May 28, 2014 at 11:17 am #399555
As the Australian rapper rises 2-1 with ‘Fancy’ and 3-2 as a guest on Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem,’ Azalea joins the Beatles as the only artists to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits
It’s a fab week for Iggy Azalea, who earns a chart honor not achieved since the Beatles swarmed the U.S. in early 1964. The Australian rapper crowns the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut hit “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX. As Azalea also rises 3-2 as the featured artist on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” Azalea joins the Beatles as the only acts to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits.
Action abounds on this week’s Hot 100, including climbs into the top 10 for Nico & Vinz and Jason Derulo, while “Fancy” additionally takes over atop the Digital Songs chart, so let’s dive into our weekly look at the numbers behind the Hot 100’s top 10 and more.
Azalea adds a chapter to the Hot 100’s record book by achieving a feat that the Beatles last earned on the Feb. 22, 1964, chart. That week, the Fab Four’s debut pop culture-changing smash “I Want to Hold Your Hand” jumped 3-1 and “She Loves You” lifted 3-2. The songs had debuted the weeks of Jan. 18 and 25, 1964, respectively, and soared to the chart’s top two spots after the band made its landmark appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964.
(Incredibly, “Hand” and “Loves” would hold the top two rungs for six weeks, with “Hand” on top for four frames before they swapped spots. On April 4, 1964, “Loves” fell 1-3 and “Hand,” 2-4, so, that week, the Beatles would have to settle for a consolation prize: the group locked up the April 4 list’s entire top five, the only time an act has monopolized the region in the Hot 100’s 55-year history.)
Flash-forward 50 years to March 22, 2014, when Azalea’s “Fancy” bowed at No. 88. On the May 17 tally, Azalea launched her second entry, as Grande’s “Problem” roared in at No. 3. (The same week, Azalea’s “Work” entered at No. 88; the cut climbs 77-63 this week.)
Expanding beyond only artists’ first two Hot 100 hits placing up at Nos. 1 and 2 in the same week, Azalea is the 15th act to double up at those ranks with any two titles. She’s the first since Pharrell Williams did so for five weeks last year as featured on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (also featuring T.I.) and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” She’s just the third woman to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 concurrently, following Mariah Carey (Sept. 10, 2005) and Ashanti (five weeks, 2002).
Azalea additionally becomes only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100. Lauryn Hill was the first, having taken her debut solo hit “Doo Wop (That Thing)” to No. 1 for two weeks in November 1998. (She had first made her mark with the Fugees.) In 2001, Lil’ Kim led for five weeks with Christina Aguilera, Mya and P!nk on “Lady Marmalade,” while Shawnna assisted Ludacris on “Stand Up,” which topped the Dec. 6, 2003, chart.
Notably, a pair of other prominent female rappers have yet to reach the Hot 100’s summit. Among her nine top 10s, Missy Elliott climbed to No. 2 twice: for 10 weeks in 2002 with “Work It” and for seven frames in 2005 as a guest on Ciara’s “1, 2 Step.” Nicki Minaj has also tallied nine top 10s, reaching No. 3 twice, both in 2011: as featured on Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends” and with her own “Super Bass.” This week, Minaj debuts at No. 47 on the Hot 100 with her new single “Pills N Potions.”
(Honorable mention to Blondie, who, led by frontwoman Debbie Harry, is widely regarded as scoring the Hot 100’s first rap No. 1, “Rapture,” in 1981.)
Not to be lost in the celebration of Azalea’s new Hot 100 leader, Charli XCX likewise lands her first No. 1. In her sole prior visit, the U.K. pop singer/songwriter peaked at No. 7 a year ago this month as featured on Icona Pop’s “I Love It.”
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Until this week, the last time that at least two solo women had teamed for a Hot 100 No. 1? In 2001, when Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk reigned with “Lady Marmalade.” The last pairing of only two solo women at the summit prior to “Fancy”? Brandy and Monica, who fought their way to No. 1 for 13 weeks in 1998 with “The Boy Is Mine.”
(One other fun fact regarding the coronation of “Fancy”: the new Hot 100 dated is June 7, 2014. That makes for a perfect birthday present for the soon-to-be 24-year-old Azalea, who was born on June 7, 1990.)
How did “Fancy” fly to the Hot 100’s top spot? The song surges by sweeping the chart’s top Digital, Streaming and Airplay Gainer awards (for the second time in four weeks). It rises 2-1 on Digital Songs with a 44 percent gain to 336,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Aiding the song’s advance? Azalea and Charli XCX performed it on the Billboard Music Awards on May 18, the day before the latest sales tracking week began on May 19. “Fancy” spends a second week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs (14 million U.S. streams, up 66 percent, according to Nielsen BDS) and reaches the Radio Songs top five (7-5; 104 million, up 23 percent).
