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Top 5 Songs for Week Ending March 14

  • Ray McDonald

From left, Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West perform "FourFiveSeconds" at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 8, 2015.

From left, Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West perform "FourFiveSeconds" at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 8, 2015.

Here are the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending March 14, 2015.

Our one-new-song-per-week policy is humming along nicely. Hozier leaves the Top Five, while Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney return to contention with “FourFiveSeconds.” Rihanna and Kanye are all over the news this week.

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending March 14

1. "Uptown Funk!" Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
2. "Thinking Out Loud" Ed Sheeran
3. "Sugar" Maroon 5
4. "Love Me Like You Do" Ellie Goulding
5. "FourFiveSeconds" Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney

For the third year in a row, Rihanna is the most popular female act on the streaming service Spotify. As for Kanye, he just finished a four-show residency in Paris as part of Paris Fashion Week. Both Kanye and Rihanna have albums on the way; he’s executive producing her set, and a joint tour is rumored to be in the works.

Ellie Goulding poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2015 at the 02 Arena in London, Feb. 25, 2015.

Ellie Goulding poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2015 at the 02 Arena in London, Feb. 25, 2015.

It’s a “down” week for Ellie Goulding (Golding), as “Love Me Like You Do” - from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" soundtrack - weakens a slot in fourth place. Ellie hits the road every day - she’s a fitness fanatic who especially enjoys running: she’s done five half-marathons and is a spokesperson for Nike.

FILE - Adam Levine from the band Maroon 5 performs on NBC's "Today" show.

FILE - Adam Levine from the band Maroon 5 performs on NBC's "Today" show.

Taking over third place is Maroon 5, who go the remix route for their latest hit “Sugar.” A new remix features Nicki Minaj - and this isn’t the first time Maroon 5 has enlisted rappers to sweeten up their songs: Big Sean handled the remix of “Maps,” while “Animals” featured two remixes: one with J. Cole and the other with Big Boi.

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran poses with his British album of the year award for 'X' and his British male solo artist award at the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on Feb. 25, 2015.

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran poses with his British album of the year award for 'X' and his British male solo artist award at the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on Feb. 25, 2015.

Holding steady in second place is Ed Sheeran, with “Thinking Out Loud.” Ed went on Instagram to share a letter from a fan in South Korea and well, you could say something was lost in translation. It said, “You are a little ugly, but I love you!” Ed captioned it, “God bless Korea.”

Mark Ronson poses for a photo at Jeff Bhasker Studio, in Venice, California.

Mark Ronson poses for a photo at Jeff Bhasker Studio, in Venice, California.

Holding the Hot 100 title for a ninth big week are Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, with “Uptown Funk.” It’s also the champ in the U.K…putting it in pretty special company. Mark and Bruno follow in the footsteps of Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”; Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”

That’s it for now, but a new lineup awaits you next week.

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