‘Happy’ No More: John Legend Scores First U.S. No. 1 with ‘All of Me’ as Ariana Grande Looms
By Kevin Rutherford
For the first time since February, “Happy” hasn’t danced and clapped its way to the No. 1 spot in the country. Instead, it’s all solemn pianos at the top of the charts.
John Legend‘s “All of Me” overtakes Pharrell‘s inescapable track this week for the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100, Billboard reports. It’s Legend’s first No. 1 song in the U.S.; his previous best was 2008′s top 30 hit “Green Light.”
Legend’s triumph breaks a hold of 10 weeks “Happy” had on the chart. The Despicable Me 2 tune put its chokehold on the competition at a time when the Hot 100′s top 10 broke a record for gridlock, at one point staying exactly the same for three straight weeks a month ago. Of course, that’s not to say that “All of Me” jumping to No. 1 is a total breath of fresh air, either; it had been No. 2 for weeks, roadblocked only by “Happy,” which falls to No. 2.
That said, a new challenger appeared this week that could mark the start of a bit of a shakeup on the chart. Ariana Grande‘s “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, debuted at No. 3, following a whirlwind week that saw it garner both critical acclaim and a growing number of downloads, streams and spins. According to Billboard, the debut is the highest ever for a duo comprised of female soloists.
Azalea also slots in at No. 4 with her own song, “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX.
“Dark Horse” from Katy Perry and Juicy J sits at No. 5, while “Talk Dirty,” “Turn Down for What,” “Not a Bad Thing,” “Let It Go” and “Pompeii” round out the top 10.