Chart Watch: Three Oscar Song Nominees On Hot 100

Paul Grein
Yahoo Music

Recordings of three of the four candidates for Original Song at Sunday's Academy Awards are riding the Hot 100. Pharrell Williams' "Happy" (from "Despicable Me 2") jumps to #1, Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" (from "Frozen") holds at #18 for the third straight week and U2's "Ordinary Love" (from "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom") debuts at #99. Only Karen O's "The Moon Song" (from "Her") isn't listed on the chart.

This marks the first time in 16 years that three Original Song nominees have been Hot 100 singles by the time of the Oscar telecast. By the time of the Oscars in 1998, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" (from "Titanic") had hit #1, LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" (from "Con Air") had hit #2 and Michael Bolton's "Go The Distance" (from "Hercules") had reached #24.

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"Ordinary Love" is U2's 33rd Hot 100 hit; its first since "Magnificent" in 2009. The band first cracked the Hot 100 in April 1983 with "New Year's Day." "Ordinary Love" is the band's second Hot 100 hit that it wrote for a movie (other than the songs it wrote for its own concert documentary, "Rattle And Hum"). The first was "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" (from 1995's "Batman Forever). That song wasn't nominated for an Oscar. The band's previous Oscar-nominated song, "The Hands That Built America," from 2002's "Gangs Of New York," wasn't released as a single.

I covered Pharrell Williams' rise to #1, and the rest of the top 10 action, in a Chart Watch blog that we posted Wednesday. If you missed it, here's a link. This blog is a look at key movers and debuts below the top 10.

Aloe Blacc's "The Man" jumps from #16 to #13 in its ninth week. (Digital sales rank: #6, 133K). "The Man" this week becomes the ninth song to sell 1 million copies in 2014 … As noted above, Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" holds at #18 for the third week. (Digital sales rank: #7, 125K) … Avicii's "Hey Brother" jumps from #27 to #24 in its 12th week … Cole Swindell's "Chillin' It" holds at #28 for the second week. It holds at #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week. The song is from Cole's eponymous debut album, which enters The Billboard 200 at #3 this week.

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"Paranoid" by Ty Dolla $ign featuring B.o.B jumps from #38 to #33 in its 10th week … Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up" jumps from #42 to #34 in its 10th week … Trey Songz' "Na Na" jumps from #69 to #55 in its fifth week … Young Thug's "Stoner" jumps from #75 to #59 in its second week … Christina Perri's "Human" jumps from #84 to #67 in its third week … "This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan jumps from #86 to #68 in its third week … Jhene Aiko's "The Worst" jumps from #87 to #74 in its third week.

ScHoolboy Q's "Man Of The Year" re-enters the chart at #81. It's from his first major-label album, "Oxymoron," which is set to enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week, with first-week sales in the 150K range. The first single from the album, "Collard Greens" (featuring Kendrick Lamar), has climbed as high as #92. ScHoolboy Q's biggest hit to date was as a featured artist on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "White Walls," which reached #15.

Lorde's "Glory And Gore" is the week's top new entry at #88. It's the fourth Hot 100 hit from "Pure Heroine," following "Royals" (#1), "Team" (#7) and "Tennis Court" (#71). The album tops the 1 million mark in U.S. sales this week … K. Michelle's "Can't Raise A Man" re-enters the chart at #95. The song has climbed as high as #94 … "Part II (On The Run)" by Jay Z featuring Beyonce re-enters the chart at #96. The song has climbed as high as #81.

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"La La La" by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith is the week's second highest new entry at #98. The song reached #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart in June. It's from Naughty Boy's album, "Hotel Cabana." (We have "La La La" and "Na Na" on this week's Hot 100. And they say lyrics aren't as profound as they used to be.) … Justin Moore's "Lettin' The Night Roll" debuts at #100. It's the second Hot 100 hit from his third studio album, "Off The Beaten Path."