Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape’ Tops Hot 100, Lady Gaga’s ‘Reasons’ Returns at No. 4
Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Feb. 25) for a third total week. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga blasts back onto the chart with a record-tying No. 4 re-entry for "Million Reasons"…
Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Feb. 25) for a third total week. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga blasts back onto the chart with a record-tying No. 4 re-entry for “Million Reasons” (which had previously peaked at No. 52) after she performed the song during her Super Bowl LI halftime show (Feb. 5).
As we do every Monday, let’s kick off our recap of the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends sales, airplay and streaming data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow, Feb. 14.
In its fifth week on the Hot 100, “Shape,” released on Atlantic Records, holds at No. 1; it debuted atop the Jan. 28-dated chart, spent the next two weeks at No. 2 and then returned to No. 1 on the Feb. 18-dated list. Sheeran’s first Hot 100 No. 1 as an artist also becomes his first No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart (3-1), gaining by 13 percent to 130 million in audience in the week ending Feb. 12, according to Nielsen Music. He’d previously peaked as high as No. 2 on the airplay tally with x singles “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph,” both in 2015. “Shape” earns the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a fourth straight week, the longest streak for a song by a solo male since Justin Bieber‘s No. 1 “Love Yourself” (which Sheeran co-wrote, earning him his first Hot 100 leader as a writer) linked four weeks in January-February 2016.
“Shape” keeps at No. 2 on both Digital Song Sales (115,000 downloads sold, essentially even week-over-week) and Streaming Songs (33.3 million U.S. streams, up 5 percent). The single introduces Sheeran’s third studio album, ÷, due March 3.
Migos‘ “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, stays at No. 2 on the Hot 100 after three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. Still, the track tops the Streaming Songs chart for a seventh week with 47.3 million U.S. streams (down 6 percent). It also leads the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart for a seventh week (19.7 million on-demand clicks, down 15 percent).
“Bad” drops 5-8 on Digital Song Sales (41,000 downloads sold, down 4 percent) but stays at its No. 16 high on Radio Songs, up 1 percent to 59 million in airplay audience. It additionally rules Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a sixth week each.
Zayn and Taylor Swift‘s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” remains at its No. 3 peak on the Hot 100. It falls to No. 3 after a second (nonconsecutive) week atop Digital Song Sales, down 20 percent to 109,000, despite a 69-cent iTunes Store sale price; a week earlier, it surged by 124 percent to 137,000 sold following the Jan. 26 premiere of its official video. The collab backtracks 3-4 on Streaming Songs (22.8 million, down 12 percent) but hits the top five on Radio Songs (7-5; 98 million, up 10 percent), becoming Swift’s ninth Radio Songs top five and Zayn’s second.
“Forever” is the lead single from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, with both the album and the movie having arrived Friday (Feb. 10). As it holds at its No. 3 high, the song remains tied for the highest-charting Hot 100 hit from the Fifty Shades franchise. 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey yielded the No. 3-peaking “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding and “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” by The Weeknd.
Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons” vaults back onto the Hot 100 at No. 4 after she performed the Joanne track as part of her Super Bowl halftime show. The ballad makes a revival similar to that of the New England Patriots, who erased a 28-3 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in the game. In fact, just as the Patriots staged the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history (covering 51 games), Gaga makes a record return on the Hot 100, tying two other songs for the highest re-entry in the chart’s 58-year archives.
“Reasons” originally peaked at No. 52 on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 24, 2016, and had last appeared on the chart dated Feb. 11 (two weeks ago), after an initial 11 weeks on the survey.
Gaga’s No. 4 re-entry on the Hot 100 matches the record No. 4 returns of LL Cool J‘s “Control Myself,” featuring Jennifer Lopez (April 29, 2006), and Dixie Chicks‘ “Not Ready to Make Nice” (March 3, 2007). The former came back after first reaching No. 89 six weeks earlier, driven by its No. 2 debut on Digital Song Sales (as the rapper’s Todd Smith bowed at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums), while the latter returned after initially climbing to No. 23 in May 2006, following the country trio’s five wins at the Grammy Awards in 2007, including record and song of the year for “Nice.”
