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Cardi B's 'WAP' Tops Billboard Hot 100 for Fourth Week, The Weeknd's 'Blinding Lights' Makes History in Top Five

The latter breaks the record for the most weeks ever logged in the top five.

Cardi B's "WAP," featuring Megan Thee Stallion, spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

Plus, The Weeknd's former Hot 100 leader "Blinding Lights" breaks the record for the most weeks spent in the top five in the chart's history and Lewis Capaldi's "Before You Go" returns to the Hot 100's top 10, at a new high, and takes over as the most-heard song on U.S. radio (dethroning "Blinding Lights").

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Sept. 26) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 22). For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

"WAP," released on Atlantic Records, notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 41.5 million U.S. streams (down 14%) in the week ending Sept. 17, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. On Digital Song Sales, which it led for two weeks, "WAP" drops 2-3 with 12,000 downloads sold (down 25%) in the same span. The collab climbs 27-21 on Radio Songs with 32.6 million airplay audience impressions (up 21%) in the week ending Sept. 20.

With its fourth frame at No. 1 on the Hot 100, Cardi B rewrites her longest career domination as a lead artist, as "WAP" surpasses the three-week reign of her debut No. 1 "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" in October 2017. She has also led with "I Like It," with Bad Bunny and J Balvin (one week, July 2018), and as featured on Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" (seven weeks, September-November 2018).

"WAP" logs a sixth week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which use the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100.

BTS' "Dynamite" ranks at No. 2 on the Hot 100 for a second week after spending its first two weeks on the chart at No. 1. It tops Digital Song Sales for a fourth week (78,000 downloads sold, down 43%), slips 16-17 on Streaming Songs (12.6 million, down 6%) and ascends 49-47 on Radio Songs (19.1 million, up 6%).

Drake's "Laugh Now Cry Later," featuring Lil Durk, keeps at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after debuting at its No. 2 high, and DaBaby's seven-week leader "Rockstar," featuring Roddy Ricch, is likewise stationary at No. 4.

The Weeknd's former four-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Blinding Lights" holds at No. 5, as it tops the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart for a record-extending 27th week.

As for its Hot 100 longevity, "Lights" spends a 28th week in the top five, breaking the record for the most time logged in the region over the chart's 62-year history.

Most Weeks in Hot 100's Top Five
28, "Blinding Lights," The Weeknd, No. 1 peak (four weeks), 2020
27, "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran, No. 1 (12), 2017
27, "Closer," The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, No. 1 (12), 2016-17
26, "Circles," Post Malone, No. 1 (three), 2019-20
25, "Uptown Funk!," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, No. 1 (14), 2014-15
25, "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, 1997-98
24, "Girls Like You," Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, No. 1 (seven), 2018
24, "That's What I Like," Bruno Mars, No. 1 (one), 2017
23, "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, No. 1 (19), 2019
23, "Without Me," Halsey, No. 1 (two), 2018-19
23, "Despacito," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, No. 1 (16), 2017
23, "The Twist," Chubby Checker, No. 1 (three), 1960-61-62

"Lights," which first reached the top five of the Hot 100 dated March 21 and has charted in the region for 28 weeks consecutively, remains in the top 15 of each Hot 100 component chart, descending to No. 2 on Radio Songs, as its record 23-week run at No. 1 is halted (75.9 million, down 3%), and receding 4-6 on Digital Song Sales (9,000, up 6%) and 11-14 on Streaming Songs (13.5 million, down 4%).

24kGoldn's "Mood," featuring iann dior, holds at its No. 6 best on the Hot 100, while winning the chart's top Airplay Gainer award for a third consecutive week (30.3 million, up 31%). It's the first song with such a streak of claiming the honor since Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage," featuring Beyoncé, tripled up in May. "Mood" tops the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts for a fourth week each and repeats at No. 4 on Hot Rap Songs.

Harry Styles' former one-week Hot 100 leader "Watermelon Sugar" is steady at No. 7 and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)" rises 9-8, after reaching No. 7.

Lewis Capaldi's "Before You Go" rebounds 11-9 on the Hot 100, reaching a new best rank. It concurrently rises 3-1 on Radio Songs (79.1 million, up 5%), stopping the record 23-week domination of The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights." Capaldi crowns Radio Songs with a second No. 1 in as many visits, as his breakthrough ballad "Someone You Loved" led for three weeks last November. He's the first artist to send his first two Radio Songs entries to the top spot since Lizzo, who did so in September-December 2019 with "Truth Hurts" (six weeks at No. 1) and "Good as Hell" (four).

Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Jack Harlow's "Whats Poppin," featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne, falls 8-10, after it peaked at No. 2.

Again, for all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram and all charts (dated Sept. 26), including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh on Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 22).

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