Ladies and gentlemen, the numbers are in. Topping the charts in this mid-year music report is (surprise, surprise) Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”, which has reached half the world’s population in merely six months with 571,000 plays on terrestrial radio.
Billboard and Nielsen have released their joint mid-year report, which tabulates radio, streaming and sales numbers for the year so far — from individual songs to albums of all formats.
Following in close second behind Pharrell’s “Happy” with 550,000 plays is John Legend’s “All of Me”, reaching 3.2 billion people compared to Williams’ 3.3 billion reach. Three other hit songs in “Dark Horse,” “Team” and “Counting Stars” — all songs that, like “Happy” and “All of Me,” came out in 2013 — rounded out the top five.
Meanwhile, as expected, the top album of 2014 is still the soundtrack to Frozen, which has been spurned on by monstrous ticket and DVD sales and a hit single in “Let It Go.” The album has moved 2.7 million units this year.
The rest of the report was full of some expected data (CD sale death) and some not-so expected data, like the 40.2 percent increase in vinyl sales.