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Electric Vs. Acoustic

The ELECTRIC/ACOUSTIC COMBO category reclaims the top spot this week thanks to the arrival of "Blank Space" and "I'm Not The Only One" into the top 10. Currently, 60% of songs feature a combination of electric and acoustic based instrumentation within the mix. The loser…

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First Chorus Occurrence

The LATE (1:00+) first chorus occurrence category gains ground for the first time in seven weeks thanks to the arrival of "Blank Space" and "I'm Not The Only One" into the top 10. Accounting for 20% of songs, it's the category's highest level since May.…

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Taylor-Swift

Genre

The POP genre gains ground this week thanks to the arrival of "Blank Space" and "Jealous" into the top 10. Currently, 60% of songs are first and foremost Pop songs. The loser of the week is the HIP HOP/RAP genre due to "Back Widow's" departure.…

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Intro Length

The MODERATELY LONG (0:20 - 0:29) intro length category reaches its highest level this year thanks to the entry of "I'm Not The Only One" into the top 10. Currently, 20% of songs have their intro landing within this range, the other representative being "Hot…

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adam-levine

Lead Vocal

The DUET/GROUP lead vocal category took a massive hit this week, dropping from first to last place due to the departure of "Black Widow", "Don't Tell 'Em" and "Love Me Harder" from the top 10. Currently, only 10% of songs feature a duet/group vocal, the…

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nick-jonas

Lyrical Themes

The HOOKING UP lyrical theme category decreased in prominence this week due to both "Don't Tell 'Em" and "Love Me Harder" dropping out of the top 10. Currently, the theme accounts for just 20% of songs. The LOVE/RELATIONSHIP lyrical theme category remains the most popular,…

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Bobby-Shmurda

Primary Instrumentation

The gainers of the week are PROMINENT DRUMS/BEATS/PERC, ACOUSTIC and ELECTRIC PIANO, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, and STRINGS, thanks to the arrival of "Blank Space", I'm Not The Only One" and "Jealous" into the top 10. PROMINENT DRUMS/BEATS/PERC is currently the most popular, playing a key role…

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Record Labels

REPUBLIC gains ground for the second consecutive week thanks to the arrival of "Blank Space" and "Jealous" into the top 10. The label currently accounts for 50% of songs. The loser of the week is DEF JAM, which drops from 20% of songs down to…

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Song Length

The 3:30 - 3:59 song length category returns to the top spot for the first time in eight weeks thanks to the arrival of "Blank Space", "I'm Not The Only One" and "Jealous" into the top 10. Currently, 50% of songs land within this range.On…

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Hozier

Song Title Word Count

The ONE and FIVE WORD song title categories gain ground this week thanks to the arrival of "Jealous" and "I'm Not The Only One" into the top 10. This is the first time since June that the latter has had a top 10 showing.On the…

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Songwriters

Max Martin and Shellback are currently the only songwriters that have three of their co-writes charting within the Hot 100 top 10. Both played a key role in launching Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" and "Shake It Off" into the upper reaches of the chart. Martin…

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sam-smith

Sub-Genres & Influencers

The gainers of the week are SOUL, RETRO, BALLADS, GOSPEL and MINIMALIST thanks to the arrival of "Blank Space", "I'm Not The Only One" and "Jealous" into the top 10. The former is the most popular, showing up as an influence within 50% of songs.The…

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tov-lo

Title Appearances

The 6 - 10 title appearance category takes over at #1 this week thanks to the arrival of "I'm Not The Only One" into the top 10. Currently, 40% of songs have their title appearing within this range.The loser of the week is the 21+…

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