Chart Watch: Sam Smith Zooms Into Top 10

Paul Grein
·Writer

Sam Smith, the red-hot, blue-eyed soul singer from England, lands his first top 10 hit on the Hot 100 as "Stay With Me" jumps from #19 to #10. The song reached #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart two weeks ago. It's vying to become the second song to reach #1 in both countries this year, following "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha. ("The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna topped the Hot 100 in both 2013 and 2014, but headed the U.K. chart only in 2013.)

In addition, Smith's "I'm Not The Only One" debuts at #69. Both songs are from Smith's debut album, In The Lonely Hour, which returns to #1 on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart this week. The album is due for release in the U.S. on June 17. It will compete for #1 with Linkin Park's The Hunting Party and Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence.

As if this isn't enough, Disclosure's "Latch," on which Smith is featured, jumps from #22 to #17 in its 12th week. It's Smith's third top 20 hit, following Naughty Boy's "La La La," on which Smith is also featured (and which peaked at #19) and "Stay With Me."


Smith may well be a player in next year's key Grammy races.

A different song titled "Stay With Me" by Faces peaked at #17 in February 1972. Another song with the same title by Lorraine Ellison reached #64 in 1966. (Bette Midler memorably covered it in The Rose.)

"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX and "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Azalea hold at #1 and #2 for the third straight week. Azalea is the first artist to hold down the top two spots on the Hot 100 with her first two chart hits since the Beatles in 1964. Azalea, 24, wasn't impressed when she heard that stat. "It doesn't mean anything," she told Billboard. "I'd rather be the Rolling Stones." Cheeky or rude? You decide.

"Fancy" is also #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the third week.


In addition to being featured on the week's #1 hit, Charli XCX has the week's highest new entry as her own "Boom Clap" debuts at #62. It's from The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack, which vaults from #18 to #8 on The Billboard 200. This is Charli XCX's first Hot 100 hit as a lead artist. It's vying to become her third top 10 hit overall, following a pair of featured credits: "Fancy" and Icona Pop's "I Love It."

John Legend's "All Of Me" holds at #3 for the third week. The song tops the 4M mark in digital sales this week. It's the 116th song in digital history to reach this level. Prior to this smash, Legend's best-seller was "Green Light" (featuring Andre 3000), which has sold 1,247,000 copies.

"Wiggle" by Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg vaults from #10 to #5. It's Derulo's fourth top five hit; Snoop's seventh. Snoop has been featured on top five hits by Dr. Dre, Chingy, the Pussycat Dolls, Akon, Katy Perry and now Derulo. He has been in the lead position on only one of his top five hits: "Drop It Like It's Hot," which featured Pharrell.


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 third week in its 14th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (263K) … "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea holds at #2 for the third week in its sixth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #2 (214K) … John Legend's "All Of Me" holds at #3 for the third week in its 35th week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (116K) … "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon holds at #4 for the second week in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (129K) … "Wiggle" by Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg vaults from #10 to #5 in its sixth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (146K).

The Second Five: Pharrell Williams's "Happy" dips from #5 to #6 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 19th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (104K) … MAGIC!'s "Rude" jumps from #8 to #7 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (162K) … Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" drops from #6 to #8 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (142K) … Calvin Harris's "Summer" holds at #9 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (92K) … Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" jumps from #19 to #10 in its ninth week on the chart. It's his first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #3 (167K).

"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J drops from #7 to #11, ending a 22-week run in the top 10. Here's much worse news for Perry: "Birthday" drops from its #17 peak to date to #22 in its ninth week. Unless it does a quick reversal, it will go down as her lowest-charting single (from one of her albums) since "Thinking Of You" peaked at #29 in February 2009. What's the problem with "Birthday"? I think it's a good record, if perhaps too much a summary of her hit formula. Or maybe Perry is simply entering the next phase of her career where not every single will be an automatic smash and her fortunes will rise or fall on the merits of each release. It happens to everybody eventually.


Let's keep an eye on another song that is listed in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs, but hasn't yet cracked the top 10 on the Hot 100. "This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan rebounds from #23 to #7 on Hot Digital Songs, following the release of a remix featuring Jason Derulo. The song has climbed as high as #16 on the Hot 100.

Bastille's "Pompeii" tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. The song reached #6 on the Hot 100. It earlier reached #2 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart.

Christina Perri's "Human" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. This is Perri's third million-seller. "Jar Of Hearts" is up to 3,798,000. "A Thousand Years" is up to 3,657,000. "Human" reached #31 on the Hot 100.


"Show Me" by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown becomes the 29th song to sell 1M copies in 2014. It reached #13 on the Hot 100.

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.

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