Chart Watch: Thanks Oscar. Love, Idina
Pharrell Williams's "Happy," which was also nominated for Original Song, tops the Hot 100 for the third straight week. This marks the first time that recordings of two Original Song finalists appeared in the top 10 at the same time since February and March 1998, when Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" (from "Titanic") and LeAnn Rimes's "How Do I Live" (from "Con Air") were in the top 10 together for three straight weeks.
"Let It Go" jumps to #4 on Hot Digital Songs (185K), which is its highest ranking to date. This is its seventh week in the top 10 on that chart. But the Broadway-style ballad hasn't had much impact at radio. Billboard's Gary Trust reports that airplay accounts for just 2% of its total Hot 100 points. The only airplay chart on which the song is listed on is Adult Contemporary, where it jumps to #18 this week. Trust notes that it's been eight years since a top 10 song on the Hot 100 has charted on AC and no other airplay survey. The last song to do this? Taylor Hicks's "Do I Make You Proud" in 2006.
Just two other actors who won Tonys for performances in musicals have had top 10 hits, dating back to the inception of Billboard's weekly pop chart in 1940. They are Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, who each won Tonys in 1950 for their lead roles in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific." Martin had two top 10 hits from 1944 to 1950. Pinza hit the top 10 in 1949 with "Some Enchanted Evening," the stand-out song from "South Pacific." Martin went on to win two more Tonys as Actress (Musical), for "Peter Pan" in 1955 and "The Sound Of Music" in 1960.