After a seven week reign, Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” finally slipped from the number one spot on the Hot 100, bowing to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ insanely catchy throwback “Uptown Funk!”.
“Uptown Funk” moves up one notch from number two, where it has been sitting for a little while now. For a time it appeared that Hozier’s Grammy-nominated“Take Me To Church”, which also sat in the runner up spot for several weeks, before eventually sliding to third place, where it currently remains.
The song is the lead single from Mark Ronson’s upcoming album Uptown Special, his first in several years. The record is due next week, and with “Uptown Funk!” only now hitting its stride, the album may perform well, despite him being a lesser-known act here in the States.
Bruno Mars in the video for “Uptown Funk!”
This is Ronson’s first trip as a performer to the top ten, but it’s not even close for Mars, who has sent quite a few songs to the top. In fact, this is his sixth number one single, after “Just The Way You Are”, “Grenade”, “Locked Out Of Heaven” (which was produced by Ronson), “When I Was Your Man”, and his featured role on rapper B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ On You” back in 2010.
Ronson and Mars rising to the top marks the first time a man (or two) has run the Hot 100 in 19 weeks. That length of time ties a previously-set record for how much time women have controlled the penthouse. Taylor herself held the spot for a total of eleven weeks, including seven weeks with “Blank Space” and another four weeks before that with “Shake It Off”, the lead single from her massive 1989 album. As mentioned, because of her one-two punch, Taylor Swift is the only woman in history to replace herself at number one.
Immediately preceding her was Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”, which was the chart leader for eight weeks. Shockingly, “Bass” is still in the top ten, sitting at number six, immediately behind her follow up single “Lips Are Movin’” at number five. In fact, the last time a number one hit had a man behind it was the week of August 30th, when MAGIC! ended their six week reign with “Rude”.
Though she may have ceded the number one spot on the songs chart, Swift’s 1989 album is still ruling on the Billboard 200, where it has racked up an impressive eight weeks in charge. Her album has yet to sell fewer than 200,000 copies in a single week, and just last week it was revealed that in the last tracking week of the year, it bested the Frozen soundtrack to become the best-selling album of 2014.