Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-‘Shake’s Mariah Carey
With Taylor Swift topping the Billboard Hot 100 with “Shake It Off,” she’s outperformed the No. 2 peak of Mariah Carey’s 2005 hit of the same name.
And, despite Swift reaching No. 1 with a song title that Carey took to No. 2, their peaks are reversed with two similar-themed hits: I’m thinking about the song that Mariah released right before her ”Shake It Off,” her 14-week 2005 No. 1 "We Belong Together." Taylor reached No. 2 in 2009 with "You Belong With Me."
Looking at Swift’s new Hot 100 No. 1 through this lens adds yet more history to Swift’s incredible week, which included a record launch at radio.
Of all the songs above, Swift and Carey join an even more exclusive club of like-titled Nos. 1 and 2 hits that are different compositions, placing alongside “Dreamlover”/”Dream Lover,” “Hold On,” “Cherish” and “Wild Thing.” Meanwhile, three different songs called “Cherish” have risen to Nos. 1 or 2, by the Association, Kool & the Gang and Madonna.
Thus, for the songs above that reached No. 1 and 2 as originals and remakes (“We Are the World,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love”), their repeat trips up the Hot 100 reinforce their evergreen appeal. In cases like “Cherish” and, now, “Shake It Off,” it’s more merely coincidence (and a fun chart one at that) that identical titles … fueled by undeniably catchy hooks … became hits multiple times.
By conquering the Hot 100’s summit for the second time, however (after first doing so with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in 2012), Taylor distances herself from three outstanding ladies who almost managed to hit the top with crossover smashes: LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live” (1997), Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” (1998) and Faith Hill’s “Breathe” (2000), all of which peaked at No. 2.
With seven No. 1s on Hot Country Songs and now two on the Hot 100, what other artists, along with Parton, have tallied multiple No. 1s on each chart? Swift joins an incredibly select group of now just seven acts with more than one No. 1 on both Hot Country Songs and the Hot 100.
The repeat pop/country crossover kings and queens (ranked by combined Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 No. 1s):
Dolly Parton (26: 24, Hot Country Songs; two, Hot 100)
Kenny Rogers (20: 18, Hot Country Songs; two, Hot 100)
Elvis Presley (10: three, Hot Country Songs; seven, Hot 100)
Taylor Swift (nine: seven, Hot Country Songs; two, Hot 100)
Glen Campbell (seven: five, Hot Country Songs; two, Hot 100)
John Denver (seven: four, Hot Country Songs; three, Hot 100)
B.J. Thomas (five: three, Hot Country Songs; two, Hot 100)
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I love this era. I love that it’s cool to be yourself, I love that Taylor’s sticking up for herself and for others. I love the advice she’s giving to fans that we can all apply to our lives. I can’t wait for the album and to see what kind of music and themes it incorporates. I feel like this era is gonna provide so much positivity and growth and I hope that everyone continues to take to heart and learn more and more about life and how to treat each other better because that’s what’s so important and what’s going to continue to make the world a better place. We can’t change others or their behavior, but we can decide how we are gonna treat people. Forgiveness and moving on is so healthy. I hope everyone finds a way to come together and be there for people. Life won’t always give us what we want, it won’t always be fair, but choosing to see the positives we do have is a much more pleasant way to go through life. You’ll find yourself being so much happier letting things go than hanging on to them. Everyone has something to offer.
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The “Shake It Off” singer, 24, will be joining the upcoming seventh season of the NBC competition show as an advisor. A source tells Us that Swift will serve in the same capacity that Coldplay singer Chris Martin aided the show in its sixth season, advising contestants across all four teams.
Swift will be working with veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, who were added to the lineup for the upcoming season.
"Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with," a source tells Us of Swift’s contribution to The Voice. “She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor.”
Swift, who previously performed on the fourth season of The Voice, joins previously announced advisors Stevie Wonder (who is working with Levine), Gavin Rossdale (working with his wife Stefani), Little Big Town (working with Shelton), and Alicia Keys (working with Williams).
The next season of The Voice kicks off on Sept. 22, one month before the scheduled release of Swift’s upcoming fifth studio album 1989. Led by the hit single “Shake It Off,” 1989 will hit stores on Oct. 27. (x)
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— Blake Shelton talks to Rolling Stone about Taylor Swift (x)