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Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood Song – 13 Fun Facts


In honor of Swift’s new Hot 100 leader, here are 13 (her favorite number) fun facts about the song’s coronation:

1. “Blood” is the 1,043rd No. 1 in the Hot 100’s history. The chart launched on Aug. 4, 1958.

2. More pertinent to Swift (and fans), it’s her fourth Hot 100 No. 1, following “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (three weeks at No. 1, 2012), “Shake It Off” (four, 2014) and “Blank Space” (seven, 2014-15).

3. As “Blood” follows “Shake” and “Space” as the third No. 1 from Swift’s blockbuster album 1989, the set is the first to yield three Hot 100 toppers since Adele‘s 21 in 2011-12: “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain.” (The album version of “Blood” features only Swift, not Lamar, who was added for the single version.)

4. Lamar lands his first Hot 100 No. 1 and second top 10. He’d previously reached No. 8 in 2013 as featured on A$AP Rocky‘s “F**kin Problems” (also featuring Drake and 2 Chainz).

5. Swift not only tallies her fourth Hot 100 No. 1, but also her 18th top 10. It’s her fourth from 1989; in addition to the No. 1s “Shake” and “Space,” third single “Style” peaked at No. 6.

6. Swift scores her 10th Digital Songs No. 1. She ties Katy Perry for the second-most leaders on the list. Rihanna leads with 12. Speaking of Perry…

7. … as she’s rumored to be the subject of “Bad Blood,” perhaps she’s the subject of the Hot 100’s new top song. Swift’s explanation of the lyrical theme (to which Perry may have indirectly responded on Twitter): “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” she told Rolling Stone about an unnamed female celebrity. “She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life? [Then last year] she did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! … So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”

8. The 53-1 jump for “Blood” on the Hot 100 is the greatest to the top since Swift’s “Together” hurtled 72-1 in 2012, following its first week of sales (after the song had first charted from early airplay). The record leap to the summit: Kelly Clarkson vaulted 97-1 with “My Life Would Suck Without You” (Feb. 7, 2009).

9. As previously reported, “Blood” blasts onto the Pop Songs chart at No. 13. Only two titles have launched higher in the airplay ranking’s 21-year history: Mariah Carey‘s “Dreamlover” (1993) and Swift’s own “Shake,” both at No. 12.

10. Also as previously reported, “Blood” broke Vevo’s 24-hour worldwide viewing record, with 20.1 million global views in its first day of release.

11. “Bad” news is sometimes good, as Swift’s new Hot 100 No. 1 is the 11th song to top the list with the word “bad” in its title. It’s the first since Daniel Powter‘s “Bad Day” in 2006. The first? Jimmy Dean‘s “Big Bad John” in 1961. Swift’s new topper is also the second No. 1 “Bad Blood”: Neil Sedaka‘s different song of the same name reigned in 1975.

12. With her Hot 100 victory, Swift has new fodder for on-stage: The U.S. leg of her 1989 World Tour kicked off last Wednesday (May 20) in Bossier City, La.

13. The race for Billboard‘s top song of the summer of 2015 just got much more interesting. With “Blood” advancing to No. 1 just before the seasonal tracking period and the return of the annual Songs of the Summer chart, the song will compete from a strong starting spot. We’ll find out the winner just after Labor Day.

Articles Sourced from Billboard Magazine


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