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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Rises After Halloween

The 1984 classic makes its annual Hot 100 re-entry. Plus, moves for Alessia Cara, Selena Gomez, Thomas Rhett and Justin Bieber.

As previously reported, Adele‘s “Hello” spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Nov. 21) and Ariana Grande flies in at No. 7 with “Focus,” the lead track from her forthcoming album, Moonlight. Notably, Grande becomes the first artist to debut in the top 10 with the lead singles from each of her first three albums.

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Who else says hello to noteworthy moves on the Hot 100?

Alessia Cara, “Here”
Cara’s antisocial anthem continues to place her among notable company, as the singer/songwriter’s debut hit reaches a new high on the Hot 100, pushing 15-13. “Here” hikes by 18 percent to 56,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 5, according to Nielsen Music, and by 6 percent to 7 million U.S. streams, The track also reaches the Radio Songs chart’s top 10 (11-9), up by 19 percent to 84 million in audience.

Cara releases her debut full-length Know-It-All tomorrow (Nov. 13). (Her introductory EP Four Pink Walls reached No. 31 on the Billboard 200 dated Sept. 19.)

Selena Gomez, “Same Old Love”
The second single from Gomez’s former Billboard 200 No. 1 Revival rises 18-17 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 16 two weeks ago. On the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, it becomes her sixth top 10 (12-10).

Prior single “Good for You,” featuring A$AP Rocky, became Gomez’s highest-charting Hot 100 hit (No. 5) and first Pop Songs No. 1.

Thomas Rhett, “Die a Happy Man”
Rhett’s ballad hits a new high on the Hot 100 (33-28), while bounding 18-12 on Country Airplay (25 million, up 22 percent). The song is also crossing to adult pop radio, with WBMX Boston, WTIC Hartford, Conn. and WMYX Milwaukee early supporters at the format.

Michael Jackson, “Thriller”
The creepy classic (and No. 4 Hot 100 hit in 1984) makes its annual rise, up by 161 percent to 6 million U.S. streams and by 59 percent to 28,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 5. It re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 45, after likewise returning the previous two years for a week each (No. 32 last year; No. 42 in 2013).

(How is a more than 30-year-old single eligible to hit the Hot 100? Songs not in a current release cycle are allowed to re-enter if logging notable gains in chart metrics and ranking in the top 50.)

Justin Bieber, “I’ll Show You”
As “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean?” rank at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, on the Hot 100, “I’ll Show You,” also from Bieber’s Nov. 13 album Purpose, starts at No. 51 with 52,000 sold.

Meanwhile, Bieber breaks new ground with “Mean:” the new set’s lead single (and his first Hot 100 No. 1) rises 11-9 on Adult Pop Songs, marking his first top 10 on the airplay chart.

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