As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with “Rude” and Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea boast a whopping three titles each in the top 10. Who else has no problem making fancy chart moves this week?
Clean Bandit: A No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles chart for four weeks beginning Feb. 8, the British dance/pop quartet reaches the Pop Songs radio airplay chart’s top 10 with “Rather Be,” featuring Jess Glynne ( 12-10). On the Hot 100, it backtracks 13-14, but with a bullet.
The act’s infiltration of American pop radio contributes to the bevy of hits by artists from other countries, including fellow Brit Sam Smith, Canada’s MAGIC! and Australia’s Azalea and 5 Seconds of Summer.
“The younger end of the demo is driving a lot of this globalization,” theorizes WWPL/WPLW Raleigh, N.C., assistant program director/music director Mike Biddle. “Younger listeners are actively seeking out new music on YouTube and social media, which is a huge advantage for foreign acts when they get to radio. We were getting tweets a year before 5 Seconds of Summer dropped their first single … before they even had a major-label record deal.
“Radio still owns the rights for where most people discover new music,” Biddle says. “In some cases, however, the audience is helping to introduce new music to radio and labels. It’s a benefit for all involved, including us at radio, as it helps us connect even more closely with our listeners.”
Jeremih: Up 26-18 on the Hot 100, “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” becomes the R&B singer’s first top 10 on the Radio Songs chart (13-10; 75 million in all-format audience, up 19 percent, according to Nielsen BDS) since 2011. Helping fuel its rise: it interpolates Snap’s club classic, and No. 5 Hot 100 hit from 1992-93, “Rhythm Is a Dancer.”
Echosmith: The family foursome’s poppy “Cool Kids” reaches the Hot 100’s top 40, climbing 43-31. The song is from the group’s debut album Talking Dreams, which was released nearly a year ago. “A lot of our success has happened recently, really fast,” marvels lead singer Sydney Sierota. “In a way, we’re glad it took that long, because we had to figure out who we are as a band.”
Rae Sremmurd: The Hot 100 is a “No Flex Zone,” where the sibling rap duo’s breakout viral hit bounds 94-68 in its third week. Streaming accounts for half the track’s chart points: it’s up by 112 percent to 1.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 17.
Hozier: The 24-year-old Irish singer-songwriter (full name: Andrew Hozier-Byrne) makes his Hot 100 debut with “Take Me to Church.” The buzz-worthy song has spent three months in the Adult Alternative Songs top 10, topping the Aug. 16 chart.
Additional reporting by Megan Buerger