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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Rules Billboard Hot 100 for Eighth Week, Ava Max’s ‘Sweet but Psycho’ Hits Top 10

After the premiere of its official video, "Road" boasts the second-biggest streaming week ever – and ties for the longest reign of 2019.

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart for an eighth week, sporting the second-biggest streaming ever following the May 17 premiere of its official video.

Plus, with its eighth week atop the Hot 100, “Road” matches the chart’s longest reign this year: Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” ruled for eight weeks beginning with its debut at No. 1 on the list dated Feb. 2.

Meanwhile, Billie Eilish reaches a new personal-best No. 3 rank on the Hot 100 with “Bad Guy;” Khalid earns his first top five hit as a lead artist with “Talk,” at No. 5; and Ava Max ascends to her first top 10, as her debut hit “Sweet but Psycho” rises from No. 12 to No. 10.

Let’s run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100 (dated June 1), which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on tomorrow (May 29), one day later than usual due to the Monday (May 27) Memorial Day holiday in the U.S.

As on the Hot 100, “Road” (on Columbia Records) rules the Streaming Songs chart for an eighth week, with 130.7 million U.S. streams, up 27%, in the week ending May 23, according to Nielsen Music, with the tracking week encompassing the first seven days of availability for the song’s official video. “Road” tallies the second-biggest streaming week to date, bested only by its total following the April 5 arrival of its remix with Cyrus, and now claims seven of the nine biggest streaming weeks ever, including the top three:

Total weekly U.S. streams, Title, Artist, Chart date
143 million, “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, April 20, 2019
130.7 million, “Old Town Road,” June 1, 2019
125.2 million, “Old Town Road,” April 27, 2019
116.2 million, “In My Feelings,” Drake, July 28, 2018
114.4 million, “Old Town Road,” May 4, 2019
106.2 million, “In My Feelings,” Aug. 4, 2018
104.1 million, “Old Town Road,” May 18, 2019
104 million, “Old Town Road,” May 11, 2019
103.1 million, “Old Town Road,” May 25, 2019

“Road” rebounds 2-1 for a fifth week atop the Digital Song Sales chart with 76,000 downloads sold, up 9%, in the week ending May 23, as it wins the Hot 100’s top Streaming and Sales Gainer awards.

On the Radio Songs chart, “Road” holds at its No. 3 high, with 87.4 million audience impressions, up 4%, in the week ending May 26.

“Road” concurrently commands the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for an eighth week each.


Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber‘s “I Don’t Care” remains at No. 2 on the Hot 100, holding in place from its debut a week ago. Like “Road,” the official video for “Care” premiered May 17.

“Care” drops to No. 3 on Digital Song Sales after debuting at No. 1 (29,000, down 62%) and 3-5 on Streaming Songs (30.5 million, down 10%), while surging 13-10 on Radio Songs (58.2 million, up 19%) in its third week on the chart, good for top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100.

Bieber adds his 12th Radio Songs top 10 and Sheeran scores his eighth. Sheeran completes his quickest climb to the region, besting the four-week ascent of “Shape of You” in 2017, while Bieber ties his fastest flight; DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One,” featuring Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne, also needed only three weeks in 2017.

Eilish’s “Bad Guy” bumps 4-3 on the Hot 100, one-upping her best career placement. The track stays at its No. 2 high on Streaming Songs (38.5 million, down 4%); slips 8-9 on Digital Song Sales but with a 16% gain to 18,000; and advances 43-35 on Radio Songs (29.8 million, up 24%).

Jonas Brothers‘ former one-week Hot 100 leader “Sucker” slips 3-4, while returning for a fourth week atop Radio Songs (105.7 million, down less than 1%).


Khalid’s “Talk” charges 9-5 on the Hot 100, likewise reaching the top five on Radio Songs (6-5; 75.7 million, up 8%). It rises 9-8 on Streaming Songs (24 million, up 5%) and backtracks 14-17 on Digital Song Sales, but with a 19% surge to 14,000 sold.

Khalid collects his second top five Hot 100 hit (among five top 10s) and first as a lead artist; Logic’s “1-800-273-8255,” featuring Khalid and Alessia Cara, reached No. 3 in September 2017.

“Talk” concurrently tops the Hot R&B Songs chart for a fifth week.

Post Malone‘s “Wow.” descends 5-6 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 2, and his and Swae Lee‘s one-week No. 1 “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)” drops 6-7.

Sam Smith and Normani‘s “Dancing With a Stranger” slides to No. 8 from its No. 7 Hot 100 high and Taylor Swift‘s “Me!,” featuring Brendon Urie, falls 8-9, after arriving at its No. 2 peak.

Ava Max achieves her first Hot 100 top 10, as “Sweet but Psycho” rises 12-10 in its 23rd week on the chart, led by its No. 4 status on Radio Songs (82.5 million, up 2%).

The song, which previously ruled multiple European charts, including the Official UK Singles survey for four weeks in January, completes the steadiest climb to the Hot 100’s top 10 for a female soloist’s first entry (unaccompanied by another artist) since Anna Kendrick’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect‘s When I’m Gone)” needed 28 weeks, on its way to a No. 6 peak, in 2013.

Pop singer-songwriter Max, born Amanda Ava Koci to Albanian parents, including her opera singer mother, began honing her voice in elementary school . “I would sing Mariah Carey’s ‘Vision of Love’ over and over for a year straight,” she told Billboard earlier this year. “After that, I just started singing more.” Her family subsequently moved from Virginia to Los Angeles, where she met Cirkut, who produced and co-wrote her debut hit.


Psycho-logy: “Sweet but Psycho” marks the third Hot 100 top 10 with “psycho” in its title, following one last year and one over a half-century ago: Post Malone’s “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign (No. 1 for a week last June), and Count Five’s “Psychotic Reaction” (No. 5, 1966).

Max also marks the first solo female to take a debut Hot 100 hit on Atlantic Records to the top 10 since Cardi B, whose “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” reigned for three weeks in October 2017.

Find out more Hot 100 news on this week, and, for all chart news, you can listen (and subscribe) to Billboard‘s Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast and follow @billboard and @billboardcharts. And again, be sure to visit tomorrow (May 29), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The next issue of Billboard magazine is on sale Friday (May 31).