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MAGIC! Maintains No. 1 Perch on Hot 100; ‘Bang Bang,’ Meghan Trainor Soar Into Top 10

"Rude's" ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 continues for a fourth week as MAGIC!'s reggae-pop nugget drops 6 percent in overall chart points, but climbs to the top of Radio Songs for the first time…

“Rude’s” ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 continues for a fourth week as MAGIC!’s reggae-pop nugget drops 6 percent in overall chart points, but climbs to the top of Radio Songs for the first time (2-1) with 169.2 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. After spending seven weeks at either No. 1 (3 weeks) or No. 2 on Digital Songs, “Rude” retreats to No. 5 with 134,000 (down 13 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan. On Streaming Songs, the track holds at No. 2 with 8 million U.S. streams (down 10 percent), according to BDS, while abdicating the top spot on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart after a three-week run (3.1 million on-demand audio streams, down 4 percent).

In its ninth week in the Hot 100 top 10 — the last three at No. 3 — Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” storms into the runner-up slot powered by a 6 percent gain in airplay (No. 3 on Radio Songs with 163 million) “Stay,” which trailed “Rude” in overall points by 16.4 percent a week ago, narrows that gap to 9 percent, raising the possibility of a chart takeover next week. “Stay” slips a notch to No. 4 on Digital Songs (138,000, down five percent) and moves up 5-4 on Streaming Songs (6.1 million plays, down 2 percent). “Stay” does move to the top of On-Demand Songs, where it climbs 2-1 (3.2 million plays, up four percent) in only its third week on the list. Its delayed arrival on that ranking is tied to the recent addition of Smith’s album In the Lonely Hour on audio streaming services such as Spotify just a few weeks ago.

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Exploding directly into the Hot 100 top 10 with the second-highest debut of the year is the super trio of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj with “Bang Bang.” The double-entendre laden track starts at No. 6, matching Jessie J’s prior peak with “Domino” in February 2012 and grants Grande two songs in the top 10 and three in the top 20.  Her former No. 2-peaking “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, holds at No. 5 while “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, zips 21-18. Minaj, meanwhile earns her 10th Hot 100 top 10, padding her mark for most top 10s by a female rapper in the chart’s 56-year history. Grande now has the two highest Hot 100 debuts of the year as “Problem” started at No. 3 on the May 17 chart.

“Bang Bang” is the lead single from Jessie J’s yet-to-be-titled upcoming album and will also be included on Grande’s forthcoming sophomore set My Everything (due Aug 25). The song’s debut is powered in part by its sales start: it shifted 230,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3 — the second biggest bow of the year (following Grande’s “Problem,” with 438,000 in the week ending May 4).
“Bang Bang,” which falls shy of debuting on Radio Songs (it does debut on Pop Songs at No. 19), enters Streaming Songs at No. 21 with 3 million plays. On the latter chart, almost an equal amount of activity arrives from Vevo on YouTube plays of the lyric video (44.3 percent) and Spotify plays (40.3 percent). With an official music video coming, expect “Bang” to stem a loss in Hot 100 points- due to normally expected second-week sales decline- with an increase in streaming points.

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The other new arrival to the Hot 100 top 10 is Meghan Trainor who darts 28-8 with her debut single “All About That Bass.” Improved radio airplay and general buzz about the track’s self-worth message and its video help the song garner both the Digital Gainer and Streaming Gainer awards. “Bass” soars 6-2 on Digital Songs with 169,000 (up 63 percent) and debuts at a lofty No. 13 on Streaming Songs with 4.2 million plays (up 141 percent). Vevo on YouTube views for the bright and bouncy video, which premiered on June 11, are up an impressive 186 percent with Spotify plays improve by 76 percent. “Bass” also posts the largest leap of the week on the radio-based Pop Songs chart (37-23, up 77% in plays). Socially, Trainor sees a 68 percent rise in new Twitter followers in the week ending Aug. 4 and a 433% gain in Twitter mentions, according to Next Big Sound.
Switching back to songs maintaining their top 10 Hot 100 standing, former seven-week No. 1 “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, featuring Charlie XCX, retreats 2-3, though it holds atop Streaming Songs for a 12th week. That run moves “Fancy” into second place among all-time chart-toppers on that list, blowing past Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” (11 weeks) and trailing Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” (13 weeks).
Nico & Vinz spend a sixth non-consecutive week at No. 4 with “Am I Wrong,” still its highest rank to date. The song abdicates its lead atop Radio Songs (1-2) to “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith,  and tumbles out of the Digital Songs top 10 (5-17) with 78,000, down 31%. On Streaming Songs, “Wrong” holds at No. 11 (4.3 million, down 4 percent).
Maroon 5’s “Maps” is pushed downward 6-7 on the Hot 100, but gains 15 percent in overall points. The title reaches a new peak on Digital Songs (7-3) and posts a weekly sales high of 139,000 (up 35 percent). On Radio Songs, “Maps” moves 9-7 (83.6 million, up 9 percent) while dropping 16-19 on Streaming Songs with 3.4 million (down 6 percent).
Sia stays stationary at No. 9 on the Hot 100 with “Chandelier” while returning to the top 10 on Digital Songs (10-14-9 with 97,000, up 24 percent). The track is also top 10 on Streaming Songs (7-6, 3 percent), while lagging behind — but showing solid growth — on Radio Songs (35-27 with 43.5 million, up 16 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100 top 10 is “Latch” by Disclosure, featuring Sam Smith, which dips 7-10. It’s only top 10 standing on the Hot 100 breakout charts is its No. 5 ranking on Radio Songs (107.6 million, up 6 percent). “Latch” loses two spots on Digital Songs (18-20 with 63,000, down 6 percent) and holds at No. 28 on Streaming Songs (2.7 million, up 0.2 percent). The song is certainly more popular in its audio form, as video plays account for only 9 percent of its overall streaming total.
Visit tomorrow (August 7), 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. 8).