Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' No. 1 on Hot 100 for Second Week
Swift holds at the summit, while Hozier becomes the first solo male in the top five in nearly three months.
Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank Space," while Hozier surges 6-3 with "Take Me to Church," becoming the first solo male in the chart's top five in almost three months.
It's Wednesday, the day that the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 is tallied … and you've likely got a certain meal to prepare (and gobble down) … so let's get right to the acts thankful to be in the top 10 and more.
"Space," released on Big Machine Records and promoted to radio by Republic Records, holds at No. 1, fueled by its third nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 302,000 downloads sold (down 8 percent) in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week, it gained by 100 percent in sales following the Nov. 10 premiere of its official video.
"Space" likewise stays atop Streaming Songs, with 14.2 million U.S. streams (down 26 percent), according to Nielsen BDS. The arrival of the song's clip spurred its No. 1 launch on the chart last week with 19.2 million streams, the year's second-best weekly total.
Meanwhile, airplay is soaring for "Space," which bounds 9-5 in just its third week on Radio Songs (89 million, up 26 percent). How rare is a three-week ascent to the Radio Songs top five? In the last 13 years (to use Swift's favorite number), just one other single had reached the region in three or fewer weeks: Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," which needed only two, in 2011. Prior to "Born," no song had zoomed into the Radio Songs top five so, um, swiftly since Destiny's Child's "Survivor" did so in its third week (March 31, 2001). A week earlier, Janet's "All for You" had hit the top five in its second frame.
"Space" adds the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award for a third straight week.
Meghan Trainor's former eight-week Hot 100 No. 1 "All About That Bass" keeps at No. 2. It stays at No. 2 on Streaming Songs, which it led for nine weeks (11.6 million, down 2 percent); drops 3-4 on Digital Songs (106,000, down 16 percent), which it topped for eight weeks; and descends 5-7 on Radio Songs (81 million, down 14 percent), which it ruled for three weeks.
Trainor, meanwhile, claims the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer trophy for follow-up "Lips Are Movin," which vaults 38-19. The track blasts onto Streaming Songs at No. 18 with 5.3 million (up 118 percent) after its video premiered Nov. 19. The clip's arrival also helps generate sales: on Digital Songs, "Lips" becomes Trainor's second top 10, roaring 19-10 (69,000, up 34 percent).
Hozier's "Take Me to Church" jumps to a new Hot 100 peak (6-3). It tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a third week (3.8 million, up 11 percent) and leads Hot Rock Songs for a sixth week. It holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (176,000, up 34 percent); reaches the Streaming Songs top 10 (12-7; 7 million, up 21 percent); and climbs 27-18 on Radio Songs (52 million, up 19 percent).
Hozier (born Andrew Hozier-Byrne) is the first solo male in the Hot 100's top five in nearly three months. The last? Sam Smith, whose No. 2-peaking "Stay With Me" logged its last week in the tier on the chart dated Sept. 13. (This week's charts are dated Dec. 6.) The shutout coincided with solo women scoring the longest streak of all-female top five weeks (seven) in the Hot 100's history (Sept. 20-Nov. 1).
Maroon 5's "Animals" remains at No. 4 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 3 two weeks ago. It commands Radio Songs for a second week (141 million, up 2 percent), while dipping 4-6 on Digital Songs (96,000, down 22 percent) and 13-14 on Streaming Songs (5.7 million, down 3 percent). As previously reported, "Animals" becomes Maroon 5's record-extending 10th No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Swift's former four-week No. 1 "Shake It Off" drops 3-5. Last week, when "Space" dethroned "Shake" atop the Hot 100, Swift made history by becoming the first woman ever to succeed herself at No. 1. "Shake" descends 3-4 on Radio Songs (102 million, down 9 percent) and Streaming Songs (9.4 million, down 14 percent) and 5-8 on Digital Songs (83,000, down 11 percent).
Tove Lo's No. 3 hit "Habits (Stay High)" backtracks 5-6 on the Hot 100, followed by Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" (9-7), which leaps 13-10 on Radio Songs (69 million, up 13 percent). Nick Jonas' "Jealous" reaches a new Hot 100 peak (10-8); Ariana Grande & The Weeknd's "Love Me Harder" revisits the top 10 (13-9) after reaching No. 7 two weeks ago (following the premiere of its video); and Ed Sheeran's No. 9-peaking "Don't" additionally returns to the region (11-10).
Also of note: Effective this week, the methodology for the Hot 100, along with Billboard's genre hybrid songs charts, has changed slightly to rebalance desired chart ratios for sales, airplay and streaming, as the chart's streaming component has often been above its desired average ratio, and download sales noticeably below, in recent weeks. Such adjustments to these multi-data pool charts are common (and have been implemented on the Hot 100 when, for example, sales had increased exponentially).
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Nov. 27), 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.