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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Zedd & Kesha Debut With ‘True Colors’

Drake steals the headlines this week, at No. 1 and with a record 20 simultaneous titles, but further action abounds on the chart.

As previously reported, Drake celebrates his first No. 1 as a lead artist on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 21), as “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, climbs 2-1. Concurrent with the arrival of his new album Views atop the Billboard 200, Drake additionally makes history with a record 20 simultaneous Hot 100 entries.

Plus, the Chainsmokers and Daya rise to the Hot 100’s top 10 with “Don’t Let Me Down” and Calvin Harris and Rihanna debut in the upper region at No. 9 with “This Is What You Came For” (Rihanna’s 28th Hot 100 top 10, tying her with Stevie Wonder for the fourth-most all time).

Drake Scores First Hot 100 No. 1 as Lead Artist With ‘One Dance’

Who else enjoys impressive views on the Hot 100?

Rihanna, “Needed Me”
As she holds at No. 6 with her former nine-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Work,” featuring Drake, and debuts at No. 9 as featured on Harris’ “This,” Rihanna roars 22-13 with “Needed Me” (like “Work,” from her album Anti). It holds at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (16.8 million U.S. streams, up 3 percent, in the week ending May 5, according to Nielsen Music) and surges by 36 percent to 23 million in airplay audience.

Ariana Grande, “Dangerous Woman”
After debuting on the Hot 100 at No. 10 seven weeks ago, its peak so far (and making Grande the first artist to debut in the top 10 with the first single from three career-opening studio LPs), the song rebounds 21-18. On the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, it rises 11-10 to become her sixth top 10 on the tally. She notched her first five from her last album, My Everything, including the No. 1 lead single “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea), for two weeks in July 2014. Grande’s Dangerous Woman album arrives May 20.

Ghost Town DJs, “My Boo”
As previously reported, 20 years after Ghost Town DJs hit with “My Boo,” the hip-hop group returns to the chart powered by increased streams and downloads. The comeback stems from a viral meme called the running man challenge, soundtracked by the song. The meme was initially sparked by videos shot by Kevin Vincent and Jeremiah Hall, two high school students from New Jersey. “My Boo” re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 29, besting its previous peak of No. 31 (achieved on the Oct. 12, 1996 chart). Click here for more details about the song’s chart return.

Zedd & Kesha, “True Colors”
The collab enters the Hot 100 at No. 74, led by its No. 14 start on the Digital Songs sales chart (52,000 sold in its first week). Kesha makes her first Hot 100 visit since her featured turn on Pitbull’s “Timber,” which reigned for three weeks in early 2014.

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The “Colors” duet is an update of Zedd‘s solo version from his 2015 album of the same name. Kesha first performed the song with Zedd after he introduced her for a surprise performance at Coachella April 17. Her appearance marked her first on stage since a judge denied her request in February for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to record without Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald).

It’s worth noting that all eight songs by Prince on the Hot 100 last week depart the chart. The highest of those titles last week, Prince and the Revolution’s “Purple Rain,” falls off from No. 4 (with catalog songs that have returned to the Hot 100 due to notable activity removed once falling below No. 50). The track by the late legend, who died April 21, drops from No. 1 to No. 19 on Digital Songs, down by 85 percent to 42,000 sold.