The Weeknd Replaces Himself Atop Hot 100 as 'The Hills' Hits No. 1
The R&B/pop star is the first artist to succeed himself at the summit since Taylor Swift last year, and the first male to achieve the feat since 2008. Plus, Drake hits the top 10.
The Weeknd replaces himself atop the Billboard Hot 100 as "The Hills" ascends 2-1, dethroning his own "Can't Feel My Face," down 1-3, after three nonconsecutive weeks on top. The Weeknd is the first artist to rule successively since Taylor Swift last year and the first solo male to lead back-to-back since T.I. in 2008.
Plus, Drake scores his first Hot 100 top 10 in nearly two years.
The Hot 100 is alive with the sound of music (obligatory "hills" pun), so, as we do each Monday, let's run down the top 10 and more (on the chart dated Oct. 3). Highlights of the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday, with all charts updated each Tuesday.
"Hills," released on XO/Republic Records, reaches the Hot 100's pinnacle (becoming the 1,047th No. 1 in the chart's 57-year history) thanks in part to its coronation on the Streaming Songs chart (2-1; 18.3 million U.S. streams, although down 13 percent, according to Nielsen Music). It holds at its No. 2 high on Digital Songs (103,000 downloads sold, down 4 percent, in the week ending Sept. 17) and jumps 7-3 on Radio Songs (114 million in audience, up 21 percent), claiming top Airplay Gainer honors for a fourth week.
"Hills" also takes over atop Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, replacing "Face" after nine weeks at No. 1.
The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) is just the 11th act to succeed himself at No. 1 in the Hot 100's history, and the first since Swift, who became the first woman to earn the honor when "Blank Space" followed her "Shake It Off" to the top on Nov. 29, 2014. The other acts to switch out songs successively at No. 1: the Beatles, who scored a record three toppers in a row ("I Want to Hold Your Hand," "She Loves You" and "Can't Buy Me Love") in 1964; Boyz II Men (1994); Puff Daddy (as he was then billed) (1997); Ja Rule (2002); Nelly (2002); OutKast (2004); Usher (2004); T.I. (the last male before The Weeknd to directly repeat at No. 1, with "Whatever You Like" and "Live Your Life," featuring Rihanna, 2008); and the Black Eyed Peas (2009). (Puff Daddy and Ja Rule each doubled up thanks to a lead and featured role.)
The Weeknd is additionally the first male artist to rise to No. 1 with two leaders in the same year since Eminem in 2010. Five years ago, Eminem reigned with "Not Afraid" (for a week that May 22) and "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna (for seven weeks beginning that July 31). (Last year, Swift reached No. 1 twice, with "Shake" and "Space.")
Meanwhile, as it drops 1-3 on the Hot 100, The Weeknd's "Face" leads the Radio Songs chart for a seventh week (140 million, down 7 percent). It keeps at No. 4 on Streaming Songs (14.8 million, down 15 percent) and falls 3-6 on Digital Songs (80,000, down up 21 percent).
More wins for The Weeknd: he tops the Billboard 200 for a third week with his album Beauty Behind the Madness (featuring "Hills" and "Face"). He's the first artist to lead the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 simultaneously for multiple weeks since Swift, who did so for seven weeks late last year and early this year with "Shake" and "Space," from 1989, and the first male since Eminem (four weeks in 2010, with "Lie" and Recovery).
In non-The Weeknd news, in between "Hills" and "Face" on the Hot 100, Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" rebounds 3-2 after its No. 1 debut two weeks ago. "Mean" is the best-selling song in the U.S. for a third week, holding atop Digital Songs (128,000 downloads sold, down 20 percent). It returns to its No. 2 peak, up from No. 3, on Streaming Songs (18.2 million, down 7 percent) and roars 15-11 on Radio Songs (70 million, up 26 percent). The lead single from Bieber's Nov. 13 studio album, "Mean" also tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a third week (8.4 million, down 12 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Silento's No. 3-peaking "Watch Me" stays at No. 4 (and rules Hot Rap Songs for a ninth week), while Selena Gomez's "Good for You," featuring A$AP Rocky, rises 7-5, marking her best career rank and first top five Hot 100 hit. She previously peaked as high as No. 6 with "Come & Get It" in 2013 and "The Heart Wants What It Wants" last year.
R. City's "Locked Away," featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine, rises to new Hot 100 heights (9-6); Fetty Wap's "679," featuring Remy Boyz, returns to its best rank (8-7); OMI's former six-week No. 1 and Billboard's top song of the summer "Cheerleader" falls 5-8.
Drake boasts the Hot 100's lone new top 10 this week, as "Hotline Bling" bounds 16-9. He rings up his 14th top 10 and first in almost two years, since "Hold On, We're Going Home," featuring Majid Jordan, reached No. 4 (Oct. 12, 2013). "Bling" blasts 9-3 on Digital Songs (85,000, up 27 percent) and hits the Streaming Songs top 10 (11-6; 12.2 million, up 28 percent), taking dual top Digital and Streaming Gainer kudos for a second week each. It also debuts on Radio Songs at No. 33 (39 million, up 47 percent).
(Canadian invasion: That makes four songs in the Hot 100's top 10 by Canadians, all of whom are from Ontario, as Drake, from Toronto, joins The Weeknd, from Scarborough, and Bieber, from London. Between music and baseball's Blue Jays, Ontario is becoming synonymous with much success of late.)
Capping the Hot 100's top 10, Major Lazer and DJ Snake's No. 4-peaking "Lean On," featuring MO, descends 6-10, while leading Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a 10th week.
Among jumps just outside the Hot 100's top 10, Shawn Mendes' "Stitches" climbs 14-12, hitting a new peak, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Downtown," featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz, also reaches a new highpoint (22-16). Plus, Gomez adds the week's top debut, "Same Old Love," at No. 43; both "Good for You" and her new chart hit are from her Oct. 9 studio album Revival. Find out more noteworthy news throughout the tally in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column to post later this week.
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 22), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh, as they do each Tuesday. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale Friday (25).