"Rude" again maintains its hold atop the Hot 100 despite not leading any of the chart's main component lists that rank airplay, sales and streaming. Even though it's not No. 1 in any main measurement, it continues to show strong numbers overall. "Rude" holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (which it led for a week) with 161 million all-format audience impressions, down 3 percent, according to Nielsen BDS. It also keeps at No. 2 on On-Demand Songs (2.9 million, down 3 percent), which it led for three weeks. It drops from its No. 2 peak on Streaming Songs to No. 4 (7.7 million U.S. streams, down 7 percent) and falls 5-7 on Digital Songs with 104,000 downloads sold (down 15 percent) in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan; it crowned Digital Songs for three weeks.
Trainor's "Bass" blasts 4-2 as the Hot 100's top Digital and Airplay Gainer and vaults 5-1 on Streaming Songs, up by 32 percent to 8.1 million. The newcomer's doo-wop/pop hit rules Digital Songs for a second week with 239,000 sold, up 21 percent. "Bass" extends its record for the most consecutive weeks winning the Digital Gainer award to five. In its second week on Radio Songs, the track charges 45-24 (47 million, up 64 percent).
With "Rude" down by 7 percent in overall Hot 100 points and "Bass" up by a hefty 29 percent, the latter should be ready to overtake the former next week. The uncertainty is whether Swift's "Shake" will bypass it and block it from the top. (Keep reading …)
Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs
As "Bass" jumps, Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" dips to No. 3 after two weeks at its No. 2 Hot 100 high. It remains the most-heard song in the U.S. (in the week ending Aug. 19), logging a second week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (175 million, up 1 percent). "Stay" collects a third week atop On-Demand Songs (3.1 million, down 4 percent), while descending 4-5 on Digital Songs (105,000, down 15 percent; it led the list for two weeks last month) and 4-8 on Streaming Songs (6.1 million, down 3 percent).
Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Set to Take Off on Hot 100
The most exciting action on next week's Hot 100 might belong to a song not yet on the chart: Swift's "Shake It Off." The song barely misses this week's list, fueled by its first two days of airplay; still, it enters Radio Songs at No. 45 with 29 million in all-format audience. Because the Hot 100's sales and streaming tracking weeks run Monday through Sunday, while airplay covers a Wednesday-Tuesday schedule, only the song's airplay counts toward this week's Hot 100; next week, once sales and streaming join the mix, "Shake" should battle for No. 1. With industry sources suggesting that the high-energy lead single from 1989 (due Oct. 27) could debut with 425,000-450,000 downloads sold, Swift could shake all the way to No. 1 next week.
We'll find out the next winner on the Hot 100 a week from today.
In the meantime, visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Aug. 21), 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 latest charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine (on sale on Friday, Aug. 22).