Digital Songs

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The Digital Songs chart (previously named Hot Digital Songs[1]) ranks the best-selling digital songs in the United States, as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and published by Billboard. It debuted in the issue dated January 22, 2005, and merged all versions of a song sold from digital music distributors.[2] Its data was incorporated in the Hot 100 three weeks later. Since October 2004, digital sales have been incorporated into many of Billboard '​s music singles charts.[3] The decision was based on the dramatic increase of the digital market while commercial single sales in a physical format were becoming negligible.[4]

The chart's current number one as of the issue dated November 1, 2014, is "Out of the Woods" by Taylor Swift.[5]

Song records[edit]

Songs with most weeks at number one[edit]

  • 13 weeks
Flo Rida featuring T-Pain – "Low" (2007-08)
  • 11 weeks
Pharrell Williams - "Happy" (2014)
  • 10 weeks
The Black Eyed Peas – "Boom Boom Pow" (2009)
The Black Eyed Peas – "I Gotta Feeling" (2009)
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz - "Thrift Shop" (2013)
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell — "Blurred Lines" (2013)
  • 9 weeks
Gwen Stefani – "Hollaback Girl" (2005)
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx – "Gold Digger" (2005)
  • 8 weeks
50 Cent featuring Olivia – "Candy Shop" (2005)
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Call Me Maybe" (2012)
  • 7 weeks
Daniel Powter - "Bad Day" (2006)
Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie" (2010)
Katy Perry featuring Kanye West - "E.T." (2011)
Fun featuring Janelle Monáe - "We Are Young" (2012)

Top 10 single-week download sellers[edit]

1. Flo Rida – "Right Round" (636,000) February 28, 2009
2. Taylor Swift — "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (623,000) September 1, 2012[6]
3. Kesha – "Tik Tok" (610,000) January 9, 2010
4. Taylor Swift — "I Knew You Were Trouble" (582,000) January 12, 2013[7]
5. Bruno Mars – "Grenade" (559,000) January 8, 2011
6. Katy Perry — "Roar" (557,000) August 31, 2013[8]
7. Taylor Swift — "Shake It Off" (544,000) September 6, 2014[9]
8. Gotye featuring Kimbra — "Somebody That I Used to Know" (542,000) April 28, 2012[10]
9. Justin Bieber – "Boyfriend" (521,000) April 14, 2012
10. Katy Perry - "Firework" (509,000) January 8, 2011 (tie)
10. Lady Gaga - "Born This Way" (509,000) March 5, 2011 (tie)

Top-10 biggest debuts[edit]

1. Flo Rida — "Right Round" (636,000) February 29, 2009
2. Taylor Swift — "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (623,000) September 1, 2012
3. Katy Perry — "Roar" (557,000) August 31, 2013
4. Taylor Swift — "Shake It Off" (544,000) September 6, 2014
5. Justin Bieber — "Boyfriend" (521,000) April 4, 2012
6. Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa — "Payphone" (493,000) May 5, 2012
7. The Black Eyed Peas — "Boom Boom Pow" (465,000) April 18, 2009
8. Lady Gaga — "Born This Way" (448,000) February 26, 2011
9. Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea — "Problem" (438,000) May 17, 2014
10. Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent — "Crack a Bottle" (418,000) February 21, 2009

Song achievements[edit]

Album records[edit]

Artist records[edit]

Artists with the most number-one hits[edit]

1. Rihanna (13)[21]
2. Katy Perry (10)
3. Eminem (9)[21]
4. Taylor Swift (8)
5. Britney Spears (7)

Artists with most weeks at number one[edit]

1. Rihanna (38)
2. Katy Perry (36)
3. The Black Eyed Peas (26)
4. Flo Rida (22)
5. Pharrell Williams (21)

Self-replacement at number one[edit]

Simultaneously occupying the top two positions[edit]

