Chart Watch: Nicki Minaj Zooms To #2


Nicki Minaj's “Anaconda” vaults from #39 to #2 in its third week on the Hot 100. The surge was fueled the video's premiere on Aug. 19 and by Minaj's performance on the VMAs on Sunday. The song was kept out of the top spot only by Taylor Swift's debuting “Shake It Off.” (We posted a separate blog on Swift's debut earlier today. If you missed it, here's a link.)

"Anaconda" is based on Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” which logged five weeks at #1 in the summer of 1992 and went on to win a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. “Anaconda” ascended much faster than “Baby Got Back,” which took 11 weeks to climb as high as #2 (and 13 weeks to reach the top spot).

This is Minaj’s highest-charting hit to date. It surpasses her own “Super Bass” (two weeks at #3 in August 2011) and Britney Spears's “Till The World Ends” (one week at #3 in May 2011). Minaj was featured on a remix of Spears's song—not on the principal version of the song. It probably shouldn't count as a top 10 hit for Minaj, but, according to Billboard, it does.

"Anaconda" is Minaj’s 11th top 10 hit (again, counting that Spears remix). That extends her lead among female rappers. Missy Elliott is second, with 10 top 10 hits.

Minaj has a second song in this week’s top 10. “Bang Bang,” on which she teams with Jessie J and Ariana Grande, rebounds from #10 to #9 in its fourth week. The song debuted and peaked (so far) at #6.

"Anaconda" vaults from #42 to #1 on Streaming Songs, displacing Meghan Trainor's “All About That Bass.” “Anaconda” received 32.1 million streams, which is the greatest one-week tally since Miley Cyrus's “Wrecking Ball” drew 36.4 million streams in September 2013 (the first full week after its video premiered). “Wrecking Ball” went on to receive a VMA as Video Of The Year. Will “Anaconda” be in line for that award next year? Place your bets.

"Anaconda" jumps to #1 on both Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs. It dethrones "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX on both of these charts. This is Minaj’s third #1 on both charts. Her previous #1s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs were “Moment 4 Life” and “Make Me Proud.” Both of those hits were collabos with Drake.

"Fancy" was #1 on Hot Rap Songs for 18 weeks. That tied "Hot Boyz" by Missy Elliott featuring Nas, Eve and Q-Tip for the longest run at #1 in the chart’s history. Unlike “Fancy,” “Hot Boyz” didn’t also reach #1 on the Hot 100. It peaked at #5 in January 2000.

Meghan Trainor's “All About That Bass” dips from #2 to #3 in its seventh week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.

I’m sure you noticed that female artists hold down the top three spots on this week’s Hot 100. It’s the first time this has happened since October 2013, when the top three were Lorde's “Royals,” Katy Perry's “Roar” and Miley Cyrus's “Wrecking Ball.”

Sam Smith's “Stay With Me” dips from #3 to #4 in its 20th week. It peaked at #2. It's #1 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart for the third straight week.

MAGIC!'s “Rude” tumbles from #1 to #5 in its 18th week. That's the steepest fall from the #1 spot since Britney Spears's “Hold It Against Me” dropped to #6 in February 2011 after debuting at #1 the week before.

"Black Widow" by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora jumps from #8 to #6 in is eighth week. It’s Azalea’s only song in this week’s top 10, which is another way of saying that her own “Fancy” and Ariana Grande's “Problem,” on which she is featured, both drop out of the top 10 this week.

"Break Free" by Ariana Grande featuring Zedd drops from #4 to #7 in its eighth week. It tops Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a second week. Grande has a second song in the top 10: the aforementioned “Bang Bang.”

Sia's “Chandelier” rebounds from #9 to #8 in its 16th week, matching its highest ranking to date.

Nico & Vinz's “Am I Wrong” drops from #6 to #10 in its 19th week. The song peaked at #4.

American Authors's “Best Day Of My Life” tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week. The song reached #11 on the Hot 100.

Maroon 5's “Maps” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song reached #6 on the Hot 100.

To My Readers: I’ll have a second Chart Watch blog drawn from the Hot 100 later today.

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