Chart Watch: 5 Reasons 5 Seconds Of Summer Is Hot

Paul Grein
Chart WatchApril 9, 2014

5 Seconds Of Summer's "She Looks So Perfect: U.S. Tour Edition" enters The Billboard 200 at #2, just behind the inexhaustible "Frozen" soundtrack. The pop/rock quartet was formed in Sydney, Australia three years ago.

5SOS looks like a boy band, but its sound is closer to power-pop, at least on this single. All four group members play instruments. Lead singer Luke Hemmings plays guitar. The group also includes Michael Clifford (guitar), Calum Hood (bass guitar) and Ashton Irwin (drums).

The group's four-song EP sold 143K copies in its first week, fairly close to the 176K that One Direction's first album, "Up All Night," sold in its first week in March 2012. (1D's last two albums, "Take Me Home" and "Midnight Memories," have each sold more than 500K copies in their first weeks).

Here are five reasons that 5 Seconds Of Summer (5SOS to fans) has gotten off to a fast start.

1. Their single "She Looks So Perfect" is an international hit. It reached #1 last week on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart. It has also hit #1 in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. And now it's breaking in the U.S.: It's the top new entry on Hot Digital Songs this week at #26 (51K).

2. The group has opened for One Direction, the reigning boy band, and Hot Chelle Rae, whose "Tonight, Tonight" (#7 on the Hot 100 in summer 2011) was fizzy good fun.

3. The song's video has broad appeal. It features many characters, of all body types, taking their shirts off. "I love how they don't just use perfect people," one fan commented at YouTube.

4. There's always demand for new acts in the teen pop world. One Direction's first hit, "What Makes You Beautiful," came out a little more than two years ago. Justin Bieber's first hit, "One Time," came out nearly five years ago. That's an eternity in teen pop terms.

5. After a long, cold winter in much of the U.S., a name like "5 Seconds Of Summer" has undeniable appeal.

5SOS is the third band from Sydney to reach the top five, following AC/DC, which has had seven top five albums, and INXS, which had two.

The group's EP sold 108K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.

"Frozen" logs its ninth week at #1. This puts it in third place among all albums in the last 10 years. Adele's "21" leads in that time frame, with 24 weeks on top. Taylor Swift's "Fearless" is in second place, with 11 weeks. "Wait a second," you may be thinking. "How about Usher's 'Confessions'? That album was also #1 for nine weeks." True. But its first week at #1 slips out of the "last 10 years" window this week. Hey, we run a tight ship here at Chart Watch.

"Frozen" has been #1 for four consecutive weeks. It's the first album to notch four straight weeks on top since Taylor Swift's "Red" was #1 the last four weeks of 2012.

"Frozen" is also #1 on Top Soundtracks for the 19th week. The movie was in the top 20 at the box-office for the 19th weekend.

Chevelle's sixth major-label studio album, "La Gargola," debuts at #3. It's the hard rock band's highest-charting album to date. It surpasses "Sci-Fi Crimes," which reached #6 in 2009. The band was formed in 1995 in a Chicago suburb.

Christina Perri's second studio album "Head Or Heart" debuts at #4. This matches the peak position of her 2011 debut, "lovestrong."

Dan + Shay's debut album "Where It All Began" debuts at #6. It enters Top Country Albums at #1, displacing Johnny Cash's "Out Among The Stars." Dan + Shay (which consists of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) is the third duo to reach #1 on the country chart since January 2010, following Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line. The album features the duo's breakthrough hit, "19 You + Me." Dan + Shay were nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the ACM Awards on Sunday, even though their album was released just five days before the show.

Nickel Creek's sixth studio album, "A Dotted Line," debuts at #7. It's the group's first top 10 album. The band was formed in in Southern California in 1989—six years before Nickelback was formed in Alberta, Canada.

Pharrell Williams's "Happy" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the eighth week, with sales of 284K. Will the smash log its seventh week at #1 on the Hot 100? You'll find out later today when we post my first of two Chart Watch Songs blogs.

Here's a recap of this week's top 10 albums.

The Top Five: The "Frozen" soundtrack holds at #1 for the ninth week in in its 19th week (149K). This is its 17th week in the top 10 … 5 Seconds Of Summer's "She Looks So Perfect" debuts at #2 (143K). It's the group's first top 10 album … Chevelle's "La Gargola" debuts at #3 (45K). It's the group's third top 10 album … Christina Perri's "Head Or Heart" debuts at #4 (40K). It's her second top 10 album … Shakira's "Shakira" drops from #2 to #5 in its second week (29K).

The Second Five: Dan + Shay's "Where It All Began" debuts at #6 (29K). It's the duo's first top 10 album … Nickel Creek's "A Dotted Line" debuts at #7 (27K). It's the group's first top 10 album … Johnny Cash's "Out Among The Stars" drops from #3 to #8 in its second week (26K) …Pharrell Williams's "G I R L" drops from #5 to #9 in its fifth week (25K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … "Now 49" rebounds from #13 to #10 in its ninth week (20K). This is its fifth week in the top 10.

In its second week, Barry Manilow's "Night Songs" drops from #8 completely off The Billboard 200. This reflects a sales drop from 22K to 2K. Five other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Memphis May Fire's "Unconditional" dives from #4 to #62. Erica Campbell's "Help" drops from #6 to #17. YG's "My Krazy Life" drops from #7 to #16. My Chemical Romance's compilation "May Death Never Stop You" dives from #9 to #76. Lorde's "Pure Heroine" dips from #10 to #11.

Chiodos's fourth studio album "Devil" debuts at #12. It's the group's second top 20 album … Manchester Orchestra's fourth studio album "Cope" debuts at #13. It's the first top 20 album by the indie rock band … The Used's sixth studio album, "Imaginary Enemy," debuts at #14, breaking a string of four straight top 10 studio albums by the rock band.

"Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life" debuts at #20. The tribute album features such artists as Metallica, Anthrax, the Scorpions, Rob Halford, Motorhead and Tenacious D. Dio rose to prominence in the 1970s in the band Rainbow. In 1979, he replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath. Dio released his first Dio album, "Holy Diver," in 1983. He died of stomach cancer in 2010 at age 67.

(Two other tribute albums debut this week. "Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne" opens at #44. Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett are among the artists featured. "Working Man's Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard" bows at #85. Jason Aldean, Toby Keith and Garth Brooks are among the artists featured.)

Eric Church's "The Outsiders" drops from #17 to #22 in its eighth week. It becomes the first album released in 2014 to sell 500K copies. "Frozen" and Beyonce's "Beyonce" have sold more copies this year, but they were released in 2013 … Newsboys's 2011 album "God's Not Dead" drops from #48 to #52 in its 56th week on the chart. It's #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the second week. The title track is featured in the faith-based movie of the same name, which has been in the top five at the box-office the past three weekends.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was #1 at the box-office over the weekend. The soundtrack, featuring a score by Henry Jackman, sold 2K copies, too few to make The Billboard 200.

Metallica's "Through The Never" is #1 on Top Music Videos for the sixth week. The DVD has sold 68K copies in 11 weeks.

Coming Attractions: Look for SoMo's "SoMo" to be among next week's top new entries. Also due: Rico Love's "Discrete," Black Label Society's "Catacoms," Martina McBride's "Everlasting," MercyMe's "Welcome To The New" and SZA's EP "Z."