  • Mariah Carey: December 31, 2005
  1. "Don't Forget About Us"
  2. "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
  • Beyoncé: December 06, 2008
  1. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
  2. "If I Were a Boy"
  • The Black Eyed Peas: June 27, 2009 through July 04, 2009
  1. "I Gotta Feeling"
  2. "Boom Boom Pow"
  • Kesha: January 23, 2010[22]
  1. "Tik Tok"
  2. "Blah Blah Blah" (featuring 3OH!3)
  • Taylor Swift: September 22, 2012 [23]
  1. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  2. "Ronan"
  • Iggy Azalea: May 17, 2014 through June 21, 2014
  1. "Problem" (Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea)
  2. "Fancy" (Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX) (songs switched positions on June 07, 2014)
  • Taylor Swift: November 1, 2014
  1. "Out of the Woods"
  2. "Shake It Off"

Artist achievements[edit]

  • Katy Perry is the first artist in digital history to top 300K in weekly sales with eight different songs. She has done it with "Hot N Cold," "California Gurls," "Firework", "E.T.", "The One That Got Away", "Part of Me", "Roar" and "Dark Horse" .[24]
  • Rihanna was named the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade.[25]
  • David Cook holds the record for debuts and total songs charting in one week with 14 [26]
  • Miley Cyrus is the youngest female artist to debut at number one with 226,000 downloads with her song "Party in the U.S.A.". "Party" is also tied with Psy's "Gangnam Style" for the record of most weeks at #1 without topping the Hot 100, with six weeks each.[27]
  • Ariana Grande became the first female artist to have three songs place within the top 6 simultaneously, and the second artists overall since Michael Jackson after his death in 2009.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "New Mix for Digital Rankings". Billboard 117 (4): 6. January 22, 2005. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ Grein, Paul (2013-03-20). "Week Ending March 17, 2013. Songs: The Great Chart Robbery Of 2013". Yahoo! (Yahoo!). Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Billboard updated album charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  5. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2014-10-22). "Florida Georgia Line Scores First No. 1 Album". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  6. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-08-21). "Official: Taylor Swift's 'Never' Song Sells 623,000; Sets Female Digital Record". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  7. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2013-01-03). "Taylor Swift's 'Red,' 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Lead Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  8. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2013-08-21). "Luke Bryan Nets No. 1 Album, Katy Perry's 'Roar' Tops Digital Songs". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  9. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2014-08-27). "Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  10. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-04-18). "Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-04-18. 
  11. ^ Week Ending June 24, 2012. Songs: Elton & The Peas | Chart Watch (NEW) - Yahoo! Music
  12. ^ "Digital Songs of the decade". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  13. ^ Grein, Paul (2013-06-26). "Week Ending June 23, 2013. Songs: Miley’s Comeback Hit | Chart Watch (NEW) - Yahoo Music". Music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  14. ^ Chart Watch Extra: Thank You, Daniel Powter | Chart Watch - Yahoo! Music
  15. ^ Mitchell, Gail (2005-12-17). "Green Day, 50 Cent Come Up Big In Vegas". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc) 117 (51): 21. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  16. ^ "Flo Rida Topples Single-Week Download Mark". Billboard. 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  17. ^ "Official: Taylor Swift's 'Never' Song Sells 623,000; Sets Female Digital Record". Billboard. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  18. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2012-04-25). "Billboard 200: Lionel Richie Holds Off Jason Mraz, Stays At No. 1". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  19. ^ Latest Music News, Band, Artist, Musician & Music Video News | Billboard
  20. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2013-03-13). "Luke Bryan Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  21. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (2013-11-06). "Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  22. ^ "Digital Songs: Jan 23, 2010". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Digital Songs: Sep 22, 2012". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  24. ^ Week Ending April 10, 2011. Songs: It’s Katy’s World | Chart Watch - Yahoo! Music
  25. ^ "Digital Songs Artist of the decade". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  26. ^ "David Cook Sizzles With Record Chart Debuts". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  27. ^ "Usher's 'OMG' Stands Pat Atop Hot 100, Miley Tames Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  28. ^ Caufield, Keith. "Did 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Stay at No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 

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