Taylor Swift And Kendrick Lamar Take “Bad Blood” To #1 On The Hot 100
If you’ve been paying attention to the iTunes download chart for the past two weeks, you knew this was coming: Taylor Swift’s reworked rendition of “Bad Blood,” now with Kendrick Lamar on board for vocal duties, has ended the six-week reign of Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
This marks the fourth time Taylor has hit the peak position on the main singles chart, and all of her #1s — from “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” to “Shake It Off” to “Blank Space” to, now, “Bad Blood” — have been co-produced by Max Martin and Shellback. It’s also Swift’s third #1 single off her latest album, 1989. (Of the four singles released from the LP, only “Style,” which peaked at #6, missed out on the top spot.)
Interestingly, “Bad Blood” is only the third song to jump to #1 in 2015 — the other two being Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and “See You Again.” All three of those have been songs by one artist featuring another. (Again, the album version of “Bad Blood” is performed by Taylor Swift alone, while Kendrick Lamar features on the single version.)
Altogether, “Bad Blood” sold 385,000 downloads last week according to Billboard, while the song was streamed 18.1 million times.
In other words, this is one (supposed) Katy Perry diss track that was destined to go to #1.
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