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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Rules Billboard Hot 100 for Sixth Week; Shawn Mendes, Logic & Eminem Debut in Top Five

Mendes scores a career-best No. 2 rank.

Lil Nas X extends his reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 to a sixth week with “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

Meanwhile, two songs launch on the Hot 100 in the top five: Shawn Mendes debuts at a career-best No. 2 rank with “If I Can’t Have You” and Logic enters at No. 5 with “Homicide,” featuring Eminem.

Let’s run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100 (dated May 18), which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on tomorrow (May 14).

As on the Hot 100, “Road” leads the Streaming Songs chart for a sixth week, with 104.1 million U.S. streams (up less than 1%) in the week ending May 9, according to Nielsen Music. “Road” set the weekly streaming record following the April 5 arrival of its remix with Cyrus, and now claims five of the seven biggest streaming weeks ever:

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

“Road” rebounds 2-1 on the Digital Song Sales chart for a fourth week at No. 1, with 78,000 downloads sold (up 1%) in the week ending May 9.

On the Radio Songs chart, “Road” rises 6-4, with 77.6 million audience impressions, up 16%, in the week ending May 12, good for top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for the fourth time in five weeks.

As “Road” marks Lil Nas X’s first Hot 100 entry, he boasts the longest-leading debut No. 1 (among artists billed as leads) since OMI ruled for six weeks in 2015 with his first Hot 100 hit, “Cheerleader.” No such rookie No. 1 has led longer since earlier in 2015, when Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars, dominated for 14 weeks beginning that January. (Before then, Ronson tallied two top 10s as a writer and producer, of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab,” a No. 9 hit in 2007, and Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” No. 1 for six weeks in 2012-13.)

“Road” concurrently adds a sixth week at No. 1 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts.

Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You” soars in at a personal-best No. 2 on the Hot 100, as it opens at No. 2 on Digital Song Sales (64,000) and No. 8 on Streaming Songs (24 million) and bounds 43-27 on Radio Songs (35.7 million).

Mendes notches his fourth Hot 100 top 10, following “Stitches” (No. 4, 2015), “Treat You Better” (No. 6, 2016) and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (No. 6, 2017). He easily achieves his highest debut, besting the No. 24 start (and peak) of his first entry, “Life of the Party,” in 2014.

Title disco-graphy: Upon its arrival, “If I Can’t Have You” is the second-highest-charting Hot 100 hit by that title. Yvonne Elliman’s song of the same name topped the chart exactly 41 years ago today (May 13, 1978). The classic was written by the Bee Gees and released from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.


Taylor Swift‘s “Me!,” featuring Brendon Urie, dips to No. 3 from its No. 2 Hot 100 high reached a week earlier, when it made a record 98-spot vault after its first full week of tracking. The collab falls from No. 1 to No. 4 on Digital Song Sales (29,000, down 85%) and 2-5 on Streaming Songs (26.8 million, down 47%), while ascending to the Radio Songs top 10 (13-10; 62.2 million, up 15%).

Swift scores her 15th Radio Songs top 10, while Panic! at the Disco frontman Urie earns his first as a soloist; In December, Panic achieved its first No. 1 (with its first top 10), as “High Hopes” began a 14-week command.

Jonas Brothers‘ former one-week leader “Sucker” holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100.

Logic’s “Homicide” bounds in at No. 5 on the Hot 100, starting at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (36.3 million) and No. 3 on Digital Song Sales (42,000).

Logic lands his second Hot 100 top 10, after “1-800-273-8255,” featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid (No. 3, September 2017). Eminem earns his 21st top 10, tying JAY-Z for the third-most top 10s among rappers, after Drake (33) and Lil Wayne (24).

Thanks to Mendes and Logic’s entrances, the Hot 100 boasts two simultaneous top five debuts for the first time since Oct. 27, 2018, when songs also started at Nos. 2 and 5: Kodak Black’s “ZEZE,” featuring Travis Scott and Offset, and Bad Bunny’s “MIA,” featuring Drake, respectively.

Post Malone‘s “Wow.” drops 3-6 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 2 and his and Swae Lee‘s one-week No. 1 “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)” descends 5-7.

Halsey‘s two-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Without Me” retreats 7-8, as it ties for the ninth-most weeks spent in the top 10 in the chart’s 60-year history. Halsey previously logged a then-record 32 weeks in the tier as featured on The Chainsmokers’ “Closer”:

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, “Sicko Mode,” Travis Scott, 2018-19
32, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, 2016-17
32, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, 1997-98
31, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, 2014-15
30, “Smooth,” Santana feat, Rob Thomas, 1999-2000
29, “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, 2011-12
28, “Without Me,” Halsey, 2018-19
28, “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars, 2017
28, “You Were Meant for Me”/”Foolish Games,” Jewel, 1997


Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy” keeps at No. 9 after reaching No. 7, winning top Streaming Gainer kudos (38.4 million, up 18 percent), and Ariana Grande‘s former eight-week No. 1 “7 Rings” slides 6-10.

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 14), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.