Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Notch 10th Week Atop Hot 100
'Uptown Funk!' accomplishes what a mere 3 percent of Hot 100 No. 1s ever have, reaching double-digit weeks on top. Meanwhile, the smash keeps Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' at No. 2 again.
Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, hits hallowed ground atop the Billboard Hot 100: It reigns for a 10th week, joining the exclusive club of leaders that have reigned for double-digit weeks.
As the collab dominates again, Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" spends an eighth week in the runner-up spot, but as an impressive consolation prize, it makes its own headlines on Billboard's pop and adult radio airplay charts.
As we do each Wednesday, let's run down the key numbers in the top 10 of the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100:
"Funk!," released on RCA Records, becomes just the 29th No. 1 in Hot 100 history to lead for at least 10 weeks. If 29 seems like a high number, that's out of 1,041 leaders dating to the chart's Aug. 4, 1958, debut. In other words, only 3 percent of all Hot 100 No. 1s, now including "Funk," have logged rules of 10 weeks or more.
Some at-ten-tion-getting trivia: The first song to lead for at least 10 weeks? Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life," for 10 frames in 1977. The last before "Funk"? Pharrell Williams' "Happy," which led for 10 weeks last year and went on to become the Hot 100's No. 1 song of 2014. The song with the most weeks at the summit: Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day," which ruled for 16 weeks in 1995-96.
"Funk" logs a 10th week atop the Digital Songs chart with 210,000 downloads sold (down 13 percent) in the week ending March 8, according to Nielsen Music. It leads Streaming Songs (17.4 million U.S. streams, down 7 percent) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs (5.1 million, down 2 percent) for an eighth week each. On Radio Songs, "Funk" reigns for a seventh week with 182 million in all-format audience (down 4 percent).
Ronson and Mars' hit, thus, leads the Hot 100 and its three main component charts (Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs) simultaneously for a record-extending sixth week (nonconsecutively).
Meanwhile, Sheeran's "Loud" ranks at its No. 2 peak on the Hot 100 for an eighth frame, all behind "Funk." How rare is it for two songs to hold at Nos. 1 and 2 for at least eight straight weeks, specifically with the latter never reaching the top (a fate, of course, not yet sealed for "Loud")? Here's an updated look at the longest such pairings:
No. 1: "Lose Yourself," Eminem / No. 2: "Work It," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, 2002-03
No. 1: "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," Los Del Rio / No. 2: "I Love You Always Forever," Donna Lewis, 1996
No. 1: "Physical," Olivia Newton-John / No. 2: "Waiting for a Girl Like You," Foreigner, 1981-82
No. 1: "Uptown Funk!" / No. 2: "Thinking Out Loud," 2015
No. 1: "Smooth," Santana feat. Rob Thomas / No. 2: "Back at One," Brian McKnight, 1999-2000
No. 1: "The Boy Is Mine," Brandy & Monica / No. 2: "You're Still the One," Shania Twain, 1998
No. 1: "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John / No. 2: "You Make Me Wanna...," Usher, 1997
No. 1: "All for You," Janet Jackson / No. 2: "Survivor," Destiny's Child, 2001
No. 1: "Let Me Love You," Mario / No. 2: "1, 2 Step," Ciara, 2005
No. 1: "One More Night," Maroon 5 / No. 2: "Gangnam Style," PSY, 2012
(Note that the stats above pertain only to these songs when they ranked at Nos. 1 and 2 together; for instance, while Foreigner's "Girl" peaked at No. 2 for nine weeks below Newton-John's "Physical," it subsequently tacked on another week at the rank beneath Daryl Hall and John Oates' "No Can Do [I Can't Go for That]," for 10 total weeks at its No. 2 peak.)
Meanwhile, the eight weeks at No. 2 on the Hot 100 for "Loud" mark the most for a song to peak at the position since 2004, when Mario Winans' "I Don't Wanna Know," featuring Enya and P. Diddy (as he was then-billed), also spent eight frames at its highpoint. Elliott's "Work" and Foreigner's "Girl" hold the record for the most weeks totaled peaking at No. 2: 10 apiece.
"Funk" and "Loud" maintain their separation on the Hot 100 from last week, as each is down by 8 percent in overall activity. "Loud" holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (154 million, down 4 percent) and Streaming Songs (11.6 million, down 4 percent) and dips 2-3 on Digital Songs (158,000, down 16 percent).
As previously reported, despite its continued wait at No. 2 on the Hot 100, "Loud" logs an impressive showing on Billboard's airplay charts this week. Sheeran scores his first No. 1 on both Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary with the ballad, which also returns for a fourth week at No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs. "Loud," thus, becomes only the fourth song in the nearly 20 years that the three charts have coexisted to have crowned them all at the same time. The others: Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me," for five weeks in 1996; Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (two, 2011); and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" (Sept. 6, 2014).
Maroon 5's "Sugar" stays at its No. 3 Hot 100 high. It pushes 3-2 on Digital Songs (171,000, down 4 percent) and bumps 5-4 on both Radio Songs (116 million, up 11 percent) and Streaming Songs (9.5 million, up 5 percent).
Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" keeps at No. 4 on the Hot 100 after hitting No. 3 two weeks ago. The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack single stays at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (10.4 million, down 1 percent) and No. 4 on Digital Songs (155,000, down 8 percent). "Love" adds the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award; on Radio Songs, it becomes her third top 10, surging 12-7 (77 million, up 22 percent). Goulding ruled Radio Songs for five weeks in 2012 with her breakthrough hit "Lights" and reached No. 5 last year with "Burn."
The Hot 100's entire top five, in fact, is stationary, as Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds" holds at No. 5 after rising as high as No. 4 two weeks ago. The all-star single is a non-mover at No. 5 on Digital Songs (140,000, down 10 percent); holds at No. 8 on Radio Songs (77 million, up 1 percent); and climbs 10-8 on Streaming Songs (7.7 million, up 33 percent).
"FourFiveSeconds" spends a fifth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. As noted last week, the song represents McCartney's longest reign on the genre list. His sole prior No. 1, "The Girl Is Mine," with Michael Jackson, led for three weeks in 1983.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Taylor Swift's "Style" rises to a new peak (7-6), as does The Weeknd's "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" (9-7); Hozier's No. 2-peaking "Take Me to Church" drops 6-8 (and leads Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for a 21st week); Pitbull and Ne-Yo's "Time of Our Lives" clocks a 10-9 uptick; and, Swift's former seven-week No. 1 "Blank Space" descends 8-10.
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (March 12), 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 Hot 100 will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale on Friday, March 13.