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Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” Conquers iTunes Chart, Bastille, Lorde Strong

Continuing to reclaim the ground lost by disappointing “Prism” single “Unconditionally,” Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse (featuring Juicy J)” officially claimed the top spot on iTunes this week.

To get to number one on the iTunes Single Sales chart, the track, considered a standout from Perry’s 2013 album, leapfrogged Pitbull’s “Timber (featuring Ke$ha).”

Pitbull has little reason to shed tears, however. Billboard announced this week that his track advanced to the number one spot on its Hot 100 chart. In addition to considering digital sales, that chart also considers airplay, streams and on-demand plays.

A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something,” OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” and Passenger’s “Let Her Go” form the rest of the top five.

In reporting that Bastille’s “Pompeii” hit the top ten on iTunes this week, Headline Planet noted the benefit associated with that achievement. Since iTunes promotes the top ten singles on its home screen, all associated songs receive significantly exposure to music buyers. That exposure–and the credibility associated with being a top ten song–should naturally translate to more sales.

“Pompeii” is proving the validity of that assertion; it has already risen to number six on the iTunes Single Sales chart. Lorde’s “Team,” which also recently moved into the top ten, is now number seven.

Eminem’s “The Monster (featuring Rihanna)” claims eighth on the chart, while One Direction’s “Story of My Life” and Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” close out the top ten.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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