Katy Perry's 'Rise' & Britney Spears' 'Make Me' Debut in Hot 100's Top 20

Nicholas Walker
Katy Perry

Perry's Olympics anthem starts at No. 11, and is the week's top-selling song, while Spears' single featuring G-Eazy launches at No. 17.

As Sia's "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul, takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Aug. 6), new singles by Katy Perry and Britney Spears roar onto the chart in the top 20.

Perry's "Rise" is the Hot 100's top debut at No. 11, with the bulk of its points from sales, as it opens at No. 1 on the Digital Songs sales chart with 137,000 downloads sold in the week ending July 21, according to Nielsen Music. Perry scores her 11th Digital Songs No. 1, passing Taylor Swift (10) for the second-most leaders in the chart's history. Rihanna leads with 14 Digital Songs No. 1s.

Katy Perry Returns With Olympics Anthem 'Rise'

"Rise" bubbles under the Streaming Songs chart, with 4.6 million first-week U.S. streams, and Radio Songs, with 14 million in airplay audience. The song celebrates the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, set to begin Aug. 5. NBC plans to use "Rise" as its anthem throughout its broadcast of the Games, which runs through Aug. 21. Following the premiere of the song's video featuring prior Olympians' highlights, Perry released a teaser video Friday (July 22) for a more proper clip.

"Rise" concurrently enters the Adult Contemporary, Adult Pop Songs and Pop Songs format airplay charts at Nos. 22, 24 and 33, respectively.

Perry charts her first Hot 100 title since the No. 24-peaking "This Is How We Do" in 2014 and her highest debut since "Part of Me" rocketed in at No. 1 on March 3, 2012. Her last album, Prism, debuted atop the Billboard 200 dated Nov. 9, 2013, becoming her second No. 1 set. Teenage Dream led the Sept. 11, 2010, Billboard 200.

"Rise" is Perry's 24th Hot 100 entry and, notably, her third-highest debut, bested only by "Part of Me" (No. 1, 2012) and "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg (No. 2, 2010). She's tallied 13 Hot 100  top 10s, including nine No. 1s. She is tied for the 10th-most Hot 100 No. 1s in the Hot 100's history (which dates to Aug. 4, 1958) and is sixth among women, after Mariah Carey (18), Rihanna (14), Madonna (12), Whitney Houston (11) and Janet Jackson (10).

Britney Spears and G-Eazy's 'Make Me' Has Arrived

Meanwhile, Spears starts at No. 17 on the Hot 100 with "Make Me," featuring G-Eazy. Sales likewise account for the majority of the song's Hot 100 start, as it bows at No. 3 on Digital Songs (96,000 sold), while nearing Streaming Songs (5.3 million domestic streams) and Radio Songs (20 million in audience). On Pop Songs, the cut climbs 31-24 in its second week.

Spears last charted on the Hot 100 last year with the No. 29-peaking "Pretty Girls," with Iggy Azalea. She last ranked higher than No. 17 with 2013's No. 12-debuting and -peaking "Work B**ch!," the lead single from her last album, Britney Jean.

"Make Me" is Spears's 34th Hot 100 entry and ties her introductory smash "…Baby One More Time" (No. 17, 1998) for her sixth-highest debut. Her five best beginners, by rank: "Hold It Against Me" (No. 1, 2011); "3" (No. 1, 2009); "Circus" (No. 3, 2008); "Work B**ch!" (No. 12, 2013); and "Scream & Shout," with will.i.am (No. 12, 2012). Spears has scored 13 Hot 100 top 10s, including five No. 1s.

Despite the new songs' arrivals, neither Perry nor Spears is expected to release a new album in the foreseeable future; thus, their new singles arrive with stand-alone buzz, not billed as previews from forthcoming albums.

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Beyond Perry and Spears, among other notable action in the Hot 100's top 40, Ariana Grande's "Into You" zooms 33-24; Charlie Puth's "We Don't Talk Anymore," featuring Selena Gomez, surges 35-27; and Fifth Harmony's "All in My Head (Flex)," featuring Fetty Wap, lifts 29-28. Plus, two songs by Hot 100 rookies enter the top 40: gnash's "I Hate U I Love U," featuring Olivia O'Brien (50-35), and Kiiara's "Gold" (45-40).

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