Pharrell Williams this week becomes the first artist in the rock era to have a featured credit on both of the week’s top two songs. Eleven previous artists have had the top two the same week, but in each case, they were the lead artist on at least one of those hits. Williams is a guest on both songs: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”
Here’s a list of those artists, in chronological order: Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bee Gees, Ashanti (one lead, one featured), Nelly, OutKast, 50 Cent (one lead, one featured), Mariah Carey, Akon (one lead, one featured), T.I. and the Black Eyed Peas.
Williams, 40, is a three-time Grammy winner. In February 2004, he and his creative partner Chad Hugo (known collectively as the Neptunes) won two Grammys: Producer of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Justin Timberlake’s debut, Justified, which they produced. Three years later, Williams and Ludacris shared the award for Best Rap Song for co-writing their hit collabo “Money Maker,” which reached #1 on both the pop and R&B charts.
“Blurred Lines” holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third week (371K). That’s the biggest sales tally for any song since the week ending Feb. 17, when “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz peaked with weekly sales of 412K copies. “Blurred Lines” is also #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the second week.
“Get Lucky” is #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the fifth week. The song has sold 1,225,000 copies, which enables it to surpass “One More Time” (1,052,000) to become Daft Punk’s best-seller to date.
Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” jumps from #6 to #4, finally cracking the top five in its 42nd week on the chart. That sets a new record for the slowest climb to the top five in Hot 100 history. The old record was set just last month when “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly cracked the top five in its 34th week. (The old record before “Cruise” was held by Lonestar’s “Amazed,” which took 30 weeks to crack the top five in February 2000.)
“Radioactive” is #1 on Rock Songs for the 13th week. The song has the sound of an instant rock classic in the Coldplay or U2 vein. And when were these bands last in the top five? For Coldplay, it was five years ago with “Viva La Vida.” For U2, it was way back in 1988 with “Desire.” Hits of this magnitude don’t come along very often, no matter who you are.
Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” dips from #4 to #5. The song tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s Timberlake’s second song to sell 2 million or more copies in 2013. “Suit & Tie” (featuring Jay-Z) is up to 2,512,000. Timberlake is one of two artists with two songs that have sold 2 million copies in 2013. The other is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
“Mirrors” is #1 on the all-format Radio Songs chart for the fifth week. Things just never quite came together for the song to reach #1 on the Hot 100. It peaked at #2. But it’s in its 10th week in the top 10 and may give Timberlake’s 2006 hit “My Love” (featuring T.I.) a run for its money as the longest-running top 10 hit of his solo career. That smash held tight for 14 weeks.
“Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly dips from #5 to #6. The song spends its 16th week at #1 on Hot Country Songs. That’s the longest run at #1 since Buck Owens’ “Love’s Gonna Live Here” spent 16 weeks on top from October 1963 through February 1964. It’s the longest run at #1 by an ongoing duo since “Slipping Around” by Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely logged 17 weeks on top in 1949-1950.
“Cruise” has sold 4,299,000 digital copies—more than any other song by a country duo. More than that, it’s currently in fourth place among hits by ongoing duos from any genre. It trails LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” (7,695,000) and “Sexy And I Know It” (6,137,000) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” which is in second place between the two LMFAO hits (6,557,000). Two more songs by ongoing duos rank among the top 200 songs in digital history: Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” (3,401,000) and 3OH!3’s “Don’t Trust Me” (3,322,000).
Florida Georgia Line’s new “Round Here” debuts at #89.
For the second time in four weeks, nothing moved in or out of the top 10. That’s not the easiest neighborhood to break into.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell holds at # for the second week in its ninth week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (371K)…“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams jumps from #3 to #2 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (195K)…“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton dips from #2 to #3 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (158K)…Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” jumps from #6 to #4 in its 42nd week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (208K)…Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” dips from #4 to #5 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #11 (115K).
The Second Five: “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly dips from #5 to #6 in its 37th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (205K)…“Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk featuring Nate Ruess holds at #7 for the second week in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (118K)…Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It” holds at #8 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (129K)…“The Way” by Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller holds at #9 for the second week in its 12th week on the chart. This is its third week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (101K)…“I Love It” by Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX holds at #10 for the second week in its 20th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #18 (86K).
Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” jumps from #16 to #11 in its fifth week. It’s vying to become his 11th top 10 hit in just 3-1/2 years…“Boys ’Round Here” by Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies & Friends jumps from #13 to #12 in its 12th week. Digital sales rank: #6 (136K)… Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” jumps from #19 to #13 in its 19th week. Digital sales rank: #10 (115K).
