SoundScanner: It’s A “Royals” Rumble Between Lorde, Miley And Katy For No. 1

by (@grahamorama)

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Lorde claims she’ll never be a royal, but she becomes chart royalty this week, as her massive single “Royals” leapfrogs over singles from Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus to capture the No. 1 spot on Nielsen SoundScan’s Digital Songs chart. Elsewhere, the latest album from Jack Johnson captures the No. 1 spot on the albums chart. Here’s #SoundScanner with the latest:


‘ROYALS’ RUMBLE SEES LORDE BODYSLAM PERRY, CYRUS: It was a three-way dance between Lorde, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus at the top of this week’s Digital Songs chart, with a little under 6,000 sales separating the three entries. The current VH1 You Oughta Know artist Lorde’s “Royals” snags the top spot for her first week at No. 1, as her song sold 307,000 downloads, up 17 percent from last week and bringing its total sales to 1.56 million. Katy Perry’s “Roar” holds at No. 2, selling 301,000 downloads, for a six-week total of 2.4 million sales. And Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” falls two spots on a 37 percent dip in sales from last week, finishing with 301,000 sales – just 111 less than “Roar.” Meanwhile, Perry’s “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J, launches at No. 4 with 194,000 downloads.

BRITNEY WORKS IT: Also in the top 10, Britney Spears‘ “Work B**ch!” – the first offering from her forthcoming eighth album – debuts at No. 6 with 174,000 downloads. The club-heavy (or Zumba-class heavy, depending on your perspective) track starts much slower than “Hold It Against Me,” the first single from 2011′s Femme Fatale, which launched with 411,000 sales. If she wants to compete with Lorde, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, well, she’ll have to work a bit harder.