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Chart Watch: Maroon 5 Beats Coldplay

Paul Grein
June 25, 2014

Chart Watch: Maroon 5 Beats Coldplay

Paul Grein
June 25, 2014

Maroon 5's "Maps," the first single from the group's upcoming album, V, is off to a good start—though not as good as "Payphone," the first single from the group's last studio album, Overexposed.

"Maps" is the week's top new entry on the Hot 100 at #14. That's the highest entry for a song by a group so far this year, topping Coldplay's "Magic" and "A Sky Full Of Stars," both of which opened at #24. It's also the week's top new entry on Hot Digital Songs at #6, based on first-week sales of 138K. That's a pretty big drop from the first-week sales of "Payphone," which sold 493K copies in its first week in April 2012. It entered Hot Digital Songs at #1 (interrupting Gotye's run in the top spot with "Somebody That I Used To Know") and the Hot 100 at #3. (It wound up peaking at #2 on the big chart.)

"Maps" is vying to become the group's ninth top 10 hit; its sixth A-side single in a row to crack the top 10. Maroon 5 is so squarely in the pop mainstream (which is also occupied by such other groups as OneRepublic, fun. and Train) that it will probably come through.

Now we'll see how observant you are. Did you notice that Maroon 5's new single and upcoming album both have one-word titles (or one-character, in the case of V). What's more, the group also went with a one-word title for its previous studio album, Overexposed, and its lead-off single, "Payphone." The group likes to keep it short and sweet. The group has had two other singles with one-word titles, "Misery" and "Daylight."

"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX and "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azaleahold at #1 and #2 for the fifth consecutive week. Azalea is only the second female artist to hold down the top two spots simultaneously for five weeks. Ashanti did the same thing in April and May 2002 with her own smash "Foolish" and as a featured artist on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?"

"Problem" tops the 2M mark in digital sales this week, one week after "Fancy" reached that level. Azalea is the first artist to top 2M with two different songs in 2014.

"Fancy" is also #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fifth straight week.

MAGIC!'S "Rude" holds at #3 for the second week and may move up to at least #2 as early as next week (busting up Iggy's 1-2 act). "Rude" jumps to #1 on Hot Digital Songs. "Rude" is the second reggae song to top that chart since early 2005 (when the chart started feeding the Hot 100). It follows following Sean Kingston's 2007 smash "Beautiful Girls" (which also topped the Hot 100).

Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" jumps from #7 to #4. It's the first song by a Norwegian act to crack the top five since a-ha's "Take On Me" logged five weeks in the top five in October and November 1985. (In case you're wondering, Ylvis's "The Fox" logged three weeks at #6 in October.) All three of these songs have sold 1 million more digital copies. "Take On Me" has sold 1,463,000. "The Fox" has sold 1,367,000. "Am I Wrong" tops the 1M mark this week.

Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" jumps from #10 to #5. The song tops the 1M mark in digital sales this week, as does Disclosure's "Latch," on which Smith is featured. (That song jumps from #14 to #12 this week.) These are his first two million-sellers. Smith's In The Lonely Hour enters The Billboard 200 at #2 this week.

Calvin Harris's "Summer" jumps from #9 to #8. It also moves up to #1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, displacing "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon.

Pharrell Williams's "Happy" drops from #8 to #10. As of this week. the song has sold 5,565,000 copies so far this year. That's more than any other song has sold in the first six months of the year in digital history. The feel-good smash tops "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, which sold 5,558,000 copies in the first six months of 2013. And there's still one week to go in the first half, which will allow Pharrell to fatten his total. This is the fourth year in a row that the best-selling song of the first six months sold more than the song that took that title the previous year.

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

The Top Five: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX holds at #1 for the fifth week in its 16th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (195K) … "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea holds at #2 for the fifth week in its eighth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #3 (162K) … MAGIC!'s "Rude" holds at #3 for the second week in its ninth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (210K) … Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" leaps from #7 to #4 in its 10th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (140K)… Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" leaps from #10 to #5 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (148K).

The Second Five: "Wiggle" by Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg dips from #5 to #6 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (128K) … John Legend's "All Of Me" drops from #4 to #7 in its 37th week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (93K) … Calvin Harris's "Summer" jumps from #9 to #8 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (91K) … "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon drops from #6 to #9 in its 26th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (98K) … Pharrell Williams's"Happy"drops from #8 to #10 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its 21st week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (76K).

Let's keep an eye on two other songs (besides "Maps") that are already in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. 5 Seconds of Summer's "Kiss Me Kiss Me" debuts at #7 (135K). Charli XCX's "Boom Clap" dips from #9 to #10 (97K). "Boom Clap," which vaulted from #62 to #29 on last week's Hot 100, is featured to great effect in The Fault In Our Stars. It's the musical backdrop to the most joyous scene in a sad (but excellent) movie.

Luke Bryan's"That's My Kind Of Night" tops the 2M mark in digital sales this week. It's his fourth song to reach this level, following "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" (3,089,000), "Drunk On You" (2,847,000) and "I Don't Want This Night To End" (2,552,000). This puts Bryan in a tie with Jason Aldean as the only male solo country artists to amass four 2M sellers."That's My Kind Of Night" was #1 on Hot Country Songs for 12 weeks last year.

"Remind Me," a Brad Paisley duet with Carrie Underwood, tops the 2M mark in digital sales this week. It's Paisley's first song to reach this level; Underwood's fifth. It's the fourth country collabo to sell 2M or more copies in digital history. It follows "Boys 'Round Here" by Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies & Friends (2,559,000), "Don't You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (2,479,000) and "Knee Deep" by Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett (2,181,000). (Note: I'm not counting "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly (6,858,000), on the grounds that country stations mostly played the original version, not the pop remix.)

"That's My Kind Of Night" and "Remind Me" are the 49th and 50th country songs to sell 2 million digital copies. What was the first? Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," which crossed the 2M mark the week ending Dec. 30, 2007.

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.

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