Maroon 5 & Cardi B's 'Girls Like You' Leads Billboard Hot 100 For Seventh Week, Halsey & Sheck Wes Hit Top 10
"Girls" is the longest-leading No. 1 by a group since Maroon 5's own "One More Night" in 2012.
Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B, spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Nov. 10), again winning a close race over Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," which holds at its No. 2 high.
Plus, two songs enter the Hot 100's top 10: Halsey's "Without Me" and Sheck Wes' "Mo Bamba."
Let's run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Nov. 6).
With a seventh week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, "Girls" has logged the longest reign by a group (of at least three members) since Maroon 5's previous No. 1: "One More Night" led for nine weeks beginning Sept. 29, 2012. ("Girls" passes MAGIC!'s "Rude," which ruled for six weeks in 2014.)
"Girls" leads the Radio Songs airplay chart for a 15th week, with 114.2 million in audience, down 2 percent, in the week ending Nov. 4, according to Nielsen Music. Here is an updated look at the longest-leading Radio Songs No. 1 since the chart launched in December 1990:
Longest-Leading Radio Songs No. 1s
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
18, "Iris," Goo Goo Dolls, Aug. 1, 1998
16, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, May 28, 2005
16, "Don't Speak," No Doubt, Dec. 7, 1996
15, "Girls Like You," Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, Aug. 4, 2018
14, "No One," Alicia Keys, Nov. 3, 2007
14, "Because You Loved Me," Celine Dion, April 13, 1996
"Girls" dips 9-13 on Digital Song Sales, with 14,000 downloads sold, down 18 percent, in the week ending Nov. 1, after leading the list for six weeks, and retreats 12-13 on Streaming Songs (23.2 million U.S. streams, down 5 percent, in the week ending Nov. 1), where it reached No. 5.
Scott's "Sicko Mode" keeps at its No. 2 Hot 100 peak. It slips 2-3 on Streaming Songs (35.4 million, down 8 percent); repeats at No. 11 on Radio Songs (60.1 million, up 4 percent); and backtracks 14-15 on Digital Song Sales (12,000, down 12 percent).
For a second week, "Girls" narrowly defends its Hot 100 crown over "Sicko" (which features Drake's vocals, although he's not credited as an artist on the song; he also appears in the song's official video, released Oct. 19), with the songs declining by 5 and 4 percent, respectively, in overall activity.
On other format charts, "Girls" becomes Maroon 5's third No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary airplay tally, following "Maps" (one week, 2015) and "Don't Wanna Know" (five weeks, 2017), while "Sicko" spends a second week at No. 1 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts.
Marshmello and Bastille's "Happier" hits a new Hot 100 peak, rising 4-3. It holds at No. 4 on Digital Song Sales (23,000, down 13 percent) and No. 5 on Radio Songs (83.3 million, up 11 percent) and climbs 13-11 on Streaming Songs (22.3 million, up 3 percent). As it increases by 3 percent in overall activity, it could seriously challenge for No. 1 on the Hot 100 as soon as next week.
The multi-format hit logs a seventh week at No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and takes over atop Alternative Songs (3-1), where it becomes Marshmello's first No. 1 and Bastille's second, after the band ruled for four weeks in 2013 with its breakthrough hit, "Pompeii."
"Happier," the highest-charting career Hot 100 hit for both acts, is the top-ranking title that has also appeared on Alternative Songs since another dance/rock collaboration: The Chainsmokers and Coldplay's "Something Just Like This" peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 in April 2017 (before reaching No. 16 on Alternative Songs that July).
Juice WRLD's "Lucid Dreams" descends 3-4 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 2, while the songs at Nos. 5-8 all hold in place, respectively: Post Malone's "Better Now," after hitting No. 3; Kodak Black's "ZEZE," featuring Scott and Offset, which debuted at its No. 2 peak two weeks ago (and spends a third week atop Streaming Songs, with 39.5 million U.S. streams, down 6 percent); 5 Seconds of Summer's "Youngblood," steady at its No. 7 high; and, Lil Baby and Gunna's "Drip Too Hard," following its No. 4 peak.
Following the Oct. 29 premiere of its official video, Halsey's "Without Me" jumps 12-9 on the Hot 100, as it rises 3-2 on Digital Song Sales (32,000, up 17 percent), also hits the Streaming Songs top 10 (18-9; 22.8 million, up 24 percent) and darts 45-34 on Radio Songs (32.6 million, up 17 percent).
Halsey earns her third Hot 100 top 10. She spent 12 weeks at No. 1 in 2016 as featured on The Chainsmokers' "Closer" and hit No. 5 with her own "Bad at Love" this past January.
Notably, "Without Me" brings a portion of a prior Hot 100 top 10 back to the region: the song's bridge interpolates Justin Timberlake's first top 10, "Cry Me a River," which hit No. 3 in February 2003; Timberlake, Timbaland (Timothy Mosley) and Scott Storch, the three writers of "River," all receive writing credit on "Without Me."
Also new to the Hot 100's top 10, Sheck Wes' first chart entry "Mo Bamba" vaults 16-10. Streaming accounts for the bulk of its activity, as it climbs 6-4 on Streaming Songs (31.1 million, up 15 percent), while charging 38-19 on Digital Song Sales (10,000, up 46 percent).
The Harlem-based rapper uploaded the song, named for Mohamed Bamba, center for the NBA's Orlando Magic and with whom Wes grew up, to SoundCloud a year ago and its official video arrived on YouTube on Jan. 30. Thanks to social media posts about it from Drake, Shaquille O'Neal, Odell Beckham Jr. and others, the track has steadily gained traction in recent months. (Bamba himself isn't doing too badly, either, as he leads the Magic in blocks in the early going of the 2018-19 NBA season.)
Just beyond the Hot 100's top 10, Panic! at the Disco's "High Hopes" soars 21-11, as the band seeks its second top 10, after its first entry, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," rose to No. 7 in August 2006. Plus, Cardi B's "Money" moves 54-13 after its first full week of tracking.
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