The song scores a second week at No. 1, while A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera surge into the top five.
Eminem and featured artist Rihanna tally a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Monster,” which holds off Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” at No. 2 for a second frame. Meanwhile, A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera soar into the top five with “Say Something.”
As we do each Wednesday, let’s dig deeper into the numbers behind this week’s top 10. (Please see below for adjustments to our online chart coverage the next two weeks due to the holidays.)
After becoming Rihanna’s 13th No. 1 and Eminem’s fifth leader last week, “The Monster” holds at the Hot 100’s summit. It notches a second week atop Hot 100 Airplay, gaining by 6% to 143 million in all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS, and posts a fifth week atop the On-Demand Songs chart (2.3 million U.S. streams, according to BDS, down 5%). It rises 3-2 on Streaming Songs (6.1 million, up 14%), while making the opposite move (2-3) on Hot Digital Songs (after three weeks at No. 1) with 175,000 downloads sold (down 6%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“The Monster” is living up to its name, concurrently spending a seventh week at No. 1 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs charts. It leads the Rhythmic radio-based list for a third week and Mainstream Top 40 and Rap Airplay for a second week each.
The song fends off Pitbull’s “Timber,” featuring Ke$ha, for a second week, although the latter collaboration claims the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award after the former had won the honor for five straight weeks. “Timber” jumps 8-7 on Hot 100 Airplay (91 million, up 19%), while rising 5-3 on Streaming Songs (5.4 million, up 18%). It dips to No. 2 on Hot Digital Songs (187,000, down 3%) after crowning the chart the past two weeks.
The race for No. 1 between the two titles was closer this week than last week. A week ago, a 20% difference in overall Hot 100 points separated the songs. This week, with “The Monster” up by 3% and “Timber” climbing by 8%, the margin lessens to 15%.
The Hot 100’s top three remains stationary, in fact, as OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” bullets at No. 3 for a second week. “Stars” shoots 5-2 on Hot 100 Airplay (126 million, up 7%) and stays at No. 4 on Hot Digital Songs (145,000, down less than 1%) and No. 6 on Streaming Songs (4.4 million, up 3%).
A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something” roars into the Hot 100’s top five, blasting 8-4 with Digital and Streaming Gainer honors. (In its sixth week, it’s the youngest title in the chart’s top 25). The ballad returns to the top of Hot Digital Songs (3-1; 233,000, up 41%) for the first time since it debuted at No. 1 five weeks ago (following the acts’ performance of it on NBC’s “The Voice” on Nov. 5). The song simultaneously bounds 15-7 on Streaming Songs (3.9 million, up 41%) and 38-29 on Hot 100 Airplay (39 million, up 30%).
Lorde’s former nine-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Royals” dips 4-5. It keeps at No. 4 on Streaming Songs (5.2 million, up 2%) and No. 8 on Hot Digital Songs (98,000, down 9%) and falls 4-5 on Hot 100 Airplay (109 million, down 9%). The track tops Hot Rock Songs for a 16th week.
In the bottom half of the Hot 100’s top 10, Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” rebounds to its peak (7-6), switching spots with Avicii’s No. 4 hit “Wake Me Up!” (6-7); Miley Cyrus’ former three-week No. 1 “Wrecking Ball” drops 5-8; Passenger’s “Let Her Go” holds at its No. 9 peak; and One Direction’s “Story of My Life,” which debuted at its No. 6 high point six weeks ago, returns to the top 10 (11-10).
Visit Billboardbiz tomorrow (Dec. 19), when all rankings, including the Hot 100, Hot Digital Songs, Hot 100 Airplay, Streaming Songs and On-Demand Songs will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday. (Note: With Christmas and New Year’s Day affecting chart processing schedules, all charts will update on Billboardbiz on Friday of each of the next two weeks (Dec. 27 and Jan. 3). Look for this weekly Wednesday Hot 100 recap and the Billboard 200 rundown on Thursday for those two weeks.)