Female artists lock up the top five spots on the Hot 100 for the second straight week. It’s the first time that not one man has appeared in the top five for two weeks running since Feb. 27 and March 6, 1999.
Meghan Trainor's “All About That Bass holds at #1 for the second week. Taylor Swift's “Shake It Off” holds at #2, Nicki Minaj's “Anaconda” holds at #3, “Black Widow' by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora jumps from #5 to #4 and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj dips from #4 to #5.
In case you’re wondering, the top five songs on those two weeks in 1999 were Monica's “Angel Of Mine,” Cher's “Believe,” Whitney Houston's “Heartbreak Hotel” (featuring Faith Evans & Kelly Price), Sarah McLachlan's “Angel” and newcomer Britney Spears's “…Baby One More Time.”
In addition to topping the Hot 100 for the second week, Trainor’s song is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the fourth time in the past five weeks.
"All About That Bass" is all about women accepting their bodies, even if they don’t conform to society’s ideal. It helps to make up for decades of male chauvinist songs that treated women’s weight issues as a subject for derisive humor. Among the most egregious examples: Joe Tex's “Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)” and Arthur Godfrey's “Too Fat Polka (I Don't Want Her) (You Can Have Her) (She's Too Fat For Me).” I wrote a separate blog on that theme which we posted earlier today. If you missed it, here's a link.
With “Black Widow” and “Anaconda” both listed in the top five, the great minds at Hits Magazine came up with this fun item: When was the last time a spider and a snake both appeared in the top five? If you answered March 1974, when Jim Stafford scored with “Spiders And Snakes,” you are correct.
"Anaconda" is also #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the fourth straight week.
Sam Smith's “Stay With Me” holds at #6 on the Hot 100 for the second week. It's the top-ranking song by a male artist for the third week. It's #1 on Radio Songs for the sixth straight week.
"Break Free" by Ariana Grande featuring Zedd rebounds from #8 to #7. It has climbed as high as #4. It’s #1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the fifth week. “Break Free” this week becomes Grande’s third million-seller of 2014. It follows “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea, 3,062,000).and the aforementioned “Bang Bang” (1,222,000).
Maroon 5's “Maps” rebounds from #9 to #8. The song peaked at #6.
MAGIC!'s “Rude” drops from #7 to #9. The song logged six weeks at #1 and was declared the #2 Song of the Summer.
Charli XCX's “Boom Clap” jumps from #11 to #10. This is the third time this song has broken into the top 10. It replaces Sia's “Chandelier,” which drops out of the top 10 this week.
"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song was #12 and still climbing last week’s Hot 100. The song spent four weeks at #1 on The Official U.K. Singles Chart in February. Only one other song has spent four weeks at #1 in the U.K. so far this year—Pharrell Williams's “Happy.”
Tove Lo's “Habits (Stay High)” tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. The song was #18 and still climbing on last week's Hot 100.
"Blame" by Calvin Harris featuring John Newman enters The Official U.K. Singles Chart at #1. It’s Harris’s fifth #1 in the U.K. as a lead artist in the past 5-1/2 years, following “I’m Not Alone,” “Sweet Nothing,” “Under Control” and “Summer.” Harris has also scored two #1 hits as a featured artist: Dizzee Rascal's “Dance Wiv Me” (2008) and Rihanna's “We Found Love” (2011).
To My Readers: I’ll have a second (or is that third?) Chart Watch blog drawn from the Hot 100 later today.
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