Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” returns to #1 on the Hot 100, ending an eight-week interruption by Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” Only one other song has returned to #1 after such a lengthy absence. Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” returned to #1 last year following a nine-week interruption by Lorde’s “Royals.”
“Wrecking Ball” retook the #1 spot due to the popularity of a video by You Tube favorite Stephen Kardynal, who spoofed Cyrus’s infamous video. “Shake It Off” retakes the top spot this week due in part to the blockbuster success of Swift’s new album 1989, which sold 1,287,000 copies in its first week.
“Shake It Off” has now had three weeks on top, which matches the weeks-at-#1 of Swift’s only previous #1 hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” That song’s run at #1 was also interrupted—by Flo Rida’s “Whistle.”
“Shake It Off” is #1 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart for the fourth week.
Four other Swift songs enter the Hot 100 this week. “Blank Space” debuts at #18, “Style” at #60, “Wildest Dreams” at #76 and “Bad Blood” at #80. This ups Swift’s total of Hot 100 hits to 66—which puts her just seven hits behind Aretha Franklin as the female artist with the most Hot 100 hits in history. (Not to put a damper on this, but it’s much easier to hit the Hot 100 now than it used to be. When you can have numerous songs charting in a single week, it tends to swell your total quickly.)
And there’s a sixth Swift song on this week’s chart. “Welcome To New York” drops from #48 to #69 in its second week.
“Blank Space” debuts at #1 on Hot Digital Songs (155K). It’s Swift’s ninth #1 on that chart. Only three other artists have amassed nine or more #1s on the digital sales chart. Rihanna leads with 13, followed by Katy Perry (10) and Eminem (also nine).
Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” dips from #1 to #2 in its 17th week. Trainor is set to perform the song on tonight’s Country Music Assn. Awards in a collabo with Miranda Lambert. Trainor’s follow-up, “Lips Are Movin,” jumps from #93 to #70 in its second week.
Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” holds at #3 for the second week in its 23rd week … Maroon 5’s “Animals” jumps from #5 to #4 in its 11th week … “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj dips from #4 to #5 in its 14th week. The song peaked at #3. (Grande has had a song in the top 10 for 26 consecutive weeks.)
“Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora holds at #6 for the second week in its 18th week. The song peaked at #3. It’s #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fifth week … “Don’t Tell ‘Em” by Jeremih featuring YG holds at #7 for the second week in its 19th week. The song reached #6 … Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Boy” holds at #8 for the second week in its 14th week.
Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” rebounds from #11 to #9 in its 21st week. This is the highest that Sheeran has ever ranked on the Hot 100 … Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” dips from #9 to #10 in its 12th week.
Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” finally drops out of the top 10 this week. As if to cushion the blow, the song tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week.
“Love Me Harder” by Ariana Grande & The Weeknd jumps from #37 to #24 in its fourth week.
“Only” by Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown debuts at #54. It’s the second single from Minaj’s third studio album, The Pinkprint, which is due Dec. 15. The lead single, “Anaconda,” reached #2. “Only” is Minaj’s 55th Hot 100 hit. Incidentally, this is the second song titled “Only” to make the chart. A Nine Inch Nails song with this title hit #90 in 2005.
Coldplay’s “A Sky Full Of Stars” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song reached #10 on the Hot 100.
To My Readers: I’ll have another Chart Watch column drawn from the Hot 100 later today.
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