Alessia Cara's 'Here' Completes Record Climb to No. 1 on Pop Songs Chart
Cara's debut hit reaches another milestone, and contributes to an impressive honor for Def Jam.
Alessia Cara tops Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart (dated Feb. 6), as her debut hit "Here" rises 2-1. And, persistence pays off, as the song completes the longest ascent to No. 1 in the chart's 22-year history: 26 weeks. It passes two songs that each took 25 weeks: Cee Lo Green's "F**k You! (Forget You)" (2011) and Demi Lovato's "Give Your Heart a Break" (2012).
Cara is also the first solo female to lead Pop Songs with a maiden entry in more than a year, since Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" ruled for two weeks in November 2014.
The Pop Songs coronation of "Here" marks the latest honor for the anti-partying anthem, which last week took over atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and has so far risen to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
As Cara tops Pop Songs, she also helps parent label Def Jam celebrate a key honor: with Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" rising 4-2 and his "Sorry" slipping 2-3, the label monopolizes the top three. Def Jam is just the sixth label to control the top three in the Pop Songs chart's history; Republic had last hit such a triple for three weeks in November, thanks to tracks by Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Drake.
Meanwhile, Def Jam has announced that "Wild Things" is Cara's next single. That song and "Here" are both from Cara's debut full-length Know-It-All, which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 in December.
Check back on Billboard.com later today to see if "Here" can ascend to the Hot 100's top five, and if "Sorry" can score a third week at No. 1. All charts will update tomorrow (Jan. 26) on Billboard.com.