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Chart Watch: The Perfectly Timed “Selfie”

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Chart Watch: The Perfectly Timed “Selfie”

The Chainsmokers' "#Selfie" is the top new entry on this week's Hot 100 at #55. The song debuts just days after Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres engineered the most star-studded selfie of all time on the Academy Awards. The Chainsmokers are a New York City-based DJ/producer duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall.

"#Selfie" sold 53K digital copies this week, which represents a 114% increase over last week's total of 25K. The song’s official video has scored more than 4 million YouTube views.

Hits Magazine describes the track as "a send-up of self-obsessed club kids that’s reminiscent of Frank and Moon Zappa’s ’80s hit 'Valley Girl.'" That song reached #32 in September 1982.

For sheer speediness in getting on top of a cresting cultural phenomenon, "#Selfie" rivals Ray Stevens' 1974 hit "The Streak," which was climbing to #1 as that fad was spreading across the country. (You may recall that that phenomenon also made it to that year's Oscar telecast, as a streaker interrupted the proceedings.)

This week's big chart news is Pharrell Williams's "Happy" reaching a new sales peak (413K). This is the 12th consecutive week that the sales of "Happy" have increased over the week before. I covered this, and the rest of the top 10 action, in a Chart Watch blog that we posted Wednesday. If you missed it, here's a link. This blog is a look at key movers and debuts below the top 10.

Aloe Blacc's "The Man" holds at #13 for the second week in its 10th week. Digital sales rank: #7 (120K). The song samples Elton John's "Your Song," which peaked at #8 in 1971 … "Show Me" by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown jumps from #16 to #14 in its 17th week … Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" jumps from #18 to #17 in its 14th week. Digital sales rank: #5 (130K). The song won an Oscar as Original Song. Will it crack the top 10 next week? Place your bets.

"My Hitta" by YG featuring Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan jumps from #22 to #19 in its 22nd week, matching its highest ranking to date … Beyonce's "Partition" vaults from #97 to #23 in its eighth week. This is the second top 30 hit from the best-selling "Beyonce" album … "Paranoid" by Ty Dolla $ign featuring B.o.B jumps from #33 to #29 in its 11th week … Martin Garrix's instrumental hit "Animals" jumps from #36 to #31 in its 24th week.

Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up" jumps from #34 to #32 in its 11th week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Country Songs, displacing Cole Swindell's "Chillin' It." It's Gilbert's third #1 country hit, following "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" … Dierks Bentley lands his seventh top 40 hit on the Hot 100 as "I Hold On" jumps from #53 to #40 in its 11th week. It's from Bentley's album "Riser," which enters The Billboard 200 at #6 this week … Christina Perri's "Human" jumps from #67 to #51 in its fourth week … "This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan jumps from #68 to #56 in its fourth week.

ScHoolboy Q's "Man Of The Year" leaps from #81 to #62 in its third week. The rapper's earlier hit "Collard Greens" (featuring Kendrick Lamar) re-enters the chart at #94. It has climbed as high as #92. Both songs are from ScHoolboy Q's "Oxymoron," which enters The Billboard 200 at #1 this week with sales of 139K. That's the third-best one-week sales tally so far this year.

Justin Timberlake's "Not A Bad Thing" is the week's second highest new entry at #65. It's vying to become the third top 40 hit from "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)." Timberlake performed the song on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Feb. 21 … Lorde's "Glory And Gore" leaps from #88 to #68 in its second week. The History Channel is featuring the song in promos for its "Vikings" series, which began its second season on Feb. 27 … Rico Love's "They Don't Know" jumps from #87 to #73 in its sixth week.

Brett Eldredge's "Beat Of The Music" jumps from #89 to #80 in its fourth week … Hillsong United's "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" jumps from #92 to #83 in its sixth week … "La La La" by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith jumps from #98 to #85 in its second week.

"Wild Wild Love" by Pitbull featuring G.R.L. debuts at #89. It's the fifth "Wild Wild" song to make the Hot 100. Talking Heads' "Wild Wild Life" reached #25 in 1986. Escape Club's "Wild, Wild West" hit #1 in 1988. Kool Moe Dee's "Wild, Wild West" hit #62 in 1988. "Wild Wild West" by Will Smith featuring Dru Hill & Kool Moe Dee (which borrows from Kool Moe Dee's 1988 song) hit #1 in 1999.

Fitz & the Tantrums' "The Walker" debuts at #93. It's from the group's second studio album "More Than Just A Dream," which is due May 7.

Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" debuts at #96. It's the second Hot 100 single from the group's fourth studio album, "Paramore" … Miranda Lambert's "Automatic" re-enters the chart at #97. It debuted at #63 two weeks ago … Neon Trees' "Sleeping With A Friend" debuts at #100. It's from the group's upcoming third studio album, "Pop Psychology."