Pharrell Williams's "Happy" tops the Hot 100 for the 10th week. As you all know, Williams was featured last year on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which spent 12 weeks on top. Williams is the first artist in chart history who was featured on a song that was #1 for 10 or more weeks to later step up to a lead role on another hit of that magnitude. It worked the other way around for another artist with the same surname, Michelle Williams. She and her fellow members of Destiny's Child were #1 for 11 weeks in 2000-2001 with "Independent Women Part I," after which she was featured on Nelly's "Dilemma" (10 weeks at #1 in 2002).
Since 1955, just four other artists (besides Pharrell Williams and Michelle Williams) have logged 10 or more weeks at #1 with two or more hits. Boyz II Men stayed on top that long with three hits, "I'll Make Love To You," "End Of The Road" and "One Sweet Day," an equal-billing collaboration with Mariah Carey. Carey also scored with a hit of her own, "We Belong Together." The other two acts are The Black Eyed Peas ("I Gotta Feeling" and "Boom Boom Pow") and Beyonce (the aforementioned Destiny's Child hit and her own "Irreplaceable").
Williams' 10-week run at #1 is the longest for a song that was nominated for an Oscar, but didn't win, in 71 years. The last time that an Oscar also-ran spent 10 or more weeks at #1 was in 1943, when Harry James and his Orchestra's recording of "I've Heard That Song Before" logged 13 weeks at #1. The song originated in the 1942 movie "Youth On Parade."
James's recording reached #1 on March 6, 1943—two days after the Oscars were presented at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles. So the song's long run at #1 came too late to impress Oscar voters. But it probably wouldn't have mattered, anyway. The song was up against what many consider to be the biggest hit of all time—Bing Crosby's "White Christmas."
"Happy" also lost to a massively popular song, "Let It Go" from "Frozen." "Let It Go" hasn't been as big a hit single as "Happy" is, but the combined success of the "Frozen" movie, DVD and soundtrack have made up for it.
"Happy" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for an 11th week, with sales of 208K. It's the first song to spend 11 weeks at #1 on this chart since "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain logged 13 weeks on top in 2007-2008.
"Happy" is also #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 12th week.
John Legend's "All Of Me" holds at #2 for the sixth straight week. "Happy" held a 16% lead over "All Of Me" in total Hot 100 points last week. This week, "Happy" leads by just 5%. "All Of Me" moves up to #1 on the Radio Songs chart, ending an eight-week run on top by "Happy." "All Of Me" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's by far Legend's biggest hit. His previous best-seller, "Green Light," has sold 1,242,000 copies.
"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J rebounds from #4 to #3. Perry has a second song in the top 40: "Birthday" vaults from #83 to #37 in its third week.
"Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz dips from #3 to #4. The song this week becomes the third song (following "Happy" and "Dark Horse") to sell 3M copies in 2014.
"Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon jumps from #7 to #5. It's Lil Jon's biggest hit in more than eight years—since "Lovers & Friends" by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Usher & Ludacris logged three weeks at #3 in early 2005. "Turn Down For What" is #1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a fifth week.
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX leaps from #18 to #7. Azalea is the first female rapper to land a top 10 hit (as a lead artist) since Nicki Minaj hit #5 in June 2012 with "Starships." Billboard's Gary Trust notes that Azalea is only the third female rapper to reach the top 10 with her first Hot 100 hit since 2000. She follows Lil Mama, whose "Lip Gloss" hit #10 in June 2007, and M.I.A., whose "Paper Planes" reached #4 in September 2008.
Azalea could land another top 10 hit next week: Ariana Grande's "Problem," which features Azalea, is expected to sell more than 300K digital copies in its first week, which could translate to a top 10 debut on the Hot 100. Stay tuned.
Azalea's debut album, "The New Classic," enters The Billboard 200 at #3 this week.
"Fancy" is the second top 10 hit for featured artist Charli XCX, following Icona Pop's "I Like It," which peaked at #7 a year ago. Notably, both hits are all-female collabos.
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Pharrell Williams's"Happy" holds at #1 for the 10th week in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (208K) … John Legend's "All Of Me" holds at #2 for the sixth week in its 29th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (187K) … "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J rebounds from #4 to #3 in its 32nd week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (104K) …"Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz dips from #3 to #4 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (145K) … "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon jumps from #7 to #5 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (131K).
The Second Five: Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" dips from #5 to #6 in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (133K) … "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX jumps from #18 to #7 in its eighth week on the chart. This is Azalea's first top 10 hit; Charli XCX's second. Digital sales rank: #6 (108K) … Bastille's"Pompeii" drops from #6 to #8 in its 37th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #17 (65K) … Justin Timberlake's "Not A Bad Thing" dips from #8 to #9 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (87K) … "Loyal" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & French Montana or Too $hort or Tyga dips from #9 to #10 in its 15th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #28 (52K)/
Lorde's"Team"ends a 14-week run in the top 10. This is the first time that Lorde hasn't had a song in the top 10 since last August.
Let's keep an eye on two other songs that are listed in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" inches up from #9 to #8 on that chart (96K). Ed Sheeran's "Sing" drops from #8 to #10 (80K). "Sing" jumped from #15 to #14 on last week's Hot 100, switching places with "Play It Again."
Sara Bareilles's "Brave" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's her second song to reach this plateau. "Love Song" has sold 3,717,000 copies since its release in 2007. "Brave" received a Grammy nomination for Best Solo Pop Performance. There was a minor controversy last year in which some pundits said that Katy Perry's "Roar" was a rip of "Brave." The kerfuffle gave "Brave" a second wind—and it hardly stopped "Roar," which has sold 5,313,000 copies.
Brantley Gilbert lands his first million-seller as "Bottoms Up" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales. Gilbert has two other songs that are extremely close: "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" (999K) and "Country Must Be Country Wide" (985K).
Two other songs top the 1 million mark this week: Imagine Dragons's "On Top Of The World" and "This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan. It's Imagine Dragons' fourth million-seller from "Night Visions."
To My Readers: I'll have a separate Chart Watch report on this week's key movers and debuts on the Hot 100 later today. I won't recap the top 10 in that second report. It will be fresh material.