Billboard Hot 100 Analysis: 11/6/2014

BY RYAN MILOWICKI

Welcome back for another analysis of the Billboard Hot 100! Here’s all you need to know about the chart released today.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN

  1. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  2. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
  3. Habits (Stay High) by Tove Lo
  4. Animals by Maroon 5
  5. Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
  6. Black Widow by Iggy Azalea f/Rita Ora
  7. Don’t Tell ‘Em by Jeremih f/YG
  8. Hot Boy by Bobby Shmurda
  9. Don’t by Ed Sheeran
  10. Take Me To Church by Hozier

After eight consecutive weeks at #2, “Shake It Off” returns to #1 for a third week. Now I know what you’re thinking, it’s because 1989 had a huge first week, right? Actually no. In fact, “Shake It Off”‘s digital sales actually decreased by a large percentage this week. This is thanks to iTunes’ “Complete My Album” feature, which in essence treats buying the album as a negative sale of “Shake It Off” if you already owned it. As such, its return to #1 is even more impressive, since its gains were made mostly in the airplay realm of Hot 100 point tabulation. Another fun fact: “Shake It Off”‘s eight weeks in between weeks at #1 is the third-longest gap of all time. Chubby Checker led with “The Twist” in the summer of 1960 and again in January of 1962, and last year, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” had a nine-week stretch in between weeks atop the chart.

Other than that, it was a pretty quiet week in the Top 10. No brand-new entries reached the uppermost region, although “Don’t” moved 11-9 to reach a new peak in its second Top 10 stint.

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