Chart Beat

Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

Meghan Trainor, 2014
Courtesy of Epic Records

'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.'

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Like Trainor, Swift also enters the Hot 100 with a new song, 1989's opener "Welcome to New York" (No. 48). (Last week, fellow preview cut "Out of the Woods" bowed at No. 18.) Swift swells her total of Hot 100 entries to 62, pushing her closer to the only woman with more visits in the chart's 56-year history: Aretha Franklin, with 73. "New York" begins at No. 5 on Digital Songs with 84,000 sold.
Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" reaches a new peak on the Hot 100 (5-3), while Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang" drops from its best rank (3-4).
Wait ... what's that … men in the Hot 100's top five? At last, they are, as Maroon 5's "Animals" charges 7-5, adding top Airplay Gainer honors for a third consecutive week; the song enters the Radio Songs top five, roaring 14-9 (80 million, up 31 percent). The track is Maroon 5's 10th Radio Songs top 10, tying the Adam Levine-led band with Destiny's Child for the most top 10s among groups in the chart's 24-year archives. (Mariah Carey leads all acts with 23 top 10s.)

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Hozier scores the week's lone new top 10 on the Hot 100, as "Take Me to Church" rockets 33-9. It adds the top Digital Gainer award for a second week, powering 13-2 on Digital Songs with a 107 percent surge to 132,000. Multiple metrics push the song forward, as it also darts 22-10 on On-Demand Songs (2.3 million, up 43 percent) and 46-17 on Streaming Songs (4.2 million, up 62 percent). Its airplay is building, too, as it nears Radio Songs with a 23 percent lift to 21 million.
Helping spur the following of "Church": it's featured in a new Beats by Dre commercial (which highlights LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers). Plus, in recent days Shazam blasted all 11 million of its email subscribers about Hozier, this month's #FeaturedByShazam artist.
The run to the Hot 100's top 10 for the haunting "Church," written as a stance against gay discrimination in Russia, has been steady, with adult alternative WXPN Philadelphia the first station to play the song in the U.S. nearly a year ago (Nov. 21; new track "From Eden" rises 21-15 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart this week). Columbia Records began promotion of "Church" in earnest earlier this year. On Oct. 11, Hozier (born Andrew Hozier Byrne) played NBC's Saturday Night Live, helping further break "Church" to mainstream audiences. His self-titled debut full-length debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 three weeks ago and has sold 99,000 so far.
"People have reacted to this song, but also went deeper into his music, seeking out more to purchase or stream," says Columbia executive VP/GM Joel Klaiman. "That's a sign that proves what we knew: that this isn't just a hit song. He's a special artist."

(Hozier's hit is the second top 10 in the Hot 100's history with the word church in its title. It also becomes the highest-charting: Culture Club's "Church of the Poison Mind" peaked at No. 10 in 1983.)
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Sam Smith's No. 2-peaking "Stay With Me" drops 8-10. (Follow-up "I'm Not the Only One" could soon enter the top 10: it pushes 20-16 this week.)
Visit tomorrow (Oct. 30), 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, Oct. 31).