"Again," released on Atlantic Records and promoted to radio by Roadrunner Promotions, keeps the No. 1 rank on the Hot 100 by tallying a fifth week atop the Radio Songs chart with 167 million in all-format audience (down 3 percent), according to Nielsen Music. It holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (16.6 million U.S. streams, down 10 percent), after eight weeks on top, and slides 2-4 on Digital Songs (118,000 downloads sold, down 15 percent, in the week ending June 21), which it led for seven weeks.
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"Again" additionally leads Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for an 11th week each and the Songs of the Summer chart for a fourth week. (It's topped Songs of the Summer each week since the list made its annual return just after Memorial Day.)
As it extends its run atop the Hot 100, "Again" joins the elite list of songs that have spent 10 or more weeks at No. 1. It becomes just the 30th No. 1 in Hot 100 history to lead for at least 10 weeks. That's out of 1,043 toppers dating to the chart's Aug. 4, 1958 debut. Put another way: Only 3 percent of all Hot 100 No. 1s, now including "Again," have logged rules of 10 weeks or more.
"Again" is also one of just seven rap hits (defined as titles which have appeared on Hot Rap Songs) that have led the Hot 100 for double-digit weeks. It's also just two weeks from tying the record for most weeks a rap song has dominated the Hot 100. Here's an updated look at the rap No. 1s that have ruled the chart the longest:
Longest-Leading Rap Hits on the Hot 100
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist(s), Date Reached No. 1
12, "Boom Boom Pow," the Black Eyed Peas, April 18, 2009
12, "Lose Yourself," Eminem, Nov. 9, 2002
11, "I'll Be Missing You," Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112, June 14, 1997
10, "See You Again," Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, April 25, 2015
10, "Low," Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, Jan. 5, 2008
10, "Gold Digger," Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx, Sept. 17, 2005
10, "Dilemma," Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland, Aug. 17, 2002
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Additionally, with this week's Hot 100 dated July 4, only three songs have risen to No. 1 this year: Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, which began a 14-week reign on the chart dated Jan. 17; "Again," which took over atop the April 25 tally; and Swift's "Blood," which led the June 6 list. How rare is it to get to July with only three songs having risen to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in a year? 2015 ties the mark, matching the slow turnover in the first half of 1996. That year, three singles also rose to No. 1 through the first chart dated in July: Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me," Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "Tha Crossroads." (Helping quell the ascent of new leaders 19 years ago: Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" debuted at No. 1 on Dec. 2, 1995, kicking off its record 16-week stay at the summit through the March 16, 1996 chart. So, the first new No. 1 of 1996, Dion's "Because," didn't take over until that March 23.)
"Again" keeps its stranglehold on the Hot 100's top spot with nearly the same margin of victory that it sported over "Blood" last week, as the former decreases by 8 percent in overall activity and the latter by 7 percent. "Blood" tops Digital Songs for a fifth week (173,000, down 16 percent); pushes 4-3 on Radio Songs (144 million, up 13 percent); and slips 5-7 on Streaming Songs (9.4 million, down 13 percent).
As previously reported, "Blood" boils on the Pop Songs airplay chart, reaching No. 1 in just its fifth week on the chart, marking the quickest coronation in more than 10 years. "I have SO MUCH mad love for pop radio!" Swift tweeted Monday (June 22).
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(More Taylor news: James Taylor celebrates his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as Before This World debuts on top. He reigns after a 45-year wait, dating to his first charted album in 1970. Linking the superstars, Taylor Swift was named after James Taylor. She even proudly references him in her 2010 No. 7 Hot 100 hit "Begin Again": "You said you never met one girl who had as many James Taylor records as you … but I do.")
Back to the Hot 100 … Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" holds at No. 3 after reaching No. 2. It logs a third week atop Streaming Songs (19.4 million, down 5 percent) and a fifth week at No. 1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (5.7 million, down 6 percent).
OMI's "Cheerleader" jumps into the Hot 100's top five, vaulting 7-4 with top Digital Gainer honors. The reggae/pop hit surges 3-2 on Digital Songs (159,000, up 18 percent), 10-6 on Streaming Songs (9.6 million, up 17 percent) and 18-12 on Radio Songs (68 million, up 27 percent).
Looking ahead, "Cheerleader" appears to be a challenger for No. 1 on the Hot 100. With "Blood" still gaining in airplay, it still has a chance to reclaim the top spot from "Again," but the across-the-board momentum of "Cheerleader" makes it a solid contender for a potential Hot 100 reign in coming weeks.
Wrapping the Hot 100's top five, Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" drops from its No. 4 peak to No. 5. It also rules Hot Rock Songs for a 13th week. (Follow-up single "Different Colors" debuts on Alternative Songs at No. 36.)
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Ronson's "Funk!" keeps at No. 6; Jason Derulo's "Want to Want Me" dips to No. 7 from its No. 5 peak; David Guetta's "Hey Mama," featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack, rebounds to its No. 8 high from No. 9 (while leading Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a 10th week); Andy Grammer's "Honey, I'm Good." likewise returns to its best rank, 10-9 (and reaches No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart); and The Weeknd's No. 3-peaking "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" descends 8-10.
In highlights just below the Hot 100's top 10, The Weeknd's latest, "Can't Feel My Face," bounds 24-12 in its second week; Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" packs a 19-13 punch; and Fifth Harmony's "Worth It," featuring Kid Ink, lifts 15-14. Find out more noteworthy news beneath the top 10 in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column to post on Friday (June 26).
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (June 25), 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 (June 26).