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Robin Thicke: Longest Hot 100 Reign This Year

Robin Thicke notches a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell), establishing the longest command for a Hot 100 topper this year. Meanwhile…

Robin Thicke notches a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Blurred Lines” (featuring T.I. and Pharrell), establishing the longest command for a Hot 100 topper this year. Meanwhile, Bruno Mars tallies his 10th top five hit as “Treasure” climbs 7-5.

As “Lines” spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, the song passes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) for the longest run atop the chart this year. “Shop” led for six nonconsecutive weeks in February-April (wrapped around Baauer’s five-week domination with “Harlem Shake”). Maroon 5 boasts the last longer command on the Hot 100 with “One More Night,” which spent nine weeks at No. 1 in September-November last year. Among solo males, Gotye last spent more time at the summit than Thicke, having ruled for eight frames with “Somebody That I Used to Know” (featuring Kimbra) in April-June 2012. (“Somebody” eventually became the top Hot 100 song of 2012.)

“Lines” additionally sets one impressive airplay record, while approaching another. The song claims the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for an unprecedented eighth week (all consecutively). Seven songs had previously racked seven weeks (consecutive or not) claiming the honor dating to the prize’s 1985 origin: Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” (2013); Rihanna’s “What’s My Name? (featuring Drake) (2010-11) and “Rude Boy” (2010); T-Pain’s “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” (featuring Yung Joc) (2007); Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” (2006-07) and “Baby Boy” (featuring Sean Paul) (2003); and Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” (2005-06).

“Lines” leads Radio Songs for a third week, gaining by 10% to 197.7 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. Dating to the chart’s December 1990 launch, the song has now drawn the second-highest weekly audience (setting up a race to watch next week):

  1. 212.2 million, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey (July 9, 2005)
  2. 197.7 million, “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke (featuring T.I. + Pharrell) (Aug. 3, 2013)
  3. 196.3 million, “Irreplaceable,” Beyonce (Jan. 20, 2007)
  4. 192.4 million, “No One,” Alicia Keys (Dec. 22, 2007)
  5. 189.6 million, “Let Me Love You,” Mario (Feb. 5, 2005)

“Lines” tops the Digital Songs chart for an eighth week, selling 340,000 downloads (down 11%) in the Nielsen SoundScan tracking week. It spends a third week atop the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (2.6 million U.S. streams, up less than 1%, according to BDS) and holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (6.9 million, up 4%). It collects a seventh week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and a 10th week atop R&B Songs.

“Lines” maintains its lead on the Hot 100 despite a 2% loss in overall chart points. Meanwhile, a new runner-up moves up below it: Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” which rises 3-2 with a 15% points gain. “Stop” nabs a fifth week atop Streaming Songs (10.1 million, up 37%, good for top Streaming Gainer honors on the Hot 100); a fourth week at its No. 2 peak on Digital Songs (208,000, down 3%); and lifts 37-34 on Radio Songs (37 million, up 14%).

With the climb (to reference another of her hits …) of “Stop,” Cyrus equals her best Hot 100 rank. Her “Party in the U.S.A.” spent three weeks peaking at No. 2 in 2009.

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Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” returns to its No. 3 Hot 100 highpoint, while topping Hot Rock Songs for an 18th week. It pushes 4-3 on Radio Songs (120 million, up 7%); dips 4-5 on Streaming Songs, although with a less than 1% gain to 4.7 million streams, a new weekly high; and rises 4-3 on Digital Songs (173,000, down 4%). Notably, the still smoldering song revisits its Hot 100 peak in its 47th week on the chart. That’s as long as the band’s debut hit “It’s Time” spent on the Hot 100 between last June and this May; it peaked at No. 15.

Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (featuring Pharrell) slips 2-4 on the Hot 100 after peaking at No. 2 for five weeks. Still, “Lucky” bullets for a second week at No. 2 on Radio Songs (142 million, up 2%). It leads Dance/Electronic Songs for a record-extending 10th week.

Bruno Mars tallies his 10th top five Hot 100 hit, as “Treasure” ascends 7-5, gaining by 6% to 88 million in audience as it bullets for a second week at No. 6 on Radio Songs. Dating to Mars’ first week in the Hot 100’s top five (March 27, 2010), as a featured vocalist on B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You,” he’s now tied Rihanna for the most top five entries in that span.

Macklemore & Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) drops 5-6 on the Hot 100 after spending five weeks at No. 1. It rules Rap Songs for a 14th week.

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Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” (featuring Nelly) retreats 6-7 on the Hot 100, although it tops Hot Country Songs for an incredible 21st week, tying the record for the longest stay at No. 1 since the chart launched in 1944. Check out all the details on the song’s continued coronation here.

Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake, holds at No. 8 on the Hot 100 following its debut at that rank last week. The track slides 3-4 on Digital Songs (166,000, down 15%) but builds 16-8 on Streaming Songs  (3.4 million, up 63%) on Streaming Songs and 47-40 on Radio Songs (31 million, up 19%).

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” elevates 10-9, powered by climbs of 8-7 on Digital Songs (122,000, up 1%) and 16-12 on Radio Songs (66 million, up 15%); and Timberlake’s No. 2-peaking “Mirrors” falls 9-10.

Check tomorrow (July 25), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.