Taylor Swift-mania extends to the Billboard Hot 100, where “Shake It Off” rebounds 2-1 for a third total week on top. The song debuted at No. 1 on Sept. 6 and led again in its second week before spending the next eight weeks at No. 2, until this week.
“Shake,” released on Big Machine Records, dethrones the song that kept it at the runner-up slot in between its No. 1 ranks: Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” which dips to No. 2 after eight weeks at the summit.
With Swift already making headline news thanks to the debut of parent album 1989 atop the Billboard 200 with 1.287 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and with Wednesday the day that the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 is compiled, let’s take our weekly look at the numbers behind the top 10 and more.
With its third week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, “Shake” equals her longest reign. Her sole prior leader, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” led for three (also nonconsecutive) weeks in 2012.
While eight weeks in between No. 1 is lengthy, it falls just shy of the record for the longest wait a song has endured before returning to the top of the Hot 100. Last year, Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” spent two weeks at No. 1 following the arrival of its official (now-legendary) video. After ranking between Nos. 2 and 3 the next nine weeks, it returned for a third and final frame at No. 1 after a parody clip (with the song’s original audio) by YouTuber Stephen Kardynal went viral.
“Shake” reclaims the Hot 100’s summit with a 1 percent gain in overall points, while “Bass” drops by 9 percent. “Shake” leads Radio Songs for a fourth week (136 million in audience, down 5 percent, according to Nielsen BDS); holds at its No. 2 peak on Streaming Songs (10.8 million U.S. streams, down 3 percent); and leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a sixth week (3.5 million, down 5 percent).
(“Shake” falls off Digital Songs, which it topped for four weeks, from No. 15. Its slide is owed to iTunes customers who bought “Shake” and completed their purchases of 1989. Essentially, 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.)
More Swift news: second 1989 single “Blank Space” enters the Hot 100 at No. 18. Largely fueling its arrival, it debuts at No. 1 on Digital Songs with 155,000 downloads sold. Swift scores her ninth Digital Songs No. 1, tying her with Eminem for the third-most leaders all-time. Rihanna leads with 13, followed by Katy Perry (10). With all nine of Swift’s Digital Songs No. 1s having debuted at the pinnacle, she also passes Rihanna (8) for the most No. 1 debuts in the chart’s history. (As with “Shake,” the 155,000 sold for “Space” is impacted by upgrades to completed copies of 1989 on iTunes. Again, aggregate sales factor into the song’s Hot 100 rank.)
Radio also contributes to the launch of “Space,” as it debuts on Pop Songs at No. 29 and Adult Pop Songs at No. 36. It’s likely to enter the Radio Songs chart next week, as it just misses this week’s list with a 302 percent increase to 25 million in audience.
Even more Swift news: In addition to “Space” at No. 18, three other 1989 tracks enter the Hot 100. “Style” debuts at No. 60, followed by “Wildest Dreams” (No. 76) and “Bad Blood” (No. 80). With her four debuts, Swift ups her count to 66 career Hot 100 hits. (1989’s “Out of the Woods” and “Welcome to New York” previously debuted, peaking at Nos. 18 and 48, respectively; “New York” drops to No. 69 in its second week.)
Swift, thus, moves closer to Aretha Franklin‘s record for the most Hot 100 visits by a woman: 73. Madonna and Dionne Warwick share third-place with 56 each, with Nicki Minaj rounding out the top five among women with 55; Minaj adds to her total this week as “Only” (featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown) debuts at No. 54.
Meghan Trainor falls to No. 2 on the Hot 100 with “Bass,” which last week broke the mark for the longest-leading No. 1 (eight weeks) single in Epic Records history. Still, the song rules the Streaming Songs chart for a ninth week (11.9 million, down 10 percent). It drops 1-2 after seven week atop Digital Songs (133,000, down 8 percent) and keeps at No. 2 on Radio Songs (128 million, down 7 percent), which it led for three weeks.
Trainor also surges with “Bass” follow-up “Lips Are Movin,” which jumps 93-70 in its second week on the Hot 100. Earlier this week, she announced dates for her first headlining tour. She’ll also sing “Bass” with Miranda Lambert on tonight’s (Nov. 5) CMA Awards (on ABC).
Tove Lo‘s “Habits (Stay High)” holds at its No. 3 highpoint on the Hot 100. Airplay is its greatest points contributor, as the track pushes 5-3 on Radio Songs (123 million, up 14 percent). As previously reported, “Habits” bounds 5-1 on this week’s Pop Songs airplay chart.
With the greatest overall points gain in the Hot 100’s top 10, Maroon 5‘s “Animals” rises 5-4 with top Airplay Gainer honors for a fourth consecutive week; it vaults 9-5 on Radio Songs (106 million, up 32 percent). “Animals” is the first song by a group to link four straight weeks as the top Airplay Gainer since Maroon 5’s own “One More Night” nabbed five in-a-row in 2012.
“Animals” holds at No. 3 on Digital Songs (110,000, down 6 percent) and returns to the Streaming Songs top 10 (11-10; 5.2 million, up 3 percent).
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s No. 3-peaking “Bang Bang” drops 4-5 on the Hot 100. Notably, Grande has now spent exactly half a year, 26 weeks, in the top five, thanks to “Bang” and prior hits “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea) and “Break Free” (featuring Zedd). She could be well-positioned to continue her streak: new single “Love Me Harder,” with The Weeknd, jumps 37-24. (Katy Perry holds the record with a monstrous 69 consecutive top 10 weeks in 2010-11).
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Azalea’s No. 3-peaking “Black Widow” (featuring Rita Ora) is steady at No. 6, while leading Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs for a fifth week each; Jeremih‘s “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (featuring YG) holds at No. 7 after reaching No. 6; Bobby Shmurda‘s “Hot Boy” remains at its No. 8 peak to date; Ed Sheeran‘s “Don’t” returns to the top 10 at a new high (11-9); and Hozier‘s “Take Me to Church” retreats 9-10 after entering the region last week.
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Nov. 6), 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, Nov. 7).