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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Disturbed’s ‘The Sound of Silence’ Cover Debuts

The classic returns 50 years after Simon & Garfunkel took it to No. 1. Plus, moves for Jeremih, Ruth B, Alessia Cara & Belly.

As previously reported, Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated March 12), vaulting in streaming following the Feb. 22 premiere of its official video.

Rihanna & Drake’s ‘Work’ Leads Hot 100 for Second Week

Who else makes notable Hot 100 chart moves this week?

Jeremih “Oui”
Tres bien! As “Oui” surges 45-28, Jeremih scores his first top 40 Hot 100 hit as a lead artist since “Don’t Tell ‘Em” rose to No. 6 in October 2014. “Oui” also reaches the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay top five (6-5; 24 million in audience, according to Nielsen Music).


Ruth B “Lost Boy”
The Canadian singer-songwriter arrives on the Hot 100 for the first time, at No. 75, with her ballad that first drew buzz after she posted it on Vine. The track, from her EP The Intro, enters the Digital Songs chart at No. 33 (24,000 downloads sold, up 66 percent) after she performed it Feb. 19 on NBC’s Today.

Disturbed “The Sound Of Silence”
Fifty years after Simon & Garfunkel’s iconic song topped the Hot 100 for two weeks (beginning Jan. 1, 1966), Disturbed’s cover enters at No. 88. The venerable Chicago hard rock band’s piano-based interpretation, driven by David Draiman’s operatic vocal, debuts with 1.7 million U.S. streams (up 9 percent) and 20,000 sold (up 8 percent). On the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, it pushes 4-3.

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Quirky trivia time: Peaches & Herb also spent two weeks at No. 100 with their version of “Silence” in 1971. With Simon & Garfunkel’s original having hit the summit and Peaches & Herb’s cover rising no higher than the anchor spot, “Silence” is one of five songs in the Hot 100’s 57-year history to peak at Nos. 1 and 100 in different versions. The list:

“Eve of Destruction”
No. 1: Barry McGuire (1965)
No. 100: the Turtles (1970)

“House of the Rising Sun”
No. 1: the Animals (1964)
No. 100: Kimberly Nichole (2015)

No. 1: the Highwaymen (1961)
No. 100: Steve Alaimo (1963)

No. 1: Lorde (2013)
No. 100: Taylor John Williams (2014)

“The Sound of Silence”
No. 1: Simon & Garfunkel (1966)
No. 100: Peaches & Herb (1971)

Alessia Cara “Wild Things”
Debuting at No. 91, Cara (another Canadian) charts the follow-up to her No. 5-peaking debut Hot 100 hit “Here.” Her new single bounds 30-24 on Pop Songs, up by 35 percent in plays.

Belly, “Might Not,” featuring The Weeknd
A third Canadian, the rapper and new Roc Nation signee, makes his Hot 100 entrance at No. 100 with “Might Not,” featuring, and co-written by, The Weeknd (from guess where). The collab bows with 13 million in radio audience (up 9 percent); 1.8 million streams (up 39 percent); and 7,000 sold (up 4 percent).