"Bang Bang" by Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj is the week’s top new entry on the Hot 100 at #6. It’s the second highest new entry so far this year, trailing only another Grande smash, “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea), which debuted at #3 in May.
"Bang Bang" enters Top Digital Songs at #1, with a first-week sales tally of 230K. That’s the second-biggest first-week sales tally of 2014, again trailing only "Problem," which debuted with sales of 438K.
"Bang Bang" is the second top 10 hit on the Hot 100 for Jessie J, the third for Grande and the ninth for Minaj. "Bang Bang" has already tied "Domino" (#6 in February 2012) as Jessie J’s highest-charting hit to date.
"Bang Bang" will appear on a deluxe version of Grande’s forthcoming sophomore set, My Everything, which is due Aug. 25. It will also appear on Jessie J’s upcoming second U.S. album.
Cher took a song titled “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” to #2 in April 1966—long before any of these women were born. (Minaj, the oldest of the three, was born in 1982.)
This is the second week in a row that a song has entered Top Digital Songs at #1. Jason Aldean's “Burnin' It Down” debuted at #1 last week. This marks the first time in nearly two years that songs have debuted atop this list in back-to-back weeks. Taylor Swift's “Begin Again,” One Direction's “Live While We're Young” and Swift's “I Knew You Were Trouble.” debuted at #1 in successive weeks in September and October 2012.
MAGIC!'s “Rude” logs its fourth week at #1 on the Hot 100. “Rude” also moves up to #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart. This marks the first time that a song by a Canadian group or duo has become a transatlantic #1. (Drake and Nelly Furtado were each part of collabos that achieved the feat, but those weren’t ongoing groups or duos.)
"Rude" is the first reggae-shaded song reach #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. since Sean Kingston's “Beautiful Girls,” which spent four weeks at #1 in both countries in 2007. UB40 and Shaggy have each had two transatlantic #1 hits with reggae-shaded songs. UB40 hit #1 in both countries with “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Shaggy topped the chart in both countries with “It Wasn’t Me” (featuring Ricardo “RikRok” Ducent) and “Angel” (featuring Rayvon).
In addition, “Rude” tops the 2 million mark in U.S. digital sales this week.
Oh, and there’s this: By topping the Hot 100 for a fourth week, MAGIC! ties Olivia Newton-John's “Magic,” which had four weeks on top in August 1980.
Sam Smith's”Stay With Me” jumps from #3 to #2 in its 17th week. It jumps to #1 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart, dethroning Nico & Vinz's “Am I Wrong,” which had led that chart for four weeks. “Stay With Me” tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. The song reached #1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart in May. It has a shot at reaching #1 on the Hot 100 next week, which would give us back-to-back transatlantic #1 hits.
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX dips from #2 to #3 in its 22nd week. The song holds at #1 on Top Streaming Songs for the 12th week and holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 11th week.
Meghan Trainor's “All About That Bass” vaults from #28 to #8 in its fourth week. The song combines a catchy beat with a valuable message about self-respect.
Ariana Grande has three songs in this week’s top 20, all as a lead (or co-lead) artist. You already know about “Bang Bang.” “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea) holds at #5 for the second week in its 14th week. “Break Free” (featuring Zedd) jumps from #21 to #18 in its fifth week.
Pharrell Williams's “Happy” tops the 6 million mark in digital sales this week. The Oscar-nominated song topped the Hot 100 for 10 weeks earlier this year.
To My Readers: I’ll have a second Chart Watch blog drawn from the Hot 100 later today.
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