Don't tell Taylor Swift to "Shake It Off." She'll just fill that "Blank Space" with another smash hit. And that's exactly what has happened on this week's Hot 100 chart: the monstrous track, the second official 1989 release, charges 13-1 on the streaming/airplay/sales hybrid—making Swift the first solo female in the chart's 56-year history to dethrone herself. Of course, the strategic launch of the searing music video (on Nov. 10), bolstered by her leading man Sean O'Pry's handsome performance, and a major push at Top 40 radio (on Radio Songs, the song vaults 23-9), couldn't have been planned any better if Big Machine tried.
Swift is also the only artist to have two No. 1s on the Hot 100 in 2014. Another rare factoid (because we love the game): "Blank Space" marks the second No. 1 from 1989; the last act to send an album's first two releases to the top was Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis with "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us" (from The Heist).
Fasten your seat belts, Swifties, we are in store for a long, wonderful ride. (Side note: what single should come next? Hint: Style.)
Billboard originally reported on these numbers and chart figures, which chronicle the tracking week ending Sun. (Nov. 16).
What's the best way to listen to Taylor's songs in the car?— Greg James (@gregjames) November 14, 2014
With her doing airdrums next to you of course: http://t.co/Od4Bhm9tOP
Other notable milestones on this week's Hot 100:
- Maroon 5's "Animals" goes No. 1 on Radio Songs
- Hozier's "Take Me To Church" has a new chart peak: 6
- Sam Smith's "I'm Not The Only One" is a Top 10 hit: lifting 11-9
- Nick Jonas isn't "Jealous." His song catapults 23-10!
(See Billboard's full report)
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