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Taylor Swift Helps Tie Record Streak for Women Atop Hot 100

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Taylor Swift performs during the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball 2014 held at The O2 Arena in London on Dec. 7, 2014.

As 'Blank Space' leads for a seventh week, women have locked up the top spot for a record-tying 19th week in a row.

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The streak matches the one first set from May 7 through Sept. 10, 2005, when Gwen Stefani led for four weeks with "Hollaback Girl"; Mariah Carey added four weeks with "We Belong Together"; Carrie Underwood nabbed a week on top with her American Idol coronation ballad "Inside Your Heaven"; and Carey returned for 10 more weeks at No. 1 with "Together," making for a record-establishing 19 weeks of only women ruling the Hot 100.
Overall, women have occupied the Hot 100's top rank longer, but that's including featured roles on singles by male artists. In 2011, women held the top spot for a record 45 straight weeks. The songs that contributed to the streak: Lady Gaga's "Born This Way' (six weeks); Katy Perry's "E.T.," featuring Kanye West (five); Rihanna's "S&M" (one); Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (seven); Pitbull's "Give Me Everything," featuring  Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer (one); LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock (six); Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)"; Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera (four); Adele's "Someone Like You" (five); and Rihanna's "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris (eight of its 10 total weeks at No. 1). (That run wrapped exactly three years ago today, on the Dec. 31, 2011 Hot 100.)

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The current run is also not the longest for women in lead roles atop the Hot 100. Lead women reigned for 33 weeks in-a-row in 1995-96, but that streak was not exclusive to women. Carey's "Fantasy" led for eight weeks, followed by Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" (one), Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" (a Hot 100-record 16 weeks at No. 1), Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" (six) and Carey's "Always Be My Baby" (two).
"Space" stays atop the Hot 100 powered by its return (3-1) for a seventh week atop Digital Songs (503,000 downloads sold, up 121 percent, in the week ending Dec. 28, according to Nielsen Music), good for top Digital Gainer honors on the Hot 100. In a now annual tradition, online Christmas-week shopping, aided by gift cards given as presents, spurs sales gains for 98 of the chart's 100 titles this week.
The 503,000 downloads sold for "Space" mark just the 12th instance of a song selling at least half-a-million. And, it's the most since Swift's "Shake" debuted with 544,000 (Sept. 6). In fact, of those 12 titles, Swift boasts four of them, the most of any act. (Perry is the only other artist with multiple such weeks, having notched two.) Swift's best sales week: "We Are Never Getting Back Together" arrived with 623,000 on Sept. 1, 2012. That's the second-best sum overall, trailing only Flo Rida's "Right Round" (636,000, Feb. 28, 2009). (Perhaps surprisingly, of the 12 songs to move at least 500,000 downloads in a week, only five have done so thanks to Christmas-week sales activity.)

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"Bass," meanwhile, rebounds 5-1 for a 10th week atop Streaming Songs (after seven weeks between Nos. 2 and 5) with a 13 percent gain to 9.5 million. With "Bass" at No. 1 and "Lips" at No. 2, Trainor has the two most-streamed songs in the country this week, a feat previously achieved only by Iggy Azalea (for five weeks), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (two) and Miley Cyrus (one). "Bass" charges 9-5 on Digital Songs (237,000, up 180 percent) and even makes a notable resurgence on Radio Songs (23-17; 51 million, up 14 percent). As with sales, airplay for many of 2014's biggest hits increases around Christmas and New Year's, as stations count down the year's top smashes.
Closing out the Hot 100's top 10, Sam Smith's No. 5-peaking "I'm Not the Only One" holds at No. 6; Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" drops to No. 7 from its No. 4 peak; Maroon 5's No. 3 hit "Animals" rebounds 9-8; Swift's "Shake" re-enters the region (11-9); and Nick Jonas' "Jealous" retreats to No. 10 from its No. 8 peak.
Just outside the Hot 100's top 10, Ariana Grande and The Weeknd's "Love Me Harder" slides to No. 11 from its best rank (No. 7), ending Grande's impressive streak of 34 straight weeks in the top 10. Still, she receives a nice consolation present: her new holiday track "Santa Tell Me" rises 2-1 to crown the Holiday 100 songs chart.
Visit tomorrow (Jan. 1), 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.