Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Fergie Debut
The duo arrives with 'Love Me Harder,' while Fergie enters with 'L.A.LOVE (la la).'
As previously reported, Meghan Trainor leads an all-female top five on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-extending sixth week with "All About That Bass." Plus, Bobby Shmurda hits the top 10 with "Hot Boy" and Jimmy Fallon's "Ew!," featuring will.i.am, soars in at No. 26.
Who else makes notable Hot 100 moves this week? Among them: will.i.am's Black Eyed Peas bandmate Fergie.
Ed Sheeran: He ties his best Hot 100 rank, as "Don't" darts 17-13. The song matches the highpoint of prior single "Sing" in June. Meanwhile, another song from his former Billboard 200 No. 1 x, ballad "Thinking Out Loud," debuts at No. 69. Following the premiere of its video on Oct. 7, "Loud" starts with two-thirds of its Hot 100 points from streaming; of its 2.7 million total streams in the week ending Oct. 12, 70 percent are from Vevo on YouTube views, according to Nielsen BDS. "I learnt to dance!," a proud Sheeran says of the smooth moves he shows off in the clip.
Echosmith: As it rises 19-16 on the Hot 100, reaching a new peak, "Cool Kids" enters the top 10 on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart (11-9). On Adult Pop Songs, it pushes 7-6. The jumps help the family band's debut hit lift 16-15 on Radio Songs, where it gains by 10 percent to 61 million all-format audience impressions.
Sam Smith: The crooner scores his fourth top 40 Hot 100 hit as "I'm Not the Only One" blasts 52-25, powered by a 131 percent surge in sales. The catalyst? The arrival of its new remix with A$AP Rocky, which accounts for 37 percent of its 58,000 downloads sold in the Nielsen SoundScan tracking week ending Oct. 12.
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd: Grande charts a fifth song from her sophomore album My Everything (which opened atop the Sept. 13 Billboard 200 and has sold 300,000 copies to date), as the breezy "Love Me Harder," with The Weeknd, bows on the Hot 100 at No. 79. The follow-up to the radio singles "Bang Bang," with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj (No. 5 this week), "Break Free" (No. 11) and "Problem" (No. 40) arrives with 16 million in all-format audience (up 87 percent) and 1.1 million U.S. streams (up 21 percent). ("Best Mistake" also hit the Hot 100, reaching No. 49 as an album preview track in August.) Grande and The Weeknd sang "Harder" on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Sept. 27.
Fergie: New on the Hot 100 at No. 97, "L.A.LOVE (la la)" marks Fergie's first entry as an unaccompanied lead act since "Clumsy," which reached No. 5 in 2007. The latter track became her fifth top five hit from her solo debut LP The Dutchess. Her new single climbs 39-29 on Pop Songs and 40-34 on Rhythmic Songs.
View the complete Billboard Hot 100 chart here and in the new issue of Billboard magazine (dated Oct. 25).