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Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ Hits No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

The song reigns in the U.S. after ruling multiple charts worldwide.

A sad song leads to joyous news for Lewis Capaldi, as his breakthrough ballad “Someone You Loved” rises to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The track by the 23-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter, released on Vertigo/Capitol Records, previously ruled multiple charts globally, including the Official UK Singles survey, for seven weeks beginning in March.

Let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100 (dated Nov. 2), which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 29).

Here’s a deeper look at the 1,091st No. 1 in the Hot 100’s six-decade history.

Airplay, sales & streams: “Someone” rises 3-2 on the Radio Songs chart, despite a 2% dip to 105.6 million audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 27, according to Nielsen Music. It pushes 5-2 on Digital Song Sales with a 41% surge to 24,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 24, good for the Hot 100’s top Sales Gainer award. On Streaming Songs, the track ascends 11-8 (reaching the top 10 for the first time), up 2% to 25.2 million U.S. streams, in the week ending Oct. 24.

Adding to the song’s profile in the tracking week, it played during a routine in the Oct. 21 episode of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

Notably, “Someone” leads the Hot 100 while not topping any of the chart’s three component tallies, a distinction that last occurred with Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” (Aug. 31), a week after Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” did the same (Aug. 24).


24 weeks to No. 1: “Someone” reaches the Hot 100’s summit in its 24th week on the chart, completing the fifth-lengthiest climb to No. 1 all-time. Among acts’ first Hot 100 entries, it wraps the second-longest trip to the top, after Vertical Horizon’s “Everything You Want” in 2000.

Here’s a recap:

Weeks to No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
31, “Amazed,” Lonestar, March 4, 2000
30, “All of Me,” John Legend, May 17, 2014
27, “With Arms Wide Open,” Creed, Nov. 11, 2000
26, “Everything You Want,” Vertical Horizon, July 15, 2000
24, “Someone You Loved,” Lewis Capaldi, Nov. 2, 2019

“Someone” has steadily scaled the Hot 100, as it debuted on May 25, reached the top 40 on July 20 and entered the top 10 on Sept. 21.

Capitol conquers: While Capitol Records last led the Hot 100 as recently as January, for two weeks via Halsey’s “Without Me,” Capaldi is the first artist on the label to take a first Hot 100 entry to No. 1 in over 11 years, since Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” ruled for seven weeks starting in July 2008.

TMS on top: Capaldi co-wrote “Someone” with Sam Elliot “ROMANS” Roman, Tom Barnes, Pete Kelleher and Ben Kohn. Billed as TMS, Barns, Kelleher and Kohn produced the track. While all the talents enjoy their first No. 1 on the Hot 100, the TMS trio previously reached the top 10 as co-writers of G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha’s “Me, Myself & I,” which hit No. 7 in March 2016.

11 to 1: “Someone” is the 11th song to ascend to No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2019, matching the total of all of 2018. With the latest chart dated Nov. 2, this year marks the fastest accumulation of 11 leaders in a year since 2011, when the 11th No. 1 reached the summit that Sept. 10.

The relatively rapid turnover atop the Hot 100 in 2019 is especially notable given that Lil Nas X blocked all competitors for a record 19 weeks (April 13-Aug. 17) with “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.


Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” drops to No. 2 on the Hot 100 after seven weeks at No. 1, as it remains tied with Iggy Azalea’s 2014 hit “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, for the longest reign for a rap song by a woman. “Truth” tops Radio Songs for a sixth week (111.9 million, down 3%), while sliding 2-5 on Digital Song Sales (17,000 sold, down 15%) and lifting 12-11 on Streaming Songs (21.7 million, down 7%).

“Truth” additionally tallies a ninth week at No. 1 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs genre charts (which employ the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100).

Mendes and Cabello’s “Señorita” retreats 2-3 on the Hot 100, while two other tracks keep at their highpoints in the top five: Post Malone’s “Circles” (No. 4) and Chris Brown’s “No Guidance,” featuring Drake (No. 5), as the latter leads Hot R&B Songs for a ninth week.

Lil Nas X’s “Panini” pushes 9-6 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 5, and Travis Scott’s “Highest in the Room” descends 6-7, after launching at No. 1 on the Oct. 19 chart, and leads Streaming Songs for a third week (33.8 million, down 9%).

Lil Tecca’s “Ran$om” backtracks 7-8 on the Hot 100; Eilish’s “Bad Guy” falls 8-9; and Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber’s “10,000 Hours” returns to the region (11-10), after debuting two weeks ago at No. 4, as it commands Hot Country Songs for a third week.


Just beyond the Hot 100’s top 10, Maroon 5’s “Memories” bumps 12-11, Ed Sheeran’s “Beautiful People,” featuring Khalid, rises 14-13 and Lizzo’s “Good as Hell” surges 20-14 and claims top Airplay Gainer honors for a second week (52.4 million in radio reach, up 22%), as all three songs hit new highs.

Plus, Selena Gomez blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 15 with “Lose You to Love Me.” Released last Wednesday (Oct. 23), the ballad soars in at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales with 36,000 sold and No. 20 on Streaming Songs with 15.3 million streams, while drawing 14.1 million in radio audience.

The expected first taste of Gomez’s first album since Revival in 2015 marks her second-best Hot 100 debut, among 28 career visits; “Good for You” opened at No. 9 (and reached No. 5) in 2015.

Find out more Hot 100 news on Billboard.com this week, and, for all chart news, you can listen (and subscribe) to Billboard‘s Pop Shop Podcast and follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 29), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.