Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week, rewriting the record for the longest-ruling No. 1 ever released on Epic Records. It also becomes the longest-leading No. 1 by a woman this year. Plus, Irish singer/songwriter Hozier soars to the top 10 with his breakthrough hit, “Take Me to Church,” which vaults 33-9.
And, with a 7-5 advance for Maroon 5‘s “Animals,” women relinquish their exclusive lock on the Hot 100’s top five after a record seven consecutive weeks.
Wednesday’s the day that the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 is compiled, so, as always, let’s look at the numbers behind the top 10 and more.
With its eighth week atop the Hot 100, “Bass” breaks the mark for the longest-leading No. 1 single in Epic Records history. How does she earn the honor? By passing the King of Pop: “Bass” bests two Michael Jackson smashes released on the label that each led for seven weeks: 1983’s “Billie Jean” and 1991’s “Black or White.”
“Bass” additionally jumps past Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, for the longest Hot 100 rule by a woman this year. “Fancy” led for seven frames in June/July. Among all No. 1s, only Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy” has spent more time on top, 10 weeks, in 2014. (The last No. 1 by a woman to top the Hot 100 for longer than eight weeks? Lorde‘s “Royals,” which led for nine in October-December 2013.)
“Bass” holds at No. 1 on the Hot 100 thanks to its leading rank on Streaming Songs for an eighth week and its return to the top of the Digital Songs chart (3-1), which it crowns for a seventh total week. The song drew 13.2 million U.S. streams (up 2 percent) in the tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS, and sold 143,000 downloads (down 3 percent), per Nielsen SoundScan. It keeps at No. 2 on Radio Songs, after three weeks at No. 1, with 138 million in all-format audience (down 5 percent).
Trainor additionally debuts at No. 93 on the Hot 100 with follow-up “Lips Are Movin,” from her debut full-length album, Title, due Jan. 13. (Now available for pre-order, it’s replaced Trainor’s four-song EP of the same name on iTunes and Amazon; the EP reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200 last month. “Bass” appears on both versions of Title, while “Lips” is new to the full-length.)
Ahead of her expected monster debut atop the Billboard 200 next week, with potentially a million-plus sold, with 1989, Taylor Swift spends an eighth week at No. 2 on the Hot 100 with “Shake It Off”; it spent its first two weeks at No. 1. It tops Radio Songs for a third week (143 million, down 3 percent); leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a fifth week (3.7 million, down 4 percent); stays at its No. 2 peak on Streaming Songs (11.1 million, up 2 percent); and drops 2-15 on Digital Songs (62,000, down 65 percent), where it ruled for four weeks.
(Why the song’s sales drop? Its slide is owed to iTunes customers who bought “Shake” and opted to complete their purchase of 1989, released Monday [Oct. 27] at midnight ET and, thus, Sunday PT, which contributes to the current chart’s sales tracking week. Effectively, consumers who completed the album were returning “Shake,” translating to its sales chart slip. For the purposes of the Hot 100, however, aggregate sales contribute to the song’s overall point total.)
Like Trainor, Swift also enters the Hot 100 with a new song, 1989‘s opener “Welcome to New York” (No. 48). (Last week, fellow preview cut “Out of the Woods” bowed at No. 18.) Swift swells her total of Hot 100 entries to 62, pushing her closer to the only woman with more visits in the chart’s 56-year history: Aretha Franklin, with 73. “New York” begins at No. 5 on Digital Songs with 84,000 sold.
Tove Lo‘s “Habits (Stay High)” reaches a new peak on the Hot 100 (5-3), while Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj‘s “Bang Bang” drops from its best rank (3-4).
Wait … what’s that … men in the Hot 100’s top five? At last, they are, as Maroon 5’s “Animals” charges 7-5, adding top Airplay Gainer honors for a third consecutive week; the song enters the Radio Songs top five, roaring 14-9 (80 million, up 31 percent). The track is Maroon 5’s 10th Radio Songs top 10, tying the Adam Levine-led band with Destiny’s Child for the most top 10s among groups in the chart’s 24-year archives. (Mariah Carey leads all acts with 23 top 10s.)
Women, thus, wrap their record streak of locking men out of the Hot 100’s top five after seven weeks. The run shattered the mark of four consecutive weeks of all-women top fives in 1999.
Azalea’s No. 3-peaking “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, drops 4-6 on the Hot 100, while leading Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs for a fourth week each; Jeremih‘s “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” featuring YG, backtracks to No. 7 from its No. 6 high; and, Bobby Shmurda‘s first top 10, “Hot Boy,” rises 9-8.
Hozier scores the week’s lone new top 10 on the Hot 100, as “Take Me to Church” rockets 33-9. It adds the top Digital Gainer award for a second week, powering 13-2 on Digital Songs with a 107 percent surge to 132,000. Multiple metrics push the song forward, as it also darts 22-10 on On-Demand Songs (2.3 million, up 43 percent) and 46-17 on Streaming Songs (4.2 million, up 62 percent). Its airplay is building, too, as it nears Radio Songs with a 23 percent lift to 21 million.
Helping spur the following of “Church”: it’s featured in a new Beats by Dre commercial (which highlights LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers). Plus, in recent days Shazam blasted all 11 million of its email subscribers about Hozier, this month’s #FeaturedByShazam artist.
The run to the Hot 100’s top 10 for the haunting “Church,” written as a stance against gay discrimination in Russia, has been steady, with adult alternative WXPN Philadelphia the first station to play the song in the U.S. nearly a year ago (Nov. 21; new track “From Eden” rises 21-15 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart this week). Columbia Records began promotion of “Church” in earnest earlier this year. On Oct. 11, Hozier (born Andrew Hozier Byrne) played NBC’s Saturday Night Live, helping further break “Church” to mainstream audiences. His self-titled debut full-length debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 three weeks ago and has sold 99,000 so far.
“People have reacted to this song, but also went deeper into his music, seeking out more to purchase or stream,” says Columbia executive VP/GM Joel Klaiman. “That’s a sign that proves what we knew: that this isn’t just a hit song. He’s a special artist.”
(Hozier’s hit is the second top 10 in the Hot 100’s history with the word church in its title. It also becomes the highest-charting: Culture Club’s “Church of the Poison Mind” peaked at No. 10 in 1983.)
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Sam Smith‘s No. 2-peaking “Stay With Me” drops 8-10. (Follow-up “I’m Not the Only One” could soon enter the top 10: it pushes 20-16 this week.)
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 30), 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, Oct. 31).