In what will likely be a tight race for the top spot on next week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated June 30), Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin‘s “I Like It” should challenge for No. 1; the Hot 100 songs survey blends weekly streaming, airplay and sales data, according to Nielsen Music.
“Like” held at its No. 3 peak to date on the June 23-dated chart. If it crowns the Hot 100, Cardi B would earn her second leader, following her debut hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” which ruled for three weeks last October. Bad Bunny and J Balvin would each earn their first Hot 100 No. 1.
According to building Nielsen Music data, “Like” should sport over 35 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending June 21, along with over 25,000 downloads sold (in the week ending June 21) and 60 million in radio audience (in the tracking week ending June 24).
Those sums could be enough for the song to climb to No. 1 on the Hot 100, dethroning Drake‘s “Nice for What,” which rebounded 2-1 on the June 23 chart for its seventh total week atop the tally. Post Malone‘s former No. 1 “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, currently at No. 2, should also be in the mix for the top three next week.
Additionally, Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams,” up 9-6 on the June 23-dated Hot 100, could reach the top five next week and will likely top the Streaming Songs chart for a second week, with over 40 million U.S. streams.
Meanwhile, Maroon 5‘s No. 4-peaking “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B, currently at No. 5, is aiming to remain in the top five and should top the Digital Song Sales chart for a third week (over 40,000 sold).
Elsewhere in the Hot 100’s top 10 next week, XXXTentacion is likely to return to the tier with “Sad!,” which became his first top 10, reaching No. 7 on March 31; it ranked at No. 52 on the June 23 chart. The song could surge 34-2 on Streaming Songs with over 35 million streams. The rapper/singer died Monday (June 18) at age 20 after being shot in Deerfield, Florida.
In other likely Hot 100 action next week, Drake’s “I’m Upset” should surpass its No. 19 debut and peak (June 9), following the first full week of tracking for its official video, which premiered June 13. It could climb to the Streaming Songs top five (besting its prior No. 11 high) with over 30 million clicks.
Plus, JAY-Z and Beyoncé‘s “Apeshit,” billed as by The Carters from their album Everything Is Love, which is challenging for a No. 1 bow on the Billboard 200, could start in the Hot 100’s top 25, powered heavily by over 15 million U.S. streams. The song will be promoted as a single to R&B/hip-hop and rhythmic radio beginning Monday (June 25). The husband-and-wife superstars have logged eight shared Hot 100 entries so far, including the eight-week No. 1 “Crazy in Love” (credited to Beyoncé featuring JAY-Z) in 2003.
Highlights of next week’s Hot 100 will post on Billboard.com Monday (June 25), with all charts posting the following day (June 26).