With the newest Youtube-influenced Billboard charts in effect, the records of pop history’s premieres are in jeopardy.
Indeed, the likes of Michael and Janet Jackson, Prince, and Madonna may have had to rely on talent, single sales, and radio play to put them atop charts, but this stream-heavy generation will see its chart-toppers nab the Hot 100’s top spot through Internet play in conjunction with the aforementioned.
The refreshing of next week’s tally will see the first effects of yesterday’s announcement and, as previously reported, will land Baauer‘s viral hit ‘Harlem Shake’ at the #1 spot. Sure enough, pop princess Rihanna‘s name will pop up just a few spots behind him…
To her credit, Rihanna’s jump was not completely fueled by the Youtube change as her Grammy performance is attributed to the sales spike of ‘Stay’ – the latest single from her #1 album ‘Unapologetic’.
“…Rihanna adds her own headlines at No. 3, as “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko, vaults with top Digital Gainer honors from No. 57 in its second week on the chart. After she performed the ballad at the Grammy Awards (Feb. 10) and subsequently released its video, it bounds 25-2 on Hot Digital Songs (306k, up 358%) and debuts on Streaming Songs at No. 7 (3.9 million). On Radio Songs, it lifts 74-57 (24 million, up 53%).”
After tying Queen of Pop Madonna‘s record with her 12th number 1 single ‘Diamonds’, Ri nabbing her 24th top ten now surpasses legendary vocalist Whitney Houston‘s top ten record and lands Ri in the ninth place for overall top 10s by a solo act.
What is the world coming to?
1. Baauer – “Harlem Shake”
2. Macklemore & Lewis – “Thrift Shop”
3. Rihanna – “Stay (Ft. Mikky Ekko)”
4. will.i.am – “Scream & Shout (Ft. Britney Spears)”
5. Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
6. Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
7. Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven”
8. Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man”
9. Justin Timberlake – “Suit & Tie (Ft. Jay-Z)”
10. Drake – “Started from the Bottom”