Hot 100 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes & Drake Soar

Taylor Swift WIldest Dreams
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Taylor Swift in the video for "Wildest Dreams."

The acts bound up the top 20, while Hailee Steinfeld hits the top 40 & J Balvin makes his Hot 100 debut.

As previously reported, The Weeknd dominates the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Sept. 26), as "Can't Feel My Face" rebounds 2-1 for a third week on top, while "The Hills" rises 3-2. Both songs are from his album Beauty Behind the Madness, which concurrently leads the Billboard 200 for a second week (and is tracking for a third week at the summit).

The Weeknd Nos. 1 & 2 on Hot 100 With 'Can't Feel My Face' & 'The Hills'

As The Weeknd doubles up atop the Hot 100, other acts make notable moves, too:

Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

The fifth radio single from 1989 makes a play for the top 10, rising 15-12. The ballad re-entered the Sept. 19 Hot 100 after Swift premiered its video to close the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show Aug 30. (The song first spent a week at No. 76 in November 2014.)

"Dreams" climbs 7-6 on Digital Songs (85,000 downloads sold in the week ending Sept. 10, according to Nielsen Music) and 26-14 on Radio Songs (57 million in all-format audience, up 32 percent). After the cut entered Streaming Songs last week at No. 15 following its video's arrival, it slips to No. 21 (6.2 million U.S. streams, down 21 percent).

Shawn Mendes, "Stitches"

Mendes likewise looks like a contender for the Hot 100's top 10, as "Stitches" surges 19-14. It's rising in all three chart metrics, pushing 9-7 on Digital Songs (80,000, up 9 percent); 20-15 on Streaming Songs (7.6 million, up 18 percent); and 38-28 on Radio Songs (42 million, up 20 percent).

Drake, "Hotline Bling"

Up 22-16, Drake notches his 25th top 20 Hot 100 hit and is enjoying his highest rank as a lead artist in almost two years: he last charted higher as a lead with "Hold On, We're Going Home" (featuring Majid Jordan), which became his 13th top 10, reaching No. 4 in October 2013.

"Bling" shines with dual top Digital and Streaming Gainer honors on the Hot 100, jumping 16-9 on Digital Songs (67,000, up 24 percent) and 14-11 on Streaming Songs (9.6 million, up 20 percent). He posts his 22nd Digital Songs top 10. Dating to his first week in the region (July 4, 2009, with debut smash "Best I Ever Had"), only Swift has totaled more top 10s (30) in that span.

Hailee Steinfeld, "Love Myself"

The actress (Pitch Perfect 2) and singer's debut single ascends to the Hot 100's top 40 (44-36), powered by its 23-19 lift on Digital Songs (44,000 downloads sold). It also enters Streaming Songs at No. 47 (3.8 million, up 30 percent) and Radio Songs at No. 49 (29 million, up 8 percent).

Music has "always been a passion of mine that really only recently I had the opportunity to do something with 110 percent," Steinfeld told Billboard earlier this year, after she'd signed with Republic Records. "I started a couple years ago with the hopes of it ending up near to where it is right now. It's just an insane process. It's all very exciting." (Check out more from Steinfeld in the new Billboard magazine print issue.)

J Balvin, "Ginza"

The Colombian reggaeton star makes his Hot 100 debut, as "Ginza" starts at No. 98. His third No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart rules for a second week, climbing by 13 percent to 15 million in audience on the genre ranking.


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