Chart Watch: Meghan vs. Taylor

Paul Grein
·Writer

Meghan Trainor's pop/doo-wop charmer “All About That Bass” jumps from #4 to #2 in its sixth week on the Hot 100. It was kept out of the top spot only by MAGIC!'s pop/reggae smash “Rude,” which holds at #1 for the sixth straight week. Trainor has a shot at #1 next week, but it's not looking good. Taylor Swift's new “Shake It Off” may well debut at #1, keeping “All About That Bass” at #2 for the second week.

And so the biggest music star of the past decade will likely quash the dreams of a talented newcomer. (Hey, it’s nothing personal; it’s just the way the timing played out.)

"Shake It Off" would be Swift’s second #1 on the Hot 100, but her first to debut at #1. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" shot from #72 to #1 in its second week in August 2012. Current projections are that "Shake It Off" will sell 425K or more copies in its first week, far more than Trainor’s hit.

"All About That Bass" sold 239K copies this week, which is the fattest one-week tally by any song in 10 weeks (since "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX sold 263K in its third week atop the digital chart). “…Bass” holds at #1 for the second week on Hot Digital Songs.

"Shake It Off" has the same title as a Mariah Carey hit (#2 in 2005), but its theme may be closer to Jay Z's “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” (#5 in 2004).

Incidentally, “Rude” is the third reggae-shaded song to hold at #1 for six or more weeks. Snow's “Informer” and UB40's “Can't Help Falling In Love” both had seven weeks on top, both in 1993. “Rude” is in its 17th week on the Hot 100.

Sam Smith's “Stay With Me” dips from #2 to #3 in its 19th week. The song is #1 on Radio Songs for the second week. It spent two weeks at #1 on Hot Digital Songs in late June and early July.

Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea each have three songs in this week’s top 10. Grande’s “Break Free” (featuring Zedd) jumps from #18 to #4 in its seventh week. “Problem,” her collabo with Azalea, dips from #6 to #7 in its 16th week. “Bang Bang,” her collabo with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, dips from #9 to #10 in its third week.

As for Azalea, “Black Widow” (featuring Rita Ora) jumps from #15 to #8 in its seventh week. You already have the stats on “Problem.” “Fancy” (featuring Charli XCX) drops from #3 to #5 in its 24th week.

Billboard’s Gary Trust points out that only two other women in Hot 100 history have had three songs in the top 10 at the same time. Adele scored in March 2012 with “Set Fire To The Rain,” “Rolling In The Deep” and “Someone Like You.” Ashanti scored in March-April 2002 with her own “Foolish” and featured roles on Ja Rule’s “Always On Time” and Fat Joe's “Wut's Luv?”

So Adele achieved this impressive feat with three solo hits. Grande did it with three collaborations, where she was in the lead or co-lead on all three. Azalea did it with three collaborations, two of which had her in the lead. Ashanti did it with one solo hit and two featured credits.

"Break Free" is Grande’s fourth top 10 hit (her third this year); Zedd’s second. Grande is also sure to debut below the top 10 this week with "Best Mistake" (featuring Big Sean).

"Black Widow" is Azalea’s third top 10 hit (all this year); Ora’s first. Katy Perry co-wrote this song, and considered recording it for her current album, Prism, but in the end gave the demo to Azaleato finish. Azalea also worked on the song (and has a co-writer credit).

"Black Widow" gives a name-check to Jesus. Perry’s "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J), which hit #1 earlier this year, gave a name-check to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. I’d say that runs the gamut.

The aforementioned “Fancy” is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the 13th week.

Nico & Vinz's “Am I Wrong” dips from its #5 to #6 in its 18th week on the Hot 100. The song holds at #1 or the second week on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart.

Sia's “Chandelier” dips from #8 to #9 in its 15th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. Two songs below the top 10 also top the 1 million mark this week: Charli X's “Boom Clap” (which peaked at #10 last week) and KONGOS's “Come With Me Now” (which peaked at #31). The latter song was a true sleeper hit. It was released in 2011.

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

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