Chart Buzz: Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams

Posted July 11, 2014 by J Matthew Cobb in News

In this week’s CHART BUZZ, Iggy Azlaea is the new Iggy of Pop with record-breaking single and Robin Thicke disappoints with new LP. Plus, tough industry news regarding the best albums of 2014 so far

Move out the way. We’ve got a new Iggy Pop in town. Iggy Azalea, the hybrid rapper with the unofficial summer anthem of the year in her possession, is holding tightly to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. “Fancy,” featuring Charlie XCX, holds down the spot for the seventh consecutive week. It’s a feat that looks quite impressive on the freshman rap star. According to Billboard, she ties in fifth place with Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” for the longest running single in this decade amongst women. Rihanna, Lorde, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ke$ha all hold the longest reigns at No. 1 pop. It’s also dominating on several other lists, including Streaming Songs, Airplay and R&B and Hip-Hop.

Azalea has another single moving up the ranks with the Hot 100 debut of the Rita Ora-guested “Black Widow” currently sitting at No. 97. It jumps 39-32 on Rhythmic Songs and enters the Pop Songs airplay chart at No. 36.

Robin Thicke has seen better days. After dropping his new album Paula, the “Blurred Lines” singer only managed to sell a very dismal 25,000 copies and debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200. When compared with the success of his previous effort Blurred Lines, things look terrible. That album, which debuted at number 1, sold 177,000 copies on week one. His trans-Atlantic presence isn’t just as tragic, selling only 530 copies. Canada not all that much better: 550 copies. Besides being derailed by music critics (including HiFi), the promotional campaign suffered mostly from a very poorly executed #AskThicke Q&A Twitter session, which took a major turn for the worst.

With MAGIC! at number two on the Hot 100 for a second week with “Rude,” Ariana Grande is showing her staying power with “Problem” at number three. The song, also featuring Azalea, holds on to that spot after the song peaked at number two. Her newest single, “Break Free,” is also climbing the charts, rising to number 15 on the Hot 100. “Problem” and “Break Free” will be featured on her Grande’s forthcoming LP due out later in August.

We’ve just received word that Pharrell Williams‘s “Happy” is no longer in the top ten on the Hot 100, which is a total bummer. After spending 22 weeks in the top bracket, it ranks as his longest-charting top 10 hit ever and even whips “Blurred Lines,” which totaled 21 weeks in the Hot 100’s top 10 last year. Bubbling up on the Hot 100 is Williams’s latest single, “Come Get It Bae.” It jumps 69-58, earning the week’s biggest digital gainer award. On the Digital Songs’ survey, it re-enters the chart at No. 39 after selling 40,000 copies last week.

Other artists to check out this week:

Maroon 5 impresses with their newest single, “Maps.” It moves 13-9, becoming the pop/rock band’s ninth Top 10 hit. “Maps” is the lead single off of their forthcoming LP, V. That album is scheduled for a drop on September 2.


Trey Songz takes the number one spot on the Billboard 200 with his newest LP, Trigga. It sold 105,000 copies on the first week of its release. That’s a smaller number compared with 2012’s Chapter V, which sold 135,000 in its first week.

Ed Sheeran‘s newest record, X, drops to number two (53,000 copies, down 75 percent).

Sam Smith, the UK crooner, hold tight to number 5 on the Hot 100 with “Stay With Me” and is also featured on Disclosure‘s electro hit “Latch” at number 11. His album, In the Lonely Hour, sits at number three on the Billboard 200 after selling 45,000 copies for this week’s survey. That album, released later than the UK, debuted at number two on the July 5th survey and sold 166,000 copies on the week of its US debut.

John Legend‘s “All of Me,” which held on to the number 1 spot prior to Azalea’s “Fancy,” falls 7-8.

Meanwhile, very grim news is leaking that 2014 is shaping to be a very disappointing year in music when compared with last year’s figures. Only five albums from this year have crossed the gold-certifiable 500,000 mark. This time last year, 11 albums crossed that threshold. There aren’t even any independent album releases cracking the Top 20-selling albums of 2014. Last year, we had Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s The Heist, the Lumineers’ self-titled album and Mumford & Sons’ Babel to talk about.

According to sources, the top 5 best albums of 2014 in the U.S. are as follows:

  1. Frozen – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2.7 million)
  2. Beyoncé – Beyoncé (702,000)
  3. Eric Church – The Outsiders (642,000)
  4. Lorde – Pure Heroine (641,000)
  5. Coldplay – Ghost Stories (589,000)

week of July 19, 2014
(Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan)

Billboard Hot 100

1. Iggy Azalea – “Fancy” (feat. Charlie XCX)
2. MAGIC! – “Rude”
3. Ariana Grande – “Problem” (feat. Iggy Azalea)
4. Nico & Vinz – “Am I Wrong”
5. Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
6. Jason Derulo – “Wiggle” (feat. Snoop Dogg)
7. Calvin Harris – “Summer”
8. John Legend – “All of Me”
9. Maroon 5 – “Maps”
10. DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down for What”

Billboard 200

1. Trey Songz – Trigga
2. Ed Sheeran – X
3. Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour
4. Seether – Isolate and Medicate
5. Various Artists – Frozen Motion Picture Soundtrack
6. MAGIC! – Don’t Kill the Magic
7. Miranda Lambert – Platinum
8. Lana del Rey – Ultraviolence
9. Robin Thicke – Paula
10. Colt Ford – Thanks for Listening 


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J Matthew Cobb

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