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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Benny Blanco Scores First Entry as an Artist With Halsey & Khalid Collab

Veteran pop producer/songwriter Benny Blanco scores his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 28) as an artist, as "Eastside," with Halsey and Khalid, debuts at No. 56.

Veteran pop producer/songwriter Benny Blanco scores his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 28) as an artist, as “Eastside,” with Halsey and Khalid, debuts at No. 56.

Blanco, 30, has co-written and/or co-produced some of the biggest pop hits of the past decade, including such Hot 100 No. 1s as Kesha’s “TiK ToK” and “We R Who We R”; Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, and “Teenage Dream”; Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger,” featuring Christina Aguilera; Rihanna’s “Diamonds”; and Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” (all of which he both co-wrote and co-produced).

Following the July 12 premiere of its official video, “Eastside” starts with 8.8 million U.S. streams and 12,000 downloads sold in the week ending July 19, according to Nielsen Music, with the latter total good for a No. 29 start on the Digital Song Sales chart.

“Eastside” follows Blanco’s top 10 success in April, when Lil Dicky’s “Freaky Friday” (featuring Chris Brown), which Blanco co-wrote and co-produced, hit No. 8 on the Hot 100. As for Halsey and Khalid, the former earns her 10th Hot 100 entry and fourth to appear on the tally this year. Khalid scores his 14th Hot 100 entry and eighth in 2018, all of which have been collaborations.


Atop the Hot 100, Drake dominates for a second frame with “In My Feelings,” which reigns with a record-breaking 116.2 million streams. Plus, Ariana Grande’s “God Is a Woman” launches at No. 11 and alt/pop trio lovelytheband enters at No. 84 with its former Alternative Songs No. 1, “Broken.”

In other Hot 100 chart moves this week:

“1942,” G-Eazy feat. Yo Gotti & YBN Nahmir

The collab begins at No. 90 on the Hot 100, while entering Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 39. It jumps 19-14 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, up 11 percent to 11.3 million format audience impressions in the week ending July 22. The song is from the soundtrack to Uncle Drew, starring Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, who closes the set with the track “Ridiculous,” featuring LunchMoney Lewis.

“I’m a Mess,” Bebe Rexha

Rexha ties for the longest reign in the Hot Country Songs chart’s 58-year history, as “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line rules for a 34th week. Meanwhile, Rexha’s new single “I’m a Mess” enters the Hot 100 at No. 92. The song (whose official video arrived July 19) pushes 25-22 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, up 36 percent in weekly plays.