Usher will up his Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 count to nine as “OMG” is set to move to the top of the chart to be released tomorrow morning (May 6).
“OMG,” which features vocals by will.i.am, lifts 6-1 in its fifth week on the chart, prompted by equal 35% increases in both radio impressions and digital download sales, according to Nielsen BDS and Nielsen SoundScan, respectively. The track is the Airplay Gainer for a third straight week (up 18.5 million listener impressions to 71.8 million, rising 14-7 on Radio Songs) and claims the Digital Gainer crown for a second straight frame (up 57,000 to 217,000 downloads to lead the Digital Songs list).
Since Usher first led the Hot 100 on Valentine’s Day week 1998 with “Nice & Slow,” no other artist has outpaced his No. 1 production. Mariah Carey and Rihanna have the second-most chart-toppers in that span with six each. Usher last held the No. 1 spot for three weeks in March 2008 with “Love in This Club,” featuring Young Jeezy.
On the Billboard 200, Usher’s sixth studio set “Raymond vs. Raymond” dips 5-6 with 48,0000 units (down 8%). The album became his third consecutive No. 1 debut when it entered the list four weeks ago.