Chart Beat

Meghan Trainor Rules Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Hits Top 10, Glen Campbell Returns

Meghan Trainor backstage at iHeartRadio 2014
Joseph Llanes

Meghan Trainor poses backstage of the iHeartRadio Village in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

'All About That Bass' leads for a seventh week, matching a record set by Michael Jackson; Campbell's back after 33 years; and Taylor Swift debuts atop Digital Songs.

"Bass" rules the Hot 100 owed partly to its No. 1 rank on Streaming Songs for a seventh week, logging 12.9 million U.S. streams (down 4 percent), according to Nielsen BDS. It holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs, after three weeks at No. 1, with 146 million all-format audience impressions (down less than 1 percent) and drops 2-3 on Digital Songs (148,000 downloads sold, down 12 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan), which it led for six weeks.
Epic this week announced that Trainor's debut full-length album, Title, is due Jan. 13. (Now available for pre-order, it's replaced Trainor's four-song EP of the same name; the EP reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200 last month.) Trainor has also released the follow-up to "Bass," "Lips Are Movin." "Bass" appears on both versions of Title, while "Lips" is new to the forthcoming set.
Beneath "Bass" on the Hot 100, Swift's former two-week No. 1 "Shake It Off" places at No. 2 for a seventh week. The track tops Radio Songs for a second week (148 million, down 1 percent); leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a fourth week (3.9 million, down 4 percent); holds at its No. 2 peak on Streaming Songs (10.9 million, down 3 percent); and departs the Digital Songs summit (1-2; 178,000, although up 5 percent) after four weeks in charge.
Replacing Swift's "Shake" atop Digital Songs? Her own "Out of the Woods," a second track from her fifth studio album 1989, due Monday (Oct. 27). The track starts with 195,000 and becomes her eighth Digital Songs No. 1; only Rihanna (13), Katy Perry (10) and Eminem (nine) have more (with Swift passing Britney Spears' seven toppers). All eight of Swift's Digital Songs No. 1s have bowed at the apex, tying her with Rihanna for the most No. 1 starts.
With nearly all its points from sales, "Woods" debuts at No. 18 on the Hot 100. It's Swift's 61st Hot 100 hit, the second-most among women; Aretha Franklin leads with 73.

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"Miss," which Campbell co-wrote (and is on Big Machine, also Swift's label), is Campbell's 37th Hot 100 hit, with his first tallied in 1961 (the chart's third year of existence). He's notched five top 10s, including two No. 1s: "Rhinestone Cowboy" (two weeks, 1975) and "Southern Nights" (one, 1977).
While its arrival is cause for celebration, "Miss" marks a bittersweet bow. The ballad accompanies Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which opens in theaters on Friday (24) in New York. The documentary covers 151 Campbell concerts beginning in 2011 amid his valiant battle against Alzheimer's disease. The song hits the Hot 100 with 85 percent of its points from streaming, with Vevo on YouTube views for its touching official clip generating nearly all its 1.9 million streams (up 287 percent).
Says I'll Be Me director/producer James Keach of Campbell, 78, "I want Taylor Swift fans to know how important he was. It became not so much the story of Glen Campbell, but the story of the gift that is being taken away from him. And us."
Visit tomorrow (Oct. 23), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety — and with a brand-new and enhanced interactive design — 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, Oct. 24).