MAGIC!’s ‘Rude’ Knocks Iggy Azalea Off Her ‘Fancy’ Throne on Hot 100
The Canadian reggae-pop band MAGIC! has finally knocked Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” out of the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with their hit song “Rude.” Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, was preemptively declared by many to be the song of the summer during its seven-week reign at the top of the charts. Now, the track drops to No. 2 as “Rude” takes over the throne.
“Rude,” which tells the story of a determined man asking for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage, despite her father’s disapproval, bounced back to the top of Hot Digital Songs with 185,000 downloads sold, after briefly being knocked down to No. 2 by Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” It also won the subscription On-Demand chart, with 3.3. million on-demand streams. With just a one percent point margin over “Fancy,” the song only narrowly reached the No. 1 spot.
The chart-climbing hit, which has already spawned its fair share of covers and parodies, is the first reggae fusion tune to reach No. 1 on the charts since Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls” in the summer of 2007. With all four members of the group hailing from Toronto, it also marks the first time in 12 years that a Canadian band has topped the Hot 100. Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” previously reached No. 1 for four weeks from December 2001 to January 2002.
Perhaps even more surprisingly? According to Yahoo! Music, MAGIC! is also the first group to reach the top spot on the Hot 100 chart since the fall of 2012 when Maroon 5’s “One More Night” took over the No. 1 slot for nine weeks. Since then, solo artists or collaborative efforts have largely dominated the chart, with the exception of duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
All is not lost for “Fancy” though. The song continues to stay at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs for the eighth straight week, tying Brandy & Monica’s “The Boy is Mine” for the longest run by a female collaborative effort in the chart’s history. It also stays atop Hot Rap Songs for a 13th frame and leads Streaming Songs for a ninth week. Azalea’s follow-up single, “Black Widow” (featuring Rita Ora), is continuing to make moves on the chart, climbing from No. 97 to No. 65, rising 118 percent in digital gains, with 41,000 downloads.
Elsewhere on the charts, Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” also featuring Azalea, stays at No. 3 for the third week in a row. Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong,” which is currently leading Radio Songs for a second week, also remains at its No. 4 peak to date.
Meanwhile, Sam Smith has two songs in this week’s top 10, with “Stay With Me” holding at No. 5 for the fourth week on the Hot 100 and in the same spot on Radio Songs for a second week. His collaboration with Disclosure on the song “Latch” also enters the top 10, jumping up one spot.
While Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle” stays its course at No. 6, John Legend’s former No. 1 moves up from No. 8 to No. 7. Maroon 5’s “Maps” also moves up a space, from No. 9 to No. 8, thanks to its rise on both the Radio Songs and Digital Songs charts. Calvin Harris’ “Summer” completes the top 10, slipping from No. 7 to No. 9 on the Hot 100 charts.