Ed Sheeran Holds Atop Hot 100 as Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2
Sheeran's "Shape of You" leads for an 11th week, fending off Lamar's "Humble.," which is the highest-debuting rap hit on the Hot 100 since 2010. Plus, Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" rides to the top 10.
Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated April 22) for an 11th week. Directly below, Kendrick Lamar arrives at No. 2 with "Humble.," his first top 10 as a lead artist and the highest-debuting rap hit in nearly seven years. Plus, Sam Hunt revs to the top 10 with "Body Like a Back Road," which jumps from No. 12 to No. 6.
As we do every Monday, let's run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends sales, airplay and streaming data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow, April 11.
As it continues atop the Hot 100, Sheeran's "Shape," released on Atlantic Records, is one of just 22 No. 1s (out of 1,061 total toppers) to lead for at least 11 weeks, dating to the chart's Aug. 4, 1958, inception.
"Shape" adds a ninth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (181 million in audience, up 4 percent in the week ending April 9, according to Nielsen Music). It's the first song to crack 180 million in weekly listenership in more than two years, since Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars (182 million, March 21, 2015; it had peaked with 190 million the week before).
"Shape" drops to No. 2 after four frames at No. 1 on Streaming Songs (43.2 million U.S. streams, down 6 percent, in the week ending April 6) and to No. 3 after 10 weeks atop Digital Song Sales (76,000 downloads sold, down 10 percent, in the week ending April 6).
Lamar launches at No. 2 on the Hot 100 with "Humble.," marking his fourth top 10 and first in a lead role. (He's tallied one No. 1: as featured on Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" in 2015.) "Humble." blasts in at No. 1 on Streaming Songs (49.8 million), the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart (33.2 million on-demand U.S. streams) and Digital Song Sales (111,000). The track is Lamar's first No. 1 on the two streaming tallies and second on the sales chart (following "Bad Blood").
Impressively, "Humble." is the first rap song to debut as high as No. 2 on the Hot 100 in nearly seven years, since Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, also bowed at No. 2, on July 10, 2010.
"Humble." additionally opens atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, arriving as his first No. 1 on each genre ranking. The track introduces Lamar's LP, which may be titled simply ALBUM, expected Friday (April 14).
Mars' "That's What I Like" slips to No. 3 from its No. 2 Hot 100 high, although it holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (140 million, up 18 percent) and wins the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award for the sixth time in the last seven weeks. "Like" additionally notches an eighth week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B Songs chart.
KYLE's debut hit "iSpy," featuring Lil Yachty, hits a new Hot 100 peak, lifting 5-4 (and marking a new high for Lil Yachty, who'd previously ascended to a No. 5 best rank as featured on D.R.A.M.'s "Broccoli" in 2016). Streaming leads the way for "iSpy," which keeps at No. 6 on Streaming Songs (28.8 million, up 7 percent) and pushes 36-33 on Radio Songs (40 million, up 16 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, The Chainsmokers and Coldplay's "Something Just Like This" descends from its No. 3 apex to No. 5. Thanks to the track, as well as the duo's No. 6-peaking "Paris," which is steady at No. 9, The Chainsmokers have now spent 49 consecutive weeks in the Hot 100's top 10 (dating to May 21, 2016, and encompassing four top 10s), passing Ace of Base for the longest streak of consecutive weeks in the top 10 among non-solo acts. Here's an update among all artists:
Most consecutive weeks in the Hot 100's top 10
69 weeks, Katy Perry, 2010-11
51 weeks, Drake, 2015-16
49 weeks, The Chainsmokers, 2016-17
48 weeks, Ace of Base, 1993-94
46 weeks, Rihanna, 2010-11
"Something" further dominates the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a fifth week and hits the Radio Songs top 10 (12-8; 69 million, up 18 percent), becoming The Chainsmokers' fifth top 10 on the airplay tally and Coldplay's second and first in nearly nine years: the band's "Viva La Vida" reached No. 8 in September 2008 (after topping the Hot 100 that June).
As it leads the Hot Country Songs chart for a ninth week, Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" leaps 12-6 on the Hot 100. The track, which Hunt performed at the Academy of Country Music Awards April 2, bullets at No. 4 on Digital Song Sales (70,000, up 19 percent) and travels 32-23 on Radio Songs (46 million, up 16 percent) and 31-24 on Streaming Songs (13.8 million, up 4 percent).
Hunt earns his first Hot 100 top 10 with "Back Road," which ranks as the fourth-best-selling song of 2017 in the U.S. among all genres, through the week ending April 6, according to Nielsen Music (616,000 sold since its Feb. 1 release; Sheeran's "Shape" is first with 1.7 million sold dating to its Jan. 6 arrival). "Back Road" lifts 5-4 as the Greatest Gainer on the Country Airplay chart but has yet to hit the Pop Songs airplay survey (although it's bubbling under the ranking and debuts at No. 38 on Adult Pop Songs). It's the first Hot Country Songs No. 1 to hit the Hot 100's top 10 but not have crossed over to Pop Songs since Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" in 2011.
And, while Aldean was the last solo male before Hunt to send a Hot Country Songs No. 1 into the Hot 100's top 10, "Back Road" is the first Hot Country Songs leader among all acts to enter the Hot 100's top 10 since another driving song: Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," which led Hot Country Songs for a record 24 weeks in 2012-13 and reached No. 4 on the Hot 100 in 2013.
Capping the Hot 100's top 10, The Weeknd's "I Feel It Coming," featuring Daft Punk, falls to No. 7 from its No. 4 peak; Kodak Black's "Tunnel Vision" is stationary at No. 8 after reaching No. 6; and, above The Chainsmokers' "Paris" at No. 9, Clean Bandit's "Rockabye," featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, returns to the top 10 (11-10) after peaking at No. 9.
Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column and by listening (and subscribing) to Billboard's Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast, all posting this week. Plus, visit Billboard.com tomorrow (April 11), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.