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Chart Watch: Beyonce Soars To #2

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Chart Watch: Beyonce Soars To #2

"Drunk In Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay Z vaults from #13 to #2 on the Hot 100 in the first full week after the power couple opened the Grammys with a racy performance of the song. It's already Beyonce's biggest hit in more than five years, since "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" logged four weeks at #1.

"Drunk In Love" is Beyonce and Jay Z's fourth top five hit together, but their first since they were married in April 2008. Before that, they teamed for "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (#4 in 2002), "Crazy In Love" (#1 in 2003) and "Déjà vu" (#4 in 2006).

This is Beyonce's 15th top 10 hit as a solo artist. She also amassed 10 top 10 hits as a member of Destiny's Child. It's Jay Z's 21st top 10 hit, which extends his record as the rapper with the most top 10 hits. Lil Wayne and Ludacris share second place with 18 top 10s each.

"Drunk In Love" jumps to #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, displacing "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, which held the top spot for 13 weeks. It's Beyonce's 11th #1 R&B hit (counting four hits with Destiny's Child); Jay Z's 10th.

"Drunk In Love" is vying to become the fourth consecutive male/female collabo to reach #1 on the Hot 100. It would follow "The Monster," "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha and "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J.

"Dark Horse," which was also performed on the Grammys, holds at #1 for the second week. Expect it to stay on top next week, despite this week's imposing jump for "Drunk In Love": "Dark Horse" has a comfortable 45% lead over "Drunk In Love" in total Hot 100 points.

"Timber" dips from #2 to #3. The song tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It also becomes the second song (following "Dark Horse") to top the 1 million mark in 2014 sales.

"Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz jumps from #6 to #4. It's Derulo's highest-charting hit since his breakthrough hit "Whatcha Say" reached #1 in November 2009. It's 2 Chainz's highest-charting hit ever, surpassing A$AP Rocky's "F**kin Problems," on which he is featured. That song peaked at #8 a year ago.

Passenger's "Let Her Go" rebounds from #7 to #6, which equals its highest ranking to date. The song was featured in a wonderful Budweiser commercial (the one with horse and the puppy) during the Super Bowl. "Let Her Go" would probably have climbed even higher, but, well, let Billboard tell the story: "Any U.S. streams for the commercial, however, do not count toward Billboard charts, as the video clip on YouTube is not categorized under the music banner from which streams are reported." As someone who watched the heartwarming YouTube clip about five times, I protest!

Pharrell Williams's "Happy" jumps from #11 to #8. "Happy," which Williams wrote for the movie "Despicable Me 2," is a 2013 Oscar nominee for Original Song. This will be the second Oscar year in a row that an Original Song candidate has made the top 10. Adele's "Skyfall," the 2012 Original Song winner, climbed as high as #8 on the Hot 100. To find the last time that at least one Original Song nominee has made the top 10 in back-to-back Oscar years, you have to scroll back to 2001-2002. 2001's "There You'll Be" reached #10 (for Faith Hill). 2002's "Lose Yourself" hit #1 (for Eminem).

"Happy" is Williams' seventh top 10 hit; his first as a lead artist since 2003, when "Frontin'" (featuring Jay Z) peaked at #5. "Happy" is the second song with this exact title to reach the top 10. An Ashanti song titled "Happy" reached #8 in September 2002.

Lorde has two songs in the top 10 for the third week in a row. "Royals" holds at #9. "Team" drops from #8 to #10. "Royals" tops the 5 million mark in digital sales this week. Lorde was just 16 years and eight months old last July when the song entered the Hot 100. That's younger than any other artist with a song that went on to sell 5 million digital copies. Miley Cyrus was 16 years and nine months in August 2009 when "Party In The U.S.A." charted. The song is up to 5,416,000. Soulja BoyTell'Em was 17 years old (to the day!) in July 2007 when "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" charted. It's up to 5,080,000. Taylor Swift was 18 years and nine months old in September 2008 when "Love Story" charted. It's up to 5,673,000.

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

The Top Five: "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J holds at #1 for the second week its 20th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (373K) … "Drunk In Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay Z leaps from #13 to #2 in its seventh week on the chart. This is Beyonce's 25th top 10 hit (counting 10 hits with Destiny's Child); Jay Z's 21st. Digital sales rank: #7 (151K) … "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha dips from #2 to #3 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (142K) … "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz jumps from #6 to #4 in its seventh week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (234K) … OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" drops from #3 to #5 in its 33rd week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (125K).

The Second Five: Passenger's "Let Her Go" rebounds from #7 to #6 in its 27th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (176K) … "Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera drops from #4 to #7 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (152K) … Pharrell's "Happy" jumps from #11 to #8 in its fifth week on the chart. This is his seventh top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #3 (219K) … Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #9 for the second week in its 31st week on the chart. This is its 23rd week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (137K) … Lorde's "Team" drops from #8 to #10 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (130K).

Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna drops from #5. Bastille's "Pompeii" drops from #10. The drop for "Pompeii" is somewhat surprising because it's still in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs (#9, 140K). "Pompeii" reached #1 on the Dance Club Songs chart last week, a few months after hitting #1 on the Alternative chart. Billboard's Gary Trust notes that it's only the fourth song to reach #1 on these two disparate charts. It follows New Order's "Regret" (1993), U2's "Discotheque" (1997) and "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra (2012).

Look for Imagine Dragons's "Radioactive" to move up today in its 75th week on the Hot 100. The song returns to the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs (#4, 208K). The band performed the song on the Grammys in a mash-up with Kendrick Lamar's "m.A.A.d city." "Radioactive" is now just one week away from tying Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" for the longest run in the history of the Hot 100.

"Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z tops the 3 million mark in digital sales. Their subsequent collabo, "Holy Grail," is up to 2,916,000. Both songs won Grammys last week. "Suit & Tie" won for Best Music Video; "Holy Grail" for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

"Do What U Want" by Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly tops the 1 million mark in digital sales. Gaga is the only artist with two of the top 10 best-selling songs in digital history. "Poker Face" is #7. "Just Dance" (featuring Colby O'Donis) is #9.

"Headband" by B.o.B featuring 2 Chainz tops the 1 million mark.

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.