Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, notches a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Pharrell's "Happy" blasts from No. 8 to No. 2.
As we do each Wednesday, let's happily scrutinize the numbers behind the Hot 100's top 10.
Perry's ninth Hot 100 No. 1 (and Juicy J's first) maintains its command, aided by a 3-2 lift on the Radio Songs airplay chart with an 11% gain to 132 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. The track tops Digital Songs for a fifth week, although with a 22% decline to 291,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan; with Perry having performed the song on the Grammy Awards, broadcast on CBS on Jan. 26, it benefited on last week's charts from a full week of post-Grammy buzz. This week, it and other songs performed at the Grammys regress following last week's spike.
"Horse" crowns the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (3 million U.S. streams, down 6%, according to BDS) for a fifth week and holds at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (which it led two weeks ago) with 6.6 million streams (down 12%).
While "Horse" crosses the Hot 100's finish line first again, Pharrell's "Happy" is galloping fast on its tail, roaring 8-2 with dual Digital and Airplay Gainer honors. The latter track climbs 3-2 on Digital Songs (252,000, up 15%) and 15-10 on Radio Songs (85 million, up 45%). "Happy" marks Pharrell's eighth Radio Songs top 10 and second as a lead act; "Frontin'," featuring Jay Z, reached No. 5 in 2003. "Happy" concurrently climbs 15-11 on Streaming Songs (3.7 million, up 14%) and rises 3-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs to become his third No. 1, and first as a lead artist, on the ranking.
Pharrell momentum is clearly surging. The wearer of Pharrell's hat sang Daft Punk's record of the year-winning "Get Lucky" at the Grammys, and now "Happy," first released on the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack in June, serves as the lead single from his forthcoming second studio album. The song has garnered added exposure in Beats by Dre ads; is nominated for best original song at this year's Oscars, where he'll perform it (on March 2); and, as announced today, is part of Fiat's new global ad campaign, starring Diddy.
Could "Happy" be a contender for No. 1 on the Hot 100? It seems a solid possibility. But, while "Horse" drops by 12% in overall points and "Happy" hikes by 21%, "Horse" still boasts a fairly comfortable 30% points lead over the latter atop the chart.
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