“Problem,” meanwhile, pushes 3-2 on the Hot 100, also with gains in each of the chart’s three metrics. It dips 1-2 on Digital Songs after spending its first three weeks at No. 1, but grows by 15 percent to 284,000. Grande likewise sang the song on the Billboard Music Awards (after Azalea performed “Fancy”; Azalea returned to the stage to join Grande for “Problem”). It slips 2-3 on Streaming Songs (10.4 million, up 39 percent) and bounds 16-10 on Radio Songs top 10 (73 million, up 30 percent), where it’s her first top 10 hit; her debut single, “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller, reached No. 12 on Radio Songs last year.
As she competes with herself (and Grande) at No. 2, Azalea handily lands the Hot 100’s top spot, as “Fancy” (up 46 percent) boasts 28 percent more overall chart points than “Problem” (up 25 percent).
“Fancy” additionally claims the No. 1 spot on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (2-1).
“Fancy” dethrones John Legend’s “All of Me” on both the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs after three weeks at No. 1 on each list; it falls 1-3 on the Hot 100. Still, “All” logs a fifth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (162 million, down 8 percent). It drops 3-4 on Digital Songs (147,000, down 7 percent) and 4-5 on Streaming Songs (7.3 million, down 2 percent). Legend also performed “All” on the Billboard Music Awards.
The next four titles on the Hot 100 maintain their ranks from last week: Pharrell Williams’ former 10-week No. 1 “Happy” (No. 4); DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” (No. 5), which also crowns the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a ninth week; Katy Perry’s former four-week No. 1 “Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J (No. 6); and Jason Derulo’s No. 3-peaking “Talk Dirty,” featuring 2 Chainz (No. 7). (Read on for details on Derulo’s new top 10.)May 28, 2014 at 11:33 am #399557
Iggy Azalea!!! The Queen 😉 hope she continues to have success this year.May 29, 2014 at 6:24 pm #399558
That “Fancy” song is starting to grow on me.May 29, 2014 at 6:55 pm #399559
The fact that she tied a Beatles record is incredible. A BNA nomination seems VERY likely at this point.May 30, 2014 at 5:44 am #399560
While I do enjoy “Fancy”, I hope some other earworms from her album sneak in, like “Work”, “Black Widow”, and “Change Your Life”!June 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm #399561
So it’s pretty much confirmed “Fancy” will be #1 for a whileJune 14, 2014 at 10:01 pm #399562
I cannot stop listening to Work, Fancy and Don’t Need Y’all. What a good album she has!June 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm #399563
I cannot stop listening to Work, Fancy and Don’t Need Y’all. What a good album she has!
.June 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm #399564
This is really interesting. New white artists have been dominating the hip-hop charts recently. it all started with eminem this decade then macklemore (and his sidekick ryan lewis) blow up the charts, then iggy dominates, what’s next? i mean she has a great album, she won’t win best rap album cuz you know how the grammys are, but still it’s amazing how she blew up all of a sudden.June 23, 2014 at 5:45 am #399565
I’ve listened to The New Classic again, and I’m still not sold on it getting into the Best Rap Album catergory. But between “Fancy”, “Problem”, and “No Mediocre” its hard not to root for her right now. The latter is one of the best verses I’ve heard her record thus far. I also appreciate her toning down of that “accent”, her diction is way clearer now.June 23, 2014 at 6:33 am #399566
I’ve listened to The New Classic again, and I still not sold on it getting into the Best Rap Album catergory. But between “Fancy”, “Problem”, and “No Mediocre” its hard not to root for her right now. The latter is one of the best verses I’ve heard her record thus far. I also appreciate her toning down of that “accent”, her diction is way clearer now.
If Nicki Minaj can get into the rap category, anything is possible.June 23, 2014 at 7:14 am #399567
I think Iggy will get into Best Rap Album easily. No Kanye ? No JayZ ? We’re still waiting to see if Wayne and Nicki will release in time. So it looks like it’s gonna be Eminem, The ROOTS and rookies. Not to mention Iggys crossover appeal. The same demographic who voted for Macklemore will vote for her. She has more Urban spins than Macklemore lol.June 23, 2014 at 7:21 am #399568
You’re right about that, but I still think Nicki & Pink Friday were a bit more critically acclaimed than Iggy is at this point, and certainly had a lot more support within the rap community. If Iggy can get another Top 10 hit from her album, then I’d definitely say she’s close to a lock for Rap album nomination. Female rappers are at an extreme disadvantage in the rap field. Its pretty much still a Boys Club.June 23, 2014 at 7:24 am #399569June 23, 2014 at 8:21 am #399570
“Black Widow” is gonna smash after “Fancy.” I’m not the biggest fan of the song but it’s definitely gonna be big. Not to mention “Problem” and “No Mediocre” are doing well too. She’s in Best Rap Album.