Taylor-Swift

Electric Vs. Acoustic

The ELECTRIC/ACOUSTIC COMBO category reaches its highest level this year thanks to the arrival of "Lips Are Movin" into the top 10. Currently, 70% of songs feature a combination of electric and acoustic based instrumentation within the mix.The loser of the week is the PRIMARILY…

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Hozier

First Chorus Occurrence

The CHORUS KICK OFF (0:01) category moves into the #2 spot this week thanks to the arrival of "Lips Are Movin" into the top 10. The category's other representatives include Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" and Maroon 5's "Animals". The loser of the week…

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Ariana-Grande

Genre

The POP genre holds onto its commanding lead at #1 this week thanks to the arrival of "Jealous" and "Lips Are Movin" into the top 10. Currently, 70% of songs are first and foremost Pop songs. R&B/SOUL follows at #2, and ROCK rounds out the…

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meghan-trainor-2

Intro Length

The NO INTRO category moves into the top spot for the second time this year (the last time was way back in January), thanks to the arrival of "Lips Are Movin" into the top 10. Currently, 40% of songs kick immediately off with the verse…

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adam-levine

Lead Vocal

The SOLO MALE lead vocal category gains ground this week thanks to the reentry of "Jealous" into the top 10. On the flip side, the SOLO FEMALE category loses ground due to the departure of "The Heart Wants What It Wants" and "Habits (Stay High)".…

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sam-smith

Lyrical Themes

The LOVE/RELATIONSHIP lyrical theme category holds strong at the top spot this week thanks to the arrival of "Lips Are Movin" and "Jealous" into the top 10. Currently, 70% of songs feature this theme within the mix, either as a standalone or in conjunction with…

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maroon-5

Primary Instrumentation

ELECTRIC GUITAR takes over at the top spot for the first time this year thanks to the arrival of "Lips Are Movin" into the top 10. Currently, 70% of songs feature the instrument within the mix, in varying degrees of prominence. WIND (SAX), PIANO, ORGAN…

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taylor-swift-2

Record Labels

EPIC is the big gainer of the week, moving into the #2 spot thanks to the arrival of Meghan Trainor's second top 10 hit, "Lips Are Movin". The loser of the week is HOLLYWOOD due to the departure of "The Heart Wants What It Wants".…

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nick-jonas

Song Length

The 3:30 - 3:59 song length category holds strong at #1 this week thanks to the reentry of "Jealous" into the top 10. Currently, 60% of songs land within this range. The 3:00 - 3:29 and 4:00+ categories both follow at the #2 spot, each…

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meghan-trainor

Song Title Word Count

The THREE WORD title category holds onto the top spot for the third consecutive week, accounting for 30% of songs. The ONE WORD title category is the gainer of the week thanks to the reentry of "Jealous" into the top 10. The loser of the…

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shellback

Songwriters

The THREE WRITER category holds tight at the top spot for the 17th consecutive week thanks to the reentry of "Jealous" into the top 10. Currently, 40% of songs were co-written by teams of three writers, of which 30% feature Shellback.The gainer of the week…

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hozier-2

Sub-Genres & Influencers

R&B/SOUL, RETRO, ROCK & ROLL (old school), DOO WOP and FUNK all gain ground this week thanks to the arrival of "Lips Are Movin" and "Jealous" into the top 10. SOUL and RETRO occupy the top two spots, playing a role within 60% and 40%…

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mark-ronson

Title Appearances

The 21+ title appearance category takes over at the top spot for the first time this year thanks to the arrival of "Lips Are Movin" into the top 10. Its title appears 24 times within the song. The 11 - 15 appearance category gains ground…

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