Justin Timberlake soars to a historic No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart (dated June 18), as “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” rises 3-1. Reaching the top spot in just its fifth week on the ranking, the song ties for the fastest flight to No. 1, and marks the speediest rise to the top by a male artist in the tally’s 20-year history.
Dating to the premiere of Adult Pop Songs in Billboard magazine in March 1996, “Feeling” equals the five-week ascent to No. 1 that Adele made with “Hello” in November. “Hello” and “Feeling” each outpaced the six-week sprints to the summit by Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” (2014) and Celine Dion‘s “Because You Loved Me” (1996).
Among males, “Feeling” bests Pharrell Williams‘ eight-week trip to the top with “Happy,” which hit No. 1 on April 5, 2014, for the quickest climb to the top spot by a solo male.
Timberlake earns his third No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs, following “Mirrors” and “Not a Bad Thing,” which led for a week each in 2013 and 2014, respectively. (As a member of *NSYNC, Timberlake charted as high as No. 19 with the group on Adult Pop Songs with “Bye Bye Bye” in 2000.)
“Feeling” concurrently crowns Billboard‘s Pop Songs airplay chart, where it likewise pushes 3-1 in its fifth week. The song finishes the fastest surge to the top since, again, Adele’s “Hello” in November (also five weeks). Earlier in 2015, Swift’s “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, likewise hit No. 1 in its fifth week. Before those three songs, no title had risen to the summit more quickly since Nelly‘s “Over and Over,” featuring Tim McGraw (four weeks, 2004).
Timberlake tallies his eighth Pop Songs No. 1, breaking a tie with Bruno Mars for the most leaders among males, dating to the chart’s 1992 launch. Among all artists, Katy Perry and Rihanna share the record with 11 No. 1s each. (Timberlake made two additional trips to No. 1 on Pop Songs with *NSYNC, with “Bye Bye Bye,” for 10 weeks, and “It’s Gonna Be Me,” for five, both in 2000.)
“Feeling,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated May 28, is from the animated film Trolls, not due in theaters until Nov. 4; Timberlake voices a role in the movie, joining stars including Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani and James Corden. Timberlake also serves as an executive producer for the film’s music, with the soundtrack due in September. Timberlake’s own next album, his first since 2013, could arrive early next year, according to RCA Records.
As previously reported, “Feeling” also becomes the most-heard song in the U.S., rising 2-1 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart (149 million in audience, up 12 percent, according to Nielsen Music). The track reaches No. 1 on Radio Songs in just its fifth week, marking the quickest sprint to the top since (guess who?) Adele needed just four weeks for “Hello” to reign in November. Among males, “Feeling” makes the fastest trip to No. 1 on Radio Songs in nearly 25 years, since Michael Jackson‘s “Black or White” set the record with a three-week climb in 1991. (Among all acts, Mariah Carey tied the mark with “I’ll Be There” in 1992.)
All charts will update Tuesday (June 7) on Billboard.com.