Mark Ronson‘s “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars, could be settling in for a long run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as it leads the chart for a second week. As it rules again, it also rises 2-1 on both the Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs charts, further solidifying its spot atop the Hot 100.
As we do each Wednesday, let’s run down the numbers throughout the top 10 on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100.
“Funk!,” released on RCA Records, spends a third week atop Digital Songs with 341,000 downloads sold (down 11 percent) in the week ending Jan. 11, according to Nielsen Music. It also passes 2 million in sales to date (2.1 million). The track crowns two additional tallies, lifting
2-1 on both Streaming Songs, with a 15 percent surge to 11.6 million U.S. streams, and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (4.7 million, up 15 percent). The advances grant the song the Hot 100’s top Streaming Gainer award.
On Radio Songs, “Funk” climbs 9-6 with a 37 percent blast to 103 million in all-format audience, good for top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100, as well.
The momentum of “Funk” should only continue as Ronson’s new album, Uptown Special, arrived this week and is due for a likely lofty debut on next week’s Billboard 200 album chart. In addition to Mars, the set features Stevie Wonder on two tracks (with all 11 cuts collaborations).
After topping the Hot 100 for seven weeks, Taylor Swift‘s “Blank Space” spends a second week at No. 2. As the track leads Radio Songs for a fifth week, Swift rewrites her longest reign on the list; she previously led for four weeks each with “I Knew You Were Trouble.” (2013) and prior single “Shake It Off” (2014).
“Space” falls 1-3 after seven weeks atop Streaming Songs (9.3 million, down 14 percent). On Digital Songs, it drops 2-4 (176,000, down 38 percent).
As previously reported, Swift’s “Style” enters the Pop Songs radio airplay chart at No. 39, although it’s not yet confirmed as the next single from 1989, which leads the Billboard 200 for a ninth week. “Style” nears the all-format Radio Songs ranking a whopping 315 percent gain to 13 million in airplay audience.
Hozier‘s “Take Me to Church” holds at No. 3 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 2. It departs the On-Demand Songs summit after eight weeks (1-2), despite a 6 percent gain to 4.5 million; stays at No. 3 on Digital Songs (199,000, down 25 percent); rises 5-4 on Radio Songs (109 million, up 15 percent); and retreats 4-5 on Streaming Songs, although it’s up by 6 percent (to 9.1 million). On the Hot Rock Songs chart, “Church” dominates for a 13th week.
Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud” holds at its Hot 100 peak, and his best career rank (4-4), as the ballad makes the biggest percentage gain in overall points (up 13 percent) of any song in the top 10. The third single from X charges 4-2 on Digital Songs (224,000, up 2 percent) and rockets into the Radio Songs top 10 (19-9; 74 million, up 45 percent); prior X singles “Sing” (No. 9) and “Don’t” (No. 3) became Sheeran’s first two Radio Songs top 10s. At five weeks, “Loud” marks his fastest flight to the Radio Songs top 10.
“Loud” also becomes Sheeran’s first top five hit on Streaming Songs, soaring 8-4 (9.2 million, up 20 percent).
Given the gains for “Funk” and “Loud,” and with “Space” and “Church” past their peaks, Ronson and Sheeran’s tracks could stage weekly battles for the Hot 100’s summit for the foreseeable future.
Closing out the Hot 100’s top five, Sam Smith‘s “I’m Not the Only One” rebounds to its top rank (8-5). It keeps at No. 2 on Radio Songs (123 million, up 9 percent); rises 9-7 on Digital Songs (92,000, down 26 percent); and reaches the Streaming Songs top 10, bounding 14-10 (7 million, up 9 percent).
(Notably, after women set a record by locking out men from the Hot 100’s top five for seven consecutive weeks in September-November, five men, via four songs, now inhabit the top five: Ronson, Mars, Hozier, Sheeran and Smith.)
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Meghan Trainor slips 5-6 with her No. 4-peaking “Lips Are Movin”; Nick Jonas‘ “Jealous” jumps to a new peak (9-7), passing its prior No. 8 highpoint; Ariana Grande and The Weeknd‘s No. 7 hit “Love Me Harder” returns to the top 10 (11-8); Swift’s former four-week No. 1 “Shake” descends 7-9; and Trainor’s former eight-week leader “All About That Bass” slides 6-10. Both “Lips” and “Bass” are from Trainor’s debut full-length Title, released this week (following its original release as an EP); like Ronson’s album, Title should challenge for the upper reaches of next week’s Billboard 200 chart.
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 15), 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, Jan. 16.