PSY had his proverbial 15 minutes of fame in 2012 when "Gangnam Style" became one of the biggest viral hits in pop history. But here we are in 2014 and the genial South Korean rapper is still turning out viral hits. His latest, "Hangover" (featuring Snoop Dogg) has received more than 68 million YouTube streams worldwide in its first 10 days of release. The song received 7.3 million streams in the U.S. in the tracking week, which ended Sunday night. (The Hot 100 takes into account only sales, airplay and streaming activity in the U.S.)
The song enters Billboard's Hot 100 at #26. That's a higher debut than "Gangnam Style," which opened at #64 (and peaked at #2). But it's not quite as high as PSY's 2013 release "Gentleman," which opened at #12 (and peaked at #5).
The comments at YouTube reflect the divided opinion the "Hangover" video is drawing: "Weird combo, but I think it's refreshing as hell." "Worst five minutes of my life." "Music has really lowered its standards." (That one drew this response: "You're missing the point of artists like this. This video isn't about the music. It's about having a good time.") And: "Never thought I'd see PSY and Snoop brush their teeth together." (It's a scene in the video. And yes, it's an odd sight.)
Snoop is featured on another mindless hit with a one-word title: Flo Rida's "Wiggle." That song holds at #5 this week. Snoop appears content to play the comic foil on pop hits that surely reduce your IQ every time you play them.
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX tops the Hot 100 (and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart) for the fourth straight week. The song also moves up to #1 on the Radio Songs chart, displacing John Legend's "All Of Me," which had been on top for seven weeks. Azalea is the first female rapper to top the Radio Songs chart (as a lead artist) since Lil' Kim, whose "Magic Stick" (featuring 50 Cent) scored in July 2003.
"Fancy" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the best-selling all-female collabo since "Telephone" by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce, which has sold 3,348,000 copies since its release in November 2009. The song reached #3 in April 2010.
"Fancy" is the 11th song to top 2M in sales so far in 2014.
Charli XCX could have a second song in the top 10 within the next few weeks. "Boom Clap" from The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack vaults from #62 to #29 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #9 (116K). The soundtrack jumps to #5 on The Billboard 200 this week.
"Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea holds at #2 for the fourth week. Azalea is only the second artist to hold down the top two spots concurrently with his, her or its first two chart singles. The Beatles achieved the feat for six weeks in early 1964 with their first two chart hits, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You."
"Rude" by MAGIC! jumps from #7 to #3. The song jumps to #2 on Hot Digital Songs. This ends a six-week run in which Iggy Azalea had a lock on the top two spots on this chart.
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 fourth week in its 15th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (226K) … "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea holds at #2 for the fourth week in its seventh week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #3 (186K) … MAGIC!'s "Rude" jumps from #7 to #3 in its eighth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (207K) … John Legend's "All Of Me" dips from #3 to #4 in its 36th week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (122K) … "Wiggle" by Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg holds at #5 for the second week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (142K).
The Second Five: "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon drops from #4 to #6 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (116K) … Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" rebounds from #8 to #7 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (144K) … Pharrell Williams's "Happy" drops from #6 to #8 in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 20th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (86K) … Calvin Harris's "Summer" holds at #9 for the third week in its 13th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (96K) … Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" holds at #10 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (165K).
"This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan logs its fifth week in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. Digital song rank: #10 (106K). The song was #15 on last week's Hot 100, its highest ranking to date.
"Latch" by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith jumps from #17 to #14 in its 13th week on the chart.
"We Are One (Ole Ola)" by Pitbull featuring Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte re-enters the chart at #59. The song had previously climbed as high as #88. It's from The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album.
"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne debuts at #97. The song topped the Official U.K. Singles Chart for four weeks in February.
"Jungle" by Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors debuts at #100, after being featured in an episode and trailer for Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, a trailer for the movie Welcome To Yesterday and a synch in a World Cup commercial for Beats Electronics.
Paramore lands its seventh million-seller as "Ain't It Fun" tops the 1M mark. The band's biggest seller is "Misery Business," which has sold 2,464,000 copies since its release in July 2007. "Ain't It Fun," which peaked at #10, is the band's first top 10 hit.
Justin Timberlake's "Not A Bad Thing" tops the 1M mark in digital sales. This song and "Ain't It Fun" bring to 30 the number of million-sellers so far in 2014. JT's best-seller is "SexyBack" (featuring Timbaland) which has sold 4,494,000 copies since its release in July 2006. "Not A Bad Thing" peaked at a not-bad #8.
Brantley Gilbert's "Country Must Be Country Wide" tops the 1M mark this week. It's the 186th country song to sell 1 million digital copies. The song reached #1 on Hot Country Songs in December 2011.
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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