Billboard Hot 100: Katy Perry Climbs With ‘Birthday’

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This week in the Billboard Hot 100, Pharrell Williams’ monster hit “Happy” retained its No. 1 position in the song’s 17th week on the charts, while Katy Perry’s new single, “Birthday,” made the biggest climb this week.

“Birthday” is the latest single off Perry’s album Prism, and it got a lot of attention when it was released a couple of weeks ago for the music video, which follows Perry in a variety of disguises performing at people’s birthday parties. She impersonates a clown, a stripper for seniors, and a Jewish comedian, among other characters. “Birthday” rose from the 83rd to the 37th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 during its third week on the charts.

Other top movers for this week include the Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz, who saw their song “Am I Wrong” from the album of the same name go from No. 91 last week to make the 54th spot this week. Sam Smith’s single “Stay With Me” went from No. 93 to No. 67. Latina pop star Shakira’s single “Empire” from her self-titled album climbed from No. 97 to No. 71, showing gains again after falling from its peak position of 58.

Coldplay’s single “Midnight,” from the band’s album Ghost Stories, also climbed the charts this week, helped in part by publicity from the split between the band’s lead singer, Chris Martin, and his actress wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, after 10 years of marriage. Martin told BBC Radio’s Nick Zane that the album was inspired by the difficulties leading up to the couple’s split. “If you don’t let love in, you can’t really give it back. So what Ghost Stories means to me is like, you’ve got to open yourself up to love, and if you really do, of course it will be painful at times, but then it will be great at some point,” Martin said to Zane.

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