Chart Watch: Maroon 5 Beats Coldplay
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.)
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 Azalea hold 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.