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‘Despacito’ Leads Hot 100 for 10th Week, Ed Sheeran Ties Record & Shawn Mendes Hits Top 10

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, leads the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 29) for a landmark 10th week. Plus, Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" ties the record for…

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, leads the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 29) for a landmark 10th week. Plus, Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” ties the record for the most weeks logged in the top five and Shawn Mendes adds his third top 10, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”

As we do each Monday, let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on tomorrow (July 18), as they do every Tuesday.

“Despacito” (released on Universal Music Latino / Raymond Braun / SchoolBoy / Def Jam / UMLE / Republic Records) becomes just the 35th single to top the Hot 100 for at least 10 weeks, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception; only 3 percent of the Hot 100’s 1,065 total No. 1s have reached double-digit weeks at the summit.

(Note that it’s been more common for songs to lead for at least 10 weeks since the Hot 100 adopted Nielsen Music data in late 1991; while before then, not even 1 percent of all No. 1s led for that long, since then a loftier 11 percent of all No. 1s have done so, with 33 of the all-time 35 No. 1s to notch at least 10 weeks on top having reigned since 1992.)

“Despacito” is the longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 since Sheeran’s “Shape,” which ruled for 12 weeks in January through April. The record? Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” led for 16 weeks, in 1995-96.

“Despacito” dominates the Digital Song Sales chart for an 11th week, with 124,000 downloads sold (down 3 percent) in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen Music; the remix with Bieber accounts for 77 percent of the song’s sales (just off its 78 percent share a week ago and in line with its breakdown in recent weeks). On the Streaming Songs chart, “Despacito” leads for a 10th week, with 60.3 million U.S. streams (down 2 percent) in the week ending July 13.

“Despacito” again tops all three of the Hot 100’s main component charts, as it also leads the all-format Radio Songs chart for a second week with 145 million in all-format airplay audience (down 3 percent) in the week ending July 16. A week ago, the collab made history as the first predominantly Spanish-language song (or any song not sung primarily in English) to top Radio Songs, dating to the chart’s 1990 origin.

“Despacito” commands the Hot Latin Songs chart for a 24th week and the Songs of the Summer ranking for a sixth week, having led the latter list each week since it made its annual return just after Memorial Day.


DJ Khaled‘s “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, rebounds from No. 4 to a new high of No. 2 on the Hot 100. It keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (37.5 million, down 6 percent); drops 7-10 on Digital Song Sales (42,000, down 13 percent); and bounds 14-8 on Radio Songs (96 million, up 23 percent), boasting the Hot 100’s top airplay gain for a third week. Most notably, Rihanna earns her record-extending 29th Radio Songs top 10, bolstering her lead over Carey (23).

“Thoughts” additionally crowns the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (3-1), where it’s Rihanna’s seventh No. 1, Khaled ‘s third and Tiller’s first. On Hot R&B Songs, “Thoughts” tallies a second nonconsecutive week on top (2-1).

More Khaled: “I’m the One,” featuring Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, slips 2-3 on the Hot 100; it debuted atop the May 20-dated chart. It leads Hot Rap Songs for an 11th week.

Bruno Mars‘ “That’s What I Like” dips 3-4 on the Hot 100; the song topped the May 13-dated chart.


Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, Sheeran’s former 12-week No. 1 “Shape of You” remains at No. 5, while equaling the record for the most weeks spent in the top five: 27 (encompassing the song’s entire chart life, dating to its entrance at No. 1 on Jan. 28).

Here is a look at the singles to spend the most time in the Hot 100’s top five all-time:

Weeks in Hot 100’s Top Five, Title, Artist, Peak Pos., Peak Date

27 weeks, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran (No. 1, Jan. 28, 2017)
27 weeks, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey (No. 1, Sept. 3, 2016)
25 weeks, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (No. 1, Jan. 17, 2015)
25 weeks, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes (No. 2, Dec. 13, 1997)
23 weeks, “The Twist,” Chubby Checker (No. 1, Sept. 19, 1960)
21 weeks, “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas (No. 1, Oct. 23, 1999)
21 weeks, “Un-Break My Heart,” Toni Braxton (No. 1, Dec. 7, 1996)

At this point in its run, airplay and streaming are driving the majority of the Hot 100 chart points for “Shape,” which ranks at No. 4 on Radio Songs (118 million, down 6 percent) and No. 11 on Streaming Songs (23.9 million, down 5 percent); it led the lists for 12 and four weeks, respectively.

Kendrick Lamar‘s “Humble.,” which crowned the May 6-dated Hot 100, holds at No. 6 and Imagine Dragons‘ “Believer” is steady at No. 7 (after hitting No. 6), while ruling Hot Rock Songs for a 19th week;  as previously reported, “Believer” becomes the group’s first No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart.

Shawn Mendes scores his third Hot 100 top 10, as “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” charges 14-8. Helped by a 69-cent iTunes Store sale price, plus a new acoustic version (released July 7), “Back” lifts 3-2 on Digital Song Sales (and crowns Pop Digital Song Sales, where it rises 2-1), up 2 percent to 57,000 sold. It also bullets at No. 9 on Radio Songs (94 million, up 9 percent) and roars 40-32 on Streaming Songs (13.6 million, up 15 percent).

Mendes previously hit the Hot 100’s top 10 with “Stitches” (No. 4, 2015) and “Treat You Better” (No. 6, 2016).

French Montana‘s “Unforgettable,” featuring Swae Lee, hits a new peak on the Hot 100 (10-9), tying for French Montana’s highest-charting hit; he first reached No. 9 as featured on Chris Brown‘s “Loyal” in 2014.

Closing out the Hot 100’s top 10, Sam Hunt‘s No. 6-peaking “Body Like a Back Road” shifts into reverse (8-10). “Road” rules Hot Country Songs for a 23rd week, moving to within one week of the record: Florida Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” led for 24 weeks in 2012-13.

Beyond the Hot 100’s top 10, four songs enter the chart in the top 40: JAY-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” (No. 23) and “4:44” (No. 35), both from his album 4:44, the newly-arriving No. 1 on the Billboard 200; Kesha’s “Praying” (No. 25); and 21 Savage‘s “Bank Account” (No. 33), from Issa Album, a debut at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200.

Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column and by listening (and subscribing) to Billboard‘s Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast, all posting this week. And again, visit tomorrow (July 18), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.