Anna Kendrick hits the Hot 100’s top 10 with “Cups”

‘Cups’ finally made it into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in its 28th week on the chart as reported by

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Anna Kendrick claims the Hot 100’s lone new top 10 entry, as “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” rises 13-10 in its 28th week on the chart. The ascent is the fourth-longest to the top 10 for a woman in the Hot 100’s nearly 55-year history, bested only by Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” the all-time steadiest climber among all acts (38 weeks, 2007), and Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” (30, 1998) and “The Way You Love Me” (29, 2000). While Underwood and Hill reached the top 10 by seeing their songs start at country before scoring pop and adult radio airplay, the pure-pop “Cups” has made its journey via a slow build of increasing sales and, in the spring, pop and adult airplay acceptance after Republic Records released a version of it featuring fuller instrumentation than on the almost all-a capella version featured in “Pitch Perfect” and on the film’s soundtrack.

“Cups” climbs 10-8 on Digital Songs with a 12% gain to 117,000 downloads sold, its best sales week. (It’s sold 1.4 million since its release.) It bullets for a second week at No. 13 on Streaming Songs (2.8 million, up 8%) and charges 24-19 on Radio Songs (51 million, up 12%). The track claims its first top 10 placement on an airplay chart, as it bumps 11-9 on Adult Pop Songs.

The song’s latest chart fortunes have surely been aided by the cable premiere of “Pitch Perfect” on HBO (June 22). (The film has grossed $113 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.) “Anyone that has a preteen knows (‘Cups’),” Republic senior VP/radio and video promotion David Nathan told’s Chart Beat column in March, as the label was beginning its radio push on the song. “‘Pitch Perfect’ is a cultural phenomenon and we’re very happy to be a part of it.”


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