Chart Watch: “Radioactive” Sets A Rock Record
The Fine Print: Five songs rank ahead of these two on Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the 200 best-selling rock songs in digital history. But I think they're closer to pop than rock. So did the Grammy screening committee which slotted them all in the pop field rather than the rock field. You decide for yourself. Here are the top five songs on Nielsen SoundScan's list of the top rock songs in digital history, with their sales tallies as of this week: "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra (7,545,000), "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae (6,830,000), Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" (6,743,000), Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" (6,417,000) and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" (6,131,000). We could probably debate Coldplay, but Train? "Hey, Soul Sister" is pure pop. (That's no insult, by the way. It's a great record. But it ain't rock.)
Across all genres, "Radioactive" is the 26th song to sell 6 million digital copies.
"Radioactive" rebounds from #31 to #25 in its 70th week on the Hot 100. The song peaked at #3. Imagine Dragons' current hit, "Demons," holds at #6 for the third straight week.
"The Monster" leads runner-up "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha by 6% in overall chart points. It had a 17% lead last week. "The Monster" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. The smash is also #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the ninth week.
"Timber" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third week. It sold 442K copies this week, which constitutes the fourth largest one-week total of 2013. The top three are Katy Perry's "Roar" (557K in its first week in August), Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" (477K in its first week in September) and "Roar" again (448K in its third week in September).