Drake's 'God's Plan' Tops Billboard Hot 100 for Eighth Week
Plus, Florida Georgia Line matches its best career rank at No. 4.
Plus, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" rises 5-4 on the Hot 100, marking a new career-best rank for Rexha, while FGL matches its highest placement, first set by the duo's debut hit "Cruise" in 2013.
Let's run down the top 10 of the Hot 100 (dated March 24), which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (March 20).
Notably, "Plan," which launched atop the Feb. 3-dated Hot 100, is just the sixth song in the chart's 59-year history to spend at least its first eight weeks on the list at No. 1. It's halfway to the record of 16 weeks at No. 1 from the start of a song's Hot 100 run:
16 weeks at No. 1 from its debut at No. 1, "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, beginning Dec. 2, 1995
14 weeks, "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
11 weeks, "I'll Be Missing You," Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112, June 14, 1997
10 weeks, "Hello," Adele, Nov. 14, 2015
8 weeks, "God's Plan," Drake, Feb. 3, 2018
8 weeks, "Fantasy," Mariah Carey, Sept. 30, 1995
As on the Hot 100, "Plan," released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, logs its eighth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, down 11 percent to 72.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music.
While the streaming sum is the lowest for "Plan" so far, the song, whose official video arrived Feb. 16, now boasts eight of the top 11 streaming weeks all-time. It reached a high of 101.7 million U.S. clicks on the chart dated March 3. Only Baauer's "Harlem Shake" has drawn more streams in a week: 103.1 million (March 2, 2013; driven by viral videos incorporating the song's official audio).
"Plan" leads the Digital Song Sales chart for a sixth week (49,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 15, down 15 percent). On the Radio Songs chart, "Plan" dips 3-4, but gains by 6 percent to 100 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending March 18.
Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" advances 5-4 on the Hot 100. Rexha earns another new career-best rank, while FGL ties its top-charting hit. The twosome's debut smash "Cruise," featuring Nelly, reached No. 4 in July 2013.
"Meant" gains in all metrics, as it lifts 4-3 on Radio Songs (103 million, up 12 percent); keeps at No. 6 on Digital Song Sales (35,000, up 3 percent); and jumps 18-11 on Streaming Songs (22.8 million, up 3 percent). It tops Hot Country Songs for a 16th week. On Country Airplay, it rises 9-7 with Greatest Gainer honors for a second consecutive week (30 million, up 14 percent). The crossover hit concurrently elevates 8-5 on Adult Pop Songs and 9-6 on Pop Songs.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Post Malone's "Psycho," featuring Ty Dolla $ign, slips 4-5. It debuted at No. 2 on the March 10-dated chart. The collab holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (37.4 million, down 4 percent); rises 14-13 on Digital Song Sales (22,000, down 9 percent); and debuts on Radio Songs at No. 42 (23 million, up 42 percent).
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey's "The Middle" ascends 8-6 on the Hot 100 and enters the Radio Songs top 10 (11-9; 78 million, up 18 percent, good for the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award). Zedd scores his sixth Radio Songs top 10; Grey tallies its second, and second with Zedd: "Starving," by Hailee Steinfeld and Grey featuring Zedd, reached the region in January 2017; and Morris collects her first. "The Middle" tops Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a seventh week.
BlocBoy JB's "Look Alive," featuring Drake, falls 7-9 after reaching No. 5.
And, capping the Hot 100's top 10, Lamar and SZA's "All the Stars" returns to the tier (11-10), after hitting a No. 7 high. "Pray," at No. 8, and "Stars" are both from the soundtrack to Black Panther, which this weekend became the first film since Avatar eight years ago to rank at No. 1 at the domestic box office for five consecutive weekends. It has also become only the seventh film ever to cross the $600 million mark in receipts in North America.
Beyond the Hot 100's top 10, songs making notable surges include Cabello's "Never Be the Same," which pushes 19-16 following the March 8 premiere of its proper video; Imagine Dragons' "Whatever It Takes" (34-24); Rich the Kid's "Plug Walk" (48-25, marking the rapper's first top 40 Hot 100 hit); and, Logic and Marshmello's "Everyday" (43-29), as parent album Bobby Tarantino II by Logic debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
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. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (March 20), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The next issue of Billboard magazine is on sale Friday (March 23).