Not to be rude … but enough introduction. Let’s get right into our weekly rundown of the Hot 100’s top 10 and more.
“Rude” logs a third week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 195,000 downloads sold (up 6 percent) in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It tallies a second week at its No. 2 highpoints on both Radio Songs (159 million all-format audience impressions, up 4 percent, according to Nielsen BDS) and Streaming Songs (9.4 million U.S. streams, up 13 percent). “Rude” tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a second week (3.4 million on-demand streams, up 3 percent).
As previously reported, “Rude” takes over atop Adult Pop Songs, marking MAGIC!’s first airplay chart No. 1.
Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100; it fell last week after seven weeks at No. 1. Still, it leads Streaming Songs for a 10th week (12.2 million, up 16 percent). It’s just the third title to top Streaming Songs for double-digit weeks since the list launched early last year, and the first by an artist not named Miley Cyrus. Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” led for 13 weeks after previous single “We Can’t Stop” reigned for 11. “Fancy” rebounds 4-3 on Digital Songs (which it led for four weeks), up by 1 percent to 155,000, while dipping 4-5 on Radio Songs (125 million, down 10 percent); it spent three weeks at No. 1 on the ranking.
“Rude” widens its lead over “Fancy” atop the Hot 100. As the former gains by 7 percent in overall points and the latter, by 2 percent, “Rude” boasts a 6 percent points lead. Last week, “Rude” dethroned “Fancy” by a mere 1 percent margin.
“Fancy” crowns Hot Rap Songs for a 14th week and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a ninth frame, while dominating the Songs of the Summer chart for an eighth week. It continues as the only song that’s led the seasonal list since it made its annual return after Memorial Day.
Meanwhile, below the Hot 100’s top 10, both Azalea and Charli XCX climb with follow-up singles. Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” lifts 16-14, spurred in part by its 39-24 vault on Radio Songs (44 million, up 36 percent), while Azalea’s “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, bounds 65-45, up 33-23 on Digital Songs (59,000, up 42 percent).
Already perhaps making a play for the Hot 100’s next No. 1? Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” which jumps 5-3 with dual top Streaming Gainer and Airplay Gainer honors. The ballad blasts 15-5 on Streaming Songs with a 70 percent gain to 5.9 million streams and storms onto On-Demand Songs with 2.6 million (up 386 percent from 534,000) after it became available on Spotify on July 12; following its first full week on the service, Spotify plays account for 37 percent of the song’s streams in the tracking week. “Stay” claims the Airplay Gainer award for a second consecutive week and for the third time in four weeks. It lifts 5-3 on Radio Songs with a 10 percent increase to 139 million.
Trivia time: MAGIC!, Azalea and Smith lock up the Hot 100’s top three with their respective first chart entries (as lead artists). When did rookies last control the top three simultaneously? April 28, 2012, when Gotye (“Somebody That I Used to Know,” featuring Kimbra), fun. (“We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae) and the Wanted (“Glad You Came”) ranked at Nos. 1-2-3, in that order. For good measure, One Direction’s debut hit “What Makes You Beautiful” followed at No. 4 that week.
Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” featuring Azalea, drops 3-4 on the Hot 100 (after peaking at No. 2 for five weeks), while Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” slips to No. 5 from its No. 4 highpoint. Still, the latter leads Radio Songs for a third week (165 million, up 2 percent).
John Legend’s former three-week Hot 100 No. 1 “All of Me” continues to rebound incrementally, rising 7-6 after ranking at No. 8 two weeks ago.
Maroon 5’s “Maps” travels 8-7 to reach a new Hot 100 peak. It climbs 7-6 on Digital Songs (105,000, up less than 1 percent); bullets for a second week at No. 9 on Radio Songs (72 million, up 10 percent); and retreats 13-15 on Streaming Songs, but with a 1 percent gain to 3.6 million.
Jason Derulo’s No. 5-peaking “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, slides 6-8 on the Hot 100, while Disclosure’s “Latch,” featuring Smith, ascends 10-9 and crowns the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Calvin Harris’ “Summer,” which peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100, falls 9-10 (and departs the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs summit after four weeks on top).
While no songs enter the Hot 100’s top 10 this week, notable action outside the region (in addition to Charli XCX and Azalea’s ascents) include jumps for Sia’s “Chandelier” (13-11); Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” featuring Jess Glynne (32-22); and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (84-54), the chart’s Digital Gainer, thanks to its 39-18 charge up Digital Songs with a 63 percent increase to 64,000.
Hot 100 debuts include 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Everything I Didn’t Say” (No. 24) and new Billboard 200 leader Weird Al Yankovic’s grammar-lesson parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” “Word Crimes” (No. 39). The comic icon scores his fourth top 40 hit on the Hot 100, following “Eat It” (No. 12, 1984), “Smells Like Nirvana” (No. 35, 1992) and “White & Nerdy” (No. 9, 2006). Reinforcing his longevity, he’s, thus, now sent a new single into the top 40 in each of the last four decades, something that only two other acts have done: Michael Jackson and Madonna, both of whom, he’s, of course, ribbed in his inimitable good-natured way. (Jackson’s streak actually stretches back to the ’70s, as, earlier this year, “Love Never Felt So Good,” with Justin Timberlake, rose to No. 9. The peak made the late King of Pop the first artist with top 10s in five distinct decades, and six if including his hits with the Jackson 5.)
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (July 24), 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, July 25).