Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'I'm Not the Only One' Soars Into Top 20

Sam Smith performs on the BBC Radio 1 stage at T in The Park
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Sam Smith performs on the BBC Radio 1 stage at T in The Park on July 13, 2014 in Kinross, Scotland.

Smith flies 25-20 with his new ballad. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat and Nico & Vinz.

As previously reported, Meghan Trainor ties two Michael Jackson classics, "Billie Jean" and "Black or White," for the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits ever released on Epic Records: seven weeks apiece. Plus, in a week chock-full of chart action, Ed Sheeran reaches the top 10, Taylor Swift debuts in the top 20 and country icon Glen Campbell returns to the chart after 33 years.

Who else makes notable Hot 100 moves this week?

Sam Smith: Smith vaults 25-20 with "I'm Not the Only One," marking his fastest flight to the top 20 (seven weeks) among his four such hits. It bests the eight-week climb of his prior single, the No. 2-peaking "Stay With Me."

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"Only" blasts 13-9 on Digital Songs (73,000 downloads sold, up 24 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and 30-19 on Streaming Songs (3.8 million U.S. streams, up 16 percent, according to Nielsen BDS). It debuts on Radio Songs at No. 42 (32 million in audience, up 26 percent).

Sam Hunt: As his breakout hit "Leave the Night On" holds at its No. 3 high on Hot Country Songs, the track enters the Hot 100's top 40 (41-38). Before becoming a musician full-time, Hunt played college football, even signing briefly with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs. "I had been stuck in that stereotype that, as a football player, you're not allowed to play music," he says. "When I moved to Nashville, I came with my hat in my hand. I had to break down that stereotype."

Katy Perry: Might this be the last week for "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, on the Hot 100? It drops 43-49 in its 57th week. If it gallops off the chart after this week (as descending songs below No. 50 are removed after 20 weeks), it will stand as one of only 21 hits in the Hot 100's history to log 57 weeks or more. It's one of just six by women, billed as lead acts, in the elite club.

Colbie Caillat: As "Try" (No. 73) spends a ninth week on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 55, it reaches the top 10 on the Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart, where it's her seventh top 10. She first reached the region with her debut hit "Bubbly," which reigned for 19 weeks, and last ranked in the top 10 with her third leader, "Brighter Than the Sun," in 2012. (In between, she topped AC with "Fallin' for You" for five weeks in 2010.)

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Nico & Vinz: The Norwegian duo follows its No. 4-peaking debut "Am I Wrong" (at No. 25 on the Hot 100 in its 27th week) with "In Your Arms," new at No. 82. Their new single pushes 26-24 on Pop Songs and bullets for a second week at No. 26 on Adult Pop Songs. Concurrently, the pair's album Black Star Elephant enters the Billboard 200 at No. 45 with 7,000 sold.

View the complete Billboard Hot 100 chart here and in the new issue of Billboard magazine (dated Nov. 1).

Additional reporting by Adrienne Gaffney


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