As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week. Who else are rulers (rulers …) on other song charts this week?
-- Drake: "Hold On, We're Going Home" (featuring Majid Jordan) (No. 5 on the Hot 100) steps 2-1 on the Nielsen BDS-based R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, where it's Drake's record-breaking 13th No. 1. The singer/rapper was previously tied with Usher (with 12) for the most chart-toppers in the ranking's 21-year history.
Drake becomes the first lead act this year to top R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay with a pair of songs. His "Started From the Bottom" led for one week in April.
-- Luke Bryan: "That's My Kind of Night" scores a ninth week atop Hot Country Songs (as it bullets at No. 18 on the Hot 100). The reign is the longest by a solo male in 47 years, matching David Houston's command with "Almost Persuaded" in 1966. The next milestone that "Night" could match? It would require seven more weeks on top: Buck Owens boasts the last rule by a male soloist of more than nine weeks, as "Love's Gonna Live Here" led for 16 frames in 1963-64.
"Night" concurrently notches a ninth week atop Country Digital Songs (68,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
-- Thomas Rhett: As "It Goes Like This" (No. 30 on the Hot 100) shoots 4-1 on Country Airplay, Rhett becomes the first solo artist in the list's history (which dates to January 1990) with a parent that previously scored a No. 1 as a soloist. His father Rhett Akins reached the summit with "Don't Get Me Started" the week of Aug. 3, 1996.
-- Pitbull: "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, enters the Hot 100 at No. 49. The collaboration debuts at No. 15 on Hot Digital Songs, with its first-week download sum (74,000) accounting for 80% of its chart points. The song is also starting at radio, with 7 million audience impressions in its first full week at mainstream top 40 and rhythmic.
The start is Pitbull's best as a lead artist, topping the No. 51 start of his eventual No. 7-peaking "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" (featuring T-Pain) in 2011.
-- Pearl Jam claims Digital Gainer honors on Hot Rock Songs, as "Sirens" blasts 37-11. On the Hot 100, it bows at No. 76. The track soars 50-7 on Rock Digital Songs with a 674% increase to 44,000. "Lightning Bolt," the band's first album in four years, began streaming on iTunes on Oct. 9. Consumers who pre-ordered the set received the song immediately, as well as prior single "Mind Your Manners" (10,000, up 277%).
-- Bastille: "Pompeii" (No. 77 on the Hot 100) rises 2-1 on Alternative. The coronation marks the fifth in a row on the airplay ranking by an act with a debut chart entry, establishing the longest such streak since the survey adopted BDS data in 1994. The song follows rookie leaders by Fitz and the Tantrums ("Out of My League"), Lorde ("Royals"), Capital Cities ("Safe and Sound") and the Neighbourhood ("Sweater Weather"). The run passes the mark of four consecutive first-time leaders in 1997 by matchbox twenty ("Push"), Sugar Ray ("Fly"), Smash Mouth ("Walkin' on the Sun") and Chumbawamba ("Tubthumping").
-- Paris Hilton: The singer/actress/heiress/socialite snares the top debut on Dance/Electronic Songs at No. 19, and starts on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs at No. 18 (7,000), with "Good Time." Written and produced by Afrojack, the song's video racked 363,000 U.S. streams last week, according to BDS.
"Good Time," which features a colorful rap from Lil Wayne, marks Hilton's first Billboard chart appearance in nearly seven years. In December 2006, her "Nothing in This World" peaked at No. 12 on Dance Club Songs.
-- Lady Gaga: At No. 2 on Dance/Electronic Songs with top Streaming Gainer "Applause" (2.9 million, up 8%), Gaga debuts with another track from "ARTPOP" (due Nov. 11), the Zedd-produced "Aura" (No. 28). Its lyric video, set to scenes from the film "Machete Kills," in which she has a role, premiered Oct. 9 on VEVO.
-- La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho: The act enjoys its 16th week at No. 1 on Regional Mexican Airplay with "El Ruido de Tus Zapatos." The track becomes the eighth song to lead for at least 16 weeks on the chart and is tied for the fifth-longest run in the tally's history. Palomo's "No Me Conoces Aun" leads with 31 frames on top in 2001-02.
-- Chase Rice: The singer/songwriter nabs the Hot Shot Debut at No. 27 on Hot Country Songs with "Ready Set Roll," which also begins at No. 2 on Country Digital Songs (42,000). Rice co-wrote Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," which spent an unprecedented 24 weeks atop Hot Country Songs. Reality TV fans might remember Rice's name: he finished as the runner-up on CBS' "Survivor: Nicaragua" in the show's 21st season (2010).
Additional reporting by Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal, Gordon Murray and Rauly Ramirez