SoundScanner: Nothing Blurry About Robin Thicke’s Success

Those “Blurred Lines” are becoming a little clearer now that Robin #THICKE’s summer jam has climbed to the top of Nielsen SoundScan’s Digital Songs chart. Here’s a look at that and the rest of this week’s chart action in this week’s SoundScanner round-up:


THICKE ON TOP: What rhymes with hug me? Better question: What rhymes with number one? Robin Thicke’s irresistible “Blurred Lines” jumps up two spots to No. 1 on this week’s Digital Songs chart, dethroning Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Stop Us” after a lengthy run at the top. Sales of the slinky “Blurred Lines” were up 20 percent this week to 229,000 copies, edging out 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa’s second place finisher “We Own It (Fast and Furious)” by 21,000 copies. #THICKE’s Song of the Summer entry has sold 872,000 copies to date, while its delightfully pervy video has racked up – no pun intended – an impressive 37 million views. (Its unrated version has a tally of 468,000 views on Vevo, a low figure since an earlier YouTube version was pulled.) Elsewhere “Can’t Stop Us” falls to No. 5 on a 13 percent sales slide, while Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” (No. 3, 196,000) and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (No. 4, 190,000) round out the top five.

ROBOTS RULE AGAIN: Daft Punk’s sales sunk 73 percent this week, but the French robots still hold on to the chart’s No. 1 position for a second straight week. Random Access Memories sold 93,000 copies this week, bringing the album’s two week sales total to a robust 432,000 copies. On the Digital Songs chart, the Pharrell-featuring first single “Get Lucky” climbs one spot to No. 4 on a 5 percent sales uptick, selling 190,000 copies this week and bringing its seven week total to 837,000 copies. “Get Lucky” could cross the 1 million sales plateau by next week’s chart, while Random Access Memories has a shot at going gold.

MIX-ING IT UP: British girl group Little Mix – they won the U.K.’s X Factor in 2011, the same season where a little group called One Direction came in third place – debut at No. 4 this week with their first album, DNA. It’s the highest chart debut ever for a British female group, surpassing the No. 6 debut of the Spice GirlsSpice. DNA sold 50,000 copies this week. One spot ahead of Little Mix is John Fogerty, whose Wrote a Song for Everyone sold 51,000 copies this week, and Alice in Chains hold down the chart’s No. 2 position with their latest, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which sold 61,000 copies. Alice in Chains’ last album, 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue, sold more than twice as many copies during its debut frame.

THE-DREAM’S DEBUT: R&B hitmaker The-Dream, the driving force between some of the biggest hits of the last 10 years (Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It),” Bieber’s “Baby”), lands at No. 16 with his latest album, IV Play. The-Dream’s best chart start came with 2009’s Love vs. Money, which began at No. 2, while its follow up Love King debuted at No. 4. IV Play, which features guest turns from Jay-Z, Beyonce, Big Sean, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz and more, sold 23,000 copies its first week.

SHELTON SURGES: Blake Shelton, who anchored last week’s televised concert to raise money for victims of the deadly Oklahoma tornadoes, sees his album Based on a True Story (not to be confused with 2 Chainz’ album of the same name) jump up 11 spots to No. 5 on this week’s albums chart. The set sold 49,000 copies on a 69 percent sales surge, bringing its 10-week sales total to 588,000. Shelton’s The Voice co-star Usher, who appeared with Shelton on the telecast, also sees his 2012 album Looking 4 Myself re-enter this week’s chart at No. 113 on sales of 3,000 copies. The album has sold 482,000 copies to date.