Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Rules Billboard Hot 100 for 10th Week, the Longest Reign Since Drake's 'In My Feelings'
Just outside the top 10, Katy Perry & Cardi B debut with new singles.
Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, dominates the Billboard Hot 100 for a 10th week. The song boasts the chart's longest reign since Drake spent 10 weeks on top with "In My Feelings" last July through September.
Let's run down the top 10, and more, of the newest Hot 100 (dated June 15), which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (June 11).
"Road" is the 38th hit to lead the Hot 100 for at least 10 weeks. (Before Drake's "Feelings," he had the prior such No. 1, too: "God's Plan," for 11 weeks, beginning in February 2018.) As "Road" is Lil Nas X's debut Hot 100 hit, it's the first introductory No. 1 to reign for double-digit weeks since Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars (14 weeks, 2015). Before that among Hot 100 rookies, Flo Rida arrived with the 10-week No. 1 "Low," featuring T-Pain (10 weeks, 2008).
Notably, among the elite 38 Hot 100 No. 1s to rule for 10 weeks or more, 36 have led since 1992, after the chart (which began in 1958) adopted electronically tracked Nielsen Music data in late 1991, which has resulted in longer average commands since. The only such No. 1s before then: Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life," for 10 weeks in 1977, and Olivia Newton-John's "Physical," for 10 frames in 1981-82. (The first member of the club fueled by the methodology change? Another "road": Boyz II Men's "End of the Road," for 13 weeks beginning Aug. 15, 1992; that week, Cyrus ranked at No. 9 with his debut hit, "Achy Breaky Heart," which had reached No. 4 that July.)
As on the Hot 100, "Old Town Road" (on Columbia Records) leads the Streaming Songs chart for a 10th week, with 115.6 million U.S. streams, up less than 1%, in the week ending June 6, according to Nielsen Music. "Road" set the record for the top streaming week ever (143 million clicks) following the April 5 arrival of its remix with Cyrus and now claims nine of the 11 biggest streaming frames to date, including the top three.
"Road" logs a seventh week atop the Digital Song Sales chart with 87,000 downloads sold, up 7%, in the week ending June 6, good for the Hot 100's top Sales Gainer award for a third consecutive week. On the Radio Songs chart, "Road" rises 3-2, with 98.3 million audience impressions, up 3%, in the week ending June 9.
Nos. 2 through 5 remain static on the Hot 100. Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" holds at its No. 2 high, led by its No. 2 rank on Streaming Songs (39.9 million, up 3%), along with its No. 5 placement on Digital Song Sales (23,000, up 16%) and 22-14 charge on Radio Songs (44.1 million, up 15%), and Khalid's "Talk" keeps at its No. 3 Hot 100 best, while adding top Airplay Gainer honors (up 10% to 97.1 million as it repeats at No. 3 on Radio Songs) for a second week and leading the Hot R&B Songs chart for a seventh frame.
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's "I Don't Care" stays at No. 4 on the Hot 100, after debuting at its No. 2 peak three weeks earlier, and Jonas Brothers' former one-week "Sucker" is steady at No. 5, as it leads Radio Songs for a sixth week (104.6 million, down 1%).
DaBaby's first Hot 100 top 10, "Suge," rises 9-8 for a new peak, as it ascends 4-3 on Streaming Songs (32.5 million, down 8%); Sam Smith and Normani's "Dancing With a Stranger" slips 8-9 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 7; and Ava Max's first top 10 "Sweet but Psycho" is steady at its No. 10 high.
Just below the Hot 100's top 10, Katy Perry's "Never Really Over" blasts onto the chart at No. 15, marking her fifth-highest start among 32 total entries. She makes her best entrance since "Chained to the Rhythm," featuring Skip Marley, began at its No. 4 peak in March 2017, becoming her 14th and most recent top 10.
"Over" opens at No. 3 on Digital Song Sales with 31,000 sold (as well as at No. 1 on Pop Digital Song Sales, where Perry notches her 11th leader), No. 20 on Streaming Songs (15.8 million U.S. streams) and No. 42 on Radio Songs (27 million).
Plus, Cardi's "Press" makes news with its No. 16 Hot 100 bow. The track debuts at No. 7 on Digital Song Sales (20,000) and No. 10 on Streaming Songs (22.2 million), while drawing 7.1 million in radio airplay audience.
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 (June 11), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The next issue of Billboard magazine is on sale Friday (June 14).