"Hills," released on XO/Republic Records, rebounds 2-1 for a third total week atop the Digital Songs chart, nearly doubling to 189,000 downloads sold (up 93 percent) in the week ending Oct. 15, according to Nielsen Music (good for top Digital Gainer honors). Driving its spike: two newly-released remixes, one featuring Minaj, who joined The Weeknd for his performance of the song on NBC's Saturday Night Live, and the other featuring Eminem. (All versions of the song count for its singular Hot 100 rank.) Of the sales for "The Hills" during the tracking week, 51 percent are The Weeknd's original version, 35 percent Eminem's and 14 percent Minaj's. (Neither guest rapper is credited as a featured artist on the Hot 100.)
"The Hills" leads Radio Songs for a fourth week (150 million in audience, up 1 percent) and rebounds 2-1 for a third frame atop Streaming Songs (20 million U.S. streams, up 14 percent).
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"Hills" also notches a fifth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Drake holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100 with "Hotline Bling." The track drops to No. 2 after a week atop Digital Songs (119,000, down 2 percent) but climbs 3-2 on Streaming Songs (18.6 million, up 7 percent) and 7-5 on Radio Songs (107 million, up 15 percent), adding top Airplay Gainer kudos on the Hot 100.
"Bling" also crowns Billboard's Hot Rap Songs for a fourth week and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a third week (8.4 million, up 5 percent).
For now, Drake will have to wait for what could be the "biggest moment" of his career: topping the Hot 100 as a lead for the first time. He's ruled as featured on Rihanna's "What's My Name?" for a week in in 2010; "Bling" has matched his highest rank as a lead, first set by his debut hit, "Best I Ever Had," in 2009. Meanwhile, a key as-yet-missing element could help propel "Bling" to No. 1 on the Hot 100 going forward: its official video. Last night (Oct. 18), Drake posted an image on Instagram reading "HOTLINE BLING OCTOBER 19" and the comment "Video video video." (The post has helped "Bling" bound to No. 1 today on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140.) As of this posting, however, the clip has not yet premiered.
So, could Drake realize his dream and crown the Hot 100 next week? With "The Hills" likely to recede in sales after this week's bump from Eminem and Minaj, and "Bling" likely to surge thanks to its video (should it in fact arrive today), he should have a good chance to dethrone The Weeknd at last.
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Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" keeps at No. 3 on the Hot 100; it became his first No. 1 upon its debut six weeks ago. The lead single from his Nov. 13 studio album pushes 4-3 on Radio Songs (126 million, up 7 percent) and holds at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (14.6 million, down 8 percent) and Digital Songs (73,000, down 10 percent). The track also stays at No. 1 on Billboard's top 40-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart, after taking over atop the list last week.
Fetty Wap's "679," featuring Remy Boyz, hits a new Hot 100 high, rising 5-4. The track is a non-mover at No. 4 on Streaming Songs (16 million, down 4 percent) and No. 14 on Radio Songs (64 million, up 7 percent), while dropping 9-11 on Digital Songs (57,000, down 9 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Shawn Mendes scores his first top five Hot 100 hit, as "Stitches" surges 8-5. The track is stationary on Digital Songs (84,000, essentially even from last week), lifts 8-6 on Radio Songs (98 million, up 13 percent) and remains at its No. 10 high on Streaming Songs (10.4 million, up 5 percent).
Taylor Swift Ties Katy Perry's Record Atop Adult Pop Songs Chart
Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" reaches its best Hot 100 rank (9-6) and, as previously reported, makes history on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart: it rises 3-1 on the tally, becoming the fifth No. 1 from her album 1989. Only one album had previously produced five Adult Pop Songs No. 1s: Katy Perry's Teenage Dream in 2010-12.
The Weeknd's former three-week Hot 100 No. 1, "Can't Feel My Face," dips 6-7 and, once again, Canadians stand strong on the Hot 100: thanks to The Weeknd's two hits, and one each for Drake, Bieber and Mendes, five of the chart's top seven are by Canadians (with all four artists from the province of Ontario).
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Capping the Hot 100's top 10, R. City's No. 6-peaking "Locked Away," featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine, drops 7-8 after peaking at No. 6; Silento's No. 3-peaking "Watch Me" tumbles 4-9; and Selena Gomez's "Good for You," featuring A$AP Rocky, remains at No. 10 after reaching No. 5. "Good" is the lead single from Gomez's album Revival, which soars in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. (Click here to own a copy of the Oct. 17 Billboard issue with Gomez on the cover.)
Among action just outside the Hot 100's top 10, four songs reach new highs in the top 20: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Downtown," featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz (14-12); Drake and Future's "Jumpman" (16-13); Elle King's "Ex's & Oh's" (20-16); and, speaking of Gomez, her second Revival single "Same Old Love," which leaps 38-18 with the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer award. Find out more noteworthy news throughout the chart in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column to post later this week.
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 20), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh, as they do each Tuesday. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale Friday (Oct. 23).