With 46.22% of reports in, it has been an exciting week on the charts. Last week, HDD and others predicted a rather anemic race to number 1 topping out with about 50K. Instead, all week long, those predictions have been upgraded until we are seeing top 1 predictions in the 80-85K range. What happened? Well, Weird Al decided to release a new video each day partnering with a variety of outlets. Jason Mraz shot back with promo of his own. Retailers discounted. Twitter went wild. Now we have a good old-fashioned race.
Both artists are looking for their first number one. Weird Al has been in the business for 35 years and his previous highest chart position was 9th while Jason’s highest ranking is 2nd. Pundits are calling the race for Weird Al, but it still looks pretty close at the 46.22% mark.
And the rest are also runs. Rise Against (Punk Rock) is currently third, but they will have to fend off the Kidz Boppers to hold the position (EW commented on how Kidz Bop cleans up the language of songs such as “Story of My Life” from One Direction including changing “Morning” to “Hallway”). British sensation Sam Smith is 5th, Frozen sensation Frozen won’t let go of the top 10 and is at 6th, Ed Sheeran is 7th, Bleachers (Indie Pop) is 8th, Blake Shelton (on sale) is 9th and Trey Songz is 10th.
Miranda Lambert (with Carrie Underwood) represent the reality singing show competitors at 21st. Now 50 features Kelly Clarkson and Carly Rae Jepsen at 26th. Pharrell at 42nd joins Blake representing the judges.
CHART DATE: 07/21/2014
LAST UPDATE: 07/21/2014 16:14:06
NOW IN: 46.22%
LW TW artist / album label sales index
— 1 “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC MANDATORY FUN 63,720
— 2 JASON MRAZ YES! 62,545
— 3 RISE AGAINST BLACK MARKET 39,976
— 4 KIDZ BOP KIDS KIDZ BOP 26 23,592
3 5 SAM SMITH IN THE LONELY HOUR 19,959
2 6 FROZEN SOUNDTRACK 15,754
5 7 ED SHEERAN X 14,554
— 8 BLEACHERS STRANGE DESIRE 14,180
— 9 BLAKE SHELTON BASED ON A TRUE STORY 13,895
4 10 TREY SONGZ TRIGGA 13,436
9 21 MIRANDA LAMBERT PLATINUM 6,628
10 26 NOW 50 VARIOUS ARTISTS 5,582
30 42 PHARRELL WILLIAMS G I R L 2,811
47 50 DIERKS BENTLEY RISER 1,886
(nice job on the tracking shot)