Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Rule Hot 100, Fall Out Boy Hits Top 10
'Uptown Funk!' rules for a fourth week and takes over atop Radio Songs. Plus, Fall Out Boy returns to the top 10 after an eight-year break.
Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week. Plus, as it takes over atop Radio Songs, returns to the top of Streaming Songs and continues to top Digital Songs, the track joins an elite list of hits to lead all four overarching songs charts at the same time.
Meanwhile, Fall Out Boy flies into the Hot 100's top 10 with "Centuries" from the Billboard 200's new leading album, American Beauty/American Psycho. The track is the band's first Hot 100 top 10 since 2007.
While Northeastern residents dig out of the snow, let's dig into the key numbers throughout the top 10 on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100, as we do each Wednesday.
"Funk!," released on RCA Records, spends a fifth week atop Digital Songs with 341,000 downloads sold (down 15 percent) in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music. It also leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a third week with 5.4 million U.S. streams (up 2 percent) and returns (2-1) for a second week atop Streaming Songs (15.1 million, up 1 percent).
Helping push the advances (as the song claims the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer award)? Texas-based Maceo Smith New Tech High School teacher Scot Pankey helmed students from six classes to perform a full dance to the song, filmed all over the school in a single shot, and the video quickly went viral following its YouTube posting on Jan. 24.
"Funk" sweeps the Hot 100 and its three major component songs charts (Digital Songs, Streaming Songs and Radio Songs), as it jumps 2-1 on Radio Songs with a 13 percent surge to 153 million in all-format audience, good for top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a third consecutive week. It joins Pharrell Williams' "Happy," Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX), Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" and Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" as the only songs to crown the four surveys simultaneously. (Meanwhile, only "Fancy" and "Funk" have led the Hot 100, Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs at the same time in the two years that all the rankings have co-existed; "Fancy" did so on June 28, 2014.)
Ronson rules Radio Songs in his first visit, while Mars collects his sixth leader, tying Ludacris and Kanye West for fifth place among acts with the most No. 1s in the chart's 24-year history. Rihanna leads with 12 Radio Songs No. 1s, followed by Mariah Carey (11), Katy Perry and Usher (seven each).
Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" holds at its No. 2 peak on the Hot 100. The ballad stays at No. 2 on Digital Songs (230,000, down 4 percent) and No. 3 on Streaming Songs (11.2 million, up 7 percent) and pushes 7-6 on Radio Songs, passing 100 million in audience (104 million, up 12 percent).
Hozier's No. 2-peaking "Take Me to Church" rebounds 4-3 on the Hot 100 (and tops Hot Rock Songs for a 15th week), swapping spots with Swift's former seven-week Hot 100 leader "Blank Space" (3-4). Her fellow former No. 1 (for four weeks) "Shake It Off" holds at No. 5.
Maroon 5's "Sugar" rises 8-6 in its second week on the Hot 100. The third top 10 from the band's album V (following the No. 6-peaking "Maps" and No. 3 hit "Animals") lifts 4-3 on Digital Songs (167,000, up 11 percent) and, while it dips 7-9 on Streaming Songs (7.3 million, down 9 percent), it bounds onto On-Demand Songs at No. 10 (2.5 million, up 163 percent). (The song's video, in which Maroon 5 goes on a wedding-crashing spree to the gleeful surprise of guests, premiered Jan. 14.) The single also enters Radio Songs with a 77 percent blast to 38 million.
Trainor's No. 4-peaking "Lips Are Movin" slips 6-7 on the Hot 100; Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" drops 7-8 after reaching No. 5 (while his follow-up single has just been announced: "Lay Me Down"); and Nick Jonas' No. 7 hit "Jealous" holds at No. 9.
Rounding out the region, Fall Out Boy boasts the Hot 100's lone new top 10, as "Centuries" jumps 12-10, marking the band's first top 10 in eight years and its fourth overall. The group reached the top 10 with its first two entries, "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" (No. 8, 2005) and "Dance, Dance" (No. 9, 2006), and added its highest-charting hit, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," which debuted and peaked No. 2 almost exactly eight years ago this week (Feb. 3, 2007).
The lead single from new Billboard 200 No. 1 from American Beauty/American Psycho edges 23-19 on Radio Songs (46 million, up 7 percent) and 25-21 on Streaming Songs (5.2 million, up 14 percent). It tumbles 7-25 on Digital Songs, although its slide is owed to iTunes' customers who opted to "complete" their purchase of the set by upgrading their earlier purchases of "Centuries" to a full album. Effectively, consumers who completed the album were returning the song, thus translating to its sales chart decline. For the purposes of the Hot 100, however, aggregate sales contribute to the song's overall points total.
One more trivia note regarding "Centuries": as much as Fall Out Boy's eight-year wait to return to the top 10 was lengthy, one of its credited writers revisits the region after 24 years: as the track samples Suzanne's Vega's "Tom's Diner," the acclaimed folk/pop singer-songwriter makes her third trip to the top 10 as a writer; "Diner," remixed by DNA (and billed as by DNA featuring Vega) reached No. 5 in late 1990. Her breakthrough hit "Luka," from her second album, Solitude Standing, rose to No. 3 in 1987. Tying it all together, that set introduced the first incarnation of "Diner," which opens the LP as a two-minute a cappella track.
(OK, more trivia that's surely well-known by now: Vega wrote "Diner" about New York's Tom's Restaurant … which famously doubled as the exterior for "the coffee shop," aka, Monk's, on Seinfeld.)
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 29), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs, will refresh, as they do each Thursday. The latest charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale on Friday, Jan. 30.