The Weeknd becomes the first artist to claim the top three slots on the nearly three-year-old Hot R&B Songs chart as “The Hills” hops 4-2 on the chart dated July 25, joining “Earned It” (stationary at No. 3) and “Can’t Feel My Face” (No. 1) at the top. “Hills” reaches a new weekly streaming high of 11.8 million domestic streams during the week ending July 9 (a 15 percent increase, according to Nielsen Music), aiding in its chart rise.
Robin Thicke is the only other act to have held two out of the top three spots on the chart -- when “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, and “Give It 2 You,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, held the Nos. 1 and 3 spots for three weeks in 2013.
Guetta Gets No. 1: Meanwhile, David Guetta earns his first Rhythmic Songs chart-topper as “Hey Mama,” featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack, climbs 3-1 in its 14th week. The song grows six percent in spins at the format during the tracking week ending July 12, with KUTB, Seattle-Tacoma, Wash., leading in plays (128). The DJ has posted a total of 14 tracks on the list during his six-year charting history, with “Mama” becoming his fifth top 10 hit (when it reached No. 8 on the chart dated June 8).
Rihanna’s Ride To The Top: Over on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Rihanna notches her fourth No. 1 as “B**** Better Have My Money” rises 2-1. The track took 16 weeks to reach the chart peak, marking the singer’s longest trip to the top. The song increases to 29.2 million audience impressions, a 13 percent hike. She first crowned the list in 2008 when “Take a Bow” spent a week at the top.