Here’s another winner of last week’s historic Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage equality: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. “Same Love,” the pair’s plaintive song on the subject featuring Mary Lambert, leaps from #28 to #16 in its 16th week on the Hot 100. The hit is already #8 on Hot Digital Songs. The song sold 110K copies in the past week, its largest weekly sum to date. The song is just a week away from becoming a million-seller, which raises the question: Will Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ship off a gold record to the Supreme Court?
Other gay-friendly hits have charted, notably Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which topped the Hot 100 for six weeks in February and March 2011, and Miley Cyrus’ current “We Can’t Stop,” which is more broadly a “do your own thing” kind of song, but includes these seemingly applicable lyrics: “It’s our party, we can love who we want/We can kiss who we want” and “Remember only God can judge us/Forget the haters ‘cause somebody loves ya.”
This isn’t the first time that a hit song has tied into current events. In March 1965, the same month that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 demonstrators on a 50-mile march from Selma, Alabama to the state capitol in Montgomery, two classic songs about racial progress appeared in the top 40. Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” reached #31 the first week of March. The Impressions’ “People Get Ready” (written by group member Curtis Mayfield) hit #14 the last week of March. In June 1967, with civil rights still very much at the forefront, Aretha Franklin’s version of Otis Redding’s “Respect” hit #1. All three of these songs have been voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” hit #1 in December 1972, just as the women’s movement was cresting. Ms. Magazine began publication that January. The Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment in March. Maude debuted on TV in September.
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell tops the Hot 100 for the fourth week. The song sold 423K copies this week, down just slightly from last week’s tally of 424K. It’s the first song to top 400K two weeks in a row since “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra, which topped the mark three weeks running in April 2012.
Only three other songs in digital history have topped 400K in weekly sales two weeks in a row. They are Flo Rida’s “Right Round” (two weeks in February 2009), Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” (two weeks in December 2010-January 2011) and Lady Gaga’s aforementioned “Born This Way” (two weeks in February 2011).
(One other song has topped 400K in weekly sales twice, but not in back-to-back weeks. That’s Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” which did it in October and December 2012.)
“Blurred Lines” tops the 2 million mark in sales this week. The song has sold more than twice as many copies as Thicke’s previous best-seller, “Lost Without U” (954K).
“Blurred Lines” appears to be in the midst of a very long run at #1 on the Hot 100. It has an advantage in that it shot from #6 to #1, so it didn’t waste time in runner-up slots on the way up. In addition, the song is #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the fourth week.
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams is #2 for the third week. It’s #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for a seventh week.
Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” jumps from #5 to #3. It’s already Cyrus’ second biggest hit to date. Only 2009’s “Party In The U.S.A.” climbed higher (#2 for three weeks). “We Can’t Stop,” which is easily Cyrus’ edgiest hit, has surpassed the #4 peak of possibly her squarest hit, “The Climb.” The new song is vying to become the first song by a female solo artist (not a billed collabo) to reach #1 since Rihanna’s “Diamonds.”
Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” dips from #3 to #4. It’s #1 on Hot Rock Songs for the 15th week. It’s up to #17 on Nielsen SoundScan’s running list of the best-selling rock songs in its history.
“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton rebounds from #6 to #5. The duo has three songs in this week’s top 30. The one I haven’t told you about yet is “Thrift Shop,” which drops from #21 to #24.
As I noted earlier today in a Chart Watch Extra on the biggest songs and albums of the first six months, the duo has two songs in the mid-year top 10. “Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) is #1. “Can’t Hold Us” is #6. This marks the first time than an artist has had two songs in the mid-year top 10 since Katy Perry scored two years ago with “E.T.” (featuring Kanye West) and “Firework.” It marks the first time that a new artist has achieved the feat since B.o.B scored in 2010 with “Airplanes” (featuring Hayley Williams) and “Nothin’ On You” (featuring Bruno Mars).
“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly drops from #4 to #6. The song has sold 4,748,000 copies, which puts it at #3 among all country songs in digital history. It trails only Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (6,168,000) and Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” (5,587,000).
“Cruise” is #1 on Hot Country Songs for the 18th week. It’s the first song to spend 18 or more weeks at #1 on Hot Country Songs since Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk On By” spent 19 weeks on top in 1961-1962. (That’s not the subsequent Burt Bacharach/Hal David song.). “Cruise” is the longest-running #1 by a group or duo ever.
Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” holds at #7 for the second week. The song is #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart for the seventh week. It ties T.I.’s “Dead And Gone” (which featured Timberlake) for his personal best. The weird thing about that? Neither of these smash radio hits made #1 on the Hot 100. Both of these songs peaked at #2.
