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Hot 100: Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” Leads, Ed Sheeran Goes Top 5

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The space atop the Billboard Hot 100 remains occupied by Taylor Swift.

Swift’s “Blank Space” spends a sixth week on top of the all-encompassing track chart. The extension of its streak comes despite minor dips in streaming (down 6%, but it is still #1 on the Streaming Songs chart) and sales (down 9%, and it falls to #3). It did, however, enjoy a 5% boost in radio audience.

Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” follows in #2. Thanks to exposure during NBC’s “The Voice” finale, the track actually outsold “Blank Space” this week but remains behind on the Streaming and Radio Songs charts.

Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk (featuring Bruno Mars),” which ranked as the week’s best-selling song on the strength of its “The Voice” exposure, holds the #3 spot this week. Ed Sheeran’s “Voice”-boosted “Thinking Out Loud,” meanwhile, rises to #4.

“Thinking Out Loud” had already become Sheeran’s highest-charting hit when it reached #6 last week; it now gives the singer-songwriter his first career top 5 track.

Meghan Trainor’s “Lips are Movin” slips to #5 despite a “Voice”-aided sales boost of its own.

Other top ten members: Sam Smith’s “I’m Not the Only One” (#6), Ariana Grande & The Weeknd’s “Love Me Harder” (#7), Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” (#8), Maroon 5’s “Animals” (#9) and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (#10).

For the first time since its debut on the chart, Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” is not a top ten single.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]headlineplanet.com.

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