“Clarity” by Zedd featuring Foxes jumps from #24 to #14 in its 13th week…Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” jumps from #22 to #18 in is 25th week.
Avril Lavigne’s “Here’s To Never Growing Up” vaults from #34 to #20 in its 10th week. Digital sales rank: #7 (131K)…Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” jumps from #35 to #24 in its fourth week…Jason Derulo’s “The Other Side” jumps from #29 to #25 in its ninth week…. “I Need Your Love” by Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding jumps from #38 to #30 in its ninth week…Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy” jumps from #36 to #31 in its 10th week.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have three songs in the top 40 this week. “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) dips from #2 to #3. “Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) drops from #17 to #19. The heartfelt “Same Love” (featuring Mary Lambert) leaps from #51 to #33 in its 14th week. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are among the leading contenders to win the Grammy for Best New Artist. Others are Florida Georgia Line and Emeli Sande. Speaking of Sande, “Next To Me,” which peaked at #25, tops the 1 million in digital sales this week.
“U.O.E.N.O.” by Rocko featuring Future & Rick Ross jumps from #45 to #36 in its 10th week, matching its highest ranking to date… “Rich As F**k” by Lil Wayne featuring 2 Chainz jumps from #43 to #38 in its 13th week…Ciara’s “Body Party” jumps from #46 to #40 in its eighth week. The song has already reached #35.
AWOLNATION’s “Sail” rebounds from #47 to #41 in its 41st week. The song has climbed as high as #30. The song tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s the 199th song to reach this plateau. What will be the 200th? Maroon 5’s 2004 hit “She Will Be Loved” is currently #200 on Nielsen SoundScan’s running list of the best-selling songs in its history, but a newer, hotter song may get there first. Place your bets.
“No New Friends” by DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne jumps from #57 to #45 in its eighth week…Randy Houser’s “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” jumps from #59 to #48 in its sixth week…Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again” jumps from #62 to #51 in its seventh week…Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound” jumps from #65 to #56 in its seventh week…Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya” jumps from #76 to #58 in its fourth week… “Tapout” by Rich Gang featuring Lil Wayne, Birdman, Future, Mack Maine and Nicki Minaj jumps from #68 to #59 in its sixth week.
The Swon Brothers’ version of Kenny Loggins’ “Danny’s Song” is the week’s top new entry at #66. The song first appeared on Loggins & Messina’s breakthrough album, Sittin’ In, in 1971. Anne Murray’s recording of the song was a top 10 hit in April 1973. The Swon Brothers’ version of Bob Seger’s “Turn The Page” opens at #90. The Swon Brothers finished third on Season 4 of The Voice…Several other songs by The Voice contestants debut this week. Danielle Bradbery’s version of Jessica Andrews’ “Who I Am” debuts at #78. Her version of Rodney Crowell’s “Please Remember Me” opens at #91. Bradbery was the Season 4 winner. Amber Carrington’s version of Maroon 5’s “Sad” opens at #92. Carrington was eliminated right before the top three were selected.
Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” jumps from #79 to #68 in its fourth week…Zac Brown Band’s “Jump Right In” jumps from #80 to #70 in its eighth week….Easton Corbin’s “All Over The Road” jumps from #81 to #71 in its sixth week.
Austin Mahone’s “What About Love” is the week’s second highest new entry at #74. Mahone, 17, has opened shows for Taylor Swift. This is from his album Junior Year, which is set for release in the fall. Mahone is two years and one month younger than Justin Bieber. In the teen idol world, that can make a big difference.
Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy” jumps from #87 to #77 in its third week… “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran jumps from #91 to #79 in its third week. The song has already climbed as high as #67.
Jack Johnson’s “I Got You” debuts at #88. This is from Johnson’s sixth studio album, From Here To Now To You, which is due Sept. 17… “Headband” by B.o.B featuring 2 Chainz re-enters the chart at #94. The song has already climbed as high as #65…Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” debuts at #96. Rhett, 23, is the son of country singer Rhett Akins, whose career peaked in 1996 with the #1 country hit “Don’t Get Me Started”…“Bubble Butt” by Major Lazer featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic debuts at #97. It’s from Major Lazer’s second studio album, Free The Universe, which was released in April…The classy “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande re-enters the chart at #100. It has climbed as high as #88.