Lorde Royals #1 Billboard, Knocks Miley

Lorde‘s ‘Royals’ dethrones Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ after two weeks. ‘Royals’ crowns Hot 100 (3-1) with top Airplay Gainer honors for the first time. It pushes 6-4 on Radio Songs with a 22% lift to 128 million in all-format audience, according to Nielsen BDS.

‘Royals’ remains atop Digital Songs for second week (294,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and gains by 12% on Streaming Songs (to 6.1 million US streams) despite dipping 4-5. The track tops the Hot Rock Songs chart for a fifth week.

Lorde is youngest solo artist to perch atop the Hot 100 since Tiffany, who was 16 years and one month old when ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ took over at No. 1 the week of Nov. 7, 1987. Lorde is the most-recently born artist to top the Hot 100, having been born on Nov. 16, 1996.

Two acts in a row born in the ’90s to hold the Hot 100’s top spot; Cyrus was born Nov. 23, 1992. It set the mark for the longest reign in the 25-year history of the Alternative Songs chart (7 weeks) by a lead female, besting Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughta Know’ (five weeks, 1995).

It’s since crossed to multiple formats, this week ranking at No. 1 for a seventh week on the adult alternative Triple A chart, No. 4 on Adult Pop Songs, No. 5 on Pop Songs, No. 10 on Rhythmic and No. 24 on Adult Contemporary.

Lorde leapfrogs Katy Perry’s former two-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Roar” (2-2). The latter song spends a second week atop Radio Songs, surging by 5% to 168 million. It holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (239,000) and slips 2-4 on Streaming Songs (6.3 million, down 14%).


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