'7 Rings,' 7 Weeks: Ariana Grande Ties Personal Best Reign Atop Billboard Hot 100
She first ruled for 7 weeks with "Thank U Next."
Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" scores its namesake seventh week atop the Billboard Hot 100, matching the longest rule of her two total No. 1s on the chart. She first led for seven weeks with "Thank U, Next" beginning in November.
As she ties her personal best reign, Grande becomes one of an elite 20 acts that have led the Hot 100 for seven weeks or more with at least two singles.
Let's run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100 (dated March 30), which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (March 26).
"Rings," released on Republic Records, tops the Streaming Songs chart for an eighth week, having drawn 36.6 million U.S. streams, down 1 percent, in the week ending March 21, according to Nielsen Music.
The track pushes 3-2 on Radio Songs, up 3 percent to 91.5 million audience impressions in the week ending March 24, equaling Grande's top rank on the chart; "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, hit No. 2 in 2014. (Five other Grande hits reached No. 3 on Radio Songs, including "Next.") "Rings" dips 5-6 (after three weeks at No. 1) on Digital Song Sales, down 12 percent to 18,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 21.
Notably, thanks to "Rings" and "Next," Grande joins exclusive company by now boasting a pair of songs that have each led the Hot 100 for at least seven weeks. She's the 20th such act to earn the honor in the chart's 60-year history:
Artists With Multiple Hot 100 No. 1s to Lead for at Least Seven Weeks Each
Five such No. 1s: Drake
Four: Mariah Carey, Rihanna
Three: Beyoncé, Boyz II Men
Two: 50 Cent, Adele, The Beatles, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Ariana Grande, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, JAY-Z, Maroon 5, Nelly, Santana, T.I., Usher, Pharrell Williams
Drake leads with five No. 1s that have each led for at least seven weeks, all since 2016: as featured on Rihanna's "Work" (nine weeks, 2016) and with his own "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla (10 weeks, 2016), "God's Plan" (11 weeks, 2018), "Nice for What" (eight weeks, 2018) and "In My Feelings" (10 weeks, 2018).
The Beatles first achieved the feat thanks to "I Want to Hold Your Hand," for seven weeks in 1964, and "Hey Jude," for nine weeks in 1968 (and remain the only act to attain the distinction with two titles prior to the Hot 100's adoption of Nielsen data in 1991, after which songs have logged lengthier average reigns; of the 98 No. 1s to lead the chart for at least seven weeks, only 19 did so before that methodology change. Meanwhile, each year since 1991 has now included at least one Hot 100 No. 1 of seven weeks or more).
Halsey's former two-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Without Me" rises 3-2, as it leads Radio Songs for a fourth week (96.2 million, down 5 percent).
Post Malone boasts two songs in the Hot 100's top five for a second week. Former one-week leader "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)," with Swae Lee, slips 2-3 (as it totals an 11th week atop both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts) and solo single "Wow." hits a new Hot 100 high, lifting 5-4. "Wow." jumps 10-4 on Streaming Songs, up 18 percent to 30.8 million U.S. streams, assisted by the March 15 release of a new remix, featuring Roddy Ricch and Tyga, and a new official video, which premiered March 19.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Cardi B and Bruno Mars' "Please Me" descends 4-5 after reaching No. 3. The duet darts 11-8 on Radio Songs (62.8 million in audience, up 9 percent), becoming Mars' 16th top 10 and Cardi B's fifth; this decade, only Drake and Rihanna have more Radio Songs top 10s (19 each) than Mars, who earned his first in 2010. Cardi B and Mars topped the tally together for four weeks last year with their first collab, "Finesse."
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow" rebounds 9-7 on the Hot 100 after leading the March 9-dated chart. The ballad rules Digital Song Sales for a ninth week (32,000, down 8 percent), extending Gaga's longest command among her six No. 1s and marking the chart's longest-running leader since Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, ran up a record 17 weeks at No. 1 in 2017. On Radio Songs, "Shallow" reaches another new high, pushing 14-12 (55.1 million, up 5 percent).
Jonas Brothers' "Sucker," which soared in at No. 1 on the March 16-dated Hot 100, drops 6-8 but wins top Airplay Gainer honors for a second week, as it flies 27-19 on Radio Songs (45.1 million, up 26 percent).
Capping the Hot 100's top 10, J. Cole's No. 4-peaking Hot 100 hit "Middle Child" backtracks 8-9 and Meek Mill's "Going Bad," featuring Drake, climbs 14-10, returning to the region for the first time since Dec. 15, when it debuted at its No. 6 high. Since then, the track (Meek Mill's first Hot 100 top 10 and Drake's 33rd, the most among solo males) has grown in airplay, having reached the Radio Songs top 20. It also returns to the top 10 on Streaming Songs (12-10; 25.3 million, up 4 percent).
Find out more Hot 100 news on Billboard.com this week, and, for all chart news, you can listen (and subscribe) to Billboard's Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast and follow @billboard and @billboardcharts. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (March 26), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The next issue of Billboard magazine is on sale Friday (March 29).