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Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

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Iggy Azalea photographed by Miller Mobley on May 31, 2014 at Root Studios in Brooklyn.

Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rises 3-2, Sam Smith takes over atop Digital Songs and Vine star Shawn Mendes debuts

With her sixth week at No. 1, Azalea now stands alone atop the exclusive list of female rappers who've spent the most time in the lead. Here's an updated look at the mere four such No. 1s, ranked by most weeks on top:
 
6 weeks, "Fancy," Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, 2014
5 weeks, "Lady Marmalade," Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and P!nk, 2001
2 weeks, "Doo Wop (That Thing)," Lauryn Hill, 1998
1 week, "Stand Up," Ludacris featuring Shawnna, 2003
 
"Fancy" continues its Hot 100 command with a third week at No. 1 on Radio Songs, although it decreases by 2 percent to 147 million in all-format audience, according to Nielsen BDS. It logs a seventh week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, down by 5 percent to 11.1 million U.S. streams, according to BDS. On Digital Songs, "Fancy" drops 2-3 (after leading for four weeks until last week) with 178,000 downloads sold, down 9 percent, in the tracking week ending on June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
 
"Fancy" crowns the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a sixth and 11th week, respectively. It also tops the Songs of the Summer ranking for a fifth week, remaining the only song that has ruled since the chart returned after Memorial Day.
 

Below "Fancy" on the Hot 100, Canadian pop/reggae foursome MAGIC! pushes 3-2 with its debut hit "Rude," which gains in all three of the chart's metrics. It dips 1-2 after a week atop Digital Songs, but gains by less than 1 percent to 210,000. "Rude" rises 5-4 on Radio Songs (123 million, up 14 percent) and bullets for a second week at No. 4 on Streaming Songs (7.3 million, up 7 percent).
 
Could "Rude," well, rudely, dethrone "Fancy" before long? It looks possible, as "Fancy" deflates by 5 percent in overall Hot 100 points and "Rude" grows by 6 percent. The former leads this week with a 14 percent points lead over the latter.
 
With "Rude" moving into the Hot 100's runner-up spot, Ariana Grande's "Problem," featuring Azalea, drops 2-3 after five weeks at its No. 2 highpoint. Azalea, thus, relinquishes her lock on the chart's top two ranks after five weeks, leaving her in a tie with Ashanti for the longest such run by a woman; Ashanti locked up Nos. 1 and 2 from April 20 through May 18, 2002, with her own "Foolish" and as a guest on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?"
 
Azalea also keeps behind the Beatles among acts that have spent the most time at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 entries. The Fab Four holds the record with 10 such weeks in a row in 1964. 

Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Top Pop, Rhythmic Songs Charts With 'Problem'
 

Still, "Problem" has its sights set on the No. 1 spot on Radio Songs, where it bullets for a second week at No. 2. With a 2 percent gain to 145 million, it's just 2 million in audience below "Fancy." As previously reported, "Problem" climbs to No. 1 on both the Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs airplay charts this week.
 
"Problem" falls from its No. 2 high to No. 3 on Streaming Songs (8.3 million, down 12 percent) and 3-4 on Digital Songs (153,000, down 6 percent), which it topped for three frames.

Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'
 

The Hot 100's highest debut belongs to 15-year-old Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes, who bows at No. 24 with his debut Island Records single "Life of the Party." The ballad starts with nearly all its chart points from sales, as it launches at No. 5 on Digital Songs with 148,000 first-week downloads sold. While no official radio promotion is planned for the song, according to Island president David Massey, 25 of the approximately 1,200 radio stations that report to the Hot 100 sampled the song last week, including adult pop WWFS (Fresh 102.7) New York. Streaming also accounts for a fraction of the song's Hot 100 points; the release of its official lyric video on Monday (June 30) could aid its fortunes on next week's charts.
 
As previously reported, Mendes, who gained a large following after he began posting video clips on Vine, earns the largest opening week for an act's debut single since the week ending May 27, 2012, when Phillip Phillips' "Home" began (at No. 2 on Digital Songs and No. 10 on the Hot 100) with 278,000. Four days earlier, Phillips had won the 11th season of Fox's "American Idol."
 
Slightly more than a month shy of his 16th birthday, Mendes additionally launches as the youngest artist ever to debut in the Hot 100's top 25 with a first chart entry. He passes 2011 "Idol" runner-up Lauren Alaina, who was 16 years and seven months old when "Like My Mother Does" began at No. 20 that June. Overall, Mendes is the youngest artist to debut in the top 25 since Justin Bieber's second Hot 100 hit, "One Less Lonely Girl," started at No. 16 on the Oct. 24, 2009, chart. At the time, he was 15 years, seven months and three weeks young.
 
On the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart, "Party" soars in at No. 12.
 
"I'm definitely not used to anything that's going on," Mendes marveled to Billboard earlier this month of his rise. "I'm in awe."
 
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (July 3), 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.