Katy Perry scored her second No. 1 album of her career. Prism moved 286,000 copies, making it the largest sales week this year for a female artist. It sneaked past Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz which debuted with 270,000. Prism’s first week total also beat her previous album, Teenage Dream, which notched 192,000 units back in 2010.
Also making a Top 10 debut this week were Simon Cowell’s Fifth Harmony. The quintet sold 28,000 copies to land at No. 6. It’s pretty impressive given they only had an EP with six songs, two of which were released months ago. As sad as it is, they’re the highest-charting act born from the U.S. edition of The X Factor. Emblem3 who released a full-length album earlier this year landed at No. 7. Not a bad start for the ladies. Check out a recent performance of them covering Spice Girls below.
There’s just no stopping him. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” clocks in another week on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The monster hit rules for a 12th week joining an elite group of 14 songs to spend at least twelve weeks as No. 1. If “Lines” can keep its grasp on the pole position for four more weeks, it could tie Mariah Carey and Boyz II Mens’ epic duet, “One Sweet Day,” as the longest-running chart-topper.
Holding steady at No. 2 is “Roar” by Katy Perry. With “Lines” slowly eroding in airplay, Perry could unseat him in the coming weeks. On the flip side, Lady Gaga’s “Applause” rises from 6-4 on the strength of the accompanying music video. Streaming on YouTube, Vevo and other online sites now factor with chart placement. Sandwiched in between the two ladies is Thicke’s VMAs duet partner Miley Cyrus with her hit, “We Can’t Stop.”
With July now upon us, we’re officially halfway through 2013. It’s the perfect time to see which musical acts are moving the most albums and singles so far.
Not surprisingly, Justin Timberlake is top dog with regards to album sales. His third solo LP, The 20/20 Experience has sold over two million copies, by far the biggest-selling album of the year. In fact, he’s the only artist to sell over one million. His closest competitor is Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox, which stands at 985,000 copies sold. To be fair, Mars released his album in November 2012. It’s grand total is actually 1.5 million.
Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominate digital downloads. Not only do they have the top spot with “Thrift Shop,” but their follow-up, “Can’t Hold Us” lands at No. 6. Both singles have sold 5,558,000 and 3,129,000 respectively. Check out what other artists landed in the Top 10 on each list below.
Becoming a viral sensation is even more essential than before for a new artist. Under Billboard’s new rules for their all-important Hot 100 chart, YouTube streams are now included in the calculation. Previously, only radio airplay, sales, and various forms of streaming through services like Spotify and Rhapsody were used to tabulate what the biggest song was. Had this new formula been around when PSY’s “Gangnam Style” was at its peak, it certainly would’ve hit pole position instead of stalling at No. 2 for weeks.
Taking advantage of the new rules is Baauer. Even though “Harlem Shake” is receiving minimal radio airplay, the single skyrocketed to No. 1 thanks to all those viral videos dominating YouTube and an impressive 262,000 downloads. The meme-of-the-moment knocks off Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” which has occupied the top spot the past five weeks.
It’s been a big year in music and a lot of records have been broken. It’s insane to think that Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” has passed the 1 billion views mark for his music video on YouTube. Carly Rae Jepsen was launched into superstardom after Justin Bieber personally endorsed her soon-to-be worldwide obsession, “Call Me Maybe.” It’s pretty much a given that these two songs are in the Billboard‘s Top 10 Songs of 2012, but what about the other eight?
Billboard’s top song of the year also charted #1 in Radio Songs, #1 in Digital Songs, #5 in Ringtones, #8 in Pop Songs, and #6 in Adult Contemporary. If that doesn’t give it away, I’m sure the header photo did. The number one song is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which also features Kimbra. Love that song! Find out what other songs make up the Top 10 list below. I’ve also included all of the songs/music videos should you be inclined to watch the videos and/or listen to the songs. Enjoy!
Bruno Mars has created Billboard history ya’ll. How you say? Mars’ latest hit, “Locked Out of Heaven,” just knocked Rihanna’s “Diamonds” out of Billboard’s Hot 100 No. 1 slot. The lead single from his sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, becomes his fourth chart-topper in his short career. With this, he becomes the fastest man to score four No. 1s on the chart in 48 years.
The 27-year-old Hawaiian native nabbed his first No. 1 back in 2010 with his collaboration with B.o.B. on “Nothin’ On You“. He followed that up with two huge hits- “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade“- from his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. The span from his first chart-topper to his latest is two years, 10 months and one week. The only person to achieve this feat faster is Bobby Vinton who took two years and six months.
To celebrate Bruno’s accomplishment, I thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and ask our readers which Mars’ No. 1 hit is their favorite. For me it’s hands down “Grenade”, with “Locked Out of Heaven” steadily gaining favor. The Police knock-off is pretty damn catchy ;) Cast your vote below and check out his vids after that.
As you can see, Perry looks stunning as she graces the cover of the December issue of Billboard. In an interview with the magazine, Perry explains how she was totally caught off guard by this and how grateful she is. “I’d thought my year was over, that it was time to pass the baton. But I guess I get to hold onto it until the end of the year. It’s truly a lovely compliment.” I think she was a great choice for this honor, considering her record-breaking success coupled with her ability to inspire and remain so down to earth.
At last night’s event, she explained, “I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the strength of women.” She added, “I don’t really like to call myself a role model for my fans. I hope that I am an inspiration for them, especially young women. My mantra, especially for the [‘Part Of Me’] film, was: If you believe in yourself, you can be anything.”
If her year hadn’t been successful enough already, Canada’s own Carly Rae Jepsen has just been named Billboard’s “Rising Star” Of 2012. The singer/songwriter will be presented with the award at the Billboard Women in Music event on November 30 in New York City. What a whirlwind of a year!
“As a singer-songwriter having grown up listening to and being influenced by countless female artists, I am truly honored to be recognized by Billboard with this award,” says the “Call Me Maybe” singer in a statement. “I hope to inspire others through my music the way those artists have inspired me.”
The Billboard Editorial Director, Bill Werde explained why she was the right choice for this honor, saying, “Carly Rae Jepsen’s infectious debut single has become nothing short of a pop culture phenomenon, leading to unprecedented viral fanfare. Few artists have achieved this level of success this early in a career. We are thrilled to honor her extraordinary U.S. debut, and we look forward to seeing where she goes next.”