Everything Taylor Swift touches turns to gold, but her “Bad Blood” video was kind of a group effort. After a week of the star-studded sci-fi thriller being played on loop and breaking Vevo records, “Bad Blood” has leapfrogged from No. 53 to the top spot on this week’s Billboard “Hot 100” chart, giving Kendrick Lamar his very first No. 1 song. (This makes four No. 1s for Swift, and her third from 1989 alone.) The Katy Perry dis record knocks Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” into second place after six weeks at No. 1. It pays to be Taylor’s friend (literally, as all those people probably got at least scale for the shoot).
Elsewhere, Kendrick put in even more work at becoming a household name by appearing on Ellen Wednesday to perform the only song from To Pimp a Butterfly barely appropriate enough for daytime television. Ballroom dancing and live painting were involved, obviously.