Week Ending June 23, 2013. Songs: Miley’s Comeback Hit
Miley Cyrus’ comeback hit “We Can’t Stop” vaults from #27 to #5 in its third week on the Hot 100, following the video’s premiere on June 19. It’s already Cyrus’ third biggest hit, trailing only her 2009 hits “Party In The U.S.A.” (#2) and “The Climb” (#4). Is it appropriate to use the term “comeback hit” when an artist is just 20? In this case, I think so. I don’t think too many people thought Cyrus would have another hit of this magnitude. It underscores how vital it is for artists to believe in themselves in the inevitable down years when the industry thinks they’ve run their course.
This is Cyrus’ first Hot 100 hit as a lead artist since “Can’t Be Tamed,” which reached #8 in June 2010. That song was an attempt at an image change. It didn’t really work. Maybe it was too soon. Artists have to lay low for awhile before they can come back.
As you probably know by now, “We Can’t Stop” set a new record for the most times a video was viewed on VEVO in one day, edging out “Beauty And A Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj. Cyrus’ video was viewed 10.7 million times the day following its premiere, beating Bieber's record of 10.6 million.
Cyrus is one of two second-generation stars with hits in this week’s top 10. Cyrus is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, whose “Achy Breaky Heart” reached #4 in July 1992. Robin Thicke is the son of Gloria Loring, whose “Friends And Lovers” (a collabo with Carl Anderson) reached #2 in September 1986.
Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) holds at #1 for the third week. It holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fourth week (424K). That’s the biggest one-week sales tally for any song since the week ending Dec. 30 (when sales traditionally swell). That week, Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” sold 582K copies and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” sold 497K copies. “Blurred Lines” is also #1 for the third week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and for the fourth week on The Official U.K. Singles chart.
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams holds at #2 for the second week. It’s #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the sixth week.