Britney Spears, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Make Moves on Hot 100 Following 2016 VMAs
"Make Me," "Side to Side" & more surge after performances on the MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 28.
As previously reported, The Chainsmokers and featured artist Halsey top the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Sept. 17) for a third week with "Closer." The song solidifies its No. 1 ranking following the acts' performance of it at the MTV Video Music Awards, broadcast live on the network from Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 28.
Plus, Rihanna's No. 7-peaking "Needed Me" returns to the Hot 100's top 10 (11-10) after she performed the song during her four-part medley of hits at the VMAs; Rihanna was also honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement.
Meanwhile, other stars of the VMAs notch notable Hot 100 action.
Britney Spears' "Make Me..." featuring G-Eazy vaults 58-17 on the Hot 100, winning top Digital Gainer honors and returning to its peak position, first set upon its debut six weeks ago. The track re-enters Digital Songs at No. 3 (also matching its peak), up by 387 percent to 71,000 sold, in the week ending Sept. 1, according to Nielsen Music; it debuted with 96,000.
"Make Me..." also rockets 23-1 on the Pop Digital Songs sales chart, becoming Spears' first No. 1 on the survey since "Scream & Shout," with will.i.am, for three weeks in 2012-13. Also aiding the song's sales: its discount to 69 cents in the iTunes Store.
On Streaming Songs, "Make Me..." re-enters at No. 33 (a new peak), up by 70 percent to 7.3 million U.S. streams.
"Make Me..." appears to have peaked at No. 20 on the Pop Songs airplay chart (dipping 21-22 on the Sept. 17 tally), although RCA Records is continuing to promote the song to the format and has not yet moved on to another single from Spears' new album, Glory, which, as previously reported, debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Ariana Grande and featured artist Nicki Minaj pedal onto the Hot 100 at No. 31 with "Side to Side," the chart's highest debut of the week. After their performance of the track on the VMAs, partly on stationary bikes, the track speeds onto the Streaming Songs chart at No. 17 with 10 million U.S. streams, up 1,157 percent. On Digital Songs, it debuts at No. 26 (29,000 sold, up 2,744 percent from 1,000 sold the week before).
Also, after performing the song during the VMAs pre-show, Lukas Graham logs its second top 40 Hot 100 hit, as "Mama Said" jumps 47-36. The track, another that's on sale for 69 cents in the iTunes Store, blasts 20-10 on Digital Songs (42,000, up 24 percent); rises 50-45 on Radio Songs (28 million, up 9 percent); and increases by 13 percent to 4 million U.S. streams.
The Danish pop group reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 for four weeks in April and May with its debut hit, "7 Years."