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As recently as a few months ago, few had heard of Iggy Azalea. This week, the 23-year old female rapper from Australia accomplishes something that nobody has done since the Beatles in early 1964—hold down the top two spots on the Hot 100 with his or her first two chart singles. "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) jumps from #2 to #1. Ariana Grande's "Problem," which features Azalea, jumps from #3 to #2. The Beatles held down #1 and #2 for six weeks in early 1964 with their first two Hot 100 entries, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You."
Broadening the discussion beyond initial chart hits, Azalea is the third female artist to hold down the top two spots simultaneously. R&B star Ashanti was the first female artist to achieve the feat. She scored in the spring of 2002 with her own smash "Foolish" and Fat Joe's "What's Luv?," on which she was featured. Mariah Carey scored in late summer 2005 with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off."
"Fancy" is the first all-female collaboration to reach #1 on the Hot 100 since "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & P!nk in 2001. Two other all-female collabos have reached #1: "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" by Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer (two weeks on top in 1979) and "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica (13 weeks on top in 1998).
Billboard's Gary Trust also notes that Azalea is the fourth solo female rapper to reach #1. She follows Lauryn Hill ("Doo Wop (That Thing)"), Lil Kim (the aforementioned "Lady Marmalade") and Shawnna (Ludacris's "Stand Up," on which she was featured).
Azalea's new hit, "Work," jumps from #77 to #63 in its fourth week. Both "Fancy" and "Work" are featured on her debut album, The New Classic, which rebounds to #9 on The Billboard 200.
"Fancy" also moves up to #1 on Hot Digital Songs, displacing "Problem." Azalea is the sixth artist to have back-to-back #1 hits on this chart (combining lead and featured credits). She follows Mariah Carey ("All I Want For Christmas Is You" and "Don't Forget About Us"), T.I. ("Whatever You Like" and "Live Your Life"), Beyonce ("If I Were A Boy" and "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)") The Black Eyed Peas ("Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling") and Glee Cast ("Teenage Dream" and "Forget You").
"Problem" tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. "Fancy" reached that plateau last week. Azalea is just the third act to have two songs each sell 1 million or more copies so far this year. She follows Lorde ("Team" and "Royals") and Imagine Dragons ("Demons" and "Radioactive").
"Fancy" also moves up to #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Charli XCX, 21, is a singer/songwriter from England. She first cracked the top 10 last year as a featured artist on Icona Pop's "I Love It."
"Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon holds at #5 for the second week. The song is #1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the ninth week. It becomes the 10th song to sell 2 million copies in 2014.
"Am I Wrong" by Nico & Vinz leaps from #17 to #8. Improbably, Nico & Vinz are the second Norwegian duo to crack the top 10 in less than a year. Ylvis reached #6 in October with "The Fox."
Jason Derulo has two songs in the top 10 for the first time in his career. "Talk Dirty" (featuring 2 Chainz) holds at #7. "Wiggle" (featuring Snoop Dogg) leaps from #20 to #10.
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX jumps from #2 to #1 in its 12th week on the chart. This is its fifth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (336K) … "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea jumps from #3 to #2 in its fourth week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #2 (284K) … John Legend's "All Of Me" drops from #1 to #3 in its 33rd week on the chart. This is its 14th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (147K) … Pharrell Williams's holds at #4 for the second week in its 21st week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (134K) … "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon holds at #5 for the second week in its 22nd week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (137K).
The Second Five: "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J holds at #6 for the second week in its 36th week on the chart. This is its 21st week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #30 (56K) … "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz holds at #7 for the second week in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #21 (75K) … Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" vaults from #17 to #8 in its sixth week on the chart. It's the duo's first top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #3 (156K) … Justin Timberlake's "Not A Bad Thing" dips from #8 to #9 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #27 (65K) … "Wiggle" by Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg leaps from #20 to #10 in its fourth week on the chart. It's Derulo's fifth top 10 hit; Snoop's 11th. Digital sales rank: #7 (124K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week: "Love Never Felt So Good" by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake and Coldplay's "A Sky Full Of Stars."
Let's keep an eye on three other songs that are already in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs (but not yet on the Hot 100). Ed Sheeran's "Sing" jumps from #13 to #8 (114K). MAGIC!'s "Rude" jumps from #15 to #9 (112K). "Somethin' Bad," a duet by Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood, debuts at #10 (107K).
Nicki Minaj's "Pills N Potions" enters the Hot 100 at #47. It's from her upcoming third studio album, The Pink Print. Each of Minaj's first two albums spawned a top five hit ("Super Bass" and "Starships," respectively).
Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" tops the 4 million in digital sales this week. It's Gaga's fourth song to reach that threshold, following "Poker Face" (7,117,000), "Just Dance" (featuring Colby O'Donis, 6,911,000) and "Bad Romance" (5,503,000). "Born This Way" topped the Hot 100 for six weeks in 2011. The song's gay-friendly theme paved the way for "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert.
Phillip Phillips's "Gone, Gone, Gone" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. . "Home," his American Idol coronation song, has sold 5,099,000 copies, more than any song by an Idol alum. Phillips is just the fifth Idol contestant to release two songs that each sold 2 million copies. Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have each hit that sales threshold with four songs. Daughtry and Jordin Sparks have also each done it with two. Phillips' achievement is all the more impressive because Idol isn't remotely the powerhouse it was in its early seasons. Clarkson, Underwood, Daughtry and Sparks all appeared in the show's first six seasons.
The Charlie Daniels Band's 1979 classic "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. It's the 48th country song to reach that plateau and by far the oldest. It just keeps on selling. You might say it's the "Don't Stop Believin'" of country songs, but it's even older than (by more than two years) than that Journey warhorse.
Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" jumps to #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart. It's Smith's third #1; his second of 2014. He first topped the U.K. chart in June 2013 as the featured artist on Naughty Boy's "La La La." He scored on his own with "Money On My Mind" earlier this year. Smith is the first artist to land two #1 hits (as a lead artist) in the U.K. in 2014. "Stay With Me" leaped from #69 to #49 on last week's Hot 100.
What will be the top song of the summer? I listed 20 prime candidates in a Chart Watch Extra that went live last week. If you missed it, here's a link.
To My Readers: I'll have a separate Chart Watch report on this week's key movers and debuts on the Hot 100 on Thursday morning. I won't recap the top 10 in that second report. It will be fresh material.