Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Top Hot 100 Again; The Weeknd Enters Top 10
'Uptown Funk!' leads for an eighth week, while The Weeknd's 'Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)' enters the top 10.
Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, rules the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week, while The Weeknd's "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" enters the top 10. The latter song joins another song from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack in the top 10: Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do," which bounds 6-3.
It's a brand-spanking (to invoke Grey terminology) new Hot 100, so let's run down the key numbers in the top 10 on the sales/airplay/streaming-based chart, as we do each Wednesday.
"Funk!," released on RCA Records, leads Streaming Songs (19.8 million U.S. streams, up 9 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs (5.4 million, down 1 percent) for a sixth week each.
On Radio Songs, "Funk" reigns for a fifth week with a 3 percent lift to 187 million in all-format audience. In the airplay chart's 24-year history, only eight songs have posted higher audience totals, led by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, which peaked with 228.9 million on the Aug. 31, 2013, tally.
"Funk" returns to the top of the Digital Songs chart (2-1) for an eighth cumulative week on top with 257,000 downloads sold (down 14 percent) in the week ending Feb. 22.
Ronson and Mars' collab crowns the Hot 100 and its three main component charts (Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs) simultaneously for a record fourth week (non-consecutively). The only other song to quadruple up at No. 1 for even two weeks: Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" last year.
"Funk" widens its lead over runner-up Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," which ranks at its No. 2 peak on the Hot 100 for a sixth week. "Funk" is up by 2 percent in overall activity, while "Loud" loses 16 percent of its points. The decline of "Loud" is owed largely to its 36 percent drop in sales to 202,000; it falls 1-3 after a week atop Digital Songs. The ballad had soared by 17 percent on last week's Digital Songs chart after Sheeran performed it on the Grammy Awards on Feb. 8.
As on the Hot 100, "Loud" holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (152 million, up 4 percent) and Streaming Songs (12.5 million, down 12 percent).
Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" jumps 6-3 on the Hot 100, surely aided by momentum of parent movie Fifty Shades of Grey, which has earned $131 million at the U.S. and Canada box office since its Feb. 13 premiere, according to Box Office Mojo. As previously reported, the film's soundtrack falls a spot to No. 3 in its second week on the Billboard 200 (165,000 units, down 36 percent).
The song surges with top Digital Gainer honors on the Hot 100, jumping 5-2 on Digital Songs with a 20 percent rise to 205,000 sold, marking Goulding's first title to pass 200,000 in weekly sales. It climbs 6-3 on Streaming Songs (9.6 million, up 30 percent) and 28-17 on Radio Songs (52 million, up 21 percent).
Goulding collects her second top five Hot 100 hit. Her breakthrough "Lights" hit No. 2 in 2012.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Maroon 5's "Sugar" returns to its No. 4 high from No. 5 and Hozier's No. 2-peaking "Take Me to Church" dips 3-5. The latter leads Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for a 19th week.
Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds" backtracks to No. 6 from its No. 4 peak on the Hot 100. Like Sheeran's "Loud," "FourFiveSeconds" logs a notable sales drop (down 34 percent to 173,000; it slips 3-4 on Digital Songs) after it was aided on last week's charts by the trio's Grammys performance. It also falls 26-36 on Streaming Songs (3.8 million, down 16 percent).
Still, "FourFiveSeconds" zooms 13-10 on Radio Songs with a 21 percent increase to 70 million. With the advance, Rihanna ties Mariah Carey for the most Radio Songs top 10s, 23 apiece, in the chart's history, which dates to December 1990. Lil Wayne ranks third with 18 Radio Songs top 10s, followed by Jay Z, Ludacris, T-Pain and Usher, each with 17.
West nabs his 12th Radio Songs top 10 and McCartney his first. As previously reported, "FourFiveSeconds" concurrently reaches the Pop Songs airplay chart's top 10, also rising 13-10.
"FourFiveSeconds" additionally spends a third week at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Taylor Swift ranks back-to-back in the Hot 100's top 10, as her former seven-week No. 1 "Blank Space" is stationary at No. 7 and new single "Style" pushes 10-8, adding top Airplay Gainer honors for a third week. The third single from 1989 jumps 6-4 on Radio Songs (101 million, up 19 percent); keeps at No. 8 on Digital Songs (99,000, down 14 percent); and drops 37-43 in its second week on Streaming Songs (3.6 million, down 1 percent); it debuted on last week's Streaming Songs chart following the Feb. 13 premiere of its official video.
The Weeknd scores the Hot 100's lone new top 10 entry, as the sultry "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" roars 12-9. As with Goulding's "Love," buzz for the film sparks its flight. The track vaults 18-4 on Streaming Songs (8.3 million, up 53 percent) and 9-6 on Digital Songs (120,000, up 18 percent). It nears Radio Songs with a 37 percent gain to 22 million in listenership.
With Goulding and The Weeknd in the Hot 100's top 10 together, Fifty Shades of Grey is the latest soundtrack to generate concurrent top 10 hit singles. It joins the likes of several '70s, '80s and '90s cinema, and music, classics, including Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, Footloose, Grease, Reality Bites, Saturday Night Fever, Space Jam and Waiting to Exhale in earning the honor.
The Weeknd (born 25 years ago Feb. 16 as Abel Tesfaye) notches his second Hot 100 top 10 and first on his own: "Love Me Harder," with Ariana Grande, reached No. 7 in November.
Anchoring the Hot 100's top 10, Trainor's No. 4 hit "Lips Are Movin" moves 9-10.
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb.26), 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.