Hot 100 Highlights: March 28, 2020

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

Written by Alexander (Twitter).

No. 2 “Blinding Lights” / The Weeknd

Coinciding with the release of new album After Hours, “Blinding Lights” edges upward to a new peak at #2. It occupies the top spot on both Spotify and Apple Music, perhaps boosted on the former by its placement at the top of the all-important Today’s Top Hits playlist. If it fails to reach #1, it will become The Weeknd’s first-ever single to peak at #2. For now, there’s reason for optimism: at 99.6 million overall radio impressions, it still has room to grow there. Dual releases have often been perceived as precluding either song being released from becoming massive, but the timing may be right for “Lights” here. “Heartless” still has 100 million impressions, and it’s reasonable to think “Lights” could benefit as the decline of “Heartless” accelerates.

No. 7 “Adore You” / Harry Styles

The Fine Line lead soars seven spots to No. 7, marking Styles’ second trip to the upper echelon and matching former bandmate Zayn’s tally of top 10 hits. It’s powered by a strong performance on pop radio, where it has moved into the #3 spot while retaining the largest bullet on the chart (+1,716). Meanwhile, continued modest gains at HAC have landed it at #7 there. It has remained steady enough on Spotify, posting a 5.5% weekly decline in streams to 4.6 million last week. 

No. 11 “hot girl bummer” / blackbear

Blackbear’s sleeper hit achieves a new peak in its 27th week on the Hot 100, jumping six positions to No. 11 despite middling on-demand streaming. Although the song appears to have peaked on rhythmic radio, it is still rising on pop, where it’s next in line for the top spot. 

No. 20 “Suicidal” / YNW Melly & Juice WRLD

YNW Melly’s “Suicidal” blasts back onto the Hot 100 following the release of a new remix featuring the late Juice WRLD. Bolstered by strong first weke performance on Spotify, the track immediately garners a new peak of #20. It’s Melly’s second song to visit the region following breakout hit “Murder On My Mind”.  

No. 25 “Stupid Love” / Lady Gaga

After a steep second-week fall, Lady Gaga’s “Stupid Love” recovers to #25 thanks to strong gains at pop radio and many of Lil Uzi Vert’s debuts from last week suffering drops.

No. 30 “RITMO” / The Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin

The Black Eyed Peas earn their first top 40 hit in nine years as “RITMO” moves 47-30. It’s also J Balvin’s highest-charting track since Cardi B’s “I Like It,” on which he featured, went to #1 in 2018. Despite being outside the Spotify top 200, the Apple Music top 100, and the U.S. YouTube top 100, the song has gained on radio all week and now stands at a very respectable #15 overall. It also ranks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.

No. 38 “Blueberry Faygo” / Lil Mosey

18-year-old Seattle rapper Lil Mosey enters the top 40 for the first time with “Blueberry Faygo,” his third entry overall. This comes as Interscope reissues his sophomore album “Certified Hitmaker.” The song has been powered by an accompanying TikTok challenge, and now boasts top 10 placements on Spotify and SoundCloud; it also rises 40-33 this week on U.S. YouTube with 3.3 million streams. It’s listed third on Spotify’s Rap Caviar playlist as well as eighth on Today’s Top Hits. The song could have a long road ahead on radio, as it currently ranks at #29 on rhythmic and outside of the top 50 on urban. 

No. 98 – “Savage” / Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion picks up a seventh career Hot 100 entry with “Savage” following the track’s surge on TikTok. The associated dance challenge spurred a midweek turn around for the track, which had surged into the top 10 at US Apple Music by the start of the currently running tracking week. Now top 10 at iTunes, posting daily new peaks on Spotify and recovering from the flood of The Weeknd tracks at Apple, expect “Savage” to post solid gains next week.

Lil Uzi Recap

With fourteen new Lil Uzi Vert tracks impacting this week following the release of the deluxe version of ‘Eternal Atake’, the Philly rapper hits a number of interesting milestones. Here’s a quick recap:

  • Eight songs from the original version of ‘Eternal Atake’ remain on the chart, including the three that debuted in the chart’s top 10 last week (Silly Watch, Baby Pluto and Lo Mein). Notably, none of them rank in the top 20.
  • Every track from ‘LUV vs. the World 2’ debuts. In total, the ‘Eternal Atake’ era has yielded 32 straight charting hits. That’s a new record from one release, passing ‘Scorpion’.
  • With ‘Eternal Atake’ (original) and ‘LUV vs. the World 2’ (Eternal Atake deluxe) both achieving full placement of tracks in successive weeks, Lil Uzi Vert is the first artist to chart every song from two projects in back to back Hot 100 frames.
  • Collaborator Chief Keef, whose Hot 100 history precedes Uzi’s by several years, lands his highest charting song ever with “Bean (Kobe)” at #19
  • Young Nudy picks up his first Hot 100 hit thanks to a guest spot on “Money Spread”, new at #89
  • Lil Uzi Vert matches Lil Tunechi’s placement of 22 songs on the Hot 100 simultaneously. Only Drake has achieved more entries in any single week in the chart’s history (27 on July 14, 2018).

Check back next week for another edition.

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