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13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Backstreet Boys Are Back at No. 1 & J. Cole Jumps

Plus, moves for Maroon 5, Weezer and … SpongeBob SquarePants.

The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions and the Backstreet Boys have the No. 1 album in the country.

What year is it?

As the title is the Patriots’ sixth, clearly we’re in 2019, as ageless as Tom Brady and the Backstreet Boys seem to be.

Let’s run down 13 things to know about the Billboard charts this week.


1. Backstreet Boys score their first No. 1 album on the Billboard since late 2000, as DNA debuts on top. Click here for the recap.

2. The album’s launch also enables Backstreet Boys to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart for the first time. Click here for the story.

3. On the Billboard Hot 100, Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” spends a second week at No. 1 and J. Cole’s “Middle Child” charges to the top five. Click here for the post.

4. Helped by Oscar and Grammy buzz, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” jumps back into the Hot 100’s top 20. Click here for this week’s hottest Hot 100 chart moves.

5. Will Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and Camila Cabello win Grammy Awards on Sunday? Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson welcome back Chart Beat founder Paul Grein and Billboard.com senior editor Andrew Unterberger for more predictions on the Chart Beat Podcast. Plus, special guest Tiffany recounts how pizza and a lack of sleep helped spark her top 10 Hot 100 hit “All This Time,” which was at its peak 30 years ago this week. Click here to listen.

6. On the Pop Shop Podcast, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson chat with Kacey Musgraves about her four Grammy nominations, “zen” new tour and why “women are making better music.” Click here to listen.

7. After performing on the Super Bowl LIII halftime show (Feb. 3), Maroon 5 boasts a 434 percent sales gain in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Click here for the analysis.

8. Never mind the Patriots or Maroon 5. SpongeBob SquarePants was a big Super Bowl winner too, as “Sweet Victory” jumped by 566 percent in streams after a cameo in Maroon 5’s halftime set. Click here for the story.

9. James Ingram’s song sales soared by 6,500 percent following his Jan. 29 death. Click here to read about how fans remembered the R&B star.

10. Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus top the Dance Club Songs chart with “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.” Click here for the post.

11. Weezer’s Teal Album rules the rock charts, thanks to covers of a-ha, TLC and more. Click here for the recap.

12. Actually, as we sure it’s not 1993? Daddy Yankee and Snow celebrate a top 10 debut on the Hot Latin Songs chart with “Con Calma.” The track is a reworking of Snow’s seven week ’93 Hot 100 No. 1 “Informer.” Click here for the story.

13. Eric Church set a career-best pace with an $8.4 million opening for his Double Down Tour. Click for the latest Billboard Boxscore news.