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Chart Watch: Thanks Oscar. Love, Idina

Paul Grein
March 12, 2014

Chart Watch: Thanks Oscar. Love, Idina

Paul Grein
March 12, 2014

Idina Menzel's"Let It Go" jumps from #17 to #9 in the wake of winning an Oscar for Original Song. The song appeared to be peaking at #18 prior to its Oscar win. "Let It Go" is just the second song in Oscar history that cracked the top 10 for the first time only after winning an Oscar. The first was "The Morning After" from the disaster movie "The Poseidon Adventure." The ballad hadn't even "bubbled under" the Hot 100 at the time it won the Oscar on March 27, 1973. But the award turned it into a smash. Maureen McGovern's recording reached #1 on August 4.

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" has now climbed higher than any solo hit by John Travolta, which seems like fitting payback for Travolta having mangled Menzel's name at the Oscars. Travolta's biggest solo hit, the wispy ballad "Let Her In," reached #10 in July 1976.

"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.

Menzel won a Tony as Actress (Musical) in 2004 for "Wicked." Menzel is the first person who has won a Tony for a performance in a Broadway musical to land a top 10 hit on the pop chart since Harry Belafonte scored in 1957 with the classic "Banana Boat (Day-O)." Belafonte won Actor (Featured Role—Musical) in 1954 for "John Murray Anderson's Almanac."

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.

In addition, four actors who won Tonys for performances in musicals have reached the top 10 on the R&B chart (now called Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs). They are Jennifer Holliday, Ruth Brown, Gregory Hines and Melba Moore.

You can now watch the Tonys on June 8 confident that you are up to speed!

As noted above, Pharrell Williams's"Happy" holds at #1 for the third straight week. The song sold 490K digital copies this week. This marks the 13th consecutive week that the song has sold more copies than it did the week before. This is the third consecutive week that the song has sold more than 400K copies. It's only the third song in digital history to top 400K three times. It follows "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell (which did it four times). Both of those songs wound up as the best-sellers of their respective years. Will "Happy" follow suit? Stay tuned.

By logging its third week at #1, "Happy" is now tied with the Turtles's 1967 classic "Happy Together" as the longest-running #1 hit in Hot 100 history with the word "happy" in its title. Both songs are in great company. Just writing out the titles makes me happy.

"Happy" also holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fifth week.

Bastille's"Pompeii" holds at #5 for the second week. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's #1 on Rock Songs for the fourth straight week.

Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.

The Top Five: Pharrell Williams's"Happy" holds at #1 for the third week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (490K) … "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J holds at #2 for the third week its 25th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (182K) … John Legend's "All Of Me" inches up from #4 to #3 in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (210K) … "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz dips from #3 to #4 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (195K) … Bastille's"Pompeii" holds at #5 for the second week in its 30th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (117K).

The Second Five: Lorde's"Team"holds at #6 for the second week in its 24th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (90K) …. "Drunk In Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay Z holds at #7 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (83K) … OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" holds at #8 for the second week in its 38th week on the chart. This is its 20th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #18 (67K) …. Idina Menzel's"Let It Go" jumps from #17 to #9 in its 15th week on the chart. It's her first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #4 (185K) …"Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha holds at #10 for the second week in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (77K).

"Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera ends a 14-week run in the top 10.

Coldplay's "Magic" is expected to be the top new entry on this week's Hot 100. The song enters Hot Digital Songs at #7 (114K). It's the first single from the band's sixth studio album, "Ghost Stories," which is due May 19. Coldplay has had five top 20 singles. Three of them were from the band's 2011 album, "Mylo Xyloto." "Magic" is vying to become the fifth different song with this title to crack the top 20. Pilot took their "Magic" to #5 in July 1975. Olivia Newton-John took hers to #1 in August 1980. The Cars took theirs to #12 in July 1984. B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo took theirs to #10 in September 2010.

Two other songs that are already in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs are expected to make upward moves on the Hot 100. Aloe Blacc's"The Man," which held at #13 on last week's Hot 100, should move up. Digital sales rank: #8 (108K). The Chainsmokers's"#Selfie," which was the top new entry on last week's Hot 100 at #55, should move up strongly. (Digital sales rank: #10, 88K).

Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song peaked at #14 on the Hot 100. For Perry, that's practically a dud.

Zendaya's "Replay" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song peaked at #40 on the Hot 100.

Jason Aldean's"Dirt Road Anthem" tops the 4 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the best-selling song in digital history by a country male solo artist. Here's the rest of the top five: Hunter Hayes's "Wanted" (3,454,000), Luke Bryan's "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" (2,976,000), Bryan's "Drunk On You" (2,768,000) and Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel" (2,678,000).