Scoop Link: Lorde's 'Royals' Crowns Billboard Hot 100
The teen's debut smash dethrones Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' after two weeks. Plus, Ylvis' 'The Fox' enters the top 10.
Lorde leaps to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her breakthrough hit "Royals," which claims the summit from Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" after the latter song led for two weeks.
Meanwhile, Ylvis' novelty song "The Fox" enters the top 10 and Drake boasts a whopping 12 tracks on the chart from his new Billboard 200-leading album "Nothing Was the Same."
As always, let's dive into the numbers: "Royals" crowns the Hot 100 (3-1) with top Airplay Gainer honors for the first time. It pushes 6-4 on Radio Songs with a 22% lift to 128 million in all-format audience, according to Nielsen BDS. "Royals" remains atop Digital Songs for a second week (294,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and gains by 12% on Streaming Songs (to 6.1 million U.S. streams, according to BDS) despite dipping 4-5. The track tops the Hot Rock Songs chart for a fifth week.
Notably, Lorde makes news for topping the Hot 100 at her age: she doesn't turn 17 until next month. Still, she's not the youngest solo artist, or even youngest woman, to lead the list. Stevie Wonder holds the overall record among solo acts: he was just 13 years and three months old when "Fingertips – Pt 2" touched the summit the week of Aug. 10, 1963. Among women, Little Peggy March was just 15 years, one month and three weeks old when "I Will Follow Him" hit No. 1 (April 27, 1963).
Lorde is the youngest solo artist to perch atop the Hot 100 since Tiffany, who was 16 years and one month old when "I Think We're Alone Now" took over at No. 1 the week of Nov. 7, 1987. (Coincidentally, today is Tiffany's birthday!) And, a sobering stat for readers of a certain age: Lorde is the most-recently born artist to top the Hot 100, having been born on Nov. 16, 1996. That's two acts in a row, then, born in the '90s to hold the Hot 100's top spot; Cyrus was born Nov. 23, 1992.
Lorde is the first woman to take a debut Hot 100 hit to No. 1 since Carly Rae Jepsen led for nine weeks with last year's top song of the summer, "Call Me Maybe."
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