Chart Buzz: Selena Gomez, Marc Anthony, One Direction, Robin Thicke

Posted August 2, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Selena Gomez “comes and get” top spot and pushes Jay-Z to second place on the Billboard 200; Marc Anthony shows up with Latin-speaking album; Robin Thicke, One Direction show out on Hot 100

It’s kind of hard to believe that the bulk of album releases in 2013 to top the Billboard 200 have been dominated by men. Selena Gomez breaks the curse, becoming the first female to top the Nielsen Soundscan-assembled chart this year. With her debut solo album, Stars Dance, Gomez pushed rapper Jay-Z out of the number one spot, where his Magna Carta Holy Grail album has held that spot for two weeks straight. The last female artist to dominated the No. 1 spot was Taylor Swift with 2012’s Red.

Gomez has had chart-topping success in the past as the frontlady for Selena Gomez & the Scene. Three of those albums have seen the Top 10. The new album from the Disney breakout star includes her first top 10 hit on the Hot 100, “Come & Get It,” which reached number 6. It has already sold 1,858,000 copies to date. Stars Dance sold 54,000 digital copies in its first week; 97,000 in total. Jay-Z’s Magna Carta… has already amassed 735,000 copies since it debuted three weeks ago (excluding the Samsung-distributed digital downloads). It becomes the second best-selling hip-hop album of 2013, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘s The Heist reigning supreme. This week, Magna Carta… sold 77,000 copies.

Of all the significant new releases this week, Marc Anthony‘s twelfth solo album, 3.0, made its debut at number 5 on the Billboard 200. It becomes Anthony’s first Top 10 album since 2002. Being a foreign language record and non-English, it becomes his first salsa record to make it in the Top 10.

The remaining of this week’s Top Ten show a minor shuffle of familiar albums: The Teen Beach Movie soundtrack jumped 8-3 in its second week of being on the chart; Kidz Bop KidsKidz Pop 24 goes 3-4 on its second week; Florida Georgia Line‘s Here’s to the Good Times goes 5-6, spending 34 weeks on the chart and nine weeks in the Top 10; Imagine Dragons‘ Night Visions – thanks to their Top Ten hit “Radioactive,” goes 6-7; Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience goes 9-10.

Four albums did drop out of the top 10 this week, including Sara Bareilles’ Blessed Unrest ( 2-11), Ace Hood’s Trials & Tribulations (4-26), J. Cole’s Born Sinner (7-13) and Cody Simpson’s Surfer’s Paradise (10-88).

One Direction made a major splash on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with the debut of their newest single, “Best Song Ever.” It debuted at number two, becoming the boy band’s…ummm…best chart rank ever. Meanwhile, it still trails Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines.” Thanks to major increases in radio airplay, Thicke’s first career No. 1 – which has been dubbed by some as the year’s second best summer anthem – holds on to the top spot. The song wins the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a record-extending ninth week (all in a row). It also gained five percentage points on the Radio Songs’ survey, holding tightly to the number one spot there in its fourth week.

After jumping 3-2 last week, Miley Cyrus‘ “We Can’t Stop” takes a minor step back (2-3) on the Hot 100, netting a 9% points loss. It managed to hold to its reign on the Streaming Songs survey, thanks to its viral video. It netted 8.9 million spins (down 13%). It did slip 2-3 on Digital Songs (191,000, down 8%). Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive” drops 3-4 on the Hot 100, but holds on to its crown on the  Hot Rock Songs list for a 19th week and also grows with radio airplay in Top 40 markets (No. 3 on Radio Songs; 122 million, 2% increase). Meanwhile, Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky” descends 4-5 on the Hot 100 after peaking at number 2 for five weeks. It manages to hold the No. 2 spot on Radio Songs for a second week (137 million, down 4%), while showing its dominance on the Dance/Electronic Songs survey for a record-extending 11th week. Bruno Mars‘ “Treasure” drops 5-6 on the Hot 100, although it gains by 11% to 97 million in audience. It bullets for a third week at No. 6 on Radio Songs. According to now, this is Mars’s third Top 10 hit to come off of his Unorthodox Jukebox album.


week of August 10, 2013
(Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan)

Billboard Hot 100

1. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (feat. T.I. and Pharrell)
2. One Direction  – “Best Song Ever”
3. Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”
4. Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
5. Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” (feat. Pharrell)
6. Bruno Mars – “Treasure”
7. Jay-Z – “Holy Grail”
8. Anna Kendrick – Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)
9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Can’t Hold Us” (feat. Ray Dalton)
10. Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise” (feat. Nelly)

Billboard 200

1. Selena Gomez – Stars Dance
2.  Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail
3. Teen Beach Movie – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
4. Kidz Bop Kids – Kidz Bop 24 
5. Marc Anthony – 3.0 
6. Florida Georgia Line – Here’s to the Good Times
7. Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
8. We Came As Romans – Tracing Back Roots
9. Various Artists – Rich Gang
10. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience


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J Matthew Cobb

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