Billboard Hot 100: Disclosure and Iggy Azalea Rocket Up the Charts
This week on the Billboard Hot 100, singles from Disclosure and Iggy Azalea made big gains while Pharrell William’s “Happy” kept its number one spot in the song’s sixteenth week on the charts.
The song that climbed the furthest in the charts for the week was the single “Latch” by Disclosure and featuring Sam Smith, which rose from the 79th spot to the 59th. Following that was white female rapper Iggy Azalea’s single “Fancy” featuring Charlie XCX, which went from 37th place to 18th. Ingrid Michaelson’s “Girls Chase Boys” was in third in terms of the biggest gains, rising from number 98 to nab the 82nd spot. British pop band Rixton saw their single “Me and My Broken Heart” move from number 55 to number 41 in its fourth week on the charts. Australian teen boy band 5 Seconds of Summer saw their single “She Looks So Perfect” rise from number 66 to number 55.
Disclosure is an English electronic dance music duo made up of young brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. The band has gained fame from a collaboration with Lorde at the BRIT Awards and their debut album Settle was nominated for a Grammy for best dance album. The single “Latch” was already a hit in the UK and is now climbing the charts stateside. Disclosure has been hailed as the first group to embrace true house music within the EDM genre, and those house roots have made the duo’s music popular at clubs with a slightly older audience than most EDM artists.
Iggy Azalea has been pushing buttons and boundaries with her southern influenced rapping style that seems a world away from her native Australia. Azalea has benefited from an alliance with rapper T.I. and has received recognition as much for the unusual fact that she’s a blonde, white female rapper from Australia as for her music itself. But she doesn’t see her participation in the rap world as historically unusual at all. “Why is it that you can have The Rolling Stones, but a white rapper is weird? The Rolling Stones were originally doing blues. This is not weird, this is like history repeating itself,” she said in an interview with Billboard.
The indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson, who is most well-known for lending her tunes to popular TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy, recently set out on tour to promote her latest album Lights Out and is hoping the album’s single “Girls Chase Boys” will continue climbing the charts after the big rise this week. Lights Out debuted in the fifth spot on the album charts this week.
Rixton and 5 Seconds of Summer are both rock-influenced boy bands who gained fame through popular YouTube videos. Rixton is a UK-based group that gained the attention of Justin Beiber’s manager Scooter Braun through their YouTube videos that featured the group covering popular pop songs as well as experimenting with originals, according to a profile on the group from Billboard. The group is now in the U.S. attempting to build popularity in the States. The Australian group 5 Seconds of Summer is also composed of young men who got their start playing covers on YouTube and have garnered comparisons to boy bands.
Pharrell’s monster hit “Happy” has dominated the charts for a while. It was followed this week by John Legend’s single “All Of Me” keeping itself in second place, the highest spot the song has reached in its 28 weeks on the charts. “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz rose from the fourth spot up to the third, knocking Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J down one slot from number three. Derulo’s album Talk Dirty debuted at number four on the album charts this week. Meanwhile, the Frozen soundtrack is still dominating the charts, with the hit single “Let It Go” sung by Idina Menzel. The soundtrack to the hugely popular Disney movie has remained number one on the album charts for almost the entire year and is unsurprisingly number one again this week.
The Billboard Hot 100 is compiled using data from Nielsen SoundScan measuring radio airplay, purchases, and online streaming activity.
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