As previously reported, OMI’s “Cheerleader” posts a sixth total week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Sept. 5), while iconic rap act N.W.A makes its first Hot 100 appearance following the buzz of its hit biopic Straight Outta Compton, as the film’s title track, originally from 1988, enters at No. 38.
Who else makes notable news on the Hot 100 this week?
Fetty Wap, “My Way,” feat. Monty
Hot 100 Music Festival performer Fetty Wap just misses charting three simultaneous top 10s, as “My Way” drops 8-11, after reaching No. 7. His “679,” featuring Remy Boyz, and “Trap Queen” rank at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. Still, three hits in the top 11 at once is impressive: he’s the first artist to boast three concurrent hits that high, all as a lead act, since Ariana Grande a year ago; on the Aug. 30, 2014, chart, her “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, zoomed 18-4, “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, dipped 6-7 and “Bang Bang,” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, dropped 9-10.
The last solo male with three songs in the top 11 at the same time, all with lead billing, prior to this week? Chris Brown, on May 10, 2008. Fetty Wap joins Brown and Usher as the only solo males to achieve the feat in the Hot 100’s 57-year history. He’s the first male soloist to do so with his first three chart entries.
And, amazingly, only one other act overall had charted three concurrent songs in the Hot 100’s top 11 with its first three charted titles, all as a lead: the Beatles. On the Hot 100 dated March 14, 1964, in fact, the Fab Four’s first three hits on the chart monopolized the top three: in order from the top, the iconic singles “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You” and “Please Please Me.”
R. City, “Locked Away,” feat. Adam Levine
Brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas jump 25-16 with their debut Hot 100 hit as artists. R. City’s track, featuring Maroon 5 frontman Levine, surges 10-3 on Digital Songs (91,000 downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 20, up 38 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and 23-14 on Radio Songs (66 million in audience, up 35 percent), claiming dual top Digital and Airplay Gainer honors. It also bows at No. 35 on Streaming Songs (4.6 million U.S streams, up 43 percent) following the Aug. 14 premiere of its official video.
The siblings, from St. Thomas, rose as high as No. 2 on the Hot 100 as co-writers of Iyaz’s “Replay” (2010) and Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” (2013).
X Ambassadors, “Renegades”
After first gaining attention as featured in a Jeep ad campaign, X Ambassadors’ “Renegades” motors to a chart milestone: the folk-rock song reaches the Hot 100’s top 40, rising 45-37 in its 19th week on the list. It tops the Alternative Songs airplay chart for an 11th week and, with another 40,000 downloads sold (up 6 percent) in the tracking week, has shifted 637,000 since its release.
The song’s build should continue with its new push by parent label Interscope to pop radio.
@iHeartMemphis, “Hit the Quan”
Continued viral success spurs the Tennessee rapper’s first Hot 100 hit, a debut at No. 41. The track blasts onto Streaming Songs at No. 19 with 5.9 million U.S. streams. It also gains by 10 percent to 28,000 sold.
Little Mix, “Black Magic”
Not so little: the song from the British quartet makes the biggest positional surge on the Hot 100, bounding 31 spots (99-68). Little Mix also scores its highest-charting Hot 100 hit, passing the No. 79 peak of 2013’s “Wings.” “Magic” moves 29-28 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, up by 21 percent in plays.