Wiz Khalifa Tops Hot 100, Taylor Swift Re-Enters Following BBMAs Video Premiere
"See You Again" rules for a sixth week, while Swift's "Bad Blood" re-enters at No. 53 following the premiere of its star-packed video at the Billboard Music Awards.
As we do each Wednesday, let's run down the top 10 and more on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 (dated May 30).
"Again," released on Atlantic Records and promoted to radio by Roadrunner Promotions, spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 229,000 downloads sold (down 9 percent) in the week ending May 17, according to Nielsen Music. With Wiz Khalifa and Puth having performed the song on the BBMAs, the track, like Swift's "Blood," along with all songs performed on the telecast (which started at 8 p.m. ET, just before the end of the tracking week), should likely show gains on next week's charts, as they'll reflect a full week of activity following their TV exposure. In the meantime, "Again" adds a key sales honor: it passes 2 million in sales, now at nearly 2.2 million to-date.
"Again" logs a sixth week at No. 1 on both Streaming Songs (22.9 million U.S. streams, down 7 percent) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (7 million, down 7 percent).
Airplay continues to close in on the higher sales and streaming points percentages on the Hot 100 for "Again," which pushes 4-2 on Radio Songs with a 16 percent bump to 148 million all-format impressions. The collab claims top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a fifth week in a row, the best streak since Swift's "Blank Space" also linked five frames in November-December. As previously reported, "Again" tops its first airplay chart, as it rises 3-1 on Pop Songs.
"Again" concurrently leads Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a sixth week each.
Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" holds at its No. 2 Hot 100 high. It keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs, up by 5 percent to 19.5 million. It dips 3-4 on Digital Songs (113,000, down 6 percent) and inches 12-11 on Radio Songs (66 million, down 2 percent).
The Weeknd's "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" likewise stays at its Hot 100 peak (No. 3) and spends a fourth week atop Radio Songs (154 million, down 3 percent). The song lifts 5-4 on Streaming Songs (12.5 million, up 25 percent), likely powered in part by Fifty Shades of Grey's release on DVD and Blu-ray May 8. (The Blu-ray edition features an unrated cut of the film, including an alternate ending.) On Digital Songs, "Earned" holds at No. 7 (88,000, down 7 percent). It tops the Hot R&B Songs chart for an eighth week.
Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" hits a new high on the Hot 100, rising 5-4. It keeps at No. 2 on Digital Songs (142,000, up 5 percent), aided by the band's performance of it on NBC's The Voice May 11. It backtracks 2-3 on Radio Songs, but with a 5 percent gain to 138 million, and retreats 11-12 on Streaming Songs, although also with an increase (6.8 million, up 4 percent). The pop/rock/dance hybrid hit tops Hot Rock Songs for an eighth week.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, drops 4-5 on the Hot 100 after leading for 14 weeks, tying for the second-longest reign in the Hot 100's 56-year history. "Funk" posts its 24th week in the top five and is now just one week from tying the record for most weeks spent in the top five by any song: LeAnn Rimes totaled 25 weeks in the region with "How Do I Live" (which peaked at No. 2) in 1997-98. "Funk" passes Chubby Checker's iconic "The Twist," which tallied 23 weeks in the top five over two release cycles in 1960-62. (The only song to top the Hot 100 in two runs as a single, "The Twist" was honored as the Hot 100's all-time top No. 1 upon the chart's 55th anniversary in 2013.)
Closing out the Hot 100's top 10, Jason Derulo's "Want to Want Me" jumps 8-6; Maroon 5's No. 2-peaking "Sugar" drops 6-7; Ellie Goulding's Fifty Shades of Grey hit "Love Me Like You Do" descends 7-8, after reaching No. 3; T-Wayne's viral rap hit "Nasty Freestyle" returns to the top 10, and its highpoint (11-9); and Ed Sheeran's No. 2-peaking "Thinking Out Loud" slips 9-10.
In highlights just below the Hot 100's top tier, David Guetta's "Hey Mama" (featuring Nicki Minaj and Afrojack), as performed on the BBMAs, pushes 13-11; Andy Grammer's "Honey, I'm Good." shoots 18-12; and Tove Lo's "Talking Body" rises 15-13. And, new to the top 20: DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge's "You Know You Like It" (22-18) and Fifth Harmony's "Worth It," featuring Kid Ink (21-19), marking the vocal group's first top 20 Hot 100 hit. More details on noteworthy news beneath the top 10 in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column to post on Friday (May 22).
Meanwhile, Swift's "Bad Blood" surges back onto the Hot 100 at a new best rank, No. 53. It had first charted for two weeks in November and January as an album cut from 1989, reaching No. 78. The song blasts back, now as the set's official fourth single and featuring Kendrick Lamar, after Swift premiered its star-infused video to open the BBMAs. The song re-enters Digital Songs at No. 26, up by a monstrous 789 percent to 47,000 sold; again, it should sport even greater gains on next week's charts following a full week of tracking after its BBMAs spotlight and should also soar onto next week's Streaming Songs chart after its first week of clicks. "Blood" is already welcomed at radio, as it debuts on Radio Songs at No. 46 (27 million, up from 1 million the previous week).
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (May 21), 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 (May 22).