Chart Buzz: Daft Punk, John Fogerty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke

Posted June 5, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Big news for Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, as they repeat last week’s chart-topping success once again. John Fogerty is back with a hit record. Robin Thicke also posts his first Top Ten hit of his career with “Blurred Lines”

Daft Punk has done it “one more time.”

Random Access Memories, the French electro duo’s new album, maintains its posture at the Number One spot on the Billboard 200 after debuting at number one last week with the year’s second biggest week for a debut album (Justin Timberlake still wears the crown).  This week, the album rolled out 93,000 copies, which is down 73 percent – according to the folks at Nielsen SoundScan. Still, the numbers are quite impressive since last week’s numbers were propped up by pre-orders. In just two weeks, Random Access Memories has sold 432,000 in the U.S.

Good news is also developing over the album’s lead single, the Pharrell Williams-guested “Get Lucky,” which jumped to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week. Last week, it trailed P!nk‘s “Just Give Me a Reason” and Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.” This week it jumps to number 3, pushing P!nk’s duet with Nate Ruess down to number 4. The single is also making its rounds on multiple charts as it jumps up on the Billboard’s Digital Songs (5-4), Streaming Songs (3-2) and Radio Songs (12-8). It reigns superior at the Dance/Electronics Songs’ survey at No. 1 for a third week straight.

This week, rock band Alice in Chains debuts The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here at number 2 (selling 61,000), becoming the group’s highest charting since releasing their self-titled album in 1995. But the biggest stunner this week comes from Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and rock legend John Fogerty, who dropped his all-star tribute album Wrote a Song for Everyone. That album bows at number 3, selling 51,000 copies in week one. It is a milestone for the “Fortunate Son” legend as it becomes his highest charted album since he dropped his No. 1 1985 album, Centerfield. On the new disc of covers, Fogerty is surrounded by rock and country royalty (Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Brad Paisley)  and a few other surprises, including R&B singer and American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson.

In other chart news, indie rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis continues their dominance on the Billboard Hot 100 with their recent Ray Dalton-guested No. 1 hit, “Can’t Hold Us.” This week, the song isn’t holding the top spot on the Digital Songs survey, where it dropped 1-5 with a decrease of 13 percent. But radio airplay is holding it up, jumping 3-2 on the Radio Songs survey (up 3%). The pair, who successfully notched two hit singles in the Top 10 in the same week with “Thrift Shop,” sees their “Thrift Shop” single at number 14. Macklemore and Lewis this week become the only act to place at least one title in the chart’s top 10 each week this year (24 weeks in all in that span). The rapper and producer had shared the feat with Bruno Mars, who had achieved the distinction with “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.” (All four songs spent time atop the Hot 100 this year). “Man,” however, falls out of the top tier this week (10-11). “Hold” is also reigning on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, racking up a seventh week at No. 1.

Robin Thicke‘s sexy soul is also getting alot of attention this week. Thanks to all the viral rage surrounding the NSFW concept video for “Blurred Lines,” Thicke is holding down the No. 1 spot on the UK Singles’ chart and maintaining a hold on the R&B Songs chart for a third week. “Blurred Lines,” also featuring Pharrell, has now ascended into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 (jumping 11-6), becoming a career best for him. “Lost Without U,” his 2007 hit, only managed to reach number 14. Now who said Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake couldn’t be at the top of the charts at the same time?

It is being reported by Nielsen and from industry analysts that Queens of the Stone Age‘s highly-anticipated album, Clockwork, is expected to knock Daft Punk out of the No. 1 seat on the Billboard 200. See ya next week.


week of June 8, 2013
(Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan)

Billboard Hot 100

1. Macklemore & Lewis – “Can’t Hold Us (Ft. Ray Dalton)”
2. Pink – “Just Give Me a Reason (ft. Nate Ruess)”
3. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
4. Daft Punk  – “Get Lucky”
5. Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise” (feat. Nelly)
6. Selena Gomez  – “Come & Get It”
7. Icona Pop – “I Love It”
8. Rihanna – “Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko”
9. Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
10. Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man”

Billboard 200

1. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
2. Darius Rucker – True Believers
3. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
4. French Montana – Excuse My French
5. Various Artists – The Great Gatsby: Motion Picture Soundtrack
6. Thirty Seconds to Mars – LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS
7. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
8. George Strait – Love Is Everything
9. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
10. Pink – The Truth About Love

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J Matthew Cobb

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