Bruno Mars Scores Longest Hot 100 Reign, Taylor Swift Hits Top 10


Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars, tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, granting Mars his longest command (among his six No. 1s). Plus, Taylor Swift tallies a third top 10 from her smash album 1989, “Style.”

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran takes over at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with “Thinking Out Loud,” which holds at its No. 2 peak on the Hot 100.

It’s another busy Hot 100. Don’t believe me? Just watch! … as we run down the key numbers in the top 10 on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100, as we do each Wednesday.

As “Funk!,” released on RCA Records, tops the Hot 100 for a seventh week, it passes Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” for his longest reign. Here’s an updated look at his six No. 1s, ranked by lengthiest stays at the summit:

7 weeks, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson featuring Mars, 2015
6 weeks, “Locked Out of Heaven,” 2012-13
4 weeks, “Grenade,” 2011
4 weeks, “Just the Way You Are,” 2010
2 weeks, “Nothin’ On You,” B.o.B featuring Mars, 2010
1 week, “When I Was Your Man,” 2013

“Funk” leads Streaming Songs (18.2 million U.S. streams, up 2 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs (5.5 million, up 1 percent) for a fifth week each. It tops Radio Songs for a fourth week with a 3 percent lift to 181 million in all-format audience.

On Digital Songs, “Funk” falls 1-2 after seven weeks on top with 301,000 downloads sold (down 6 percent) in the week ending Feb. 15. Updated: The track has sold at least 300,000 for eight consecutive weeks, marking the best such run since Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring Pharrell and T.I., linked a record 10 weeks in a row of selling at least 300,000 in 2013.

Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” keeps at its No. 2 peak on the Hot 100 for a fifth week and becomes his first No. 1 on Digital Songs. The ballad bumps 2-1 on the latter chart with a 17 percent gain to 314,000 sold after he performed it on the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 8. It likewise holds at No. 2, bulleted, on Radio Songs (146 million, up 5 percent) and Streaming Songs (14.2 million, up 18 percent).



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