Week Ending July 21, 2013. Songs: Dancing With Miley
Miley Cyrus’ rather risqué “We Can’t Stop” moves up from #3 to #2 on the Hot 100, matching the peak position of her wholesome 2009 smash “Party In The U.S.A.” As was the case in 2009, a monster hit is blocking Cyrus’ ascendancy to #1. Then it was the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” which was in the midst of a 14-week run at #1 when Cyrus’ hit spent its first two weeks at #2. Now, it’s “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, which this week logs its seventh week at #1.
This is the fifth week in the top five for “We Can’t Stop.” “Party In The U.S.A.” logged 11 weeks in the top five.
There had been some debate about whether Cyrus was singing “Dancing with Molly” (a slang term for ecstasy) or “Dancing with Miley.” Cyrus revealed this past week that she is indeed singing “Dancing with Molly.” (I think she should have left it open to interpretation. I guess she thinks a drug reference makes her look cool or “all-grown-up.” I’ll cut her some slack because, thanks to her Hannah Montana past, she had a particular need to prove the latter point.)
“We Can’t Stop” logs its fourth straight week at #2 on Hot Digital Songs. It has sold 1,311,000 copies to date.
As noted, “Blurred Lines” tops the Hot 100 for the seventh week. That’s the longest run by any song since Maroon 5’s “One More Night” logged nine weeks on top last fall. “Blurred Lines” received 197.7 million all-format “audience impressions” this week, according to Nielsen BDS. That’s the second-highest weekly audience total since this measurement began in December 1990. It trails only Mariah Carey’s comeback hit “We Belong Together,” which rang up 212.2 million “audience impressions” in the week ending July 9, 2005. Will “Blurred Lines” topple Carey’s record next week? Stay tuned.
“Blurred Lines” sold 340K digital copies this week. This is its seventh week with sales of more than 300K. Only two other songs in digital history have topped 300K in weekly sales seven or more times: “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monae (seven weeks) and the aforementioned “Thrift Shop” (nine weeks). Will “Blurred Lines” equal or surpass the record set less than five months ago by “Thrift Shop”? Stay tuned.
“Blurred Lines” notches its seventh week at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Thicke’s personal best on the R&B chart is 11 weeks at #1 in 2007 with “Lost Without U.”