The dance pop song with some organic folk-like elements has been atop the Digital Songs chart however for the last four weeks, selling 301,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Hot 100 is comprised of digital downloads, radio airplay and as of late, a major increase in streaming services such as official YouTube/VEVO plays and Spotify. The streaming services is a major factor in this song finally hitting No. 1 on the Hot 100, jumping from No. 6 to 2 with 5.3 million streams.
For the last several weeks, “Timber” has been locked behind Eminem and Rihanna’s hit “The Monster” which spent an equal amount of time at No. 1. That song taken from Eminem’s latest album release The Marshall Mathers LP2 has now fallen to No. 3 on the chart. This is only Pitbull’s second No. 1 on the Hot 100, “Give Me Everything” being the first in 2011. Ke$ha gets her third Hot 100 No. 1 hit, her debut song “Tik Tok” that topped the chart for nine weeks and “We R Who We R,” both in 2010. Other songs have topped various charts but not the most important of them all.
“Timber” also lands the No. 1 spot on Hot Rap Songs that “The Monster” has held for nine weeks now.
OneRepublic is also seeing some success with their slow building “Counting Stars” that has finally reached No. 2. Only their 2007 hit “Apologize (Timbaland Remix)” has come close, tying their best chart heights on this particular chart. But overall, “Timber” gets 9% more points in the formula that determines charting positions on the Hot 100. It may be soon we see “Counting Stars” from their third album Native finally hit an all-time high at No. 1 with popularity growing.
Katy Perry is also having a good week. “Unconditionally” failed to hit the Top 10 despite having excessive radio airplay but she vaults to No. 6 with “Dark Horse,” her third single from album Prism released in October.
Charts will be released via Billboard.com on Thursday.