Hot 100 Highlights: April 6, 2019

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Post Malone performs at Barclaycard Arena on Feb. 27, 2019 | Original photo by Daniel Bockwoldt via Getty Images

Roundup of some of the most noteworthy chart moves on the latest Hot 100 chart issue. Ariana leads again, Post Malone joins the record books and Halsey pulls off an unexpected feat as Lil Nas X explodes into the top 20.

Additional reporting by Alexander (Twitter) and Eric.

No. 1

As reported Monday, Ariana Grande’s “7 rings” remains in the top spot on this week’s Hot 100. Notching up an eighth week at #1, the track surpasses “thank u, next” as Ariana Grande’s longest reigning single thus far. It’s now the longest running #1 track by a leading female since Rihanna’s “Work” (9 weeks in 2016).

Notably, “rings” leads the Hot 100 without simultaneously leading the Streaming Songs chart for the first time in its run (#3 with 35.5 million) as radio plays catch up to bridge the point gap.

No. 2

Post Malone’s “Wow.”, now his highest-charting solo song, jumps into the runner up slot as it swells 15% in streams to 35.4 million. This week marks the first full tracking frame since the release of its official music video and the second since the release of the track’s official remix with Tyga and Roddy Ricch. It remains essentially even in sales thanks to an 7” single available exclusively to Post Malone’s webstore.

As “Sunflower” holds at #3, Post Malone is the thirtieth artist to double up in the Hot 100’s top 3 simultaneously.

No. 4

Halsey’s former two week #1 “Without Me” slides two spots to #4 as it celebrates a milestone 20th consecutive week in the top 5. It becomes the first song by a female artist to achieve this feat in over a decade (Alicia Keys’ “No One” in 2008).

No. 7

As streaming remains uncharacteristically even for a J. Cole song, “MIDDLE CHILD” racks up a seventh week in the Hot 100’s top 10. It has already spent more time in the region than the rest of his discography combined; his four other top 10s each spent a week among the top 10. Watch for this one to stick around as it continues to climb on radio (#5 Urban, #6 Rhythmic); it’s already his biggest hit on the format overall in over 5 years.

No. 15

Lil Nas X’s breakthrough hit “Old Town Road”, recently #1 on Apple Music, surges 17 spots to #15 off the back of a streaming explosion. As controversy over its placement on and removal from Hot Country Songs continues to swirl, the track remains on pace to crack next week’s top 10.

As Chart Data noted earlier today, “Road” would have reached #1 on Hot Country Songs for the first time this week had it not been barred from charting:

Lil Nas X responded with the following:

No. 40

Khalid earns his eighth top 40 hit with assistance from Disclosure as “Talk” lifts one spot to a new peak of #40. As new album ‘Free Spirit’ hits Friday and radio support continues to build, look for “Talk” to continue posting gains in the next few weeks.

Also of note, there are now four US/UK collaborations in the Hot 100’s top 40, one neatly in each region:

  • Marshmello (US) and Bastille (UK) “Happier” continues to hold top 10 (#6)
  • Sam Smith (UK) and Normani (US) “Dancing with a Stranger” is even in the top 20 (#17)
  • Ellie Goulding (UK), Swae Lee and Diplo (both US)’s “Close to Me” gains one spot in the top 30 (#27)
  • Khalid (US) and Disclosure (UK)’s “Talk” joins the top 40 (#40)

No. 45

Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It” slides one spot in what looks to be its final week on the chart. As tracks from Billie Eilish’s ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?‘ are set to storm next week’s issue, the former chart topper is expected to go recurrent 1 week short of its 1 year chart anniversary.

“I Like It” previously became the longest charting song by a female rapper in Hot 100 history in its 40th week on the list. Even if it manages to stay inside the top 50 next week, it will go recurrent the week after that due to the 25/52 rule, under which songs past their 52nd week charting are purged if they are below #25.

No. 62

Shot Clock”, the third single from Ella Mai’s self-titled debut, continues to climb as it reaches #1 on Urban radio. Driven mostly by airplay, it continues to hover just outside the top 100 on Apple Music but remains uncharted at Spotify. Its performance is a notable departure from those of previous singles “Boo’d Up” and “Trip,” which both showed strength on streaming, particularly Apple Music.

No. 72

NAV and The Weeknd’s “Price On My Head” earns the top debut of the week. The track appears to be single off of ‘Bad Habits’ (which, fueled by a ticket bundle, becomes NAV’s first #1 album this week) and received a video, which is up to 2.3 million views through seven days.

No. 95

Polo G and Lil Tjay each earn their first ever Hot 100 hit as “Pop Out” debuts thanks to a near 40% increase in streams (to 9.4 million). It additionally sold 1,000 downloads this week, up 91%.

No. 97

UK based Mabel earns her first ever Hot 100 hit with global breakthrough “Don’t Call Me Up”, now trending top 20 at pop radio and top 70 on US Spotify. Mabel is a third generation artist, with her parents Neneh Cherry and Cameron McVey as well as step-grandfather Don Cherry all earning Billboard entries.

No. 98

Bebe Rexha earns a milestone tenth Hot 100 entry as new single “Last Hurrah” crosses over from the Bubbling Under chart. The track remains primarily driven by pop radio, where it now ranks at #20.

Check back next week for another edition, which will almost certainly be dominated by Billie Eilish, including the arrival of top 10 contender “bad guy” (currently #1 on US Apple Music) and the potential re-peak of former top 20 hit “bury a friend”.

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