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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Alessia Cara & Selena Gomez Enter the Top 40

With Cara, another Canadian invades the U.S., while Gomez gains with her new single. Plus, moves for iLoveMemphis, X Ambassadors, Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias.

As previously reported, The Weeknd holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 24), as “The Hills” spends a fourth week on top. He rewrites his longest command of the Hot 100, having previously led for three weeks with his first No. 1, and prior single, “Can’t Feel My Face.”

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Who else makes noteworthy moves on the Hot 100?

iLoveMemphis, “Hit the Quan”

The rapper (formerly iHeartMemphis) reaches a new best Hot 100 rank, rising 17-15. The viral hit climbs with 81 percent of its chart points from streaming, pushing 8-6 on the Streaming Songs chart with 12.4 million U.S. streams (up 19 percent), according to Nielsen Music. He and Nelly are rostermates on new independent label RECORDS (a partnership between veteran music industry chief executive Barry Weiss and SONGS Music Publishing).


X Ambassadors, “Renegades”

The track tops another format, crowning Adult Pop Songs (3-1). It tallies a 17th week at No. 1 on Rock Airplay and (despite its 18-19 dip on the Hot 100) rises 10-9 on the all-format Radio Songs chart (80 million in audience, up 6 percent).

Alessia Cara, “Here”

The 19-year-old Canadian scores her first top 40 Hot 100 hit, as her debut antisocial anthem bounds 41-29. “Here” also hits the Radio Songs top 40 (43-32; 39 million, up 22 percent). As previously reported, Canadians are controlling the Hot 100’s upper ranks, with The Weeknd, Drake, Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes accounting for five of the top 10. Like those four acts, Cara is also from Ontario (Brampton).

Selena Gomez, “Same Old Love”

The second single from Gomez’s new album Revival, which is headed for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200, reaches the Hot 100’s top 40, surging 48-38. The track (co-written by Charli XCX, among others) follows Gomez’s highest-charting Hot 100 hit, the No. 5-peaking “Good for You,” featuring A$AP Rocky (now at No. 10).

With her ascent, Gomez has placed in the top 40 with four titles in 2015, a new personal best for a single year. Prior to her two current top 40 entries, she ranked in the region since January with the No. 6-peaking “The Heart Wants What It Wants” and as featured on Zedd’s No. 17 hit “I Want You to Know.” (With her band the Scene, she charted three top 40 entries in 2010.)

Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdon”

Jam and Iglesias’ collab (60-58) tallies a 29th week on the Hot 100, tying a quirky record: the most weeks spent on the chart without reaching the top 50; it’s hit No. 56 so far.

Here’s an updated look at the songs to tally the most time on the chart without cracking its upper half:

Weeks, Peak, Title, Artist, Peak Year
29, No. 53, “HeadBand,” B.o.B feat. 2 Chainz, 2014
29, No. 56, “El Perdon (Forgiveness),” Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, 2015
27, No. 76, “The Rockafeller Skank,” Fatboy Slim, 2000
23, No. 81, “Cold,” Crossfade, 2004
22, No. 51, “Like a Wrecking Ball,” Eric Church, 2015
22, No. 53, “Drinking Class,” Lee Brice, 2015
22, No. 59, “Someday,” Rob Thomas, 2010
22, No. 84, “Take a Walk,” Passion Pit, 2013

“Perdon” has logged its steady Hot 100 run fueled by its 30-week reign on Hot Latin Songs (stopped on the Oct. 17 chart), as well as its newer crossover success: it rises 33-32 on the Pop Songs chart.