Ed Sheeran: "Don't" reaches the top 40 (46-33) in its 12th week on the Hot 100, powered by a fairly even mix of airplay, sales and streaming. While pop formats are driving its radio rise, it also makes a seemingly surprising debut on Country Airplay at No. 59. All its 72 country plays stem from affiliates of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment's "The Bobby Bones Show," which sampled the song during the chart's tracking week. (Now in the country format, Bones formerly worked in pop radio.) "Don't," which Sheeran co-wrote with R&B crooner Raphael Saadiq, among others, lifts 16-14 on Adult Pop Songs and 24-22 on Pop Songs.
Beyonce: Aided by its inclusion in her medley on the MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 24), Beyonce track "***Flawless," featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, surges by 266 percent to 29,000 sold and enters Digital Songs at No. 48. The gain spurs its debut on the Hot 100 at No. 82. Also fueling its momentum: its remix featuring Nicki Minaj (released Aug. 4).
Usher: After its video premiered on Aug. 26, retro R&B track "She Came to Give It to You," featuring Minaj and produced and co-written by Pharrell Williams, vaults by 279 percent to 1.1 million streams. It enters the Hot 100 at No. 89.
Additional reporting by Amaya Mendizabal and Wade Jessen