Week Ending June 16, 2013. Songs: Pharrell Is Chart MVP
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.