Roundup of some of the most noteworthy chart moves on the latest Hot 100 chart issue.
Written by Alexander (Twitter).
No. 1 “Blinding Lights” / The Weeknd
In conjunction with the Billboard 200 debut of parent album After Hours, “Blinding Lights” tops the Hot 100 for the first time. The track hits #1 on the chart on the strength of a 52% hike in weekly streams to 32.1 million and a 15% spike in radio audience. It simultaneously tops the Streaming Songs chart for the first, becoming The Weeknd’s first leader since “The Hills” nearly five years ago. It’s the second #1 single from After Hours following “Heartless” and the Canadian recording artist’s fifth overall including “The Hills”, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Starboy”.
Speaking of After Hours, The Weeknd lands every track from the newly minted #1 album on the Hot 100 simultaneously. It’s his third project in a row to achieve this following 2016’s Starboy and 2018’s My Dear Melancholy,. Lead single “Heartless” rebounds to #4, giving the track its first week in the top 10 since it spent one week at #1 and new single “In Your Eyes” earns a solid debut at #16 on the heels of its radio impact.
Seven further tracks debut in the top 40, making Abel the eighth artist to earn ten or more simultaneous top 40 singles in the chart’s history. He joins Drake, Ariana Grande, Lil Uzi Vert, Post Malone, J. Cole, Lil Wayne and Travis Scott.
No. 9 “Say So” / Doja Cat
Doja Cat’s breakthrough “Say So” makes its first appearance in the top 10, bounding five places to #9. It does so despite a 10% decrease in overall streams, as simultaneous surges on pop and rhythmic radio have propelled it to #14 in overall audience impressions. It has added at least 1.5 million AI in each of the last seven days. Shazam streams, often a leading indicator, remain strong: it ranks at #2 nationwide, trailing only “Blinding Lights.” It reaches #10 on Pop Songs this frame as well.
No. 55 “Roses” / Saint JHN
Saint JHN lands his first solo entry on the Hot 100 with “Roses”, which bows at #55. Benefitting from massive exposure on TikTok and heavy playlisting on global streaming services, “Roses” finally cracks the US. Thanks to a #9 rank at Spotify and top 40 placement on Apple Music, the song is up a massive 123% in song consumption this week.
No. 59 “death bed” / Powfu featuring Beabadoobee
Canadian rapper Powfu’s TikTok-powered “death bed” ascends 12 positions to #59 as it continues to gain momentum on streaming services. The portion of the track that has gained popularity on TikTok, however, is actually a sample from featured artist beabadoobee’s 2017 song “Coffee.” “death bed” sports an 8% increase in overall streams this week, pulling in 9.1 million for the period ending Friday. On weekly Spotify, the track has risen from #54 at the end of February to #23 for the week ending Thursday. Additionally, the song will impact pop radio on April 7th; seven stations have already picked it up this week. Meanwhile, it has already reached the top 10 in Australia and New Zealand.
No. 82 “Know Your Worth” / Khalid & Disclosure
The second collaboration between the “Location” crooner and the British garage duo rebounds 11 spots to #82. However, the data suggests that this move may be a dead cat bounce. “Know” is heavily dependent on pop radio, where it appears to be stalling just inside the top 20. Without HAC or streaming support to fall back on—it currently stands at #123 on Spotify—the song might be gone for good in the coming weeks. Ironically, then, “Talk” would remain Khalid’s last trip to the top 40.
No. 95 “The Other Girl” / Kelsea Ballerini & Halsey
Buoyed by strong digital sales in the same week of its parent album’s release, Kelsea Ballerini’s “The Other Girl” with Halsey cracks the Hot 100 with a #95 start. Although those two first week crutches are unlikely to help prop the song up for a second week, there’s good news for its future longevity. The track ships to country radio as the second single from Ballerini’s kelsea on April 20, making a further chart appearance down the line fairly likely.
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