Meghan Trainor Rules Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Hits Top 10, Glen Campbell Returns
'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.
Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, tying a record first established by Michael Jackson. Ed Sheeran surges to his first Hot 100 top 10; country icon Glen Campbell visits the Hot 100 for the first time in 33 years; and Taylor Swift debuts atop Digital Songs and in the Hot 100's top 20.
It's a bustling week on the Hot 100, so, as we do each Wednesday, when the sales/airplay/streaming-based chart is compiled, let's dig into the numbers behind the top 10 and more.
With its seventh week atop the Hot 100, "Bass" ties the mark for the longest-leading No. 1 single in Epic Records history. Two prior Epic entries also reigned for seven weeks each, both by the King of Pop: 1983's "Billie Jean" and 1991's "Black or White." ("Bass" passes Jennifer Lopez's 2002 six-week leader "Ain't It Funny," featuring Ja Rule.)
Seven is a lucky number for another reason this week: For a record-extending seventh week, it's an all-women top five on Hot 100. The run furthers the mark for the most frames in a row in which women have barred men from the top five in the chart's 56-year history.
More honors for "Bass": it ties Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, for the longest Hot 100 rule by a woman this year. Among all leaders, only Pharrell Williams' "Happy" has spent more time on top (10 weeks) in 2014. The last No. 1 by a woman to top the Hot 100 for longer than seven weeks? Lorde's "Royals," which led for nine weeks in October-December 2013.
"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.
Rounding out the Hot 100's all-female top five, Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang" returns to its highpoint (5-3); Azalea's "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, slips from its No. 3 peak to No. 4, while ruling the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs charts for a third week each; and Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" retreats from its No. 4 high to No. 5.
Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em," featuring YG (aka, the top Hot 100 hit by a male artist for a third week!), holds at its No. 6 peak; Maroon 5's "Animals" maintains its best rank (No. 7), adding top Airplay Gainer honors (61 million, up 24 percent) for a second consecutive week (and for the third time in four weeks); Sam Smith's No. 2-peaking "Stay With Me" rebounds 9-8; and Bobby Shmurda's first top 10, "Hot Boy," rises 10-9.
Ed Sheeran boasts the Hot 100's lone new top 10, as "Don't" jumps 13-10 to become his first top 10 on the tally. The song had been tied with his previous single, "Sing," which peaked at No. 13 in June. (Sheeran reached No. 16 with his breakthrough hit "The A Team" last year.) "Don't" likewise enters the Radio Songs top 10 (13-9; 77 million, up 8 percent), marking his second top 10; "Sing" rose to No. 9. With "Don't" at No. 14 on Digital Songs and No. 33 on Streaming Songs, airplay accounts for the majority (46 percent) of its Hot 100 points sum.
Of the Hot 100's seven debuts this week, another beyond Swift's notably stands out. Glen Campbell bows at No. 90 with "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," marking his first appearance on the chart since Sept. 5, 1981 (when "I Love My Truck" wrapped a three-week run after reaching No. 94). While Campbell's 33-year, two-month gap between visits is significant, it's not a record. The longest break? One that should help get you into the holiday spirit: thanks to the original and a remake of "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)," the Chipmunks hold the mark for the longest break between Hot 100 hits: 46 years and one week between 1962 and 2008.
"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 Billboard.com 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).