1:41 pm - 05/28/2014

Iggy Azalea Matches Beatles' Historic Mark + More News On The Hot 100


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."

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.)

Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz blast 17-8 with their first Hot 100 hit, "Am I Wrong." The track soars 6-3 on Digital Songs (156,000, up 36 percent), debuts at No. 16 on Streaming Songs (3.1 million, up 83 percent) and roars 30-20 on Radio Songs (52 million, up 26 percent). (The pair is the second Norwegian duo to reach the Hot 100's top 10 in recent months: comedic twosome Ylvis scampered to No. 6 in October with "The Fox.")

Justin Timberlake's "Not a Bad Thing" retreats to No. 9 on the Hot 100 from its No. 8 highpoint. Still, it advances 3-2 on Radio Songs with a 3 percent increase to 124 million. As previously reported, "Thing" climbs 2-1 on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, pushing Timberlake past Bruno Mars for the most No. 1s by a solo male (seven) in the chart's history.

Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Derulo's "Wiggle," featuring Snoop Dogg, vaults 20-10. Derulo sang the song as part of a medley with "Talk Dirty" on the Billboard Music Awards (with Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz). The track rises 8-7 on Digital Songs (124,000, up 14 percent) and 13-8 on Streaming Songs (5.4 million, up 60 percent), while nearing Radio Songs (19 million, up 82 percent). "Wiggle" marks Derulo's fifth Hot 100 top 10 and, following "Dirty," grants him consecutive top 10s for the first time since his first three chart hits all made the top 10 in 2009-10: "Whatcha Say" (No. 1, one week), "In My Head' (No. 5) and "Ridin' Solo" (No. 9). With "Dirty" and "Wiggle" at Nos. 7 and 10, respectively, Derulo posts concurrent top 10s for the first time.

Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg scores his 11th Hot 100 top 10. He'd last reached the region with Wiz Khalifa on "Young, Wild & Free," featuring Mars, in early 2012. He tallied his first top 10 more than 20 years ago with "What's My Name?," his first chart hit which climbed to No. 8 in January 1994.

With two new Hot 100 top 10s, two titles depart the top tier: Michael Jackson and Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good" (9-16), a week after Jackson became the first artist to reach the top 10 in five different decades, and Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" (10-32).

Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (May 29), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs, will refresh, as they do each Thursday.


what in the slay f*ck. slay mother iggy!

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reserved 28th-May-2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
iggy azalea really is the worst
bemythugtonight 28th-May-2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
no she darealyst
fabouluz 28th-May-2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
morgan90 28th-May-2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
Missed opportunity to call her "The Black John Lennon"
lestat 28th-May-2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
hush people would have thought that was admirable and not gross

Edited at 2014-05-28 05:46 pm (UTC)
justbent 28th-May-2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
idk who that is!
bemythugtonight 28th-May-2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
an ex-wife beater who got saved by saint!yoko
lestat 28th-May-2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
disco_friends 28th-May-2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
cuzilubb 28th-May-2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
First Katy now this...

nashiouji 28th-May-2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
I can't believe she's actually starting to happen.

Damn it, T.I.
existential 28th-May-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Damn it, T.I.

Where's Floyd Mayweather when we need him
punx 30th-May-2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
why is all her success credited to TI?
liewitnessnews 28th-May-2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
i mean tbh, i guess? like okay you have 2 billboard hot 100 songs but like, the best part of both of them songs arent your parts, so like what does that say? whatever, america has no taste, bear shits in woods, fire is hot zip zop a zoobity bop but congrats albino mouse queen

honey_fuggle 28th-May-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Lol ita
grandmascorner 28th-May-2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
sodahands 28th-May-2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
xoxlizzi3xox 28th-May-2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
for some rap artist its like that..

the same was with Nicky before she put out her own songs she had popular features
same as lil wayne he had songs before then not as popular as his features....

then he put a new album after all his features then he became a mainstream hit
liewitnessnews 28th-May-2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
1st; nicki*

2nd; i said, all the best parts are NOT izzy
all the best parts of the songs nicki was featured in before she was mainstream nicki were her parts

3rd; nicki has bops without anyone on them, catchy hooks, solid verse, good melody bops, like wtf are you even talking about, sistren?
please stay in your lane, please sis

cranberryfitch 28th-May-2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
is this gorlplz's second account

anyway mte, like, problem isn't even her song and she's on it for all of 20 seconds so can people stop acting like this is truly her success
queer_bee 28th-May-2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
existential 28th-May-2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
I heard Fancy for the first time yesterday and it did not sound good. It was like a mish mash of Gwen Stefani and Fergie. Iggy's "accent" is embarrassing
nermal_kat 28th-May-2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
I believe the correct term for her routine is "vocal blackface"
vodkadiet 28th-May-2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
I need new Fergie music tbqh
cordyceps 28th-May-2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
karmacommander 28th-May-2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
Is she about to fall on her face?
cordyceps 28th-May-2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
xadyx 28th-May-2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
I love Lady Patra but I think her next hit is "Fuck Love"
If her management are smart they will start prepping the next single/video and go all out to take advantage of the momentum
tellmeimawreck 28th-May-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Idk how they'd edit that for radio though. I think she should go with Black Widow.
cordyceps 28th-May-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I think the next single will be Black Widow, 100%.
nicolesaid_uck 28th-May-2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
they can't play fuck love on the radio, black widow is clearly next
hussel 28th-May-2014 06:11 pm (UTC)
abortions 28th-May-2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
im sayin tho

black widow is boring besides rita's part
boweeko 28th-May-2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Black Widow is obviously the next single sis
phalange_regina 28th-May-2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
i want new bitch
avantgaurdian1 28th-May-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
this flop single choice…
anderbobo 28th-May-2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
It should be New Bitch with an obvi "New chick" radio edit
hayzaaay 28th-May-2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
I want New Bitch soooooooo bad
bradentastic 28th-May-2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
fuck love could work because asap's fuckin problems had no problem finding success lol and I LOVE fuck love

but i do see black widow coming on strong if they can get rita hype building too
theblackwidow 28th-May-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
xeroxicide__ 28th-May-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I like this song when I'm in the car but it's kinda meh on the dancefloor.
x_piemaker_x 28th-May-2014 05:52 pm (UTC)

her shit is addictive.
vector_pole 28th-May-2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
Well they both owe their entire shit to black people so it's fitting, I guess.

Edited at 2014-05-28 05:54 pm (UTC)
guccipostagurl 28th-May-2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
Fancy and Problem are catchy as hell. And the Fancy video deserves all the awards.
poetic_daze 28th-May-2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
all hail this white savior... come downunder to save hiphop from those who are trying to hijack it from themselves!
grandmascorner 28th-May-2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
can't wait for people to claim that she raps about real things instead of drugs, sex, violence etc.
kofo4 28th-May-2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
poetic_daze 28th-May-2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
lol yes and she will be the ~first rapper ever~ to use rap to bring awareness to some issue... like ~community plight~ or some shit
tiki876 28th-May-2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
she already raps about all of those things
mollysdevice 29th-May-2014 05:04 am (UTC)
Psssshhhh I'm waiting for her to be credited with bringing the much needed female voice into rap, and paving the way for future female rap artists.
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