Sia is an excellent songwriter for others...but its possible she saves the best for herself...
Ahead of the release of her 7th studio album (properly titled "7"), Celine Dion inspired Swedish singer Sanna Nielsen takes her Eurovision to #1 with a 2-1 lift, while setting an airplay record.
This was an extremely competitive week on the Hot 50, with over 60 songs having fair shots at claiming spots. DJ Fresh and Ellie Goulding's "Flashlight" debuts within the top 20 and Vita Chambers climbs to the top 5 for the 4th time. "A+D" follows "Fix You", "Masquerade" and "What If?" as Vita's 4th top 4 entry.
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Lana Del Rey's most recent outing deals with subject matter oh so similar to what we saw on her major label debut, Born to Die. So what's so special about Ultraviolence? Its story.
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"There's no denying that Sam Smith can tell a vibrant, passionate, heart-wrenching story, but when you compare the bold and downright ridiculousness of "Leave Your Lover" to what you hear on "I'm Not the Only One", you get a sense of confusion. For those criticizing "Leave Your Lover" for being hypocritical, it's hard to still call Sam Smith a hypocrite by the time the end of strings and chords come to a bitter end in "I'm Not the Only One". Why? Because you've already forgotten about the previous track, and are engrossed at the possibilities of what's next to come.
I'll give Sam Smith one thing: he's surprisingly good at telling a type of story that he hasn't had much experience with."
"..."So Deep" displays a trace/dance quality that feels so unique and glamorous all together..."
When all was said and done, DJ Fresh and Ellie Goulding's revamped collaboration ("Flashlight") was crowned the #1 song of the week on the Social Songs 100. With the victory, "Flashlight" became the most approved #1 song in the 3 month history of the component chart with 94% of all votes for the track being counted as positive. That huge social presence translated into a massive debut for the track on the Hot 50. Remember, the Social Songs 100 is just 1 of the 4 main components that combine to create the Hot 50. See exactly where "Flashlight" entered on the Hot 50 after coverage of the top 10.
The Hot 50 chart is counts points from Saturday to Friday and is formulated using the following:
- Official US Radio plays that I listen to count as 1 point each. Referred to as the Radio Songs Chart.
- Plays through my iTunes or Spotify (mainly the former) libraries count as 2 points each. If the track is not available to purchase at a given moment, plays of the track's official audio on Youtube or Soundcloud also count for 2 points each. Referred to as the Streaming Songs Chart.
- The release of a track's official music video sees the song in question receive a one time bonus of 5 points if I watch the video within its first two weeks of release. If a song first charts over two weeks after the video's release, it is eligible to get the five point bonus within its first two weeks of charting. There is no component chart for this category given that it awards a one time bonus.
- The top 10 most voted for songs on the "Vote For Your Favorites of the Week" chart receive points. #1 gets 10 points, #2 gets 9 and so on and so forth. If voting reaches a certain threshold during any given week, the 2x multiplier will be unlocked. If the 2x multiplier is unlocked, #1 gets 20 points (instead of 10), #2 gets 19 points (instead of 9) so on and so forth. #11 gets 10 points (instead of none), and #20 gets 1 point (instead of none). Referred to as the Social Songs 100 Chart.
Maroon 5's "Maps" stays put in first place for a 3rd consecutive week, edging closer to the group's record stay at the summit. The band has sent 4 singles to the top off the Hot 50, totaling a grand total of 9 weeks at the top of the chart. Here's how the breakdown goes:
Kiesza's "Giant In My Heart" holds at its #3 peak position for a 2nd consecutive week to notch its 4th week within the top 10. Previously, her debut single "Hideaway" reached the summit of the Hot 50 chart for 6 consecutive weeks at #1. With 124 points scored this week, the track barely slipped into the #3 position this week. At this point, it is highly likely that "Giant" winds up taking the #1 position from the current leader (Maroon 5's "Maps") within the next few weeks. That would make it Kiesza's second #1 single. At this rate, Kiesza's "Giant In My Heart" could end up joining "Hideaway" in the Summer Songs top 10. We'll know more about where it could rank in a few weeks, as the competition is just beginning its second half.
