Bruno Mars Tops Rhythmic Songs Chart with '24K Magic'

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Bruno Mars in the video for "24K Magic."

Plus, Amine and DJ Luke Nasty move up airplay charts and The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ arrives

Bruno Mars notches his seventh Rhythmic Songs chart-topper as “24K Magic” climbs 3-1 in its ninth charting frame (chart dated Dec. 17). The track climbs rises 14 percent in spins at the format, in the tracking week ending Dec. 4, according to Nielsen Music.

Further, “24K Magic” is Mars’ third No. 1 as a lead act. He first topped the list in 2010 as the featured guest on B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You,” which spent seven weeks atop the tally – his longest-running No. 1 to date. Mars followed with his first solo chart leader the following year when “Grenade” capped the airplay chart for one week.

Bruno Mars’ No. 1s on Rhythmic Songs
Title (artist), Peak (weeks at No. 1)
“Nothin’ On You” (B.O.B. featuring Bruno Mars), April 3, 2010 (seven weeks)
“Grenade,”  March 5, 2011 (one week)
“Lighters” (Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars), Oct. 1, 2011 (four weeks)
“Young, Wild & Free” (Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars, March 3, 2012 (three weeks)
“Locked Out Of Heaven,” Feb. 9, 2013 (one week)
“Uptown Funk!” (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars), Feb. 14, 2015 (five weeks)
“24K Magic,” Dec. 17, 2016 (one week, so far)

The latest single was championed by Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s WNRG with 133 spins, while the biggest weekly bump came from KQKS, Denver, Colorado with 123 plays in the most recent tracking week (up 120 percent from the previous week).

Mars’ chart-topper comes one week after his studio album of the same name debuted atop the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where it now slides to No. 2, due to The Weeknd’s crowning arrival with Starboy.

“24K Magic” bumps The Weeknd from a six-week reign on Rhythmic Songs with his new set’s title track.

‘Starboy’ Shines: As previously reported, The Weeknd’s No. 1 entry on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (209,000 copies sold) and on the Billboard 200 (348,000 equivalent units earned) spurs the entire album’s tracks onto the Billboard Hot 100. All 18 tunes also arrive on the 50 position Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

He becomes only the second act to post 18 tracks or more on the multi-metric chart (which blends airplay, sales, and streams), following Drake’s record 21 concurrently charting tracks from If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in 2015. Drake nearly matched his record this year when the release of Views spurred all 20 of its songs onto the June 11-dated chart.

‘Caroline’ Climbs: Also getting a notable chart bump on Rhythmic Songs, newcomer Amine earns his first top 10 as his breakout hit “Caroline” rises 11-9 (up 14 percent in spins). It’s the Portland, Oregon rapper’s first charting hit and simultaneously reaches the top 10 on Rap Airplay where it hops 12-9.

Elsewhere, “Caroline” spends a 10th week in the top 10 on the Rap Streaming Songs chart, with 13.8 million U.S. streams amassed in the week ending Dec. 1 (down 13 percent from its highest weekly streams yet). Spotify claims 35 percent of the plays, while YouTube views accounts for 37 percent of the weekly total

DJ Luke Nasty Notches Top 10: Another new act scores a new top 10 over on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, where DJ Luke Nasty jumps 17-10 with “OTW,” earning his second top 10 on the list. The North Carolina emcee posted his first top 10 earlier this year when his Anderson.Paak-sampled “Might Be” reached No. 4.

“OTW” climbs 12 percent, to 14.4 million audience impressions, with Atlanta’s WHTA providing the highest number of spins and audience towards its chart rise.