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‘Dark Horse’ gallops to No. 1: Katy Perry and Juicy J‘s “Dark Horse” spends a second straight week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 261,000 downloads, up 7 percent from last week’s tally of 243,000. The song debuted 18 weeks ago with 194,000 copies sold, but didn’t really catch steam until last month. “Dark Horse” has sold 2.02 million digital files to date. “Dark Horse” outpaces A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera‘s “Say Something” (No. 2, 208,000), Pitbull and Ke$ha‘s “Timber” (No. 3, 202,000) and Aloe Blacc’s “The Man,” which rises to No. 4 with 165,000 sales in its best sales frame to date.

Bastille rising: Just outside the Top 10, English rockers Bastille are storming the charts with their 2013 debut Bad Blood. The album rises to No. 12 this week on a 74 percent sales spike, up from No. 21 last week and No. 31 two weeks ago. The album seems bound for next week’s Top 10, while the single “Pompeii” is No. 10 on this week’s Digital Songs chart, adding another 129,000 downloads to its till, for a total of 1.176 million sales. Bad Blood has sold 202,000 copies to date.

Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ song: Super-producer Pharrell Williams has plenty to be happy about these days, including sales of his Despicable 2 song “Happy.” The song climbs to No. 11 on this week’s Digital Songs chart, rising from No. 26 (and No. 73 two weeks ago) on an 81 percent sales boost. “Happy” – which was recently nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song – sold 120,000 downloads this week, bringing its eight week total to 331,000. With the success of “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” Williams had a banner year in 2013, and he’s carrying that good fortune with him over to 2014.

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