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Jonas Brothers Notch First Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 as ‘Sucker’ Blasts In On Top

Jonas Brothers' comeback single "Sucker" rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (dated March 16) at No. 1, marking their first leader on the list.

Jonas Brothers‘ comeback single “Sucker” rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (dated March 16) at No. 1, marking their first leader on the list.

The group, consisting of Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas, initially appeared on the chart over 12 years go and reached a prior No. 5 high with “Burnin’ Up” in 2008.

Jonas Brothers, who formed in 2005, ascended to boy band royalty soon after thanks to their numerous Disney TV and film projects, in addition to their music, which included a pair of No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart in 2008 and 2009. After their split in 2013, they announced their reunion Feb. 28 and released “Sucker,” and its official video, the following day (at midnight ET on March 1).

Also on the latest Hot 100, Cardi B and Bruno Mars‘ “Please Me” blasts to a new No. 3 peak following the March 1 premiere of its official video.

Let’s run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on tomorrow (March 12).

No. 1 in sales & streams: “Sucker,” released on Republic Records, starts as the 1,085th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 60-year history.

The track launches atop the Streaming Songs chart with 43.7 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 7, according to Nielsen Music. The trio reigns in its first appearance on the tally (which began in 2013).

“Sucker” also debuts at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales with 88,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending March 7. The trio’s 22nd entry on the chart is its first No. 1 (following three No. 2-peaking hits, all in 2008: “Burnin’ Up,” “Pushing Me Away” and “Tonight”).

On the Radio Songs chart, “Sucker” arrives at No. 46, a career-best rank for the act, with 22.6 million audience impressions in the week ending March 10.

Helping power the strong start for “Sucker,” Jonas Brothers promoted their return with a week-long residency last week on CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden, including their buzzy Carpool Karaoke.


First No. 1, after 12 years on the Hot 100: Jonas Brothers achieve their first Hot 100 No. 1 after initially appearing on the chart 12 years and one month ago: first entry “Year 3000” debuted, at No. 40, on the chart dated Feb. 17, 2007 (and rose to No. 31 that March).

The group charted 16 titles in 2007-09 and one more (the No. 60-peaking “Pom Poms”) in 2013. Two top 10s preceded “Sucker”: “Burnin’ Up” (No. 5) and “Tonight” (No. 8), both in 2008.

Jonas Brothers’ 12-year-plus trek for a first Hot 100 No. 1 marks the longest since Daft Punk waited close to 20 years between its first entry, “Around the World” (August 1997), and first leader, as featured on The Weeknd’s “Starboy” (January 2017). The record? Santana spanned almost exactly 30 years between its first Hot 100 visit, with “Jingo” (Oct. 25, 1969), and its first No. 1, “Smooth,” featuring Rob Thomas (Oct. 23, 1999).

…and after six years away from the Hot 100: “Pom Poms,” Jonas Brothers’ last Hot 100 entry before “Sucker,” spent a week on the chart, dated April 20, 2013. Their nearly six-year absence marks the longest break between a prior entry and a chart-topping comeback since Luis Fonsi took eight years and six months between his No. 92-peaking “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008 and his record-tying 16-week No. 1 “Despacito,” with Daddy Yankee and featuring Justin Bieber, in 2017.

Oh, brothers: Jonas Brothers are the fifth act with the word “brothers” in its name to top the Hot 100, following The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, The Doobie Brothers and Bellamy Brothers. Of those, the Jonases join the Everly and Bellamy duos as real-life sibling acts to lead the list.

Of course, other (partial or full) sibling and/or family acts have the led the Hot 100, including The Beach Boys, Jackson 5, Carpenters, The Osmonds, Bee Gees, Heart, Bangles, New Kids on the Block, Wilson Phillips, Nelson, Hanson, K-Ci & JoJo, 98 Degrees, Rae Sremmurd and Migos.


First boy band at No. 1 in over 16 years: Jonas Brothers are the first act regarded as a boy band (even if Nick is 26, Joe is 29 and Kevin is 31) to crown the Hot 100 since B2K, whose “Bump, Bump, Bump,” with P. Diddy, led the chart dated Feb. 1, 2003. (In December, Billboard exclusively broke the news of B2K’s reunion for the Millennium Tour, which began Friday, March 8.)

Before B2K, in Y2K, *NSYNC hit No. 1, in July 2000, with “It’s Gonna Be Me,” after 98 Degrees had led that February as featured, with Joe, on Mariah Carey’s “Thank God I Found You.” (As for the other boy band kings to break through in that era, Backstreet Boys reached a No. 2 best with “Quit Playing Games [With My Heart]” in 1997.)

Among other boy bands this decade on the Hot 100, One Direction hit No. 2 with “Best Song Ever” in 2013; The Wanted reached No. 3 with “Glad You Came” in 2012; 5 Seconds of Summer scored their first top 10, reaching No. 7 last October, with “Youngblood”; and BTS became the first K-pop boy band to notch a top 10, with “Fake Love” (No. 10, last June).

Meanwhile, between B2K and Jonas Brothers’ coronations, *NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake (most recently in 2016) and 1D’s Zayn (the same year, with “Pillowtalk”) topped the Hot 100 as soloists.

Speaking of boy band members on their own, while “Sucker” is the first single by Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas as the Jonas Brothers since 2013, Nick logged the No. 7-peaking solo Hot 100 hit “Jealous” in 2015, while, as a member of DNCE, Joe reached No. 9 in 2016 via the act’s “Cake by the Ocean.”

