Two songs that are widely expected to rank among the biggest songs of the summer, MAGIC!'s "Rude" and Calvin Harris's "Summer," break into the top 10 on this week's Hot 100. "Rude," a charming, reggae-shaded lament, jumps from #15 to #8, leapfrogging over "Summer," a pop/dance song which jumps from #12 to #9.
"Rude" is the first top 10 hit for MAGIC!, a Canadian quartet, though front-man Nasri Atweh previously reached the top 10 as a writer on three hits. He scored with two hits by fellow Canadian Justin Bieber ("Never Say Never" featuring Jaden Smith and "As Long As You Love Me" featuring Big Sean) and one by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera ("Feel This Moment").
"Rude" is an unusual word to find in a song title. Rihanna's "Rude Boy" was #1 for five weeks in 2010. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble had a song called "Rude Mood" on their 1983 debut album.
The group's name, MAGIC!, has been a popular song title. Three different songs titled "Magic" (without the all-caps and the exclamation point) have reached the top 10. They're by Pilot (#5 in 1975), Olivia Newton-John (#1 in 1980) and B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo (#10 in 2010).
As for "Summer," the R&B/funk band War had a top 10 hit with that same title in 1976. But War's song, a mellow ballad, didn't hit the top 10 until summer was almost over. It hit the top 10 in the Sept. 11 issue. (For sake of comparison, the current chart coincides with the June 14 issue.)
This is Harris's highest-charting hit on which he was credited as the lead artist. It's his third top 10 hit overall as an artist, following Rihanna's "We Found Love," on which he was featured (#1 for 10 weeks in 2011) and his own "Sweet Nothing," featuring Florence Welch (#10 in 2012). (In addition to these hits, Harris co-wrote and co-produced Rihanna's "Where Have You Been," a #5 hit in 2012.)
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX and "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Azalea hold at #1 and #2 for the second straight week. Azalea is the first female artist to hold down the top two spots two weeks running since R&B star Ashanti scored for five straight weeks in the spring of 2002 with her own smash "Foolish" and Fat Joe's "What's Luv?," on which she was featured.
"Fancy" has 15% more overall Hot 100 points than "Problem" this week. Last week, it led by a 28% margin. Does this mean "Problem" has a shot at hitting #1 in coming weeks? Place your bets.
"Fancy" is also #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the second week.
"Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon jumps from #5 to #4, reaching a new peak in its 23rd week on the chart. The song is #1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the 10th week. It's just the third song to log 10 or more weeks at #1 since this chart was introduced last year. It trails Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" (26 weeks at #1) and "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams (13 weeks on top).
"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, which dips from #6 to #7, logs its 22nd week in the top 10. That constitutes a personal best for Perry. It tops "E.T." (featuring Kanye West), which had 20 weeks in the top 10 in 2011. The only problem is that "Dark Horse" is overshadowing Perry's follow-up single, "Birthday," which holds at #17 for the second week in its eighth week on the chart.
Both "E.T." and "Dark Horse" blend pop and hip-hop and are on the edgy, adventurous side of Perry's musical personality. In both cases, the follow-ups were pure-pop confections. The follow-up to "E.T." was "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," which had a swifter ascent than "Birthday" has. It cracked the top 10 in its fourth week and reached #1 in its 12th week. Will "Birthday" kick in and reach the top 10? If not, it will become only the third Perry single from one of her albums to fall short of the top 10, following "Thinking Of You" (#29 in 2009) and "Unconditionally" (#14 in December).
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX holds at #1 for the second week in its 13th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (289K) … "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea holds at #2 for the second week in its fifth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #2 (243K) … John Legend's "All Of Me" holds at #3 for the second week in its 34th week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (123K) … "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon jumps from #5 to #4 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (137K) … Pharrell Williams's dips from #4 to #5 in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (113K).
The Second Five: Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" jumps from #8 to #6 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (149K) … "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J dips from #6 to #7 in its 37th week on the chart. This is its 22nd week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #30 (49K) … MAGIC!'s "Rude" jumps from #15 to #8 in its sixth week on the chart. It's the group's first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #4 (141K) … Calvin Harris's "Summer" jumps from #12 to #9 in its 11th week on the chart. It's his third top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #11 (97K) … "Wiggle" by Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg holds at #10 for the second week in its fifth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (133K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz drops from #7 to #13, ending an 18-week run in the top 10. Justin Timberlake's "Not A Bad Thing" drops from #9 to #11, ending a six-week run in the top 10.
Let's keep an eye on two songs that are already in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs (but aren't yet in the top 10 on the Hot 100). 5 Seconds of Summer's "Good Girls" debuts at #8 (121K). Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" jumps from #18 to #10 (103K). This is 5 Seconds of Summer's second top 10 hit on Hot Digital Songs. "Don't Stop" debuted at #9 on that chart two weeks ago. Both songs will be featured on the group's upcoming eponymous debut album, which is due June 27. As for "Stay With Me" (which jumped from #49 to #31 on last week's Hot 100), Mary J. Blige is featured on a newly released version of the song.
"Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain tops the 7 million mark in digital sales this week. The smash topped the Hot 100 for 10 weeks in early 2008. "Low" was the first song in digital history to reach the 4 million mark (in June 2008) and also the first song in digital history to reach the 5 million mark (in June 2009). It's the 10th song to reach 7 million.
Alicia Keys's "No One" and Jason Derulo's "Whatcha Say" both top the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. "No One" spent five weeks at #1 in December 2007. "Whatcha Say" spent one week on top in November 2009. This is Keys's second song to reach 4 million. "Empire State Of Mind," a 2009 collabo with Jay Z, is up to 5,513,000.
Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" from Frozen tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. Only one Oscar-winning song has sold more digital copies. Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (from 8 Mile, the 2002 winner) is up to 6,113,000. Another Oscar-nominated song is above 3M. Pharrell Williams's "Happy" is up to 5,409,000.
MKTO's "Classic" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.
Katy Perry's "Roar" and Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" both top the 1 million mark in 2014 sales this week. In addition, "Roar" sold 4,410,000 copies in 2013. "Play It Again" sold 198K. Both artists join the growing list of artists who have sold 1M copies of two songs in 2014. The others: Lorde, Imagine Dragons and Iggy Azalea.
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.