Billboard Hot 100: Katy Perry Climbs With ‘Birthday’

This week in the Billboard Hot 100, Pharrell Williams’ monster hit “Happy” retained its No. 1 position in the song’s 17th week on the charts, while Katy Perry’s new single, “Birthday,” made the biggest climb this week.

“Birthday” is the latest single off Perry’s album Prism, and it got a lot of attention when it was released a couple of weeks ago for the music video, which follows Perry in a variety of disguises performing at people’s birthday parties. She impersonates a clown, a stripper for seniors, and a Jewish comedian, among other characters. “Birthday” rose from the 83rd to the 37th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 during its third week on the charts.

Other top movers for this week include the Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz, who saw their song “Am I Wrong” from the album of the same name go from No. 91 last week to make the 54th spot this week. Sam Smith’s single “Stay With Me” went from No. 93 to No. 67. Latina pop star Shakira’s single “Empire” from her self-titled album climbed from No. 97 to No. 71, showing gains again after falling from its peak position of 58.

Coldplay’s single “Midnight,” from the band’s album Ghost Stories, also climbed the charts this week, helped in part by publicity from the split between the band’s lead singer, Chris Martin, and his actress wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, after 10 years of marriage. Martin told BBC Radio’s Nick Zane that the album was inspired by the difficulties leading up to the couple’s split. “If you don’t let love in, you can’t really give it back. So what Ghost Stories means to me is like, you’ve got to open yourself up to love, and if you really do, of course it will be painful at times, but then it will be great at some point,” Martin said to Zane.

DJ Calvin Harris, a key figure in the popularization of the electronic dance music movement, has another single moving up the charts, appropriately titled “Summer.” The U.K.-based boy band Rixton gained the attention of Justin Bieber’s manager through their popular YouTube channel featuring videos of the boys playing covers of pop songs and some original material. The band has since been climbing the charts with its debut album, Me and My Broken Heart, which saw the single of the same name rise from No. 41 to the 29th spot this week.

The pop duo MKTO’s single “Classic” rose from No. 39 to No. 27, while female rapper Iggy Azalea’s collaboration with Charlie XCX, “Fancy,” climbed from No. 18 to No. 7. The South Africa-based band of four brothers, KONGOS, saw its single “Come With Me Now” from the album Lunatic rise from No. 85 to No. 74. “Come With Me Now” seems poised to scale the regular Hot 100 after hitting No. 1 on the alternative charts at the end of March.

As for the chart toppers, coming in behind Pharrell was John Legend, holding the second spot with “All of Me.” Another Katy Perry single, “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, rose from the fourth spot to No. 3, knocking Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz, out of that spot. The Frozen soundtrack has shown that everyone is still obsessed with it, as “Let It Go” is still in the top 10, having fallen one spot to No. 6.

The Billboard Hot 100 is compiled using data from Nielsen SoundScan measuring radio airplay, purchases, and online streaming activity.

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