Chart Watch: ‘Rude,’ ‘Summer’ Hit Top 10
Two songs that are widely expected to rank among the biggest songs of the summer, MAGIC!'s "Rude" and Calvin Harris's "Summer," break into the top 10 on this week's Hot 100. "Rude," a charming, reggae-shaded lament, jumps from #15 to #8, leapfrogging over "Summer," a pop/dance song which jumps from #12 to #9.
"Rude" is the first top 10 hit for MAGIC!, a Canadian quartet, though front-man Nasri Atweh previously reached the top 10 as a writer on three hits. He scored with two hits by fellow Canadian Justin Bieber ("Never Say Never" featuring Jaden Smith and "As Long As You Love Me" featuring Big Sean) and one by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera ("Feel This Moment").
"Rude" is an unusual word to find in a song title. Rihanna's "Rude Boy" was #1 for five weeks in 2010. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble had a song called "Rude Mood" on their 1983 debut album.
As for "Summer," the R&B/funk band War had a top 10 hit with that same title in 1976. But War's song, a mellow ballad, didn't hit the top 10 until summer was almost over. It hit the top 10 in the Sept. 11 issue. (For sake of comparison, the current chart coincides with the June 14 issue.)
This is Harris's highest-charting hit on which he was credited as the lead artist. It's his third top 10 hit overall as an artist, following Rihanna's "We Found Love," on which he was featured (#1 for 10 weeks in 2011) and his own "Sweet Nothing," featuring Florence Welch (#10 in 2012). (In addition to these hits, Harris co-wrote and co-produced Rihanna's "Where Have You Been," a #5 hit in 2012.)
"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX and "Problem" by Ariana Grande featuring Azalea hold at #1 and #2 for the second straight week. Azalea is the first female artist to hold down the top two spots two weeks running since R&B star Ashanti scored for five straight weeks in the spring of 2002 with her own smash "Foolish" and Fat Joe's "What's Luv?," on which she was featured.
"Fancy" has 15% more overall Hot 100 points than "Problem" this week. Last week, it led by a 28% margin. Does this mean "Problem" has a shot at hitting #1 in coming weeks? Place your bets.
"Fancy" is also #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the second week.