Hot 100 Highlights: July 20, 2019

Post Malone in the music video for “Goodbyes” | Out now on Republic

Roundup of some of the most noteworthy chart moves on the latest Hot 100 chart issue.

Co-written by Alexander (Twitter) & Eric.

No. 1 “Old Town Road” / Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus

Despite a significant decline in its most stable metric–streaming–the mega-hit spends a fifteenth week at the Hot 100’s summit, putting it within striking distance of breaking the all-time record of 16 weeks. According to HitsDailyDouble, the song dropped 16% to “only” 26.5 million on-demand streams last week, and it fell 19.4% to 23.4 million weekly YouTube views. The release of a new remix featuring Young Thug and “Yodel Boy” Mason Ramsey may serve to cushion its fall somewhat, but it has already declined to #40 on Apple Music as of press time. Now that the song is plummeting on pop (-2,027 bullet) and rhythmic radio (-664), it may have trouble maintaining its crushing margins at the top, but whether it will actually be toppled before it can break the record is another matter. 

No. 3 “Goodbyes” / Post Malone feat. Young Thug

Post Malone earns the top debut on this week’s Hot 100 as “Goodbyes” blasts in at #3 in the post fourth of July tracking week. With nearly 30 million in on-demand streams, it concurrently starts at #1 on the On-Demand Streaming songs chart; it’s the first song to dethrone “Old Town Road” there.

“Goodbyes” marks Post Malone’s seventh and Young Thug’s second top 10 hit on the tally. With “Sunflower” and “Wow.” active in the top 10 throughout the year, Post extends his current streaks with at least one song in the top 10 to 30 weeks; he’s the only artist to rank in the region every week this year.

Bonus: “Sunflower” (8-9 this week) notches up a thirtieth non-consecutive week in the Hot 100’s top 10. It’s just the eighth single in history to achieve this milestone and is only one month from breaking the current record stay (33 weeks).

No. 32 “MIDDLE CHILD” / J. Cole

Powered by the release of Dreamville project Revenge of the Dreamers III, on which it is included, “MIDDLE CHILD” records the biggest On-Demand Streaming gain (24%) out of all the songs charting on the Hot 100 this and last week. This second wind should allow the song to spend several more weeks on the chart, putting it in contention to become Cole’s longest-charting Hot 100 hit ever. It needs to spend five more weeks above #50 to pass “Power Trip,” which logged 29 weeks on the chart in 2013.

J. Cole’s longest-charting Hot 100 hits

Power Trip 29 wks
Work Out 28 wks
MIDDLE CHILD 25 wks
No Role Modelz 25 wks

No. 36 “Someone You Loved” / Lewis Capaldi

The British singer earns his first Hot 100 top 40 hit with “Someone You Loved” as he officially crosses over to America. Capaldi has been finding huge success in his home country, as he has the fastest-selling album of 2019 in the United Kingdom. 

No. 38 “Shotta Flow” / NLE Choppa

NLE Choppa’s SoundCloud smash breaks into the top 40 with a seven-spot jump. It’s also strong on YouTube, where it pulled in just over 10 million streams last week, good for fourth place on that chart. It’s lagging behind on the more traditional services (#37 Spotify, #55 Apple Music), but appears on both Rap Caviar and Apple Music’s “The A-List: Hip Hop,” the service’s preeminent urban playlist. While the song was originally a solo effort, the remix featuring Blueface represents the vast majority of its consumption (despite Blueface not being credited by Billboard). The only platform where the original is finding significant success is SoundCloud, where it’s #8 compared to the remix’s rank of #4.

No. 37 “Eastside” / benny blanco, Halsey, & Khalid

As it slides down one spot to #37 this week, “Eastside” marks what will presumably be its final week on the Hot 100. Owing to Billboard’s 25/52 recurrent rule, under which songs ranking below #25 are purged from the chart after 52 weeks charting, it will leave the tally barring a miraculous boost. If it does, it will become the 22nd song to leave the chart because of this rule. After its first five weeks, it spent the entire rest of its chart run inside the top 40, never falling more than six positions in a single week. According to AllAccess, it currently stands as the second most played song on pop radio this year, garnering over 323,000 spins nationwide — behind only Halsey’s own “Without Me.”

No. 50 “SICKO MODE” / Travis Scott

Also possibly spending its last week on the Hot 100 is Scott’s “SICKO MODE,” as it descends six positions to #50. The biggest hit of his career by some distance, “SICKO” displayed remarkable consistency on on-demand streaming. It ranked inside the weekly Spotify top 10 for 27 consecutive weeks, beginning with its debut frame. Additionally, it managed to cross over to major radio formats despite its highly unconventional structure, reaching #1 on both rhythmic and urban and even cracking the top 10 on pop. It has accumulated over 1 billion streams in the United States; 368 million of those have originated from Spotify, putting it among the top several dozen hits in the service’s history.

No. 58 “Press” / Cardi B

“Press” drops 16 spots this week owing in part to a precipitous fall on YouTube, where its streams declined an incredible 46.1% week-over-week to 3.61 million. The song has exited the top 200 on Spotify and has reversed course on rhythmic radio. One glimmer of hope for Cardi fans: it continues to ascend urban radio, where it just recently entered the top 15.

No. 68 “Lalala” / Y2K & bbno$

Viral hit “Lalala” advances sixteen spots to a new peak of #68 in its second week on the tally. The track zips up the chart thanks to a mild 4% decline in song consumption in a down week that saw a majority of the top 20 decline by double digits. Spotify continues to fuel the track, where it now ranks right outside the service’s top 20.

No. 72 “Call You Mine” / The Chainsmokers feat. Bebe Rexha

The Chainsmokers’ newest release bounces back two spots on this week’s Hot 100 thanks to an overall rise in activity. Despite a 3% slide in unit sales, it bounces back into the top 40 on the consumption chart and continues to climb at Pop radio. On the latest rolling chart it ranks #23 and is trending top 20.

No. 99 “Ocean Eyes” / Billie Eilish

Despite only peaking at #84, Billie Eilish’s debut single “Ocean Eyes” reaches a 20th week on Hot 100; it will join “when the party’s over” as the singer’s second track to reach recurrent status. Originally released in 2016, “Eyes” began its Hot 100 run as the roll out to Eilish’s debut full length LP reached a fever pitch earlier this year. Its weekly appearance since is perhaps a testament to the interest Billie’s discography continues to draw despite “bad guy” being her only major chart hit.

On the Bubbling Under: Carrie Underwood takes #1 with chart-bound “Southbound,” Machine Gun Kelly’s collaboration with YUNGBLUD and blink-182’s Travis Barker re-enters at a new high (#104) and ROSALIA’s “Con Altura” is up one rung (#119) in a week that sees three Dreamville titles (“LamboTruck” at #103, “Sunset” at #113 and “Wells Fargo (Interlude)” at #123) dot the chart.

Check back next week for another edition.

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