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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Gwen Stefani Returns With ‘Used to Love You’

Stefani's first single since announcing her divorce debuts. Plus, Meghan Trainor, Post Malone & Kane Brown bound and we play the numbers game with The Game.

As previously reported, it’s a historic week on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Nov. 14): Adele’s “Hello” rockets in at No. 1, setting the record for the most downloads sold in a week: 1.11 million, according to Nielsen Music. Plus, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” starts at No. 2 and Taylor Swift collects a fourth No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart with “Wildest Dreams” (which ranks at No. 7 on the Hot 100).

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Who else says hello to noteworthy moves on the Hot 100?

Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”

Trainor charts her third-highest Hot 100 hit, as her collab with Legend rises 18-13. The fourth single from her debut album Title follows “All About That Bass” (No. 1 for eight weeks) and “Lips Are Movin” (No. 4) and passes “Dear Future Husband,” which peaked at No. 14. (Trainor also rose to No. 21 as featured on Charlie Puth’s “Marvin Gaye.”)

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On Adult Contemporary, “Like” becomes Trainor’s fourth top 10. “Bass” and “Lips” reached Nos. 7 and 5, respectively, while, in between, holiday track “I’ll Be Home” jingled to No. 5 on the airplay tally.

Trainor is also scaling the Country Airplay chart as a co-writer of Rascal Flatts’ “I Like the Sound of That” (31-30).

Post Malone, “White Iverson”

The recent Tomorrow’s Hits spotlight artist’s breakthrough track enters the Hot 100’s top 40 (44-37). The bulk of its activity (54 percent) is from streams, as it likewise hits the Streaming Songs top 40 (42-34; 5.1 million U.S. streams, up 14 percent).

Kane Brown, “Used to Love You Sober”

The 22-year-old Chattanooga, Tenn., singer, who has grown his following online, makes his Hot 100 debut at No. 82. On Hot Country Songs, the track bounds 22-15 with top Digital and Streaming Gainer honors. It holds at No. 2 on Country Digital Songs (46,000, up 23 percent) and boasts 765,000 U.S. streams.

Gwen Stefani, “Used to Love You”

Stefani’s new single bows on the Hot 100 at No. 84 (two notches below Brown’s similarly titled song). It’s her first release since announcing her divorce from Gavin Rossdale; she’s now (officially) dating Blake Shelton. She wrote the track, also new at No. 40 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, with, among others, J.R. Rotem, who has penned Hot 100 No. 1s for Rihanna (“SOS,” 2006), Sean Kingston (“Beautiful Girls,” 2007) and Jason Derulo (“Whatcha Say,” 2009).

The Game feat. Drake, “100”

Ah, at last, “100” ranks at No. 100 on the Hot 100. (In its previous nine weeks, it had roamed between No. 98 and, last week, its No. 88 high.) It joins the ranks of Prince and the New Power Generation’s “7,” which placed (and peaked) at No. 7 in 1993; Paul Hardcastle’s “19,” which spent a week at No. 19 after peaking at No. 15 in 1985; and Mike WiLL Made-It’s “23” (featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J), which ranked for a week at, you guessed it, No. 23 after reaching No. 11 last year.

In recent years, two notable numerical titles never matched up with their chart rank counterparts, but, even better, peaked at higher spots: Britney Spears’ “3” reached No. 1 (2009) and Taylor Swift’s “22” rose to No. 20 (2013).