Still at #2 on the billboard hot 100
Robin Thicke tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a 12th week with "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell), fending off Katy Perry's "Roar," which holds at No. 2. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga ascends to the top five and Avicii, Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais score their first top 10s on the tally.
As always, let's break down the numbers.
"Lines" leads Radio Songs for an eighth week, although finally registering a decline in airplay, losing 3% from its record-setting sum of the 228.9 million all-format audience impressions it logged last week, according to Nielsen BDS (dipping to 221.3 million). It also posts an eighth week atop the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (1.7 million U.S. streams, down 4%, according to BDS), while holding at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (6.1 million, down 8%). On Digital Songs, "Lines" remains at No. 2 (following a 10-week command) with 251,000 downloads sold (down 14%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Katy Perry Tops Digital Songs Chart for 2nd Week
The song claims a 12th week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and a 15th week atop R&B Songs, while becoming just the 14th title to top the Hot 100 for at least 12 weeks. "Lines" is also practically a lock to be named the top title on Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart. This year's final survey will be compiled next week, with the season's final rankings to be revealed on Billboard.com next Thursday (Sept. 5).
Despite its declines in airplay, sales and streaming, "Lines" manages to keep Perry's "Roar" out of the Hot 100 summit, with the latter song experiencing a second-week sales slide while gaining in airplay and streaming. ("Lines" and "Roar" are separated by a 13% difference in overall chart points, with "Lines" down by 8% and "Roar," 17%. Last week, "Lines" held just a 3% lead.)
Following its opening-week sales of 557,000 last week, the sixth-largest digital total for a song in SoundScan history, "Roar" registers a not atypical backslide to a still lofty 392,000 (down 30%) and holds at No. 1 on Digital Songs. Its airplay, meanwhile, continues to build, as it rises 13-11 on Radio Songs (76 million, up 21%). On Streaming Songs, "Roar" regresses 4-5, although with a 24% increase to 4.7 million. It charges 12-4 with the top gain on On-Demand Songs (1.6 million, up 71%).
As forecast last week, "Roar" could still reach No. 1 on the Hot 100. Airplay, sales and streaming for "Lines" is eroding. As airplay and streaming for "Roar" rises (with its official video not yet released), strong sales going forward could still make it, to quote its lyrics, a champion on the Hot 100.