Female artists lock down the entire top five on the Hot 100 for the seventh consecutive week. Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” has been #1 for all seven of these weeks. It’s one of only three songs to log seven or more weeks at #1 so far this year. The others are Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” (which won on top for 10 weeks) and “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX (also seven weeks).
“All About That Bass” tops the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It’s also #1 on The Official U.K. Chart for the third straight week. “Bass” will appear on Trainor’s first full-length album, Title, which is due Jan. 13. (That title leaves a little something to be desired.)
Taylor Swift’s former #1 hit “Shake It Off” is #2 for the seventh straight week in its ninth week on the chart. “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj rebounds from #5 to #3 in its 12th week. “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora dips from #3 to #4 in its 16th week. Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” dips from #4 to #5 in its 21st week.
“Black Widow” is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the third straight week.
Swift has a second song in the top 20 on the Hot 100. “Out Of The Woods” debuts at #18. Details below.
Male artists and groups hold down the #6 to #10 spots. (With the boys and girls on opposite sides of the top 10, this is starting to look like a seventh-grade dance in the school cafeteria.)
“Don’t Tell ‘Em” by Jeremih featuring YG holds at #6 for the second week in its 17th week on the chart. It’s the highest-ranking song by a male solo artist or group for the third week.
Maroon 5’s “Animals” holds at #7 for the second week in its ninth week on the chart … Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” rebounds from #9 to #8 in its 28th week. The song peaked at #2 … Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Boy” jumps from #10 to #9 in its 12th week.
Ed Sheeran lands his first top 10 hit as “Don’t” jumps from #13 to #10 in its 19th week. The song reached #8 on The Official U.K. Chart earlier this year.
Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” drops out of the top 10 this week. The song peaked at #2.
Jason Derulo’s fast-climbing “Trumpet,” which ranked #18 last week, tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.
Taylor Swift’s aforementioned “Out Of The Woods” enters the Digital Songs chart at #1 (195K), displacing “Shake It Off,” which dips to #2. Swift is the first lead artist to have back-to-back #1 hits on Digital Songs since the Glee Cast scored in November 2010 with “Teenage Dream” and “Forget You” (featuring Gwyneth Paltrow). If you don’t consider the Glee Cast a lead artist, you have to go back to the Black Eyed Peas in June 2009 with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.” Before that, just three other artists did the trick. Mariah Carey was the first to do it, in December 2005 with “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Don’t Forget About Us.” T.I. did it in October 2008 with “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life” (featuring Rihanna). Beyonce scored in November 2008 with “If I Were A Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).”
Swift has amassed eight #1 hits on Digital Songs. Only three artists have had more #1 digital hits: Rihanna (13), Katy Perry (10) and Eminem (nine).
To My Readers: I’ll have another Chart Watch column drawn from the Hot 100 later today.
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