As previously reported, Wiz Khalifa‘s Furious 7 smash “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth, tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated July 11) for an 11th week, moving to within a week of the record for the longest reign for a rap No. 1 all-time. Plus, The Weekend, Silento and Selena Gomez notch new top 10s.
Who else makes notable moves on the Hot 100 this week?
Jidenna, “Classic Man,” featuring Roman GianArthur
The R&B newcomer reaches the Hot 100’s top 40 (50-34), as the track gains in all three chart metrics. It debuts at No. 34 on Streaming Songs (3.9 million U.S. streams, up 145 percent, according to Nielsen Music, good for the Hot 100’s top Streaming Gainer award). It also lifts 48-38 on Digital Songs (37,000 downloads sold, up 41 percent) and 42-40 on Radio Songs (34 million in audience, up 9 percent). Jidenna performed the song on the 2015 BET Awards (June 28).
Janet, “No Sleeep”
Janet Jackson makes her Hot 100 homecoming at No. 67, marking her first appearance since “Feedback” rose to No. 19 in 2008. “No Sleeep” bows with more than half its points from sales, as it begins at No. 35 on Digital Songs (38,000). (She accepted the Ultimate Icon Award at the BET Awards.)
With the diva notching her 40th Hot 100 hit (her first? 1982’s No. 64-peaking “Young Love”), let’s update the list of women with the most visits in the chart’s history. With her latest entry, Jackson ties the totals of Mary J. Blige and Diana Ross and passes Whitney Houston:
Women With the Most Hot 100 Hits
73, Aretha Franklin
69, Taylor Swift
64, Nicki Minaj
56, Dionne Warwick
53, Connie Francis
48, Brenda Lee
47, Mariah Carey
43, Miley Cyrus
41, Barbra Streisand
40, Mary J. Blige
40, Janet Jackson
40, Diana Ross
39, Whitney Houston
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Madonna all currently rank on the Hot 100, in addition to Jackson, with Madonna’s “Bitch I’m Madonna,” featuring Minaj, logging a second week on the chart (84-95). And, as Jackson extends her Hot 100 chart span to 32 years, six months and three weeks, she trails only two artists for the longest span of chart placements among the women above: Brenda Lee (54 years and one week between 1959 and 2014, as her holiday classic “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” returned for a week at No. 50 on the Jan. 4, 2014 chart) and Aretha Franklin (37 years, six months and three weeks in 1961-1998). Madonna follows Jackson, upping her span to 31 years, eight months and two weeks (having begun in 1983) [UPDATED].
Flo Rida, “I Don’t Like It, I Love It,” featuring Robin Thicke & Verdine White
Flo Rida’s follow-up to the top 10 “G.D.F.R.” debuts at No. 74, marking a significant arrival for featured artist White. Here’s chart-watcher Pablo Nelson of Oakland, Calif., for more:
White makes his first Hot 100 appearance apart from Earth, Wind & Fire, which has collected 32 hits, between 1971 and 1993. That means that three key players of the R&B/soul/funk group, enshrined in the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, have charted solo:
Philip Bailey, who rose highest with the No. 2 hit “Easy Lover” (with that other famous Phil: Collins)
Maurice White, with, among two visits, his No. 50-peaking cover of late legend Ben E. King‘s “Stand by Me”
And, now, Verdine White, the younger brother of Maurice, who makes his solo debut ahead of turning 64 on July 25.
Earth, Wind & Fire, which tallied its only Hot 100 No. 1, “Shining Star,” slightly more than 40 years ago, thus, joins the list of groups containing at least three members that have notched solo Hot 100 hits, such as The Beatles, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, New Edition, New Kids on the Block and Destiny’s Child [UPDATED].
Sam Smith, “Like I Can”
At No. 99, Smith charts the fourth radio single from his debut full-length album In the Lonely Hour. The first three hit the Hot 100’s top 10: “Stay With Me” (No. 2), “I’m Not the Only One” (No. 5) and “Lay Me Down” (No. 8).