The Chainsmokers' 'Closer' Tops Hot 100 for 12th Week, Rae Sremmurd & Drake Hit Top 10
"Closer" becomes one of just 17 songs ever to lead for at least 12 weeks. Plus, Rae Sremmurd's Black Beatles," featuring Gucci Mane, and Drake's "Fake Love" hit new heights.
The Chainsmokers rule the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Nov. 19) for a 12th week with "Closer," featuring Halsey, Meanwhile two songs enter the top 10: Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles," featuring Gucci Mane (up from No. 13 to No. 9), which gains in part from reaction to its usage in videos spreading the new viral obsession the Mannequin Challenge, and Drake's "Fake Love" (24-10).
As we do every Monday when the chart is compiled, let's run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends sales, airplay and streaming data. Highlights of the Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday, with all charts updated each Tuesday.
With its 12th week atop the Hot 100, "Closer," released on Disruptor/Columbia Records, scores the chart's longest command since Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, also led for 12 weeks in April-July 2015. Including "Closer," only 17 No. 1s, of 1,057 total, in the Hot 100's 58-year history, have ruled for at least 12 weeks.
"Closer" remains the top-selling, most-streamed and most-heard radio song in the U.S. It leads the Digital Song Sales chart for a record-tying 13th week (72,000 downloads sold, down 15 percent, in the week ending Nov. 3, according to Nielsen Music; more on both the song matching the longevity mark at No. 1 and its latest sales total in a moment). It tops Streaming Songs for a 12th week (28.7 million U.S. streams, down 10 percent) and Radio Songs for a sixth frame (153 million in airplay audience, down 1 percent, in the week ending Nov. 6).
"Closer" leads the Hot 100 and all three of its main component charts (Digital Song Sales, Streaming Songs and Radio Songs) simultaneously for a sixth week; only Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, led all the surveys at the same time for more weeks (nine, in 2015). ("Funk" also logged the last longer reign atop the Hot 100 before "See You Again" and "Closer": 14 weeks. Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" holds the all-time record: 16 weeks at No. 1 in 1995-96.)
As for its latest sales week, "Closer" ties the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, matching two songs that previously led for 13 weeks each: "Funk" (2015) and Flo Rida's "Low," featuring T-Pain (2007-08). Now, the dimmer side of the feat: the latest sales frame for "Closer" (72,000) is the lowest for a No. 1 on the chart in nearly 11 years, since Beyonce's "Check On It," featuring Slim Thug, led the Jan. 28, 2006, list with 61,000 sold.
"Closer" additionally tops Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a 12th week.
The Weeknd's "Starboy," featuring Daft Punk, ranks at its No. 2 high on the Hot 100 for a fifth week. It keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (23.7 million, down 4 percent) and Digital Song Sales (70,000, down 6 percent) and No. 3 on Radio Songs (127 million, up 3 percent). "Starboy" additionally tops the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a sixth week.
After five consecutive weeks of "Closer" and "Starboy" ranking at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on the Hot 100, "Starboy" gets, um, closer, to the top; "Closer" is down by 8 percent in overall points on the latest chart, a greater erosion than that of "Starboy" (3 percent), potentially setting the stage for a change at No. 1, perhaps even as soon as next week.
Twenty One Pilots' "Heathens" is stationary at No. 3 on the Hot 100 after peaking at No. 2 for four weeks. It holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (135 million, down 4 percent) and dips 3-5 on Digital Song Sales (53,000, down 12 percent) and 5-7 on Streaming Songs (16.3 million, down 9 percent). It posts a 13th week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart.
DJ Snake's "Let Me Love You," featuring Justin Bieber, keeps at its No. 4 Hot 100 peak, while D.R.A.M.'s "Broccoli," featuring Lil Yachty, likewise stays at its No. 5 high. "Broccoli" tops the Hot Rap Songs chart for a ninth week.
Chart déjà vu: the Hot 100's top five has sported the same five songs in the same order for three weeks running (on the Nov. 5, 12 and 19-dated charts). That's the longest such run since the region showed the same five songs at the same ranks for four consecutive weeks in April 2014. (Those five, in order from Nos. 1 to 5: Pharrell Williams' "Happy"; John Legend's "All of Me"; Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J; Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty to Me," featuring 2 Chainz; and Idina Menzel's "Let It Go.")
Ariana Grande's "Side to Side," featuring Nicki Minaj, rises 7-6 on the Hot 100, hitting another new high. It also becomes Grande's seventh Radio Songs top 10 and Minaj's 13th, soaring 14-9 on the airplay chart (72 million, up 12 percent).
Bruno Mars' No. 5-peaking "24K Magic" descends 6-7 on the Hot 100 and Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall's "Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)" pushes 9-8 in its second week in the top 10. "Juju" jumps in all metrics, climbing 4-3 on Streaming Songs (20.5 million, up 5 percent) and 12-9 on Digital Song Sales (43,000, up 5 percent). It also gains by 20 percent to 12 million in radio audience.
Rae Sremmurd and featured artist Gucci Mane each earn their first trips to the Hot 100's top 10 as "Black Beatles" bounds 16-9. It surges 7-5 on Streaming Songs (19.5 million, up 31 percent, with YouTube clips accounting for its greatest share of clicks: 44 percent) and 27-16 on Digital Song Sales (34,000, up 58 percent). The collab also increases by 32 percent to 16 million airplay impressions.
Helping the chart movement of "Beatles"? An online challenge in which people don't make a move at all, aka, the song's usage in viral videos soundtracking the Mannequin Challenge, which seemingly originated in an Oct. 26 tweet showing students at Jacksonville, Florida's Edward H. White High School in mannequin poses. While that clip didn't feature music, "Beatles" has found synchs in a multitude of subsequent clips. Rae Sremmurd then staged its own version of the challenge in concert Nov. 3 (the last day of the latest charts' sales and streaming tracking week).
Meanwhile, from a new online movement back to rock's early days: "Black Beatles" is the first-ever Hot 100 top 10 to namecheck The Beatles. It bests the No. 12 peak of "The Beatles' Movie Medley," by The Beatles themselves, in 1982; counting only songs by acts other than the Fab Four, the next-highest-peaking such song is The Carefrees' No. 39 ode "We Love You Beatles" (1964).
(When had the word "Beatles" last appeared in the Hot 100's top 10 in any form? In January 1996, the actual Beatles tallied the last of their 34 top 10s, a sum second only to Madonna's 38, with "Free as a Bird," which flew to No. 6.)
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Drake's "Fake Love" vaults 24-10 in its second chart week. Following its first full week of tracking, the song zooms 28-6 on Streaming Songs (17.2 million, up 121 percent), although it slips 5-10 on Digital Song Sales (43,000, down 25 percent). It also crowns the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Songs streaming chart, bolting 8-1 (17.1 million on-demand clicks, up 120 percent) to become his record-breaking fifth No. 1 on the tally (which launched in March 2012); he passes Bieber, with four.
Drake premiered "Fake" (along with "Sneakin'," featuring 21 Savage, up 38-28 on the Hot 100, and "Two Birds, One Stone," new at No. 73) on Oct. 23 on Apple's Beats 1 OVO Sound Radio, and announced that they preview a project titled More Life, expected in December.
"Fake" is Drake's 18th Hot 100 top 10, the third-most among rappers. Jay Z leads with 21, followed by Lil Wayne with 19; Ludacris also boasts 18. (Drake breaks a tie with Eminem, who's earned 17 top 10s.)
Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column later this week, and visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Nov. 8), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.