Lights, camera, action! As we do each Wednesday, let's roll through the songs in the top 10, and a bit beyond, on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 (dated May 2).
"Again," released on Atlantic Records and promoted to radio by Roadrunner Promotions, logs a third week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart despite a 19 percent drop to a still-hefty 375,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 19, according to Nielsen Music. The sum is the seventh-best for a song this year; its total of 464,000 the week before is the year's top weekly total, powered heavily by the April 6 premiere of the song's official video. It additionally passes 1 million downloads sold to-date.
"Again" notches a second week at No. 1 on both Streaming Songs (24.6 million U.S. streams, down 1 percent) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (8.7 million, up 14 percent). Airplay is quickly catching up: "Again" vaults 49-18 in its second week on Radio Songs with a 104 percent surge to 48 million all-format impressions, granting the song top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100.
"Again" concurrently rules Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a second week each.
Continuing to help fuel the song's success: Furious 7 keeps dominating at the box office, having now passed a staggering $1.1 billion in worldwide receipts since its April 3 opening, according to Box Office Mojo.
"Again" tops the Hot 100 with roughly the same points difference (1.5-to-1) as last week over runner-up for a second week "Uptown Funk!," by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (with both songs down 8 percent in overall activity). "Funk" dropped 1-2 last week after leading for 14 weeks, tying for the second-longest command in the Hot 100's 56-year history. (The record for longest reign still belongs to Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day": 16 weeks at No. 1 in 1995-96.)
"Funk" slips 1-3 on Radio Songs after 12 weeks at No. 1 (143 million, down 9 percent). It dips 2-3 on Digital Songs (128,000, down 12 percent) and keeps at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (14 million, down 4 percent).
Notably, just two songs have ascended to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2015, tying the lowest rate of turnover atop the tally through a year's first chart dated in May. Two No. 1s had also risen to the summit in that span in 1996: following "One Sweet Day," which reached No. 1 on Dec. 2, 1995, Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" began a six-week lead (March 23, 1996) and Carey's follow-up, "Always Be My Baby," ruled the charts dated May 4 and 11, 1996.
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Below the top two on the Hot 100, The Weeknd's "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" reaches a new peak, jumping 6-3 and adding top Streaming Gainer kudos. The soundtrack single zips 9-4 on Streaming Songs with a 65 percent increase to 10.3 million, surely aided in part by momentum gained following his buzzy, show-closing April 11 set at Coachella.
On Radio Songs, "Earned" pushes 5-4 with a 15 percent gain to 142 million. The song holds at No. 6 on Digital Songs (107,000, down 8 percent). It leads the Hot R&B Songs chart for a fourth week.
Maroon 5's No. 2-peaking "Sugar" descends 3-4 on the Hot 100 and Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" retreats from its No. 4 high to No. 5, although it makes across-the-board gains. It stays at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (16.6 million, up 4 percent), bounds 7-4 on Digital Songs (114,000, up 1 percent) and grows 17-14 on Radio Songs (56 million, 15 percent).
In addition to The Weeknd's hit, Ellie Goulding's fellow Fifty Shades of Grey single "Love Me Like You Do" rebounds 7-6 on the Hot 100 after peaking at No. 3 and checks off a new milestone: "Love" is now the most-heard song in the country, rising 3-1 on Radio Songs with a 2 percent gain to 145 million in audience. As previously reported, the tune also reaches No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart. "My song is number 1 at radio here in the U.S and I can't help but be so elated about it," she tweeted. "It's pretty damn special what we've done!"
Goulding celebrates her second Radio Songs leader: her debut hit "Lights" led for five weeks in 2012 (and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" descends 5-7 after peaking at No. 2 for eight weeks. It tops Adult Contemporary for a seventh week; Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" lifts 9-8 on the Hot 100 and leads Hot Rock Songs for a fourth week; Flo Rida's "G.D.F.R.," featuring Sage the Gemini and Lookas, falls from its No. 8 Hot 100 peak to No. 9; and Natalie La Rose's "Somebody," featuring Jeremih, returns to its highpoint, and the Hot 100's top 10, rebounding 11-10.
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In highlights below the Hot 100's top tier, Jason Derulo's "Want to Want Me" edges 12-11, Ariana Grande's "One Last Time" rises 15-13 and Rihanna's "B**** Better Have My Money" reaches a new peak, jumping 21-17 in its fourth week. More details on noteworthy action below the top 10 in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column to post on Friday (April 24).
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (April 23), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs, will refresh, as they do each Thursday. The Hot 100 will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale on Friday (April 24).