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The Weeknd's 'Starboy' Scores Record-Tying 20th Week at No. 1 on Hot R&B Songs Chart

The Weeknd "Starboy"
Nabil Elderkin

The Weeknd "Starboy"

Also, Big Sean’s ‘I Decided.’ spurs song debuts and Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello top Rhythmic Songs

The Weeknd’s “Starboy” spends a 20th consecutive week atop Hot R&B Songs (on the chart dated Feb. 25), tying the record for most weeks at No. 1 on the nearly five-year-old chart. The song matches Drake’s 20-week reign with “One Dance,” featuring Wizkid and Kyla, which crowned the list between May and September in 2016.

“Starboy” remains at No. 1 due in part by 20 million domestic streams in the week ending Feb. 9, according to Nielsen Music (down 7 percent). At its height, the track logged 33 million streams in one week (chart dated Dec. 17). Digital sales also aid the No. 1 stay, with 22,000 downloads sold in the most recent week (down 9 percent) -- in its bestselling week the track sold 101,000 downloads (week ending Dec. 29, 2016).

“Starboy” edges out Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain” (which is at No. 2 in its 41st charting frame) by a small margin of points. If her song reaches the peak, it will mark Rihanna’s fifth No. 1 on Hot R&B Songs and will be the longest-trek to the top. John Legend currently holds the longest trip to No. 1, achieved when “All Of Me” topped the list in its 38th week.

Big Sean’s Big Arrival: Big Sean earns the Hot Shot Debut on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as “No Favors,” featuring Eminem, bows at No. 11 -- Big Sean’s best entrance ever as a lead act. The arrival comes as the rapper’s latest album I Decided. debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts (151,000 equivalent album units earned).

In all, nine songs from the set dot the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, led by “Bounce Back,” which climbs 8-3 (a new peak). Elsewhere, “No Favors” starts at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart (45,000 downloads), marking his first chart-topping entrance as a lead act.

Over on the Billboard Hot 100, eight of the album’s songs make the list. Notably, “Moves” scores the biggest jump on the latest chart soaring 74-38 and taking Streaming Gainer honors with a 103 percent hike in streams (to 14.1 million).

“Bad Things” Tops Rhythmic: Lastly, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello step 2-1 on the Rhythmic airplay chart with “Bad Things” (despite a 2 percent dip in plays), earning their first No. 1s each. (Previously, Fifth Harmony -- Cabello’s former group -- topped the list with “Work From Home” on the May 21, 2016 chart).