Katy Perry 'Roar' Tops Singles Charts Again, Lady Gaga 'Applause' Slips, Avicii's 'Wake Me Up!' Moves Up
Katy Perry ruled the Billboard digital singles roost again last week, as her recent smash "Roar" was the most downloaded song for the second time in a row. The week was somewhat of an oddity for Billboard, as the top ten songs remained the same as the week before, but most singles changed positions.
"Staying put" isn't something to complain about if you're Perry or Robin Thicke. Perry retained the top spot, as mentioned above, but Thicke (along with T.I. and Pharrell Williams) stayed strong at no. 2 behind the hit "Blurred Lines." Jay Z and Justin Timberlake also retained last week's position, hanging at no. 4 with "Holy Grail."
Swedish house DJ Avicii was the biggest winner this week, seeing his "Wake Me Up!" move from No. 7 to the last spot in the top three. Lorde, a New Zealand indie-pop songstress, has seen her single "Royals" take off in the United States recently, although it was officially released during March. The track, whose style she attributes some influence to Lana Del Rey, rose from no. 10 to no. 6. Del Rey also moved up this week, although less so. "Summertime Sadness," which she performs with Cedric Gervais, moved up one slot to no. 8.
Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" saw the most dramatic drop in the top ten, falling from no. 5 to no. 9. He can't be too worked up about it however; his album "Crash My Party" stayed atop the Billboard 200 for the second week in a row. Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" fell to no. 10, but it's bounced around before during its extended stay on the charts. Miley Cyrus fell one spot to no. 7, but her MTV Video Music Award performance might cause a spike in next week's numbers. Lady Gaga's "Applause" is still at no. 5, but the drop is still surprising considering the hype that was thrown around regarding her "competition" with Perry. "Roar's" victory in sales isn't so surprising, but Gaga's singles have shown impressive staying power in the past. Next week's numbers shall tell more.