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'Billboard' Hot 100 recap: Internet rap freshens up the chart

At long last, the Hot 100, which has been jammed with just a handful of artists all summer—especially at the top—has started to break up. Like a breath of fresh air, a clutch of new songs debuted on the chart this week, including three that have benefitted greatly from the attention of obsessive internet rap fans.

The big news this week is the appearance of “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj at number 6, the second-highest Hot 100 debut of the year. It’s not surprising that the single opened strongly—Grande’s Iggy Azalea-featuring “Problem” currently sits at number 5, while her track with EDM producer Zedd, “Break Free,” rose to number 18 (from 21) this week, and Minaj’s “Pills N Potions” climbed to number 41 (from 48). While Grande and Azalea have been sort of cooperatively battling to be the biggest star of the summer, Minaj has spent the past few months waging an internet-based viral campaign. While it incorporates official singles like “Pills N Potions” and her upcoming Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling “Anaconda, she’s been generating more buzz–especially among her more rap-leaning base–with unofficial releases alongside rappers like Soulja Boy and Lil Herb, who qualify as stars in certain corners of the hip-hop world despite the fact that the mainstream doesn’t know (or in Soulja Boy’s case, has forgotten) that they exist.

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'Billboard' Hot 100 recap: Magic! stays on top but has new challengers

OK this is getting ridiculous. Aside from a few songs trading positions and one relatively drastic two-slot drop for Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg’s “Wiggle,” the Top 10 is exactly how it was last week, making it a solid month since there was anything close to a shakeup at the top of the Hot 100.

Luckily, for those of us who prefer an active and exciting pop chart that isn’t being smothered by the unstoppable combination of “Fancy” and “Rude,” help may be on the way, in the form of a few could-be hits waiting for ignition.

Pharrell Williams’ “Come Get It Bae” just released its video yesterday, and its Miley cameo and “women of all shapes, sizes, and colors are beautiful” theme have already earned it over a million plays. The clip is already on its way to “Blurred Lines”-style popularity, so while this week it’s only at No. 60, down four spots from last week after nine weeks on the chart, a viral boost from the video could give it the momentum to turn things around and make its way toward the Top 10. It doesn’t hurt that the song’s stripped-down, clap-happy beat brings back some of the original Neptunes flavor that made Williams a star in the first place.

Kiesza’s “Hideaway” video has been out since February, racking up over 60 million views in that time, but it’s just now cracked the Hot 100 with its debut at No. 97. The fact that it’s still gaining popularity nearly half a year later bodes well for it, and its hooky amalgam of pop and house, redolent of early ’90s club-pop divas like Cathy Dennis, is at the bleeding edge of current retro tastes, if that makes any sense. Plus its video is the type of shamelessly corny fun that’s hard to deny, even if you’re the type of hipster who’s supposed to be mad that they shot it in Williamsburg.

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'Billboard' Hot 100 recap: Magic! unseats Iggy, 'All About That Bass' enters the summer jam competition

Over the course of the summer so far, the Hot 100′s been defined by its lack of movement. This week’s Top 10 is almost identical to last week’s, which was almost identical to the week before–four songs remain in the same positions, and the remaining six have only moved up or down by one or two slots.

These small changes can still produce significant drama. At the very top of the chart, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s seemingly unbeatable “Fancy” and Canadian faux-reggae group Magic!’s virally popular “Rude” have traded places, knocking “Fancy” out of the top spot and ending its record-setting seven weeks at number one. READ FULL STORY

'Billboard' chart recap: The Hot 100 gets stuck

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 The Hot 100 this week is giving off a level of dèjá vu that’s (sorry) off the charts. The top six songs of this week are the exact same as the top six last week, with Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” which has been No. 1 for seven straight weeks, joining the Billboard record books for songs by female artists that have spent the longest in that spot. Below those, Calvin Harris’s “Summer” and John Legend’s “All of Me” traded spots at No. 7 and No. 8, and the rise of Maroon 5′s “Maps” from No. 13 to No. 9–knocking DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” down one notch to No. 10–represents one of the biggest shakeups at the chart’s upper end.

The trend continues all the way down the chart. Ariana Grande’s Zedd-produced “Break Free” debuted at No. 15 and 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Amnesia” entered the chart one slot below, but below them a significant amount the change from last week was in increments of one or two places. The only drastic movement on the entire Hot 100 was Shawn Mendes’s “Life of the Party,” which dove from No. 24 to No. 82 in its second week on the chart. READ FULL STORY

Mariah Carey stumbles on album chart, Coldplay reign for second week

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Apparently no amount of riding the subway in a sparkly ball gown could overcome the lack of heat on Mariah Carey’s latest album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.

Carey’s 14th studio album only managed to shift 56,000 copies in its opening week on the Billboard 200, placing her third behind country star Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am and Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, which spent a second week in the top spot with 85,000 copies sold. READ FULL STORY

Iggy Azalea tops Hot 100 with 'Fancy,' matches Beatles for chart record

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It’s still early in the season, but right now it looks the battle for the official song of the summer is being fought (and won) by a single woman.

On this week’s Billboard Hot 100, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” has landed number one, knocking John Legend’s “All of Me” from the top spot and passing Ariana Grande’s “Problem” in the process.

Of course, Azalea is also a featured guest on “Problem,” and with that song at number two this week, Azalea has pulled off something pretty remarkable: READ FULL STORY

The Black Keys beat Michael Jackson on the charts, score first number one album

It’s been a big couple of weeks for the Black Keys. They performed on SNL, released their eighth album, Turn Blue, managed to escape from the sinister clutches of Danny McBride on our cover, and now they’ve got themselves their first ever chart-topping record.

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On the charts: 'Frozen' still rules, Shakira and Johnny Cash bow strong

It’s a big week for debuts on the Billboard album chart—six of the top 10 are new entries—but the unbeatable beast that is Frozen continues its dominance on top.

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Rick Ross tops the album chart, with Pharrell just behind him

Rick Ross might need to update that $92 million bank balance he advertises on Mastermind: His luxuriously dark sixth album sold 179,000 copies last week, earning the number one spot on the Billboard 200. That’s his fifth chart-topping album, which as Billboard points out, puts him in rarified company, trailing only Nas, Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay Z in terms of hip hop number ones. (Last week’s top album, ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron, dropped to number eight.)

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On the Charts: Eric Church rules, Beatles get a bump, Imagine Dragons break a record

Though the year is still young, Eric Church has established himself as the 2014 music sales king. His just-released fifth album The Outsiders debuted with a walloping 288,000 copies in its opening week. That’s Church’s second number one debut and his biggest sales week ever (his previous high was his fourth album Chief, which moved 145,000 units on its way to a chart-topping bow back in 2011).

Church didn’t have much competition at the marketplace, as there were not any other top 10 debuts this week—the next highest debut was the new album by Glitch Mob, which came in at number 13 with 22,000 copies sold. But elsewhere on the Billboard 200, there was one clear trend: the rise of the Beatles. READ FULL STORY

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