It was a battle for the Top 10 this week on the Billboard Hot 100. Two major singles from some of pop's biggest players, Katy Perry ("Roar") and Lady Gaga ("Applause") hit iTunes, streaming services and radio last week and we sure to shake up the charts. That has happened, and the top spots of the Hot 100 do look different. But who came out on top this week (Aug. 22)?
The answer is... Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."
Yes, the unstoppable song of the summer remained unstoppable and topped the Hot 100 for the 11th week in a row. According to Billboard, the power of radio is what really put "Blurred Lines" on top yet again. The song has set yet another record, reaching 228.9 million listeners last week.
So, though "Blurred Lines" held on to the top spiot... who won out in the battle of Katy Perry versus Lady Gaga?
The charts have heard a huge "Roar." Perry's first single off her upcoming album "Prism" soared up the Hot 100 chart, jumping from No. 85 to No. 2. The power of digital downloads is what made Perry climb so high up the charts so quickly. "Roar" sold 557,000 copies in its first week, the sixth-highest sales week for a digital track, according to Billboard.
Meanwhile, "Applause," the first single from Lady Gaga's "ARTPOP" debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 6. Gaga held her own over the last week, selling 218,000 copies and getting fairly regular radio play.
Though the charts were pleasantly shaken up over the last week, the rest of the top 10 features familiar fare. Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" falls back to No. 3 (where it sat when One Direction's "Best Song Ever" surpassed it upon its debut). Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" was also displaced by Perry's climb and fell one spot to No. 4. Meanwhile, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's "Holy Grail" held strong at No. 5.
Following Gaga's spot at No. 6, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" continues to fall down the chart and landed at No. 7. Bruno Mars' "Treasure" fell one spot to No. 8, Anna Kendrick's "Cups" stumbled to No. 9 and Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound" fell to No. 10.
Next week's charts will surely be interesting. Will "Blurred Lines" top the chart for a 12th week? Will Katy Perry's "Roar" be able to top it with steady sales and increasing radio play? Or will the debut of Lady Gaga's "Applause" music video best both songs? Tune in next week to find out!