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Chart Watch: ‘Happy’ Tops 4M

Paul Grein
April 16, 2014

Chart Watch: ‘Happy’ Tops 4M

Paul Grein
April 16, 2014

Pharrell Williams's "Happy" tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Williams' second song to reach that plateau in a little more than eight months. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (on which Williams was featured, along with T.I.) hit 4M in August. (It currently stands at 6,995,000). As you have probably surmised, "Happy" has already outsold Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," on which Williams was also featured. That Grammy-winning smash has sold 3,475,000 copies.

"Happy" is the first song to sell 4M digital copies in 2014. It's off to a very fast start, but "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz got off to an even faster start last year. It topped the 4M mark in 2013 sales the week ending March 31. (The current week is Nielsen SoundScan's week ending April 13.)

"Happy" tops the Hot 100 for the eighth week. The feel-good smash is the first song by a male solo artist (who wasn't part of a collaboration) to log eight or more weeks at #1 since Mario's"Let Me Love You" spent nine weeks on top in 2005.

"Happy" is #1 on Top Digital Songs for the ninth consecutive week. It's the first song to log nine or more consecutive weeks at #1 since the aforementioned "Thrift Shop," which had 10 consecutive weeks on top early last year. ("Blurred Lines" had a total of 10 weeks on top, but its run was broken up by One Direction's "Best Song Ever.")

"Happy" is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 10th week.

Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" holds at #5 for the fourth week. It's the fifth song to sell 2 million digital copies in 2014.

The entire top seven is stationary for the third week in a row. That's a first in the history of the Hot 100, which dates to 1958.

"Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon jumps from #10 to #8. It's #1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the third week.

Aloe Blacc's"The Man" holds at #9 for the second week. This is its fifth week in the top 10, which surpasses Elton John's "Your Song" (from which the song borrows its "you can tell everybody" hook). That classic spent four weeks in the top 10 in 1971.

OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" drops from #8 to #10. This is its 25th week in the top 10, which matches "Apologize" (which was credited Timbaland featuring One Republic) as the group's longest-running top 10 hit to date.

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

The Top Five: Pharrell Williams's"Happy" holds at #1 for the eighth week in its 15th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (257K) … John Legend's "All Of Me" holds at #2 for the fourth week in its 27th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (197K) … "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J holds at #3 for the fourth week in its 30th week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (111K) …"Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz holds at #4 for the sixth week in its 17th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (162K) … Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" holds at #5 for the fourth week in its 20th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (152K).

The Second Five: Bastille's"Pompeii" holds at #6 for the fourth week in its 35th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (73K) … Lorde's"Team"holds at #7 for the fourth week in its 29th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #25 (46K) … "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon jumps from #10 to #8 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (95K) … Aloe Blacc's"The Man" holds at #9 for the second week in its 16th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (89K)…. OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" drops from #8 to #10 in its 43rd week on the chart. This is its 25th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #30 (43K).

Ed Sheeran's "Sing" is the week's top new entry at #15. Digital sales rank: #5 (123K). This instantly becomes Sheeran's highest-charting hit. His breakthrough hit, "The A Team," reached #16. It's from his sophomore album, "x," which is due June 23. Pharrell Williams co-wrote and co-produced the song, which is the second different song titled "Sing" to crack the top 20. Carpenters's version of the children's song from "Sesame Street" reached #3 in 1973. Three other songs titled "Sing" have made the Hot 100. These were by Tony Orlando & Dawn (#58 in 1977), My Chemical Romance (#58 in 2011) and the "Glee" Cast (#87 in 2010). (Actually, the "Glee" Cast stands slightly apart from the others: Their version of "Sing!," a song from "A Chorus Line," had an exclamation point.)

Luke Bryan has two songs in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. "Play It Again" jumps from #8 to #7 in its seventh week (108K). Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll," on which he is featured, jumps from #11 to #10 in its 20th week (86K). On last week's Hot 100, they stood at #26 and #22, respectively.

AWOLNATION's "Sail" tops the 5 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the 51st song to reach that plateau; the 12th that Nielsen SoundScan categorizes as rock—and the third that actually is rock, following Imagine Dragons's "Radioactive" (6,929,000) and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" (6,065,000).

"Sail" spent 79 weeks on the Hot 100, second only to "Radioactive," which is still listed after 85 weeks on the chart.

"Sail" is one of the biggest sleeper hits in pop history. The song has sold more than 500K copies in each of the last four years. It sold 737K copies in 2011, 1,196,000 in 2012, 2,547,000 in 2013 and 514K so far in 2014.

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's 1993 recording of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"/"What A Wonderful World" top the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. This coupling has sold more digital copies than the classic original versions of these prized songs. Judy Garland's 1939 recording of "Over The Rainbow" has sold 468K digital copies. Louis Armstrong's 1967 recording of "What A Wonderful World" has sold 2,173,000 digital copies. (Both of those originals are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Garland's was inducted in 1981; Armstrong's in 1999.)

Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me" tops the 2 million mark this week. It's her first solo recording to reach 2M. She previously reached this mark as a member of Pistol Annies, which was featured on her husband Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here" (2,468,000).

Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. It's Bryan's second song with a drinking theme to sell 1 million digital copies. "Drunk On You" is up to 2,796,000. Bryan isn't the only country artist with two drinking-themed million-sellers. Toby Keith scored with "I Love This Bar" (1,033,000) and "Beer For My Horses" (with Willie Nelson, 1,027,000). Keith has three if you count "Red Solo Cup" (2,413,000).

Four other country songs with drinking themes have sold 1 million or more digital copies: "Whiskey Lullaby" by Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss (1,686,000), "You And Tequila" by Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter (1,434,000), "It's Five O' Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett (1,332,000) and Eric Church's "Drink In My Hand" (1,191,000).

Florida Georgia Line's "Stay" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales. It's the duo's fourth million-seller, following "Cruise" (featuring Nelly, 6,688,000), "Get Your Shine On" (1,671,000) and "Round Here" (1,143,000).

Jason Aldean's "Night Train" also 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.