Sanna Nielsen's "Undo" holds tight at #4 on the CDS Music Chart Hot 50's summit after reigning at #1 for 3 consecutive frames, which tied Loreen's "Euphoria" as the longest reigning #1 hit from any edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (coincidentally, both female artists represented Sweden in the annual competition). This week, "Undo" slides to 122 points, a 3 point drop. With its continued slip, "Undo" continues to fall below Kiesza's "Hideaway" in terms of overall points in the 2014 Summer Songs competition. As of the eigth week of summer tracking, "Undo" is now the #2 best performing track of the season (Kiesza's "Hideaway" shifts to 345 points, to continue holding the #1 seasonal rank).
Vita Chambers' "A+D" ascends 10-5 to become the Canadian artist's 4th consecutive top 5 single. The track follows Vita's "Fix You, "Masquerade" and "What If?" (which peaked at numbers 1, 2 and 3 respectively), which all hit the region between December 2012 and October 2013. The track posts this week's biggest top 10 increase courtesy of a 43-3 blast on the Social Songs 100 (which gives the track an 8 point bonus) as well as a 5 point boost thanks to the release of the track's official video. While "A+D" was the only Vita Chambers song to not debut within the top 10, the track has clearly made up for it with this surge. With this frame, it spends a fifth week past 100 points and a 6th overall week in the top 10.
In 6th and 7th place, Nico & Vinz and Sia each advance one position with their singles "Am I Wrong" (7-6) and "Chandelier" (8-7) respectively. Nico & Vinz's track shifts upwards in overall chart points, and shuffles up on several genre based and component charts thanks to its lift. It bounds 4-3 on Pop Songs, 8-4 on Radio Songs, 5-3 on Adult Songs and 4-2 on Adult Pop Songs. Sia's power pop single is also up in overall chart points while making huge strides on the Social Songs 100 (18-5). The track additionally bumps 9-3 on Radio Songs, bounds 5-4 on Pop Songs, 6-4 on Adult Songs and 5-3 on Adult Pop Songs. It has also become Sia's second most successful single to date (after her collaboration with David Guetta, "Titanium", which ended up hitting the #1 position for two consecutive frames), outing her collaboration with Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" (which peaked at #8 on the Hot 50 for just a single frame).
After spending 4 weeks within the top 5, Clean Bandit's "Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)" drops 5-8 on this week's Hot 50. Out of its 23 weeks on the chart, the track has spent 14 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10. It previously tallied two weeks at #9 toward the start of its run and a total of five non-consecutive weeks at #10 (a record tying total). Katy Perry's "Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)" first strung together 5 non-consecutive weeks at #10 between December 2013 and February 2014. Given the track's impressively strong track record (and decent hold this week), "Rather Be" will likely close past 1000 chart points (it passes 925 points this week), which ranks as the #4 best performing single of the year to date.
Iggy Azalea's "Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)" drops 6-9 after spending the past month stalled at #6. This week it racks up a 9th week within in the top 10, still marking gains on the chart. Additionally, it makes noticeable strides on Radio and Streaming components. It leads Hip-Hop/Rap Songs for a 11th straight week, though it slips considerably on the Social Songs 100. It should be on pace for an 12th week at #1 on Hip-Hop/Rap Songs, given the fact that its biggest competitor (Nicki Minaj's "Pills N Potions") drops 1 rung to #15 this week.
After 4 weeks between #11-14, Disclosure's "Latch (feat. Sam Smith)" returns to the upper tier for the first time in just over a month. The Electronic hit previously peaked at #3, and spent 3 weeks at #4 (the most weeks at the same position for the track). The track's fantastic hold can be mainly attributed to its massive presence at United States radio and its massive move on the Social Songs 100. The single will easily wind up becoming one of the biggest successes of the summer and possibly of the entire year. "Latch" will likely become one of the biggest dance tracks of the year, and has a shot at becoming a heavily nominated track at the 2014 CDS Music Chart Year End Awards.
Just outside the top 10, DJ Fresh and Ellie Goulding team together to launch "Flashlight" (a revamped version of the original Halcyon Days track from 2013), which enters the CDS Music Chart Hot 50 at #19, barely debuting within the top 20. The track becomes Ellie Goulding's 10th charting single, and 9th top 20 single. It's also DJ Fresh's first track to debut on the Hot 50 (though he has gotten close 5 times prior, most recently with his "Dibby Dibby Sound" in February 2014). Up and coming American alternative/indie-pop artist (well actually her genre is an amazing combination of a whole bunch of sub genres; you need to give her a listen) VÉRITÉ debuts as the second highest entry with her first ever single "Strange Enough". Other entries include "We Are Done" by The Madden Brothers, "Right Here" by Jess Glynne and "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" by Paloma Faith on the lower end of the Hot 50.