13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Lorde & Rihanna Roar With New Releases
"Despacito," by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and featuring Justin Bieber, earns a seventh week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Lorde's sophomore LP Melodrama launches as her first topper on the Billboard 200. (Meanwhile, a battle is brewing for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 between DJ Khaled and Imagine Dragons.) Plus, Bruno Mars returns to the top of theBillboard Artist 100.
Here are 13 other things you should know about Billboard's charts this week:
1. With her feature on DJ Khaled's "Wild Thoughts" (also featuring Bryson Tiller), Rihanna ends the longest streak without women in the Hot 100's top five since 1972, as the song debuts at No. 4. Click here to read the full write-up.
2. More on RiRi and "Wild Thoughts," as Chart Beat Podcast co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson speculate which frequent Hot 100 visitors, including Drake and Taylor Swift, could be next to notch at least 30 top 10 hits. Click here to listen.
3. As Liam Payne's "Strip That Down" rises to No. 34 on the Hot 100, One Direction joins The Beatles and select other groups with at least four members having earned top 40 hits as soloists. Click here to read the full item.
4. On the Hot 100, Imagine Dragons' "Believer" jumps to a new high of No. 11, while Selena Gomez enters the top 20 with "Bad Liar" and Miley Cyrus' "Malibu" moves 25-22. Click here to read this week's Hot 100 Chart Moves.
5. On the Billboard 200, 2Pac ranks in the top 40 for the first time in a decade with his Greatest Hits album. Plus, Styx earns its 20th charted album and Cheap Trick celebrates 40 years on the tally. Click here to read this week's Billboard 200 Chart Moves.
7. In honor of Canada's 150th birthday July 1, Billboard looks at the top Canadian artists, albums and songs in the Nielsen Music era. Click here for all the charts and analysis.
9. "God, Your Mama, and Me" earns Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys a No. 1 spot on the Country Airplay chart. Plus, Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" scores a record 20th week atop Hot Country Songs, the longest reign for a song by a soloist. Click here to read the full story.