Maroon 5's "Animals" jumps from #7 to #5 in its 10th week on the Hot 100, putting an end to a remarkable, seven-week streak in which only female artists appeared in the top five. And so a group headed by People's one-time Sexiest Man Alive keeps women from extending their history-making streak for an eighth week. "Animals" is Maroon 5's seventh top five hit; its first since "One More Night" two years ago. The group first cracked the top five in April 2004 with "This Love."
Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" logs its eighth straight week at #1 in its 16th week on the chart. Only one other song has had as many weeks at #1 in 2014—Pharrell Williams's "Happy," which had 10 weeks on top from March into May. Trainor's song surpasses Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) for the longest run at #1 by a female artist so far this year. "Fancy" had seven weeks on top in June and July.
"All About That Bass" returns to #1 on Digital Songs. This is its seventh week on top of that chart. A down note: "Bass" sold just 143K copies this week. That's the lowest tally for a song at #1 on that chart in more than five years, since Rihanna took the top spot in August 2008 with "Disturbia," despite sales of just 139K.
"All About That Bass" tops the Official U.K. Singles Chart for the fourth straight week. It's the first song by an American female artist to log four or more weeks at #1 in the U.K. since another light-hearted debut hit, Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl," which had five weeks on top in the U.K. in 2008. Trainor's song is only the third song to spend four weeks on top in the U.K. in 2014, following Pharrell Williams's "Happy" and "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne.
Trainor's follow-up, "Lips Are Movin," enters the Hot 100 at #93. It's from her first full-length album, the boringly titled Title, which is due Jan. 13. (How can someone who wrote and performed such a clever song come up with—or at least approve—such a blah album title?)
Taylor Swift's former #1 smash "Shake It Off" holds at #2 for the eighth week in its 10th week on the chart. Swift's 1989 is set to enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week with first-week sales of more than 1 million copies. Will that help to bring "Shake It Off" back to #1 on the Hot 100? Place your bets. "Shake It Off" tops the Radio Songs chart, which measures radio airplay across all genres, for the third week.
Swift's "Welcome To New York" debuts at #48. Now I suppose you think I'm going to list every "Welcome" song that ever made the top 10. You got it. John Sebastian's "Welcome Back" TV theme hit #1 in May 1976. Guns N' Roses's "Welcome To The Jungle" hit #7 in December 1988. My Chemical Romance's "Welcome To The Black Parade" hit #9 in January 2007.
Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" jumps from #5 to #3 in its 22nd week … "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj dips from #3 to #4 in it 13th week … "Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora drops from #4 to #6 in its 17th week. The song peaked at #3. The song holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fourth week.
"Don't Tell 'Em" by Jeremih featuring YG dips from #6 to #7 in its 18th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week … Bobby Shmurda's "Hot Boy" jumps from #9 to #8 in its 13th week.
Hozier's "Take Me To Church" vaults from #33 to #9 in its 11th week. The Irishman performed the song on Saturday Night Live on Oct. 11. Also, the song is featured in a new Beats By Dre commercial. And Shazam has dubbed Hozier this month's "#FeaturedByShazam" artist. Hozier's eponymous debut album entered The Billboard 200 at #2 three weeks ago.
Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" drops from #8 to #10 in its 29th week. Smith's follow-up, "I'm Not The Only One," jumps from #20 to #16 in its eighth week.
Ed Sheeran's "Don't" drops out of the top 10 after just one week, to my surprise. You just never know.
Coldplay's "Yellow" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. The song reached #48 in May 2001. It was Coldplay's first Hot 100 hit. Ethan Butler and Matt McAndrew recently performed the song on The Voice.
Two songs with the word "Kids" in their titles top the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. (What are the odds?) Echosmith's "Cool Kids" was #13 (and climbing) on last week's Hot 100. Kenny Chesney's "American Kids" peaked at #23 on the Hot 100 and #2 on Hot Country Songs.
To My Readers: I'll have another Chart Watch column drawn from the Hot 100 later today.