Pitbull & Ne-Yo Enter Hot 100 Top 10; Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars No. 1 Again
'Uptown Funk!' rules for a ninth week, helping parent label RCA to a record-tying multi-format domination, while Pitbull & Ne-Yo's 'Time of Our Lives' (also on RCA) lifts 11-10.
As we do each Wednesday, let's run down the key numbers in the top 10 on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100.
"Funk!," released on RCA Records, logs a ninth week atop the Digital Songs chart with 240,000 downloads sold (down 7 percent) in the week ending March 1, according to Nielsen Music. It leads Streaming Songs (18.8 million U.S. streams, down 5 percent) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs (5.2 million, down 3 percent) for a seventh week each. On Radio Songs, "Funk" reigns for a fifth week with a 2 percent lift to 189.8 million in all-format audience.
Ronson and Mars' collab, thus, crowns the Hot 100 and its three main component charts (Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs) simultaneously for a record-extending fifth week (nonconsecutively).
Also, as reported in Tuesday's "Ask Billboard" reader mailbag, the song has joined an elite club globally: "Funk" is one of just four songs ever to lead the Hot 100 and the Official UK Singles chart for at least seven weeks each. (The others: Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," 1991; Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," 1992-93; and Rihanna's "Umbrella," featuring Jay Z, 2007.)
The continued command of "Funk!" on multiple Billboard airplay charts additionally contributes to a coup for RCA, as the label ties for the most concurrent No. 1 rankings, six, in a week, in the nearly 20 years that Billboard's nine currently-produced primary singular-format pop, rock and R&B/hip-hop airplay charts have coexisted. "Funk" crowns Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs, while RCA boasts three other leaders this week: Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" tops Alternative Songs; Three Days Grace's "I Am Machine" rules Mainstream Rock Songs; and Usher's "I Don't Mind," featuring Juicy J, takes over atop Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop.
RCA itself (2011), Interscope Records (2013), Columbia Records (2014) and (formerly one entity) Island Def Jam Music Group (2006) had each previously posted six simultaneous airplay No. 1s.
Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" ranks at its No. 2 peak on the Hot 100 for a seventh week. ("Funk" is down by 4 percent in overall activity, while "Loud" decreases by 2 percent.) Sheeran's ballad holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (159 million, up 5 percent) and Streaming Songs (12 million, down 4 percent) and rebounds 3-2 on Digital Songs (189,000, down 6 percent).
Giddy-up: The seven-week stay at No. 2 for "Loud" on the Hot 100 is the longest for a No. 2-peaking hit since PSY's "Gangnam Style" also peaked at the runner-up spot for seven weeks in 2012. The record? Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You" (1981-82) and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Work It" (2002-03) each peaked at No. 2 for 10 weeks.
Maroon 5's "Sugar" hits a new Hot 100 high, rising 5-3. It also ties for the highest-charting hit from the band's album V: Prior single "Animals" reached No. 3 in November. (The set's lead cut "Maps" peaked at No. 6 in August.) "Sugar" climbs 5-3 on Digital Songs (178,000, up 8 percent); keeps at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (9 million, up 9 percent); and lifts 6-5 on Radio Songs (104 million, up 12 percent).
Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" retreats from its No. 3 peak to No. 4 on the Hot 100. The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack single stays at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (10.5 million, up 9 percent) and roars 17-12 on Radio Songs (63 million, up 23 percent), while dipping 2-4 on Digital Songs (169,000, down 18 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds" rebounds 6-5 (after rising as high as No. 4 two weeks ago), adding top Streaming Gainer honors. The fab three's single blasts 36-10 on Streaming Songs with a 53 percent surge to 5.8 million after it was added to Spotify and other streamers. (Vevo on YouTube clicks continue to account for the majority, 61 percent, of its streaming activity.) The track bumps 10-8 on Radio Songs (77 million, up 10 percent) and slips 4-5 on Digital Songs (156,000, down 10 percent).
"FourFiveSeconds" additionally spends a fourth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, rewriting McCartney's longest reign on the tally. His sole prior No. 1 on the list, "The Girl Is Mine," with Michael Jackson, led for three weeks (Jan. 15-22-29, 1983).
Hozier's No. 2-peaking "Take Me to Church" drops 5-6 on the Hot 100. It also leads Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for a 20th week.
Taylor Swift's "Style" advances 8-7 on the Hot 100 with top Airplay Gainer honors for a fourth consecutive week. The third single from 1989 surges 4-3 on Radio Songs (115 million, up 14 percent) and holds at No. 8 on Digital Songs (91,000, down 9 percent). Meanwhile, Swift's former seven-week No. 1 "Blank Space" descends 7-8 on the Hot 100.
The Weeknd's "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)," like Goulding's hit, also from Fifty Shades of Grey, holds at its No. 9 peak.
Capping the Hot 100's top 10, Pitbull and Ne-Yo nab the chart's sole new top 10 this week, jumping 11-10 with "Time of Our Lives." (The song is an RCA release, marking yet another notable feat for the label this week.) Pitbull scores his 10th top 10 and first since "Timber," featuring Kesha, led for three weeks early last year. Ne-Yo notches his 12th top 10 and ends an even longer break: he'd last ranked in the top tier with the No. 6 hit "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" in late 2012.
"Time" flies 7-6 on Radio Songs (98 million, up 8 percent); returns to its highpoint on Digital Songs (11-9; 87,000, up 17 percent) and pushes 35-32 on Streaming Songs (4 million, up 4 percent).
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (March 5), 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 Hot 100 will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale on Friday, March 6.