The Chainsmokers and featured artist Halsey lead the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Sept. 10) for a second week with “Closer.”
Plus, Twenty One Pilots reach the top five with “Ride,” joining icons The Beatles and Elvis Presley for a piece of chart history; and Shawn Mendes scores his second top 10, as “Treat You Better” lifts from No. 12 to No. 10.
As we do every Monday when the chart is refreshed, let’s run down the Hot 100’s top 10 and more. Highlights of the airplay, sales and streaming-based Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday, with all charts updated each Tuesday.
“Closer,” released on Disruptor/Columbia Records, and the first No. 1 for both EDM duo The Chainsmokers (Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall) and alt/pop singer-songwriter Halsey, spends a third week atop the Digital Songs chart with 143,000 downloads sold (up 23 percent) in the week ending Aug. 25, according to Nielsen Music, marking a new personal best for the act for digital song sales in a week (surpassing last week’s sum).
“Closer” tops Streaming Songs for a second week, up by 24 percent to 28.6 million U.S. streams. Spotify streams mark 46 percent of the song’s total clicks; its only official video so far is a lyric video (ahead of an expected proper clip). “Closer” leads the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Songs streaming chart for a third week (18.4 million on-demand streams, up 13 percent).
On Radio Songs, “Closer” climbs 19-15 (60 million in airplay audience, up 19 percent). It adds the Hot 100’s top Digital and Streaming Gainer awards for a second week each. “Closer” also crowns Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a second week.
Major Lazer’s “Cold Water,” featuring Bieber and MO, returns to its No. 2 Hot 100 peak, up from No. 3. (The song has yo-yoed up and down from No. 2 in its first five weeks; after debuting at No. 2, it’s ranked at Nos. 5-2-3-2.) On Streaming Songs, it falls 2-3 after spending its first three weeks at No. 1 (19.9 million U.S. streams, down 1 percent). The track regresses 3-4 on Digital Songs (58,000, down 9 percent), which it led for a week (upon its debut), but rises 10-8 on Radio Songs (86 million, up 12 percent).
EDM fans take note: with “Closer” and “Cold Water” at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on both the Hot 100 and Hot Dance/Electronic Songs simultaneously, it’s the first time that the top two have matched on the two charts, dating to the latter list’s January 2013 launch.
Sia’s former four-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Cheap Thrills,” featuring Sean Paul, dips 2-3. Still, the collab remains the most-heard song on U.S. radio, logging a fourth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (154 million, down 3 percent). It drops 5-6 on Digital Songs (51,000 downloads sold, down 9 percent) and 9-12 on Streaming Songs (12.2 million, down 3 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five are two songs by Twenty One Pilots, who hold at their No. 4 high with “Heathens,” from the Suicide Squad: The Album soundtrack, and hit the top five with “Ride” (6-5), from their 2015 album Blurryface. That results in this honor: Twenty One Pilots are just the third rock act with simultaneous top five Hot 100 hits in the chart’s 58-year history, following only The Beatles and Elvis Presley (!) They’re the first rock act to do so in 47 years, as The Beatles totaled 18 weeks with at least two concurrent top five hits in 1964-66 and 1969; Presley ranked in the top five with two titles on the chart dated April 20, 1959: “I Need Your Love Tonight” and “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I” (released on two sides of the same vinyl single), at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively. (Of note, Presley’s career predated the Hot 100’s inception by two years.)
Twenty One Pilots (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) are also just the third duo with simultaneous top five Hot 100 hits. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis doubled up in the top five concurrently with “Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) and “Can’t Hold Us” (featuring Ray Dalton) for three weeks in 2013, and OutKast did so with “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move” (featuring Sleepy Brown) for 14 frames in 2003-04.
“Heathens” holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (82,000, essentially even week-over-week); slips 3-4 on Streaming Songs (although with a 2 percent gain to 20 million); and bounds 42-27 on Radio Songs (41 million, up 40 percent), winning the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer prize. It also notches a second week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart. “Ride” rises 3-2 on Radio Songs (133 million, down 1 percent) and retreats 11-13 on Streaming Songs (11.4 million, down 4 percent) and 13-15 on Digital Songs (35,000, down 9 percent).
Twenty One Pilots’ Hot 100 action adds to its already impressive chart week. As previously reported, “Ride” rolls 2-1 on Pop Songs and “Heathens” jumps 3-1 on Alternative Songs, making the act the first to top the radio airplay tallies simultaneously with different songs.
Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” featuring Rihanna, descends 5-6 on the Hot 100 after peaking at No. 3, while The Chainsmokers’ other song in the top 10, the No. 3-peaking “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya, rebounds 8-7.
Drake’s “One Dance” drops 7-8 on the Hot 100. Still, it posts a 17th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, extending the longest reign of his 16 No. 1s on the chart. “Dance” also rules the Songs of the Summer chart for a 13th week, having led the seasonal running tally each week since the list relaunched; with one week left in the summer tracking period (for the chart dated Sept. 17), we’ll find out next week if the song is officially crowned the top song of the summer.
And, as Drake remains in the Hot 100’s top 10, he has now spent 50 consecutive weeks in the bracket, padding his record among solo males. Here’s an updated look at the artists to spend the most weeks in-a-row in the top 10 in the Hot 100’s history:
69 weeks, Katy Perry, 2010-11
50 weeks, Drake, 2015-16
48 weeks, Ace of Base, 1993-94
46 weeks, Rihanna, 2010-11
45 weeks, The Weeknd, 2015
Drake’s streak began on the Oct. 3, 2015, Hot 100, when “Hotline Bling” jumped 16-9. (He has been credited as the lead artist on songs in 39 weeks of his 50-week run.)
Capping the Hot 100’s top 10, Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” returns to its peak (10-9) and Shawn Mendes reaches the top 10, as “Treat You Better” rises 12-10. Mendes’ latest also enters the Radio Songs top 10 (11-10; 82 million, up 12 percent) and lifts 4-3 on Digital Songs (64,000, up 5 percent, boosted in part by 69-cent sale-pricing in the iTunes Store) and 17-16 on Streaming Songs (10.1 million, up 1 percent). Mendes earns his second Hot 100 top 10, after “Stitches” hit No. 4 last November. (He also scores his second top 10 on Radio Songs, where “Stitches” reached No. 3.)
“Better” is from Mendes’ second full-length album, Illuminate, due Sept. 23.
Just outside the Hot 100’s top 10, Charlie Puth’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” featuring Selena Gomez, surges to a new high, 18-13 (likewise helped by a 69-cent iTunes sale tag); DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You,” featuring Justin Bieber, rebounds 19-16 after debuting at No. 12 two weeks ago; and two songs hit the top 20: D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli,” featuring Lil Yachty (21-19) and Kiiara’s “Gold” (23-20).
Find out more Hot 100 news in Billboard’s new weekly original video series, Charts Center, featuring chart information and commentary, interviews with artists, exclusive performances and more, posting this week. Also look for the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column later this week and visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Aug. 30), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.