Jason Aldean's “Burnin' It Down” is burnin' it up on this week's charts. The song is the top new entry on the Hot 100 at #12. It's already one of Aldean's three highest-charting hits, along with “Dirt Road Anthem” (which peaked at #7 in July 2011) and “Take A Little Ride” (which debuted and peaked at #12 in August 2012).
"Burnin’ It Down" is off to an even faster start on Hot Digital Songs, where it debuts at #1 (184K). Aldean is the first male country artist ever to top the Digital Songs chart as a lead artist. Tim McGraw was featured on Nelly's “Over And Over,” which headed the digital chart for two weeks in the fall of 2004.
Finally, “Burnin’ It Down” vaults from #42 to #1 in its second week on Top Country Songs, displacing Florida Georgia Line's “Dirt.” It's Aldean's ninth #1 country hit; his first since the aforementioned “Take A Little Ride.”
"Burnin’ It Down" is the first song from Aldean’s upcoming sixth studio album. His last album, Night Train, entered The Billboard 200 at #1 in October 2012 with first-week sales of 409K.
Bad News: This is the fourth week in a row in which not one song has broken the 200K mark in weekly sales. This is the longest stretch in which no songs have sold 200K since the fall of 2009, when there was a five-week losing streak in which no songs reached the threshold. (The #1’s in those slow weeks: Britney Spears's “3” and Owl City's “Fireflies.”)
MAGIC!'s “Rude” logs its third week at #1, while “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX holds at #2 for the third week. “Fancy” remains #1 on Streaming Songs for an 11th week. If it stays on top for just two more weeks, it will tie Miley Cyrus's “Wrecking Ball” for the longest run on top since the inception of that chart in early 2013. Will it do it? Place your bets. In addition, “Fancy” is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a 10th week.
Sam Smith has two songs in the top seven. “Stay With Me” holds at #3 for the second week. Disclosure’s “Latch,” on which he is featured, jumps from #9 to #7 in its 19th week. “Latch” is #1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a second week.
John Legend's “All Of Me” drops from #6 to #8 in its 42nd week. This is its 23rd week in the top 10, which allows it to push ahead of two other megahits for the longest run in the top 10 in 2014. Those hits, each of which logged 22 weeks in the top 10: Pharrell Williams's “Happy” and “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J. (I told you they were megahits.)
Sia lands her first top 10 hit as a lead artist as “Chandelier” jumps from #11 to #9 in its 12th week. Sia was a featured artist on two top 10 hits in 2011: David Guetta's “Titanium” (#7) and Flo Rida's “Wild Ones” (#5).
"Chandelier" is Sia’s fifth top 10 hit as a co-writer. She co-wrote all of the songs named above as well as Rihanna's “Diamonds” (#1 in 2012) and Ne-Yo's “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” (#6 in 2012).
"Chandelier" was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year last week. It was the only finalist that hadn’t yet cracked the top 10 when the nominations were announced. (The other finalists all reached #1 or #2 months ago.)
Passenger's “Let Her Go” tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. The song reached #5 on the Hot 100.
"Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. The song reached #4.
"Loyal" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & French Montana Or Too $hort Or Tyga tops the 1 million mark in digital sales. (I bet they spent more time coming up with the billing than they did writing the song.) The song reached #9.
Jake Owen's “Beachin'” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song has climbed as high as #26.
To My Readers: I’ll have a second Chart Watch blog drawn from the Hot 100 later today.
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