As previously reported, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, leads the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 29) for a landmark 10th week. The song becomes just the 35th No. 1 (of 1,065 total leaders in the chart’s history) to reign for at least 10 weeks.
Who else isn’t holding back (groan) on this week’s Hot 100?
Niall Horan, “Slow Hands”
Horan hits a new Hot 100 career-high, as “Slow Hands” reaches the top 20 (22-19). The song eclipses the No. 20 peak of “This Town” in January. It rises 6-5 on Digital Song Sales (48,000 downloads sold, down 2 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and 23-21 on Radio Songs (50 million in all-format audience, up 5 percent).
JAY-Z, “The Story of O.J.”
As his new album 4:44 clocks in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his 14th leader and extending his mark for the most among soloists, nine songs from the set enter the Hot 100, led by “The Story of O.J.,” the chart’s top debut at No. 23. The track bows driven by streams, as it opens at No. 9 on Streaming Songs (22.3 million U.S. clicks).
JAY-Z ups his count from 87 to 96 career Hot 100 entries, passing James Brown for the fifth-most among all acts, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception:
Most Billboard Hot 100 Entries Among All Acts
207, Glee Cast
136, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley (whose career predates the chart’s launch)
91, James Brown
84, Chris Brown
81, Kanye West
79, Nicki Minaj
75, Ray Charles
73, Aretha Franklin
71, The Beatles
70, Taylor Swift
68, Justin Bieber
67, Elton John
63, Stevie Wonder
(JAY-Z has been billed as the lead artist on 66 of his 96 charted Hot 100 titles.)
Kesha charts her first unaccompanied Hot 100 hit in more than four years, as “Praying” debuts at No. 25 (marking the sixth-highest start of her 19 career entries). The first single from her Aug. 11 album Rainbow starts at No. 4 on Digital Song Sales (53,000) and No. 34 on Streaming Songs (11.6 million), while also logging 8 million in airplay audience (as it debuts at No. 40 on Pop Songs).
“As you grow into an adult, you start teaching yourself life lessons,” Kesha told the syndicated Elvis Duran and the Morning Show (July 18). “The album is called Rainbow because I associate healing with going back to my childlike mind. I feel like I have grown up, in a good way, but I still remain very childlike.
“Don’t grow up; it’s a trap.”
Demi Lovato, “Sorry Not Sorry”
The song enters the Hot 100 at No. 52, sparked by its debut at No. 9 on Digital Song Sales (42,000). The song arrived at midnight July 11 and, thus, makes its chart entrance after three days of sales tracking.
Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey, “Glorious”
Macklemore makes his first Hot 100 visit without Ryan Lewis, after the pair logged four top 15 hits in 2013-15, including the No. 1s “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” “Glorious” starts at No. 89, fueled most heavily by 5.6 million U.S. streams.
Grey makes her sixth Hot 100 visit, a total that includes her first when she was billed as Holly Brook; in 2006, she made her debut using that name as featured on Fort Minor’s No. 4 hit “Where’d You Go.”
Zedd & Liam Payne, “Get Low”
Double-good Hot 100 news for Payne, as “Strip That Down,” featuring Quavo, bullets at its No. 28 high and “Get Low,” with Zedd, debuts at No. 91. The former jumps 21-16 on Digital Song Sales (28,000, up 11 percent) and the latter enters at No. 36 (16,000, following its first full week of tracking).
Selena Gomez feat. Gucci Mane, “Fetish”
The song arrives at No. 92 on the Hot 100, thanks in large part to its No. 23 start on Digital Song Sales (25,000, following one day of tracking after its July 13 release). Gomez boasts three songs on the Hot 100 concurrently: in addition to “Fetish,” “It Aint Me,” with Kygo, ranks at No. 22 after hitting No. 10 and “Bad Liar” places at No. 27 after reaching No. 20.