As previously reported, John Legend rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "All of Me" and Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good" and Coldplay's "A Sky Full of Stars" soar onto the top 10. Who else are shooting stars on Billboard song charts this week?
-- Ed Sheeran: "Sing," the lead radio single from "X" (due June 23), bullets at No. 16 on the Hot 100 (having reached No. 14 so far), while preview track "One" debuts at No. 87 with 57,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Whereas Pharrell Williams produced and co-wrote the former, the latter returns Sheeran to his folk-leaning singer/songwriter roots.
-- Luke Bryan: He dominates the Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay with his ninth No. 1, as "Play It Again" lifts 3-1 (and bullets at No. 21 on the Hot 100). With the coronation, Bryan makes history: As he's featured on Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll," which bullets for a second straight week at its No. 2 peak to date, Bryan becomes the first artist ever to monopolize the chart's top two spots simultaneously, dating to the list's Jan. 20, 1990, inception. (Bryan and Florida Georgia Line performed "Roll" together on Sunday night's [May 18] Billboard Music Awards, after which Bryan returned to perform "Play" solo.)
-- Kid Ink: On Rap Airplay, Kid Ink rewrites the record for the most weeks at No. 1 as his breakout hit "Show Me," featuring Chris Brown, spends its 18th week at the top. The California rapper passes Juvenile, who spent 17 weeks at No. 1 with "Back That Thang Up" in 1999. (The Rap Airplay chart launched on Feb. 20 that year.) "Show Me" is the first single from Kid Ink's album "My Own Lane," which was released in January and debuted at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The song ranks at No. 37 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 13.
-- Eminem: "Headlights," featuring fun.'s Nate Ruess, re-enters the Hot 100 at a new peak (No. 45) and leaps 35-11 (also a new highpoint) on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs following the release of the track's music video on Mother's Day (May 11). The video spurred a 532 percent increase in domestic streams to 3.8 million, with 3.2 million views attributed to the official video on Vevo on YouTube. Digital sales also spiked from the video and its timely release, with 20,000 downloads shifted (up 40 percent); the cut bounds 29-15 on R&B/Hip Hop Digital Songs.
-- 5 Seconds Of Summer: The band scores its first Digital Songs top 10 and best sales week, as the "Don't Stop," a debut on the Hot 100 at No. 47, starts at No. 9 with 91,000 downloads sold. Radio single "She Looks So Perfect" rises 37-32 on the Hot 100 and 32-18 on Digital Songs (72,000, up 49 percent), all new highs.
-- Sam Smith: "Stay With Me" jumps 69-49 on the Hot 100. While the majority (54 percent) of the song's chart points are from sales, its airplay surges. The ballad blasts onto Mainstream Top 40 at No. 29 with a 312 percent gain in plays.
-- Tiesto: The DJ takes a second track into the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10, as "Wasted" (13-10) joins "Red Lights" (7-5). "Wasted," featuring Matthew Koma, rides a 22 percent sales increase (to 11,000), while "Lights" improves with a three percent streaming gain (1.2 million U.S. streams; 65 percent from Spotify). "Lights" is Tiesto's best-performing Hot 100 song to date, this week up 58-56. (The track features uncredited vocals from Michel Zitron, a co-writer.)
Both "Wasted" and "Lights" are from Tiesto's June 17 album, "A Town Called Paradise," which is being hailed as a departure from his trademark house/trance sound and a swing towards mainstream, U.S. radio-friendly EDM.
-- Enrique Iglesias: The superstar widens his lead for the most No. 1s (26) on the Latin Airplay chart, as "Bailando," featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, skips 3-1. Iglesias has held the record since Dec. 7, 1996, when "Trapecista" reached the top, becoming his fifth chart-topper (surpassing Selena, who had notched four No. 1s at the time). Since then, no one has been able to play catch up with Iglesias. Ricky Martin ranks second with 16 Latin Airplay No. 1s. "Bailando" bumps 84-75 on the Hot 100.
-- Marc Anthony: Iglesias isn't the only Latin genre cornerstone updating records this week: Anthony commands Tropical Airplay, as "Flor Palida" steps 2-1, marking the salsa star's 24th No. 1. With the coronation, he breaks out of a tie with Victor Manuelle (23), with the singers having traded the mark back-and-forth in recent years. Manuelle earned his 23rd No. 1 on March 29 when "Una Vez Mas," featuring Reik, reached the top. On Tropical Digital Songs, "Flor" climbs 21-17, selling 1,000 downloads (up 12 percent).
-- Jack White: He scores his highest position on Rock Digital Songs (No. 16) with the debut of "Just One Drink," the third charted cut from his forthcoming second solo album (June 10). Lead radio single "Lazaretto" spent a week at No. 19 three weeks ago, while the instrumental "High Ball Stepper" charted for a week at No. 21 (April 26). On the Alternative airplay list, "Lazaretto" lifts 13-11 to pass 2012's "Sixteen Saltines" (No. 12) as his highest-ranking solo hit. With the White Stripes, White has landed six Alternative top 10s.
-- Jake Worthington: A classic TV theme returns, as Worthington's cover of "Good Ol' Boys" debuts at No. 33 on Hot Country Songs with 23,000 downloads sold following his performance of it on NBC's "The Voice" on May 12. The song hadn't appeared on Hot Country Songs since 1980, Waylon Jennings sent his composition to No. 1 (Nov. 1). The original version was billed as "Theme From the Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)," in honor of the CBS series (1979-85) on which Jennings served as "the balladeer," narrating each episode's adventures.
(If the new version tops Hot Country Songs, perhaps we can refer to its rank not as No. 1, but, in an ode to the General Lee, No. 01.)
Additional reporting by Wade Jessen, Amaya Mendizabal, Gordon Murray and Emily White