Hot 100 Highlights: April 20, 2019

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Roundup of some of the most noteworthy chart moves on the latest Hot 100 chart issue. Lil Nas X remains at #1, BLACKPINK makes history and City Girls and Megan Thee Stallion help bring female rap back to the Hot 100. 

Additional reporting by Chart Data and Eric.

No. 1

After last week’s surprising fourteen spot jump to the penthouse, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” easily maintains its grip on #1 as sales and streaming points from the Billy Ray Cyrus remix are incorporated for the first time. As the remix has outperformed the original on both Spotify and Apple Music all week, Cyrus receives feature credit on the song.

Billy Ray at age 57 surpasses Wanz (“Thrift Shop”, 2013) as the oldest artist to be on a Hot 100 #1 single this century. Overall, he’s the oldest artist to be on a #1 single since Louis Armstrong in 1964 (“Hello Dolly”).

Further, “Road” demolishes the one-week streaming record previously held by “In My Feelings,” commanding an incredible 143 million streams. The song is also beginning to see success at pop radio, where its +2,440 bullet is the largest on the chart.

As previously reported, “Road” leads the the Hot 100 with over three times the points of this week’s #2 track (Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower”). It now ranks among the most dominant #1 hits in the modern era. More information to follow.

No. 16

Ava Max’s breakout hit “Sweet But Psycho” reaches a new peak, powered by its entrance into pop radio’s top 5. While “Sweet” was originally a European smash, Max is actually American. Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she is the only artist from that state to have a song on the Hot 100 right now.

The song continues pull sluggish streaming numbers, ranking outside the top 50 on Hits Daily Double’s on-demand streaming chart. It’s comparatively strong on YouTube, where it’s #41 this week and has previously been as high as #29.

No. 24

While its slow-and-steady chart run hasn’t quite reached “Lights” levels yet, Ellie Goulding’s “Close to Me” reaches a new peak this week in its 21st week on the chart. However, it’s unlikely to go much further given that it is currently peaking on pop radio. It does not have a streaming cushion to fall back on, bringing in only 2.1 million Spotify streams for the week ending April 11.

No. 27

Following up the #1 debuting “Sucker”, Jonas Brothers’ new single “Cool” earns the week’s top debut as it launches at #27. While the start is enough to grant the Jo Bros a 12th top 40 hit, “Cool” is likely to suffer a sizeable second week drop given its decline on streaming–it’s already down to #88 on Spotify.

No. 40

City Girls score their second top 40 hit this year and of their career, following January’s “Twerk,” featuring Cardi B. “Act Up” is spurred by strength on Apple Music, where it sits at #14 — it previously managed to reach the top 10.

It’s one of the rare tracks by a female hip-hop duo/group to reach top 40 in recent times, joining KP & Envy’s “Swing This Way” (1998) as one of the few to do so in the past two decades.

No. 41

Kill This Love” becomes BLACKPINK’s highest-charting song on the Hot 100 to date as well as the highest charting single by a Korean girl group, surpassing last year’s comeback single “DDU-DU DDU-DU” (#55).

Made available on Thursday afternoon in the states, “Kill This Love” initially debuted at #2 on the World Digital Song Sales chart from approximately twelve hours of sales. It bumps to #1 on this week’s tally, becoming the group’s fifth leader on the chart.

The group also makes history on this week’s Billboard 200 as the ‘Kill This Love EP’ makes it first appearance at #24.

No. 43

5 Seconds Of Summer’s “Youngblood” dips 40-43 and spends its 45th week on the chart. It has charted for longer than any One Direction song by a wide margin– “What Makes You Beautiful” logged 34 weeks on the tally. “Youngblood” has been fueled by radio in the tail end of its run. Though now designated as a recurrent, AllAccess reports that it received a hefty 30 million impressions on pop and 14 million on HAC from 4/9 to 4/15.

No. 63

DaBaby’s breakout hit “Suge” continues to bound up the chart, jumping 24 spots to a new peak of No. 63. Now at #5 on Apple Music, “Suge” has started to gain traction on Spotify as well — it’s hovering around #100 on the daily chart. Parent album ‘Baby On Baby’ continues to make gains, up four spots to #15 on this week’s Billboard 200 as it continues to hold in the top 5 on the Apple Music albums chart.

No. 95

Bachata group Aventura earns its highest charting single ever as “Inmortal” starts at #95. The group has only landed one other entry — 2005’s “Ella y Yo” topped out at #97.

No. 99

Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who has garnered considerable social media buzz, enters the Hot 100 for the first time, as “Big Ole Freak” debuts at #99. The track is #81 on Apple Music and #89 on weekly YouTube. While it’s not charting inside Spotify’s top 200, “Freak” has secured a placement on their popular Get Turnt playlist. With 5.4 million followers, it’s the service’s second largest hip-hop playlist behind Rap Caviar.

Check back next week for another edition where BTS’ new collaboration with Halsey (“Boy With Luv”) is sure to make a splashy start.

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