Pop Singles Going Steady: June 2014
The top reaches of the pop charts in June looked pretty similar to the top reaches of the pop charts in May: Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Iggy Azalea show no sign of going anywhere anytime soon. But there were also lots of new appearances in the Hot 100 to celebrate, like the return of P. Diddy's girl group Danity Kane (comeback single "Lemonade" entered the charts in late May) or the arrival of Nicki Minaj's "Pills N Potions" ahead of her upcoming third studio album.
There have also been plenty of slightly older tunes demonstrating remarkable resilience as spring transitions into summer, like emo pop band Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" (still riding high despite being tied to an album released last year) or the indie rock pogo of "Come With Me Now" from South Africa's Kongos, a club-friendly burner that was actually released as a single way back in 2011, only to see sudden action on stateside 2014 charts, including breaking the Top 40.
Plus, hot country artists have been steadily infiltrating pop charts all year, with Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen all rubbing shoulders recently with Jason Derulo (who called upon Snoop Dogg for a little help with "Wiggle") and Shakira (her infectious World Cup Anthem "La La La [Brazil 2014]"). Check out our attached playlist for these and other June chart toppers. We promise two dozen cuts and not a single appearance by Pharrell Williams! Iggy Azalea, however, remains unavoidable -- though it may still be the first week of the season, it's clear that it's going to be her summer.