“‘Blood,’ released on Big Machine Records and promoted to radio by Republic Records, surges from No. 53 to No. 1 on the Hot 100 following a week of tracking after Swift premiered its celebrity-studded clip to open the BBMAs.”
Billboard goes on to note that “Bad Blood” is the best digital seller with 385,000 downloads. It’s also the third most streamed song with 18.1 million streams in the United States. It looks like Taylor Swift could be No. 1 for a long time and it’s possible that “Bad Blood” could become the best selling song from the 1989 album.
While this news is great for Taylor Swift, it’s bad for Wiz Khalifa, who falls to No. 2 after holding onto the top spot for seven weeks. Khalifa recently opened up to MTV about his hit song, which is a tribute to the late Paul Walker.
“To have the responsibility to do the Paul Walker record was really dope… I basically thought about what the movie stands for as far as family and the brotherhood, and of course, using the metaphor of the last ride and the last race because of that last scene.”
Many thought Wiz Khalifa would hold onto the top spot for several more weeks. It’s always a possibility he can return to the No. 1 spot if Taylor Swift can’t fulfill her duties as well as people expected. According to Billboard, “See You Again” is the No. 1 radio song and No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It’s not over for Wiz Khalifa.
Besides Swift’s rapid climb to No. 1, there are other important moves on the Hot 100 this week. David Guetta and Nicki Minaj move from No. 11 to No. 8 with “Hey Mama” and Meghan Trainor’s “Dear Future Husband” moves from No. 17 to No. 14, despite tight competition. Trainor will likely score another top ten hit within the next week or so. Diplo’s “Where Are You Now,” featuring Justin Bieber, moves from No. 22 to No. 20 — a little bit of a disappointment, but the song will hopefully see bigger gains next week.
After the success of “Bad Blood,” it will be interesting to see what single Taylor Swift decides to release next from her mega-selling 1989 album. Many industry insiders seem to believe that “This Love” will come next, but “All You Had To Do Was Stay” seems to be a fan favorite. By the end of 2015, Taylor Swift should break Janet Jackson’s record of having the most top five hits from a single album.
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