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The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy,’ Featuring Daft Punk, Hits No. 1 on Hot 100

The song reigns after eight weeks at No. 2, marking The Weeknd's third No. 1 and Daft Punk's first.

The Weeknd‘s “Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk, rises to No. 1, from No. 2, on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Jan. 7, 2017), marking The Weeknd’s third Hot 100 No. 1 and Daft Punk’s first.

Let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends sales, airplay and streaming data as measured by Nielsen Music. All charts will update on tomorrow, Dec. 28 (a day later than usual, due to Christmas Day having pushed back chart processing this week).

“Starboy,” released on XO/Republic Records, and the title cut from his new album (which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Dec. 17), reaches No. 1 in its 14th week on the Hot 100. It also crowns the Digital Song Sales chart for the first time (5-1), logging the chart’s greatest week-over-week sales gain (up 28,000), surging by 49 percent to 86,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 22. Its coronation on both charts was boosted by 69-cent sale-pricing in the iTunes Store during the tracking week.

“Starboy” holds at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (25 million U.S. streams, down 2 percent) and dips 4-5 on Radio Songs (106 million in airplay audience, down 7 percent). It peaked at No. 2 on both lists.

Five fun facts about “Starboy” shining atop the Hot 100:

The Weeknd’s third Hot 100 No. 1: The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) adds his third Hot 100 leader. He first reigned with “Can’t Feel My Face” for three (nonconsecutive) weeks beginning Aug. 22, 2015. “The Hills” followed (directly dethroning “Face” after its last week on top) for six weeks beginning Oct. 3, 2015.

Daft Punk’s first Hot 100 No. 1: The acclaimed French EDM duo (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) celebrates its first Hot 100 topper. The pair had previously peaked at a No. 2 high (before “Starboy”) for six weeks with “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams, in 2013.

Daft Punk first hit the Hot 100 on Aug. 30, 1997 with “Around the World,” which would peak at No. 61. (“One More Time” would follow in 2001, also with a No. 61 peak, marking the duo’s last Hot 100 entry until “Get Lucky.”) Thus, Daft Punk waited 19 years, four months and one week between its first Hot 100 appearance and its first No. 1. That’s the longest wait between a first Hot 100 visit and first No. 1 since Santana went a record two days shy of 30 years between its first entry (“Jingo,” which debuted Oct. 25, 1969) and first leader, “Smooth,” featuring Rob Thomas, which spent its first of 12 weeks at No. 1 on Oct. 23, 1999.

Notably, while “Starboy” is Daft Punk’s first Hot 100 No. 1 as an artist, the duo previously topped the chart through its songwriting. The pair’s 2001 song “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” was sampled in Kanye West‘s “Stronger,” which led the list dated Sept. 29, 2007.

No. 1 After Eight Weeks at No. 2: “Starboy” tops the Hot 100 after eight nonconsecutive weeks at No. 2, tying for the most weeks spent at No. 2 before leading the list. It matches Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry,” which ruled at last on the Jan. 23, 2016, chart, and OutKast‘s “The Way You Move,” featuring Sleepy Brown (Feb. 14, 2004). (Of the three songs, only “Move” logged its eight weeks consecutively before hitting No. 1.)

No. 1 in Its 14th Week: By ascending to No. 1 in its 14th week, “Starboy” completes the longest trip to the top of the Hot 100 since Sia‘s “Cheap Thrills,” featuring Sean Paul, reached No. 1 in its 23rd week (Aug. 6). “Starboy” wraps the steadiest flight to the summit by a male since … The Weeknd’s own “The Hills” (17 weeks).

Next Up: As “Starboy” crowns the Hot 100, its follow-up single continues to climb. “I Feel It Coming,” also featuring Daft Punk, jumps 33-25, nearing its No. 22 high (set Dec. 17, when Starboy debuted atop the Billboard 200). “Feel” climbs 30-23 on Radio Songs (41 million, up 14 percent); 47-29 on Digital Song Sales (21,000, up 35 percent); and 40-37 on Streaming Songs (6.7 million, down 11 percent).

Meanwhile, “Starboy” leads the Hot R&B Songs chart for a 13th week and rebounds 2-1 for a seventh total week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.


“Starboy” nearly first topped the Hot 100 dated Dec. 17, narrowly held off that week by Rae Sremmurd‘s “Black Beatles” (featuring Gucci Mane), which was aided by viral Mannequin Challenge videos featuring the song’s audio (as it led that week for its fourth of six weeks at No. 1). On the new Jan. 7-dated Hot 100, “Beatles” drops to No. 2. Still, it spends a seventh week atop Streaming Songs (29.3 million, down 10 percent) and holds at No. 3 on Digital Song Sales (62,000, up 2 percent) and No. 8 on Radio Songs (92 million, down 1 percent). It leads the Hot Rap Songs chart for a seventh week.

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer,” featuring Halsey, keeps at No. 3 after spending 12 weeks at No. 1; Bruno Mars‘ “24K Magic” holds at its No. 4 high; and Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall’s “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)” rebounds to its No. 5 peak from No. 8, led most notably by its 4-2 advance on Streaming Songs (28.3 million, up 14 percent).

Ariana Grande‘s “Side to Side,” featuring Nicki Minaj, slips 5-6 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 4 (and leads the top 40-based Pop Songs airplay chart for a third week); DJ Snake‘s “Let Me Love You,” featuring Bieber, reverses course, rising 9-7, after peaking at No. 4; and Maroon 5‘s “Don’t Wanna Know,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, likewise rebounds, climbing 10-8 after reaching No. 7. “Know” concurrently tops Radio Songs for a second week (124 million, down 1 percent).


Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello‘s “Bad Things” returns to the Hot 100’s top 10 at a new peak, surging 14-9, after hitting No. 10 two weeks ago. Surely helped by buzz of the Dec. 19 announcement of Cabello’s departure from Fifth Harmony, “Things” charges 10-6 on Digital Song Sales (48,000, up 21 percent); bullets for a second week at No. 11 on Radio Songs (64 million, up 12 percent); and bounds 22-12 on Streaming Songs (12.3 million, up 12 percent).

Also returning to the Hot 100’s top 10, Drake‘s “Fake Love” lifts 12-10, matching its peak first set on the Nov. 19 chart. The track pushes 13-8 on Digital Song Sales (46,000, up 30 percent); 16-9 on Streaming Songs (14.1 million, essentially even from the week before); and 19-16 on Radio Songs (50 million, up percent). The track also zooms 10-1 for a second week atop the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart (13.9 million domestic on-demand clicks, essentially even from the week before).

In action just below the Hot 100’s top 10, Amine‘s “Caroline” climbs 16-11 and Migos‘ “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, roars 26-13, both hitting new highpoints. Plus, Young M.A’s “OOOUUU” jumps 47-19 and Rihanna‘s “Love on the Brain” rebounds 27-20, both revisiting their highest ranks.

Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column later this week, and visit tomorrow (Dec. 28), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.