As predicted, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” debuted at number one on the Hot 100 this week after racking up over 500 thousand copies sold and 50 million YouTube plays since it dropped 10 days ago, not to mention the fact that it’s dominating pop radio. Swift’s also number one on Billboard’s new Artist 100 chart, which combines performance across the Hot 100, the Billboard 200 album chart, and the Internet-centric Social 50 chart.
Also as expected, Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” is sitting right below it, having leapt from number 39 after the release of its thoroughly surreal and deeply salacious video. Despite the fact that “Anaconda“ ‘s visual has blasted “Shake” out of the water in terms of virality, Nicki’s only at number three on the Artist 100, right behind Wiz Khalifa.
Swift and Minaj have succeeded in knocking Magic!’s faux-reggae hit “Rude” out of the number one position. It’s fallen to number five, behind Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” indicating that whatever spell it was that kept the song wedged in the top spot for so long, it’s finally been broken. Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s “Fancy” also took a tumble down to number 11.
“Shake” is obviously the big debut of the week, but there are some other noteworthy newcomers much lower on the chart.
Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light” comes in at number 81. For a massive mainstream country artist, Shelton’s got something of rascally experimental streak that usually peeks out in subtle ways, like the Marvin Gaye-ish wah guitar on “Doin’ What She Likes.” On “Neon Light,” he lets that side loose, combining the dive-bombing electronic kick drum with a herky-jerky minimalist banjo arpeggio and a chorus built around droning, drop-tuned guitars. It’s like someone dared Shelton to take a bunch of bits from electronic music recordings and a chart-worthy country hit out of them.
Down at number 99, Atlanta mixtape star Rich Homie Quan pops onto the chart with “Walk Thru.” The beat, which was co-produced by guest rapper Problem, uses a hissing hi-hat and flickering rave synths to evoke a psychedelically blissed-out rendition of DJ Mustard’s trademark sound.
Usher’s “Good Kisser” comes in this week at number 91, which is approximately 90 spots lower than it deserves to be.