When the Academy Awards are telecast on March 2, two of the nominated songs will have cracked the top 30 on the Hot100 for the first time since 1999. Pharrell Williams' irresistable "Happy" (from "Despicable Me 2") leaps from #25 to #11 in its fourth week. Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" (from "Frozen") jumps from #26 to #21 in its ninth week. The two Original Song nominees from 1999 that hit the top 30 were "Music Of My Heart," a #2 hit by *NSYNC and Gloria Estefan (from "Music Of The Heart"), and Phil Collins' #21 hit "You'll Be In My Heart" (from "Tarzan").
If "Let It Go" advances to the top 20, which seems extremely likely, this year will become the first time that two of the nominated songs will have cracked the top 20 since 1998, when Aerosmith's #1 smash "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" (from "Armageddon") and "When You Believe," a #15 hit by Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey (from "The Prince Of Egypt"), both scored.
Of course, the Oscars are awarded to the songwriters, not the artists. Williams wrote "Happy." Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez co-wrote "Let It Go." Diane Warren wrote both "Music Of My Heart" and "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing." Collins wrote "You'll Be In My Heart." Stephen Schwartz wrote "When You Believe."
"Happy" and "Let It Go" are already in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. "Happy" is #3 (188K). "Let It Go" is #10 (124K).
The big news on this week's Hot 100 is that Katy Perry ties Rihanna for the most #1 hits by any artist in this decade. I covered that, and the rest of the top 10 action, in a Chart Watch blog that we posted earlier today. 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 #17 to #16 in its fifth week. Digital sales rank: #4 (175K)…Kid Ink lands his first top 20 hit as "Show Me" (featuring Chris Brown) jumps from #24 to #19 in its 12th week.
Many songs that were performed on the Grammys make big jumps this week. Sara Bareilles' "Brave" jumps from #31 to #26 in its 33rd week, equaling its highest ranking to date.…John Legend's "All Of Me" leaps from #49 to #27 in its 16th week… Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" rebounds from #41 to #33 in its 74th (!) week.
Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer" dips from #34 to #35 in its 12th week. It's #1 on Hot Country Songs for the third straight week…Jason Aldean's "When She Says Baby" jumps from #52 to #43 in its ninth week…Eric Paslay's "Friday Night" jumps from #59 to #47 in its 15th week.
"Paranoid" by Ty Dolla $ign featuring B.o.B jumps from #65 to #52 in its sixth week. This surpasses Black Sabbath's classic song of the same title, which peaked at #61 in 1970…Bruno Mars' "Young Girls" jumps from #68 to #54 in its fourth week. It's vying to become the fifth top 30 hit from "Unorthodox Jukebox," which won a Grammy as Best Pop Vocal Album in a mild upset over Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience—The Complete Experience."…Rascal Flatts' "Rewind" leaps from #83 to #58 in its second week.
Austin Mahone lands his highest-charting hit to date as "MMM Yeah" (featuring Pitbull) debuts at #60. (It's the week's top new entry.) The 17-year old budding heartthrob's "What About Love" peaked at #66. Both songs are from Mahone's first full-length album, "Junior Year," which is due this spring. The title of the new song echoes Hanson's "MMMBop," which hit #1 in 1997. Mahone is breaking just as reigning teen heartthrob Justin Bieber is going through a particularly rough patch. Will Mahone be able to steal his crown? Stay tuned.
Blake Shelton's "Doin' What She Likes" leaps from #84 to #66 in its second week…Beyonce's "Partition" jumps from #86 to #73 in its third week…Thomas Rhett's "Get Me Some Of That" jumps from #90 to #79 in its third week…Somo's "Ride" jumps from #89 to #80 in its third week.
Schoolboy Q's "Man Of The Year" is the week's second highest new entry at #81. It's from his third studio album, "Oxymoron," which is due Feb. 25. An earlier song from the album, "Collard Greens" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) re-enters the chart at #92, matching its highest ranking to date.
"El Perdedor" by Enrique Iglesias featuring Marco Antonio Solis debuts at #85. It's Iglesias' fourth Spanish-language hit to make the Hot 100. All have featured fellow Latin performers. "Lloro por ti" featured Wisin & Yandel. "Cuando me Enamoro" featured Juan Luis Guerra. "Loco" featured Romeo Santos.
Another song that was performed on the Grammys, Hunter Hayes' "Invisible," debuts at #88. The song is vying to become his third top 20 hit, following "Wanted" (#16) and "I Want Crazy" (#19)…Trey Songz' "Nana" debuts at #91.
The 1975's "Chocolate" debuts at #96. This is very fitting because in 1975, a song called "Chocolate Chip" (by Isaac Hayes) peaked at #92. "Chocolate" is the first Hot 100 hit from The 1975's eponymous debut album…Rico Love's "They Don't Know" debuts at #100.
Reversal of Fortune: You may remember that "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams peaked at #2, spending five weeks locked behind "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell. Since "Blurred Lines" was among the singles that "Get Lucky" defeated for Record of the Year at the Grammys, I guess you could say this is a case of "turnabout is fair play." This is the third time in Grammy history that a #2 hit has defeated, in the Record of the Year category, the smash that kept it out of the #1 spot. Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" won for 1992, defeating Vanessa Williams' "Save The Best For Last," which kept it at #2 for four straight weeks. Two years later, Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" won, defeating Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love To You," which kept it at #2 for six straight weeks.