Another week, another chance for Katy Perry, to ride hard on the competition on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. With the top 10 moving very little as sales stay in a January deep freeze, Perry's witchy "Dark Horse" will lodge another week at the top thanks to sales of 261,000 for her collaboration with rapper Juicy J. (Perry also held down the top spot on the iTunes singles chart.)
A Great Big World Ride High Again
A week before their debut hits shelves, breakout "Voice" performers A Great Big World rose a spot to #2 as their "Say Something" collabo with Christina Aguilera moved another 208,000 copies. That pushed one of the charts biggest recent hits, Pitbull and Ke$ha's "Timber," down to #3 (202,000), while Aloe Blacc's "The Man" moved up three spots to #4 (165,000).
The week's other big mover was Jason DeRulo, whose duet with 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty," shot up 12 spots to #6 as sales ballooned by 84 percent to 148,000. Holding steady was Grammy nominee Lorde, whose "Team" hung at #8 (133,000).
The Boss Takes Over
They don't call him the Boss for nothing. Bruce Springsteen will land his eleventh #1 album this week when his new collection of covers, revamps and previously shelved tunes, High Hopes, debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. According to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, the album featuring guitar from Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello moved 99,000 copies.
Frozen Iced Out After Three Weeks
After a surprise two-week run at the top, the Frozen soundtrack (87,000) had to settle for #2, making way for Springsteen to move ahead of Elvis to claim sole possession of third place on the all-time list of the most #1 chart-toppers ever (just behind Jay Z and the Beatles). The debut of Kidz Bop 25 at #3 (65,000) helped push Beyoncé's self-titled album to its lowest position yet, #4, as the surprise release sold another 61,000.
Frozen had better luck on the iTunes album chart, where it still ruled, followed by Bey and Bruce.
The rest of the top 10: Jennifer Nettles, That Girl (#5, 54,000), Switchfoot, Fading West (#6, 39,000), Lorde, Pure Heroine (#7, 31,000), Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (#8, 29,000), Katy Perry, Prism (#9, 22,000) and Imagine Dragons, Night Visions (#10, 20,000).
Look for the A Great Big World debut next week as well as a digital bundle of Beatles albums on iTunes.