“Reasons” re-enters Digital Song Sales at No. 1, up 1,334 percent to 149,000 sold, also boosted by 69-cent iTunes Store sale-pricing. It also surges by 128 percent to 7.6 million U.S. streams. It continues to build in airplay (15 million, up a hefty 50 percent), as it enters the top 20 (21-19) on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart and bullets at No. 32 on Pop Songs.
Gaga earns her 14th top 10 Hot 100 hit and 10th top five single. She last appeared in the top five with the No. 4-peaking “Applause” on the chart dated Sept. 7, 2013. She scores her fifth No. 1 on Digital Song Sales (where “Reasons” first reached No. 6 in December) and first in six years; she last boasted the week’s top-selling song with “Born This Way,” which led for four weeks in February-March 2011.
As previously reported, “Reasons” parent album Joanne rockets 66-2 on the Billboard 200 (74,000 equivalent album units, up 818 percent). The set’s lead single, “Perfect Illusion,” debuted and peaked at No. 15 on the Hot 100 dated Oct. 1. Joanne debuted atop the Nov. 12-dated Billboard 200, arriving as Gaga’s fourth No. 1 set. Meanwhile, another song that Gaga performed in her Super Bowl halftime medley, “Bad Romance,” re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 50 (having peaked at No. 2 for seven weeks in 2009-10). It returns to Digital Song Sales at No. 9 (39,000, up 2,753 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello‘s “Bad Things” slides to No. 5 from its No. 4 high, led by its No. 4 rank on Radio Songs (105 million, down 5 percent). It tops the Pop Songs airplay chart for a second week.
As his new album I Decided. debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his second leading set, Big Sean notches his third Hot 100 top 10, and ties for his highest-peaking hit, as the album’s “Bounce Back” blasts 15-6. It jumps 8-3 on Streaming Songs (25.8 million, up 31 percent) and 28-21 on Radio Songs (48 million, up 15 percent) and gains by 6 percent to 24,000 sold, despite a 26-31 drop on Digital Song Sales. The hip-hop star scored his first two Hot 100 top 10s in 2012: “Dance (A$$),” featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 10), and as featured on Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me” (No. 6).
The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer,” featuring Halsey, slip 5-7 on the Hot 100, after spending 12 weeks at No. 1. It extends its record for the most weeks logged in the top 10 from a title’s debut, having totaled all 28 of its weeks on the chart in the top 10 since its bow at No. 9 on Aug. 20. It leads the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a 26th week, tying for the most weeks logged at No. 1 since the chart began in January 2013: Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up” also ruled for 26 weeks in 2013-14.
Alessia Cara‘s “Scars to Your Beautiful” rises 10-8 on the Hot 100, its best rank so far. After she performed it on NBC’s Saturday Night Live Feb. 4, the song gains by 19 percent to 27,000 sold.
Maroon 5‘s “Don’t Wanna Know,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, falls to No. 9 on the Hot 100 from its No. 6 highpoint. It also departs the Radio Songs summit after eight weeks on top (1-2; 118 million, down 8 percent), remaining tied with 2012’s “One More Night” for the group’s longest-leading Radio Songs No. 1. (Last week, Interscope Records announced that “Don’t” follow-up “Cold,” featuring Future, will arrive just after midnight tonight.)
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, more Chainsmokers: “Closer” follow-up “Paris” returns to the region (11-10), following its No. 7 debut, and peak so far, three weeks earlier. It descends 6-10 on Digital Song Sales (39,000, down 4 percent) but rebounds 11-10 on Streaming Songs (16.9 million, down 1 percent) and keeps gaining on Radio Songs (19-17; 59 million, up 3 percent).
Looking ahead to next week’s Hot 100 (dated March 4), Katy Perry should make a splashy start with “Chained to the Rhythm,” featuring Skip Marley. Released Friday (Feb. 10) and performed during last night’s 59th Annual Gammy Awards, the single debuts at No. 20 on Adult Pop Songs (marking her highest entrance among 20 career hits on the chart), No. 24 on Pop Songs and No. 30 on Adult Contemporary (as those charts follow a Monday-Sunday tracking period). Following its first week of sales and streaming (measured Friday-Thursday), the song should make a lofty launch on the Hot 100 next week.
Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column later this week, and visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 14), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.