October 8, 2014


All About Those Babes: Meghan Trainor Leads A Record-Setting Billboard Top 5

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Girl power, indeed! Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" and its body-loving groove has fast become one of the most easily recognizable pop hits of the season, and she's been sitting pretty at the top of the Billboard charts with her debut single for weeks now. The great thing about this week, in particular, is that Trainor's in fantastic, female, record-setting company: All five of the Billboard Hot 100's top spots have been secured by women for the fifth consecutive week in a row.

What does that mean, exactly? "All About That Bass," Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda," Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's "Black Widow" and "Bang Bang," the super-trio effort of Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J, are the five most popular songs out there at the moment. (You totally probably knew that already if you have, y'know, ears. And an internet connection.)

"All About That Bass" has been charting for three months (and spending the majority of that time hanging out in the Top 5 of the Hot 100), but the fact that some combination of the women involved have all been trading the highest slots on the charts for five weeks straight is downright awesome. This is the longest period of female pop domination in the Top 5 since 1999, when Monica, Britney, Deborah Cox, Cher, Brandy, Whitney Houston and Sarah McLachlan were holding it down for four straight weeks in various configurations of the top spots.

Given the epic combination of searing vocals, catchy hooks, incredible videos and overall raditude being put forth by today's pop dynamos, we're not surprised in the slightest that they broke a record with their chart performances, even if it does involve besting Britney & Co. 

They're clearly huge fans of each other, too: Seeing as how two of the five tracks are huge collaborations and some of the artists mentioned are covering each other already, we're glad that pop's biggest names are teaming up, taking names and supporting each other all the way to the top.