MAGIC!’s ‘Rude’ Knocks Iggy Azalea Off Her ‘Fancy’ Throne on Hot 100
The Canadian reggae-pop band MAGIC! has finally knocked Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” out of the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with their hit song “Rude.” Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, was preemptively declared by many to be the song of the summer during its seven-week reign at the top of the charts. Now, the track drops to No. 2 as “Rude” takes over the throne.
“Rude,” which tells the story of a determined man asking for his girlfriend’s hand in marriage, despite her father’s disapproval, bounced back to the top of Hot Digital Songs with 185,000 downloads sold, after briefly being knocked down to No. 2 by Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” It also won the subscription On-Demand chart, with 3.3. million on-demand streams. With just a one percent point margin over “Fancy,” the song only narrowly reached the No. 1 spot.
The chart-climbing hit, which has already spawned its fair share of covers and parodies, is the first reggae fusion tune to reach No. 1 on the charts since Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls” in the summer of 2007. With all four members of the group hailing from Toronto, it also marks the first time in 12 years that a Canadian band has topped the Hot 100. Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” previously reached No. 1 for four weeks from December 2001 to January 2002.
Perhaps even more surprisingly? According to Yahoo! Music, MAGIC! is also the first group to reach the top spot on the Hot 100 chart since the fall of 2012 when Maroon 5’s “One More Night” took over the No. 1 slot for nine weeks. Since then, solo artists or collaborative efforts have largely dominated the chart, with the exception of duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.