It’s all about girl power high atop the Billboard Hot 100, although a couple of mighty all-male groups make notable moves, as well.
Meghan Trainor‘s Epic Records single “All About That Bass” leads an all-female top five for a fifth straight week, breaking the record for the most weeks in a row that women have kept men out of the region in the chart’s 56-year history. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 blasts 33-8 with “Animals” following the premiere of the song’s controversial video and One Direction debuts at No. 13 with “Steal My Girl,” the lead single from the group’s forthcoming album, Four, due Nov. 17.
As we do each Wednesday, when the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 is tabulated, let’s look at the numbers behind the top 10 and more.
Beneath “Bass” on the Hot 100, Taylor Swift‘s former two-week No. 1 “Shake It Off” holds at No. 2 for a fifth week; Iggy Azalea‘s “Black Widow” (featuring Rita Ora) reaches its best rank (4-3), while also taking over atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs; Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj‘s “Bang Bang” rebounds 5-4; and Minaj’s “Anaconda” slithers 3-5.
Women, thus, account for the Hot 100’s top five exclusively for a fifth straight week, rewriting the chart’s longest such streak. The run bests that of four weeks in 1999 (Feb. 13-March 6), when songs 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 lock men out of the bracket.
This week also marks just the 11th week in the Hot 100’s history in which solo women have excluded men from the top five. It’s the 12th such denial 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 hung a “no boys allowed” sign on the top five’s door.
As previously reported, a strong batch of female-sung hits, a dearth of competitive product from their male counterparts and simply timing have combined to help women to their record-breaking dominance.
Fittingly, it’s not only the seven women in the Hot 100’s top five who are reaping the benefits of their hit songs: so are women on the other side of the mic, as songs like “Bass” and “Anaconda” (each in their own playful ways) celebrate a strong self-image. “I wrote it for me, as well [as other women], because I’ve struggled with [body image] since I was very young,” Trainor told Billboard in July. “So, if other girls can relate to the song, it makes me feel even better. It’s unreal that I’m kind of helping people.”
The stats: “Bass” rules the Hot 100 thanks to continued No. 1 ranks on the chart’s three main component charts. It leads Digital Songs for a sixth week with 202,000 downloads sold (down 20 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan; Streaming Songs for a fifth week with 13.9 million U.S. streams (down 3 percent), according to Nielsen BDS; and Radio Songs for a third week with 149 million in all-format audience (up 1 percent).
Solo women, in fact, corner the market on the Hot 100’s top six, as Tove Lo‘s “Habits (Stay High)” rises 7-6 as the chart’s top Airplay Gainer; it reaches the Radio Songs top 10 (15-10) with a 31 percent hike to 77 million. It’s just the second week that guys have been absent from the top six: on Feb. 27, 1999, Monica, Cher, Houston (featuring Evans and Price), Spears, McLachlan and Cox barred them.
“Habits” is from Tove Lo’s debut album, Queen of the Clouds, which debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 14 with 19,000 first-week copies sold.
As Jeremih moves 9-7 with “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (featuring YG), he, thus claims the Hot 100’s top song this week by a male artist. (Then again, even that track reworks a hit originally sung by a woman: Snap’s “Rhythm Is a Dancer,” which reached No. 5 in 1993.) With no official video yet released for the song, airplay accounts for the majority (52 percent) of its chart points. It bullets for a second week at its No. 4 highpoint on Radio Songs (114 million, up 5 percent). “Don’t” also rules Hot R&B Songs for a seventh week.
Maroon 5’s “Animals” rockets 33-8 on the Hot 100 as the top Streaming and Digital Gainer after the Sept. 29 premiere of its video. Helping draw clicks: controversy over the gory clip, in which frontman Levine stars with his new wife, Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. The band also performed “Animals” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (Oct. 4). The song soars 21-5 on Digital Songs (115,000; up 121 percent) and 31-9 on Streaming Songs (6 million, up 104 percent). (A J. Cole remix of the track sold 14,000, or about 12 percent, of the song’s total sales during the tracking week.) “Animals” additionally bows as the highest debut on Radio Songs, entering at No. 33 with 37 million (up 65 percent).
“Animals” marks Maroon 5’s 10th Hot 100 top 10. Notably, it’s the group’s seventh top 10 since 2011, when it experienced a renaissance aided by Levine’s arrival as a coach on NBC’s The Voice and its “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring then-fellow coach Christina Aguilera, spent four weeks at No. 1. (The band collected its first three top 10s in 2004-07.) Maroon 5’s fifth album, V, debuted atop the Sept. 20 Billboard 200 and has sold 335,000 copies in the U.S. in its first five weeks.
(With Maroon 5’s move, the Hot 100’s top 10 is becoming the habitat of non-human creatures great and small: “Animals” joins “Black Widow” and “Anaconda” in the suddenly treacherous territory.)
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Sam Smith’s No. 2-peaking “Stay With Me” drops 6-9 and Grande’s No. 4 hit “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, falls 8-10 (and tops Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for an eighth week).
Just outside the top 10, One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” rockets in at No. 13, with sales accounting for 82 percent of its chart points; it enters Digital Songs at No. 3 with 187,000. After spending its first two weeks at No. 2 on the weekly Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart, it rises to No. 1. It also scores early support at radio, debuting on the Pop Songs airplay chart at No. 27, marking the act’s highest launch of its nine chart entries; it bests the No. 28 start of last year’s eventual No. 4 Pop Songs hit “Story of My Life.”
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 9), 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. 10).