up 30 percent), 19-14 on Radio Songs (54 million, up 5 percent) and 37-28 on Streaming Songs (2.3 million, up 11 percent). During the tracking week, Blacc appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Beyonce’s No. 2-peaking “Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay Z, closes out the Hot 100’s top 10 (8-10).

Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (March 27), 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.