“The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller, which evokes the sound of vintage Mariah Carey hits, rebounds from #11 to #10. This is its fourth week in the top 10. At the same time, Carey’s current single, “#Beautiful” (featuring Miguel) dips another notch to #17. The song has climbed as high as #15. Nobody ever said the life of a diva was without frustrations.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell holds at #1 for the fourth week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (423K)…“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams holds at #2 for the third week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (189K)… Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” jumps from #5 to #3 in its fourth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (209K)…Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” dips from #3 to #4 in its 44th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (194K). “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton rebounds from #6 to #5 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (142K).
The Second Five: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly drops from #4 to #6 in its 39th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (204K)…Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” holds at #7 for the second week in its 20th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #16 (90K)…Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” holds at #8 for the second week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (158K)…Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” holds at #9 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (109K)… “The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller rebounds from #11 to #10 in its 14th week on the chart. This its fourth week in the top 10. The song has climbed as high as #9. Digital sales rank: #20 (84K).
“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess dips from #10 to #11, ending a 15-week run in the top 10. Look for the smash to receive a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.
Actress Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” jumps from #17 to #13 in its 27th week. The song has sold 1,366,000 copies, pretty good for someone who doesn’t even have a full-time music career. Digital sales rank: #10 (105K)…“I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX holds at #12 for the second week. The song peaked at #7. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.
Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” jumps from #22 to #18 in its sixth week. It’s the fourth top 20 hit from the group’s current album, Overexposed, which is a personal best for the group. Its 2004 debut album, Songs About Jane, yielded three top 20 hits…Phillip Phillips’ “Gone, Gone, Gone” jumps from #36 to #31 in its 17th week.
Capital Cities’ brassy and buoyant “Safe And Sound” jumps from #43 to #32 in its ninth week…Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” jumps from #42 to #33 in its 19th week. The song has climbed as high as #32…Ciara’s “Body Party” jumps from #38 to #34 in its 10th week…Randy Houser’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” jumps from #44 to #37 in its eighth week…Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya” jumps from #54 to #45 in its sixth week…Kip Moore’s “Hey Pretty Girl” jumps from #60 to #51 in its 15th week…Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here” jumps from #76 to #60 in its third week…Kelly Clarkson’s “People Like Us” jumps from #73 to #65 in its seventh week…“Crooked Smile” by J. Cole featuring TLC jumps from #74 to #66 in its second week.
“Right Now” by Rihanna featuring David Guetta jumps from #90 to #68 in its second week…Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl” jumps from #83 to #72 in its sixth week…Brantley Gilbert’s “More Than Miles” jumps from #81 to #73 in its 18th week…Budding teen heartthrob Austin Mahone’s “What About Love” jumps from #88 to #76 in its third week…Miguel’s “How Many Drinks?” jumps from #87 to #77 in its 11th week…“Bubble Butt” by Major Lazer featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic jumps from #95 to #78 in its third week.
Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” is the week’s top new entry at a relatively low #79…Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” is the week’s second-highest new entry at #81. It’s from the Swedish DJ’s first studio album (following two compilations), #TRUE, which is due Sept. 17…Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” jumps from #94 to #82 in its third week…French Montana’s “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” jumps from #97 to #83 in its second week.
“Don’t Think They Know” by Chris Brown featuring Aaliyah debuts at #87. It’s the second single from Brown’s sixth studio album, X, which is due July 16. Aaliyah died in a small-plane crash in August 2001. She was just 22…Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” jumps from #100 to #91 in its third week.
Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” debuts at #93. It’s from Brice’s second studio album, Hard 2 Love, which came out in April 2012…J. Dash’s “Wop” re-enters the chart at #94…The elegant “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande re-enters the chart at #95. The song has climbed as high as #88…The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather” re-enters the chart at #96. The song has climbed as high as #95.
Lady Antebellum’s “Goodbye Town” debuts at #98. It’s from the trio’s recent #1 album, Golden… “Play Hard” by David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo & Akon re-enters the chart at #99. The song has climbed as high as #64…“Beware” by Big Sean featuring Lil Wayne and Jhene Aiko debuts at #100. It’s from his second studio album, Hall Of Fame, which is due Aug. 27.
P!nk’s “Try” tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. Each of the first three singles from P!nk’s current album, The Truth About Love, has topped 2 million. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” has sold 2,164,000. “Just Give Me A Reason” (featuring Nate Ruess) has sold 3,608,000.