US charts: Blurred Lines heads Hot 100 for 10th week

Paul Williams
US charts: Blurred Lines heads Hot 100 for 10th week

Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines has achieved a 10th consecutive week at No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as it faces competition next week from Lady Gaga and Katy Perry's new tracks.

The cut featuring TI and Pharrell Williams has become the first track to lead the countdown for more than nine weeks since We Found Love by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris in November 2011, but it may now be living on borrowed time with the market arrivals of Katy Perry's Roar and Lady Gaga's Applause. The Perry track has already charted, quietly entering at No 85 this week, while it will be joined on the chart by Applause next week.

Blurred Lines sold another 346,000 downloads last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to lead the Digital Sales chart for a 10th week (the Hot 100 is compiled from sales, airplay and streaming). That is the joint second longest run in history, tieing with Black Eyed Peas tracks Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling plus Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's Thrift Shop from earlier this year, while Flo Rida's Low featuring T-Pain heads the list with 13 weeks at the top.

Blurred Lines leads a totally static Hot 100 Top 10, which includes Miley Cyrus's We Can't Stop at 2, Imagine Dragons' Radioactive at 3, Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams' Get Lucky at 4 and Jay Z's Holy Grail with Justin Timberlake at 5.

While Blurred Lines continues to take charge of the Hot 100, the album of the same name drops to 3 on the Billboard 200 with a 63% sales drop to 65,000 after debuting at No 1 last week. Replacing it at the top is the Civil Wars' self-titled second album with 116,000 copies sold. Their debut Barton Hollow peaked at No 10.

British talent heavily features on the compilation Now 47, whuch debuts at 2 with 82,000 copies sold. Among the tracks are Icona Pop's I Love It featuring Brit Charli XCX, Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande's Beneath Your Beautiful and I Need Your Love by Calvin Harris with Ellie Goulding. The Harris/Goulding pairing remains the highest-ranked UK track on the Hot 100 as it drops 16-17, while Beneath Your Beautiful continues its descent of the same chart, falling 55-50 having hit a peak of 34 a fortnight ago.

Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail makes another steady decline of the Billboard 20, down 3-4 with sales reduced by 22% to 48,000, while rock group Asking Alexandria are new at 5 with From Death To Destiny on the back of 41,000 sales.

The Teen Beach Movie soundtrack retains its position of 6 as sales decline 19% to 38,000, while Imagine Dragons' Night Visions returns to the Top 10 with a 11-7 leap and sales up 46% to 37,000, helped by iTuens disocunting it to $7.99.

Gospel singer Tye Tribett scores a first Top 10 hit with 30,000 sales delivering him a new entry at 9 for Greater Than, while Florida Georgia Lines' Here's To The Good Times holds at 10 with sales dropping 8% to 26,000.

Hugh Laurie is now the leading Brit on the chart with his second album Didn't It Rain new at 21, six places lower than where its predecessor Let Them Talk peaked in 2011. Both Mumford & Sons' studio albums are up with Babel climbing 41-25 and Sigh No More up 77-55 as the group score their 10th Hot 100 hit. Hopeless Wanderer from their Road To Red Rocks live set is new at 59.

KT Tunstall is back in the Billboard 200, although her fourth album Invisble Empire/Crescent's debut of 64 is lower than where her three previous albums peaked. Debut Eye To The Telescope reached 33 in 2005 on the back of the Hot 100 hits Suddenly I See and Black Horse And The Cherry Tree, while Drastic Fantastic reached No 9 in 2007 and Tiger Suit 43 in 2010.

After debuting at 169 last week, Passenger's All The Little Lights continues to progress, up this week to 127, as the single Let Her Go rises 95-86 on the Hot 100. And The Animals, part of the Sixties British invasion, are back in the Billboard 200 with The Very Best Of The Animals new at 188. It naturally features their Hot 100 chart-topper House Of The Rising Sun, which headed the chart in 1964.

Album sales were last week down 7.3% week-on-week to 4.71 million units and 5.3% below the corresponding week in 2012, while year-to-date sales are now 6.2% lower at 171.01 million. The digital one-track market also delivers a series of drops with weekly sales down 2.9% to 22.10 million units and 8.0% lower than the equivalent week 12 months ago, while the year-to-date tally is 3.0% lower, standing at 820.24 million units.



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