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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