MAGIC!'s “Rude” holds at #1 for the fifth straight week, again blocking Sam Smith's “Stay With Me,” which holds at #2 for the second week. “Stay With Me” is closing the gap and is still a good bet to reach #1. The ballad rises to #1 on the Radio Songs chart (which measures only airplay), displacing “Rude.”
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX holds at #3 for the second week. The song is #1 on Top Streaming Songs for the 13th week, which puts it in a tie with Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” for the longest run at #1 since that chart was introduced last year. It’s #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 12th week.
Meghan Trainor's “All About That Bass” leaps from #8 to #4 in its fifth week. The song jumps to #1 on Hot Digital Songs (197K). This marks the first time that a female solo artist (working without collaborators or featured artists) has hit #1 on the digital chart since Lorde's “Royals” wrapped up a five-week stay in October 2013. “All About That Bass” is a winning throwback to the girl-group sound of the early 1960s, but the lyric is a contemporary plea for women to accept themselves as they are.
Nico & Vinz's “Am I Wrong” dips from its #4 peak to #5 in its 17th week. The song jumps to #1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart. It's the first #1 by a Norwegian artist since a-ha's “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.” in early 1986. That song stalled at #20 on the Hot 100.
"Bang Bang" by Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj drops from #6 to #9 in its second week. Grande’s own “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea) dips from #5 to #6. Grande is the only artist who has two hits in this week’s top 10 as a lead (or co-lead) artist. (Azalea and Charli XCX each have two hits in the top 10—one as a lead artist and one as a featured artist).
Charli XCX's”Boom Clap” inches up from #11 to #10 in its 10th week. It's her third top 10 hit; her first as a lead artist. She has previously made the top 10 as the featured artist on Icona Pop's “I Love It” (#7 in 2012) and Iggy Azalea's “Fancy” (which recently logged seven weeks at #1). “Boom Clap” is from The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack, which reached #5 on The Billboard 200.
OneRepublic's “Love Runs Out” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song peaked at #15 a few weeks ago.
Movie legend Lauren Bacall, who died yesterday, got a name-check in two top 10 hits: Bertie Higgins's “Key Largo” (#8 in 1982) and Madonna's “Vogue” (#1 in 1990).
To My Readers: I’ll have a second Chart Watch blog drawn from the Hot 100 later today.
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