Chart Watch: PSY & Snoop Attack Your Brain Cells
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.