It’s all about a record-tying achievement on the Billboard Hot 100, where Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” leads an all-female top five for a fourth straight week. The streak equals the longest stretch that women have locked men out of the top five in the chart’s 56-year history.
Meanwhile, Swedish alterna-pop singer/songwriter Tove Lo and U.K. dance quartet Clean Bandit each reach the Hot 100’s top 10 with their first chart entries, “Habits (Stay High)” and “Rather Be” (featuring Jess Glynne), respectively.
As we do every Wednesday, when the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 is compiled, let’s look at the numbers behind the entire top 10.
Beneath “Bass” on the Hot 100, Taylor Swift’s former two-week No. 1 “Shake It Off” holds at No. 2 for a fourth week; Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” rebounds 4-3; Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow” (featuring Rita Ora) returns to its best rank (5-4); and Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Minaj’s “Bang Bang” drops from its No. 3 highpoint to No. 5.
Women, thus, monopolize the top five exclusively for a fourth straight week, matching the chart’s longest such streak. The first such run of female dominance occurred more than 15 years ago (Feb. 13-March 6, 1999), when hits by Monica (“Angel of Mine”), Britney Spears (“…Baby One More Time”), Deborah Cox (“Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here”), Cher (“Believe”), Brandy (“Have You Ever?”), Whitney Houston (“Heartbreak Hotel,” featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price) and Sarah McLachlan (“Angel”) combined to keep men out of reach of the top five.
This week also marks just the 10th frame in the Hot 100’s history in which solo women have locked men out of the region. It’s the 11th barring of men including the June 30, 1979, chart, when four soloists (Anita Ward, Donna Summer, with two titles, and Rickie Lee Jones) and the all-female group Sister Sledge pitched such a shutout.
Fittingly, given this week’s achievement, Trainor sings in her debut Epic Records single, “I got that boom-boom that all the boys chase” (even if she’s not quite referring to chart positions).
“Bass” rules the Hot 100 fueled by No. 1 ranks on the tally’s three main component charts. It leads Radio Songs for a second week with 147 million in all-format audience (up 9 percent), according to Nielsen BDS; Digital Songs for a fifth (2-1) with 253,000 downloads sold (down 10 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan; and Streaming Songs for a fourth week with 14.3 million U.S. streams (down 9 percent).
Swift’s “Shake” keeps at No. 2 on the Hot 100, adding top Streaming Gainer honors. The cut vaults 21-1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart with a 122 percent leap to 4.3 million following its first full week of availability on Spotify (which accounts for 91 percent of its clicks in the tracking week). The activity helps “Shake” shoot 5-3 on Streaming Songs (11.8 million, up 40 percent). The first single from Swift’s fifth studio set, 1989 (due Oct. 27), holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (140 million, up 10 percent) and Digital Songs (224,000, down 24 percent).
As previously reported, “Shake” also makes a record-tying sprint to the top of the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart. With “Bass” down by 5 percent in overall Hot 100 chart points and “Shake” up by 2 percent, the latter makes a modest push to reclaim the top spot, which it held for its first two weeks last month.
Minaj’s “Anaconda” rebounds 4-3 on the Hot 100 (having reached No. 2). It continues to slither up Radio Songs (30-24; 47 million, up 13 percent); holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (13.9 million, up 10 percent); and dips 6-7 on Digital Songs (89,000, down 13 percent). The track, which samples Sir Mix-A-Lot’s five-week 1992 Hot 100 No. 1 “Baby Got Back,” tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs for a sixth week each.
Azalea’s “Black Widow” returns to its Hot 100 highpoint (5-4), charging 7-3 on Radio Songs (115 million, up 16 percent) and 8-5 on Streaming Songs (7.1 million, down 10 percent); on Digital Songs, it retreats 4-5 (104,000, down 14 percent).
Jessie J, Grande and Minaj’s “Bang Bang” drops from its best Hot 100 rank (3-5), although it enters the Radio Songs top 10 (11-7; 91 million, up 12 percent). The collab marks Minaj’s 10th Radio Songs top 10, Grande’s third and Jessie J’s second. It’s a non-mover on Digital Songs (No. 3; 125,000, down 13 percent) and Streaming Songs (No. 6; 6.9 million, down 13 percent).
Sam Smith’s No. 2-peaking “Stay With Me” holds at No. 6 on the Hot 100. As previously reported, the ballad takes over atop the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart. (Meanwhile, follow-up “I’m Not the Only One” bounds 84-63 on the Hot 100.)
Tove Lo celebrates her first Hot 100 top 10 on her first try, as “Habits (Stay High)” hurtles 13-7. It concurrently reaches the Streaming Songs top 10 (12-9; 5.7 million, down 1 percent); edges 5-4 on Digital Songs (109,000 up 1 percent); and roars 25-15 on Radio Songs (59 million, up 28 percent).
“It’s hard for me to talk or sing about it without any filter,” Tove Lo says of the breakup that inspired the song (which first reached the U.K. top 10 in May, peaking at No. 6). “At first, I didn’t want to write something bad. But, when it was all over, being in that state of mind … I need to use that when I write. I can’t not.”
“Habits” introduces Tove Lo’s debut album, Queen of the Clouds, released yesterday (Sept. 30) and due on next week’s Billboard 200 chart.
Grande’s No. 4 hit “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, slides 7-8 on the Hot 100 (and leads Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a seventh week), while Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” featuring YG, lifts 10-9. As with Minaj’s “Anaconda,” “Tell” also reworks a 1992 smash: Snap’s “Rhythm Is a Dancer,” which hit No. 5. (What’s next, a new version of Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart”? Actually, we’ve already gotten that this year! Rapper Buck 22 spent a week at No. 80 in March with “Achy Breaky 2,” featuring Cyrus.)
Rounding out the top 10, Clean Bandit breaks into the top 10, prowling 11-10 with its maiden entry “Rather Be.” The cut gains by 5 percent to 87,000 sold (scoring a backwards bullet, 7-8, on Digital Songs); holds at No. 12 on Radio Songs (75 million, down 5 percent); and bumps 16-13 on Streaming Songs (4.4 million, down 8 percent).
Like Tove Lo’s “Habits,” the string-and-beats-infused “Rather Be” first broke in Britain, leading the Official U.K. Singles chart for four weeks beginning in February. “We try not to see boundaries between genres,” the act’s multi-instrumentalist Jack Patterson says.
“We believe you can just do whatever you want.”
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 2), 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. 3).