Coldplay's "Magic" is this week's top new entry on the Hot 100 at #24. It's the first single from the band's sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories," which is due May 19. Coldplay has had five top 20 singles (fewer, I would imagine, than you thought). Three of them were from the band's 2011 album, "Mylo Xyloto." But none of those three singles—"Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," "Paradise" or "Princess Of China" (featuring Rihanna)—cracked the top 10. By contrast, one single from each of the band's two previous studio albums made the top 10. "Speed Of Sound," from "X&Y," reached #8. "Viva La Vida," from "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends," hit #1.
An act would probably rather have one megahit like "Viva La Vida" than three good-sized hits like the three hits from "Mylo Xyloto." In which category will "Magic" end up? Place your bets.
"Magic" is already in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. Digital sales rank: #7 (114K).
"Magic" is vying to become the fifth different song with this title to crack the top 20. Pilot took their "Magic" to #5 in July 1975. Olivia Newton-John took hers to #1 in August 1980. The Cars took theirs to #12 in July 1984. B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo took theirs to #10 in September 2010.
This week's big chart news is Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" zooming into the top 10 in the wake of the song's Oscar win. I covered this, and the rest of the top 10 action, in a Chart Watch blog that we posted Wednesday. If you missed it, here's a link. This blog is a look at key movers and debuts below the top 10.
Aloe Blacc's "The Man" jumps from #13 to #12 in its 11th week. Digital sales rank: #8 (108K). Blacc's album, "Lift Your Spirit," is expected to enter The Billboard 200 next week right around #4 … American Authors' "Best Day Of My Life" jumps from #21 to #16 in its 17th week … Avicii's "Hey Brother" jumps from #25 to #20 in its 14th week.
Martin Garrix's "Animals" jumps from #31 to #26 in its 25th week. It's the first instrumental to crack the top 30 since Kenny G's "Auld Lang Syne (The Millennium Mix)" reached #7 in January 2000. That was Kenny G's fourth instrumental hit to make the top 30. What was the last instrumental hit by a newcomer to crack the top 30? It was Robert Miles' "Children," which reached #21 in July 1996. (I wouldn't be surprised to see "Animals" in the top 10 in a few weeks.)
The Chainsmokers' "#Selfie" vaults from #55 to #28 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #10 (88K) ... Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up" jumps from #32 to #30 in its 12th week. The song hold at #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week … Chris Brown lands his 20th top 40 hit as a lead artist as "Loyal" (featuring Lil Wayne & French Montana or Too $hort) jumps from #42 to #35 in its eighth week.
"This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan vaults from #56 to #36 in its fifth week … Blake Shelton lands his 12th top 40 hit as a lead artist as "Doin' What She Likes" jumps from #45 to #39 in its eighth week.
Phillip Phillips' "Raging Fire" is the week's second highest new entry at #58. It's the first single from his upcoming sophomore album. Phillips' "Home" recently became the first song by any contestant in "American Idol" history to top the 5 million mark in digital sales.
"La La La" by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith jumps from #85 to #71 in its third week. The song reached #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart in June … "Trophies" by Young Money featuring Drake debuts at #73. It's from "Young Money: Rise Of An Empire," which is expected to enter The Billboard 200 next week right around #7.
"For The First Time In Forever" by Kristen Bell & Idina Menzel jumps from #87 to #74 in its 11th week. The song has climbed as high as #57. The "Frozen" soundtrack may well return to #1 on The Billboard 200 next week. It will definitely become the first album to sell 1 million copies in 2014… Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" leaps from #96 to #75 in its second week.
"Sanctified" by Rick Ross featuring Kanye West & Big Sean debuts at #78. It's from "Mastermind," which enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week. Another song from the album, "The Devil Is A Lie" (featuring Jay Z) debuts at #86 … "Part II (On The Run)" by Jay Z featuring Beyonce jumps from #92 to #80 in its fourth week. The song received a Grammy nomination late last year for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
U2's Oscar-nominated "Ordinary Love" re-enters the chart at #84. It first debuted two weeks ago at #99 and then dropped off.
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCM debuts at #88. It's from "The New Classic," the Aussie hip-hop artist's debut album, which is due April 14.
"MMM Yeah" by Austin Mahone featuring Pitbull re-enters the chart at #93. The song has climbed as high as #60 … "Adrenalina" by Wisin featuring Ricky Martin & Jennifer Lopez debuts at #94. (The title is Spanish for adrenaline.) Wisin & Yandel previously collaborated with Lopez on "Follow The Leader," the lead single from their 2012 album "Lideres," and with Martin on "Frio," the third single from his 2011 album "Musica + Alma + Sexo."