Hot 100 Chart Moves: How I Became the Bomb Debuts With Viral Hit 'Ulay, Oh'
The song also spurs a new record deal for the act. Plus, moves for Rachel Platten, Echosmith, Eminem & Rod Stewart.
As previously reported, Wiz Khalifa's Furious 7 smash "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, leads the Billboard Hot 100 (dated June 20) for an eighth week, while Andy Grammer scores his first top 10 with "Honey, I'm Good." (11-9).
Who else receives good news on the Hot 100 this week?
Rachel Platten, "Fight Song"
The track hits a new Hot 100 high, rising 36-25 as the top Digital Gainer and soaring by 41 percent to 98,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. Aiding its rise: Platten joined Taylor Swift and Kelsea Ballerini backstage at Swift's June 6 concert in Pittsburgh to perform a snippet of the track; the clip of the impromptu collab has scored 1 million likes so far on Instagram.
The family band, fronted by vocalist Sydney Sierota, scores its second top 40 Hot 100 hit (42-40). Its breakthrough, "Cool Kids," reached No. 13 in November.
As the track, from the forthcoming film Southpaw, starts at No. 47 on the Hot 100 with 77,000 downloads sold, the rapper tallies his 53rd Hot 100 hit. He ties for 25th place among acts with the most entries. Who else has exactly 53 entries? Four legendary veteran acts: Neil Diamond, Connie Francis, the Temptations and Jackie Wilson.
How I Became the Bomb, "Ulay, Oh"
Recent online interest for a months-old video fuels the No. 58 Hot 100 debut of the track by the Tennessee-based synth-pop act. The song's audio is featured in a YouTube clip featuring visual performance artist Marina Abramovic, who has a surprise encounter with long-lost love and fellow performance artist Uwe Laysiepen (stage name Ulay, hence the song's title).
The video captures the pair's emotional reaction to seeing one another after decades apart and helps drive 5.2 million U.S. streams for the title in the week ending June 7. Its success has had another benefit: it helped lead to the band's signing with S-Curve Records.
A$AP Rocky, "Everyday," feat. Rod Stewart x Miguel x Mark Ronson
As the track bows at No. 92, Stewart hits the Hot 100 for the first time since 1998, when "Ooh La La" reached No. 39. (In between, he's stayed prominent on the Adult Contemporary chart, notching 20 hits, through 2013.) "Everyday" samples Python Lee Jackson's "In a Broken Dream," which features Stewart's uncredited vocals. The single hit No. 56 on the Hot 100 in 1972.
Ronson, meanwhile, adds his second Hot 100 entry as an artist, following the 14-week No. 1 "Uptown Funk!" (featuring Bruno Mars), now at No. 6.
Additional reporting by Alex Vitoulis