Meanwhile, three collaborations bound to the Hot 100’s top 10: Lil Baby and Gunna‘s “Drip Too Hard,” which vaults from No. 25 to No. 4; Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s “Shallow” (28-5), as the pair’s A Star Is Born soundtrack, featuring the ballad, launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart; and, Marshmello and Bastille‘s “Happier” (13-8).
Let’s run down a busy top 10 on the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 16).
“Girls” tops the Radio Songs chart for a 12th week, with 125.4 million in audience, down 1 percent, in the week ending Oct. 14, according to Nielsen Music. The track passes The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” featuring Halsey, in 2016, as the longest-leading Radio Songs No. 1 by a duo or group this century; it boasts the longest reign by a duo or group since TLC’s “No Scrubs” led for 13 weeks in 1999. (Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” holds the longevity record atop Radio Songs among all acts, with 18 weeks at No. 1 in 1998.) “Girls” has also logged the longest run atop Radio Songs by any act since Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” which spent 12 weeks at No. 1 in 2017.
“Girls” dips 8-9 on Digital Song Sales, but with a 22 percent gain to 22,000 downloads sold, in the week ending Oct. 11, after leading the list for six weeks, and rebounds 19-16 on Streaming Songs (22.9 million U.S. streams, down 2 percent, in the week ending Oct. 11), where it reached No. 5.
The latest week atop the Hot 100 for “Girls” grants Cardi B a record, as she passes Iggy Azalea for the most total weeks atop the tally among female rappers, eight vs. seven. Before her current four-week reign, Cardi B led for a week in July with “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and for three weeks in October 2017 with her debut hit, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).” Azalea earned her seven weeks atop the Hot 100 all via her debut smash “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, in 2014. (Thus, Azalea notched all her weeks at No. 1 as a lead act; Cardi B has spent four of her eight weeks at No. 1 as a lead.)
Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” returns to its No. 2 Hot 100 peak from No. 3, as it rebounds 6-2 on Streaming Songs (35.8 million, essentially even week-over-week); holds at No. 6 on Radio Songs (71 million, also on par with last week’s sum); and slips 18-20 on Digital Song Sales (11,000, down 7 percent).
Maroon 5’s “Girls” and Juice WRLD’s “Dreams” essentially maintain their distance from each other from last week on the Hot 100, with the former up by one percent in overall activity and the latter down less than one percent.
Post Malone‘s “Better Now” revisits its Hot 100 highpoint (4-3), as it holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs (100 million, down 1 percent) and jumps 15-10 on Digital Song Sales (19,000, up 44 percent) and 28-17 on Streaming Songs (21.4 million, up 7 percent). The track’s official video arrived at last Oct. 5 and Post Malone performed the song as part of a medley with his prior hit “Psycho” (with Ty Dolla $ign) during the American Music Awards on Oct. 9.
Lil Baby and Gunna’s “Drip Too Hard” surges 25-4 on the Hot 100 as the chart’s top Streaming Gainer award winner, as the pair’s collaborative album Drip Harder starts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. The track crowns Streaming Songs, where it’s each act’s first leader (13-1; 41.3 million, up 69 percent).
Gunna earns his first Hot 100 top 10, while Lil Baby lands his second, and first top five, after “Yes Indeed,” with Drake, reached No. 6 in June.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” vaults 28-5 on the Hot 100, as parent album the A Star Is Born soundtrack, by the film’s two stars, blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The duet tops Digital Song Sales for a second week (71,000, up 21 percent), reigning as the Hot 100’s top digital sales gainer; enters Streaming Songs at No. 34 (13.4 million, up 61 percent); and sports 5.1 million in all-format radio audience (up 176 percent), as it debuts on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart at No. 29.
Fueling the song’s buzz: After A Star Is Born premiered in theaters Oct. 5 (the same day that its soundtrack arrived), the film earned $94.2 million in its first 10 days of release in the U.S. and Canada.
“Shallow” is Cooper’s first Hot 100 top 10 (in his first visit to the chart) and Gaga’s 15th, and first since another ballad, “Million Reasons,” hit No. 4 in February 2017. Dating to her first week in the top 10, with “Just Dance,” featuring Colby O’Donis, almost 10 years ago (Dec. 6, 2008), Gaga moves into a sixth-place tie with Bruno Mars for the most top 10s in that span, following Drake (31), Rihanna (22), Taylor Swift (20) and Lil Wayne and Minaj (17 each).
Marshmello and Bastille’s “Happier” hikes 13-8 on the Hot 100, marking Marshmello’s first top 10 and Bastille’s second, and first in four years. The song slides 2-7 on Digital Song Sales (24,000, down 10 percent) but ascends 21-12 on Streaming Songs (21.3 million, up 7 percent) and 16-12 on Radio Songs (53.4 million, up 19 percent), good for top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a third consecutive week.
Marshmello previously hit a No. 11 Hot 100 best rank with “Friends,” with Anne-Marie, in June. Bastille first reached the top 10 with its breakthrough hit “Pompeii,” which rose to No. 5 in March 2014.
“Happier” concurrently spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. The multi-format hit takes over atop the Dance/Mixshow Airplay chart (2-1), pushes 5-4 on Alternative Songs and enters the Pop Songs top 10 (12-9).
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It,” which topped the July 7-dated chart, returns to the bracket (11-9), as does 6ix9ine’s “Fefe,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz (12-10), after reaching No. 3 in August.
Notably, as Drake’s former 10-week No. 1 “In My Feelings” falls 9-11, he’s absent as a credited artist from the Hot 100’s top 10 for the first time since the week dated Jan. 27, after 37 consecutive weeks in the region, 29 of them spent at No. 1, a new single-year record. Katy Perry holds the mark with 69 straight weeks in the top 10 in 2010-11. Still, Drake’s voice remains heard in the top 10, thanks to his uncredited guest vocals on “Sicko Mode.”
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