Sweet success: A decade before “Sucker,” Kelly Clarkson topped the Hot 100 for two weeks in February 2009 with “My Life Would Suck Without You.” (Unwrapping a No. 1 related in name to Jonas Brothers’ new leader, Lil Wayne licked the competition in 2008 with “Lollipop,” featuring Static Major.)


Tedder, Dukes & Bell ring up a new No. 1: Joe and Nick Jonas co-wrote “Sucker” with Ryan Tedder, Frank Dukes and Louis Bell. The two brothers lead the Hot 100 for the first time as writers, while Tedder, notably, makes his second trip to the top in that role and first in over a decade; Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love,” which he co-penned with Jesse McCartney, ruled for four weeks in 2008.

Dukes also adds his second Hot 100 No. 1 as a writer, after Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, last year, while Bell logs his sixth leader (and third of 2019), following “Havana,” Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, in 2017 and “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, in 2018, and this year’s “Without Me” by Halsey and “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)” by Post Malone and Swae Lee.

Tedder and Dukes co-produced “Sucker,” marking each’s second Hot 100 No. 1 in a producing role, after “Bleeding Love” and “Havana,” respectively.

Five No. 1s in 2019: Just over three months into 2019, five songs have ascended to No. 1 on the Hot 100 this year, as “Sucker” follows Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s “Shallow,” Ariana Grande‘s “7 Rings,” “Sunflower” and “Without Me.” That’s the quickest accumulation of five new No. 1s in a year since 1998, when that total was technically reached two days faster, on the chart dated March 14.

Since the Hot 100 adopted Nielsen data in late 1991, making for slower turnover atop the chart than before, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2012 and now 2019 have all seen the fifth new No. 1 of each year reach pole position on charts dated in mid-March.

Pop on top: Four pop songs have led the Hot 100 so far in 2019: “Sucker,” “Shallow,” “7 Rings” and “Without Me.” Already, the total tops that of all of 2018, a year in which rap songs led for a record 34 consecutive weeks and when three pop songs reigned: Cabello’s “Havana,” Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B, and Grande’s “Thank U, Next” (the only pop No. 1 of 2018 without a guest rapper).


Started from the top: “Sucker” is the 34th single to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It’s the second of 2019, after Grande’s “Rings” (Feb. 2). Grande also logged the prior such bow, with “Thank U, Next” on Nov. 17, and Republic Records has released five of the last six songs to start at the summit; prior to Jonas Brothers and Grande’s two No. 1 openers, Drake entered at No. 1 last year with “Nice for What” (in April) and “God’s Plan” (February). (Childish Gambino’s Grammy Award-winning “This Is America,” released on RCA Records, debuted at No. 1 last May.)

Before “Sucker,” only one song by a group in a lead role had ever roared in atop the Hot 100: Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” on Sept. 5, 1998. Like Jonas Brothers, Aerosmith waited a long time before finally having what it takes to elevate and walk all the way to No. 1: “Miss” became the band’s first leading hit nearly 25 years after its first visit to the chart.

Elsewhere in the Hot 100’s top 10…

Grande’s “7 Rings” holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100 after spending its first five weeks at No. 1. It concurrently makes a record-setting rise to No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.

Cardi B and Bruno Mars surge from No. 14 to a new No. 3 Hot 100 high with “Please Me” (which debuted at No. 5 two weeks ago). Following the March 1 arrival of its official video, the collab surges 14-2 on Streaming Songs with an 86 percent gain to 45.3 million streams. (Note that while its sum is higher than Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker,” at 43.7 million, the latter ranks at No. 1 on Streaming Songs due to the application of weighting of paid subscription, ad-supported and programmed streams.)

“Please Me” rebounds 11-3 on Digital Song Sales (28,000 sold, up 71 percent) and charges 14-11 on Radio Songs (52.9 million impressions, up 11 percent). It also hits No. 1 for the first time on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts.

Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” is stationary at No. 4 on the Hot 100 and Halsey’s “Without Me” descends 3-5. The latter track tops Radio Songs for a second week (103 million, down 4 percent) and becomes Halsey’s second No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, after her featured turn on The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” in 2016.


After translating its Academy Award win for best original song, and Gaga and Cooper’s performance of the ballad at the Oscars (Feb. 24), to a No. 1 flight on last week’s Hot 100, “Shallow” falls to No. 6. (The drop is the steepest from the summit since Zayn’s “Pillowtalk” plummeted 1-7 in February 2016.) “Shallow” dips from No. 1 to No. 2 on Digital Song Sales (56,000, down 51 percent) and 9-14 on Streaming Songs (24.6 million, down 10 percent), while continuing to scale Radio Songs, where it rises from No. 27 to a new No. 22 high (43.4 million, up 24 percent, good for the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award).

Post Malone’s “Wow.” reaches a new Hot 100 peak, pushing 8-7; Marshmello and Bastille‘s No. 2-reaching “Happier” slips 6-8, while leading Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a 25th week; and J. Cole‘s No. 4-peaking Hot 100 hit “Middle Child” descends 5-9.

Capping the Hot 100’s top 10, Travis Scott‘s former No. 1 “Sicko Mode” holds at No. 10 as it spends its 31st week (encompassing its entire run on the chart) in the top 10, the most ever for a hip-hop hit. Only four songs overall have tallied more time in the top 10:

Most weeks in Hot 100’s top 10
33, “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, 2018-19
33, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran, 2017
32, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, 2016-17
32, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, 1997-98
31, “Sicko Mode,” Travis Scott, 2018-19
31, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, 2014-15
30, “Smooth,” Santana feat, Rob Thomas, 1999-2000

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