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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Fergie Debuts, Kiiara Strikes ‘Gold’

Fergie scores a solo career-best bow, while Kiiara's first hit shines. Plus, moves for Blink-182, Pitbull & Ben Rector.

As previously reported, Drake ties a personal best on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated July 23), as “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, ranks at No. 1 for a ninth total week. The domination matches his longest, and the longest for a song this year, as he previously led for nine weeks in March and April, as featured on Rihanna’s “Work.”

Drake Ties His Longest Hot 100 Reign With Ninth Week at No. 1 for ‘One Dance’


Who else works (and dances) their way up the Hot 100 this week?

Fergie, “M.I.L.F.$”
Fergie scores a solo career-best debut rank on the Hot 100, as ” M.I.L.F.$” starts at No. 34. On the Digital Songs sales chart, it begins at No. 5 with 65,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending July 7, according to Nielsen Music. The song potentially previews her second solo album, rumored to be titled Double Dutchess, the follow-up to 2006’s The Dutchess. (As a member of The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie launched at a high of No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 2009 with “I Gotta Feeling,” which went to spend 14 weeks at No. 1.)

“I can tell you I have lot of new music,” Fergie recently revealed. “I’m super excited to give pieces, a little bit at a time. It’s definitely authentically me because of the fact that it’s a lot of different things. It wouldn’t be me if I released all songs like ‘M.I.L.F.$.’ There’s a plethora of different sounds.”

Kiiara, “Gold”
Kiiara continues to shine with “Gold,” as the electronic/pop singer-songwriter’s breakthrough single rises to a new high on the Hot 100 (63-54). It also reaches new best ranks on the Pop Songs airplay chart (27-24) and the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Songs survey (35-31, with 4.5 million on-demand U.S. clicks). “Gold” also debuts at No. 32 on Digital Songs, up by 66 percent to 26,000 downloads sold. The song crowned the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart dated April 9.

On the Billboard 200, the 21-year-old from Wilmington, Ill. (born Kiara Saulters), reaches the chart’s upper half with her debut EP, Low Kii Savage (114-78; 8,000 equivalent album units, up 24 percent).

Blink-182 Just Third Rock Act to Top Artist 100 This Year

Blink-182, “Bored to Death”
As the band blasts in atop the Billboard 200 with its album California, its lead single enters the Hot 100 at No. 85, marking the act’s first visit in nearly five years. Blink-182 earns its seventh Hot 100 hit, dating to its first, the No. 58-peaking “What’s My Age Again?,” in 1999. (That classic surged to No. 2 on the Alternative Songs airplay chart.) The group scored its biggest Hot 100 hit with “Age” follow-up “All the Small Things,” which rose to No. 6 in 2000 (and ruled Alternative Songs for eight weeks).

On the current Alternative Songs chart, “Bored” leads for a third week, marking Blink-182’s third No. 1 and first since 2004.

Pitbull feat. Enrique Iglesias, “Messin’ Around”
After REO Speedwagon performed the song, based on its 1981 hit “Take It on the Run,” with Pitbull on ABC’s Greatest Hits June 30 (and the version went on-sale), it gains by 77 percent to 29,000 sold. “Messin’ ” re-enters Digital Songs at No. 27 and the Hot 100 at No. 88; it reached a No. 64 peak on the June 25 Hot 100.

Ben Rector, “Brand New”
A veteran of Billboard charts since 2010, the singer-songwriter makes his Hot 100 bow, as “Brand New” begins at No. 94. The song rises to a new high (9-8) on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart.