Meanwhile, Lil Wayne makes history as the first artist to debut two songs in the Hot 100’s top five simultaneously, as “Mona Lisa,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, launches at No. 2 and “Don’t Cry,” featuring XXXTentacion, bows at No. 5. Plus, Lil Wayne joins Drake as the only artists to debut four songs in the top 10 in a single week, as “Uproar” enters at No. 7 and “Let It Fly,” featuring Travis Scott, starts at No. 10.
Additionally, 22 tracks from Tha Carter V, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, enter the Hot 100, as Lil Wayne further matches Drake as the only acts to chart at least 22 songs simultaneously in the survey’s history.
Here’s a rundown of the top 10 and more 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. 9).
“Girls” tops the Radio Songs chart for an 11th week, with 125.9 million in audience, down 2 percent, in the week ending Oct. 7, according to Nielsen Music. The track ties 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. “Girls” has logged the longest run atop the chart by any act since Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” which spent 12 weeks at No. 1 in 2017 (and which interpolates “Scrubs”). (Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” holds the longevity record atop Radio Songs among all acts, with 18 weeks at No. 1 in 1998.)
“Girls” drops 3-8 on Digital Song Sales (18,000 downloads sold, down 26 percent, in the week ending Oct. 4), after leading for six weeks, and 13-19 on Streaming Songs (23.3 million U.S. streams, up 2 percent, in the week ending Oct. 4), where it reached No. 5.
As for Lil Wayne’s big week on the Hot 100, let’s look at five of his biggest feats related to the arrival of Tha Carter V.
First act with two simultaneous top five debuts: Lil Wayne is the first artist ever to debut two songs in the Hot 100’s top five simultaneously: “Mona Lisa,” featuring Kendrick Lamar (No. 2), and “Don’t Cry,” featuring XXXTentacion (No. 5).
Streaming powers the tracks, as “Lisa” debuts at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, where it’s Lil Wayne’s first leader, with 43 million U.S. streams, “Cry” enters at No. 2 with 36 million. The songs also debut on Digital Song Sales at No. 5 (22,000) and No. 9 (16,000), respectively.
Record-tying four top 10 debuts: Plus, as “Uproar” debuts at No. 7 on the Hot 100 and “Let It Fly,” featuring Travis Scott, begins at No. 10, Lil Wayne becomes the fifth act to have debuted multiple songs in the Hot 100’s top 10 simultaneously, joining Ed Sheeran, Drake, J. Cole and Scott.
Drake has achieved the feat three times, including launching four titles in the top 10 on the July 14-dated chart, a record that Lil Wayne matches:
Drake, July 14, 2018
No. 2, “Nonstop”
No. 6, “In My Feelings”
No. 8, “Emotionless”
No. 9, “Don’t Matter to Me,” feat. Michael Jackson
Lil Wayne, Oct. 13, 2018
No. 2, “Mona Lisa,” feat. Kendrick Lamar
No. 5, “Don’t Cry,” feat. XXXTentacion
No. 7, “Uproar”
No. 10, “Let It Fly,” feat. Travis Scott
Lil Wayne ups his count to 24 career Hot 100 top 10s, passing JAY-Z (21) for the second-most among rappers, after Drake’s 31. Eminem ranks third in the category with 20 top 10s. Lil Wayne lands his first top 10s in a lead role in over five years, since “Love Me,” featuring Drake and Future, hit No. 9 in March 2013. He’d last appeared in the region overall as featured, with Justin Bieber, Quavo and Chance the Rapper, on DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One,” which led the May 20, 2017-dated chart.
Record-tying 22 debuts: Twenty-two tracks from The Carter V debut on the Hot 100, as Lil Wayne ties for the most simultaneous bows in the chart’s history. Drake first entered 22 titles on July 14, all from his album Scorpion.
22 total songs on Hot 100: With those 22 debuts accounting for his total Hot 100 haul this week, Lil Wayne additionally joins Drake as the only acts to chart at least 22 songs on the tally simultaneously. Drake amassed a record 27 on July 14, when Scorpion debuted atop the Billboard 200, and sports two weeks of 24 (the following week, July 21; and April 8, 2017, when his album More Life launched atop the Billboard 200).
160 total Hot 100 entries: Lil Wayne increases his career total of Hot 100 visits to 160. Only the cast of Fox’s Glee (207) and Drake (188) have earned more. Elvis Presley is the only other act with a triple-digital total (108, with his career predating the Hot 100’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception).
Elsewhere in the Hot 100’s top 10 this week, Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” drops to No. 3 from its No. 2 peak; Post Malone‘s “Better Now” likewise slips a spot from its peak (3-4); Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” is steady at No. 6, after hitting No. 4; 5 Seconds of Summer‘s first Hot 100 top 10, “Youngblood,” rises from No. 10 to a new No. 8 high; and, Drake’s “In My Feelings” falls 4-9, after 10 weeks at No. 1.
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