Plus, two songs hit the Hot 100’s top 10 for the first time, as The Weeknd‘s “Save Your Tears” jumps from No. 14 to No. 8, becoming his 12th top 10, and CJ’s debut hit “Whoopty” climbs 16-10.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Feb. 13) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 9). For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
“License” was released Jan. 8 on Geffen/Interscope Records and debuted atop the Jan. 23-dated Hot 100, marking Rodrigo’s first No. 1. The single from the singer-songwriter and actress, 17, who broke through with roles on Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark and Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, totaled 32.2 million U.S. streams (down 24%) and 13,000 downloads sold (down 26%) in the week ending Feb. 4, according to MRC Data. It also drew 46.8 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 32%) in the week ending Feb. 7, as it wins the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a third consecutive frame.
Meanwhile, of the 48 singles ever to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100, “License” is the 12th to hold at No. 1 in its first four weeks (a level that, thus, 25% of all such leaders have reached). “License” is the first to do so since Ariana Grande’s (Tom Brady theme song) “7 Rings” spent its first five weeks at No. 1 in February-March 2019.
Among artists’ first Hot 100 No. 1s, “License” is the fourth to spend its first four weeks or more on the chart at the summit, and the first by a woman and no other credited artists. It follows Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” (five, 2013), Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (four, 1998) and Puff Daddy and Faith Evans’ “I’ll Be Missing You,” featuring 112, the first leader each for Evans and 112 (11, 1997).
24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior, holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100, after eight nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in October through mid-January. It tops the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts for a 23rd week each and Hot Rap Songs for a 17th frame; all three charts use the same methodology as the Hot 100.
The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” repeats at No. 3 on the Hot 100. The song spent four weeks at No. 1 last April-May (eventually finishing as the Hot 100’s top hit of all of 2020) and logs its 61st total week on the chart. It adds a record-extending 48th week in the top 10 and record-furthering 39th week in the top five. The track also claims an 11th week at No. 1 on the multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and a record-padding 45th frame atop Hot R&B Songs.
The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” concurrently reaches the Hot 100’s top 10 for the first time, climbing 14-8 with 28 million airplay audience impressions (up 20%), 15 million streams (up 7%) and 6,000 sold (up 6%). The song becomes The Weeknd’s 12th Hot 100 top 10, with both of his current top 10s from his latest LP, 2020’s After Hours. (The set now sports three top 10s, as “Heartless” hit No. 1 for a week in December 2019.)
Both “Lights” and “Tears” are likely to show big gains on next week’s Hot 100 (dated Feb. 20), reflecting the Feb. 5-11 sales and streaming tracking week, after The Weeknd included portions of each in his Super Bowl LV halftime performance (Feb. 7), with “Lights” closing out the hit-packed set.
Grande’s “34+35” keeps at No. 4 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 2 two weeks earlier, when it was sparked by the Jan. 15 release of its remix featuring Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion. (The latter two artists are no longer credited on the song, as Grande’s solo version has drawn the majority of its activity in the latest two tracking weeks, although the pair will remain credited in their individual chart histories on the song.)
Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” featuring DaBaby, holds at its No. 5 Hot 100 high; Chris Brown and Young Thug’s “Go Crazy” is steady at No. 6, after hitting No. 5, as it notches a fourth week atop Radio Songs (83 million in audience, essentially even week-over-week); Grande’s “Positions” stays at No. 7, after spending its first week on the Hot 100 at No. 1 in November; and, below The Weeknd’s “Tears,” Justin Bieber’s “Holy,” featuring Chance the Rapper, descends 8-9, after it debuted at its No. 3 peak in October.
Capping the Hot 100’s top 10, CJ’s “Whoopty” whooshes 16-10, with 23.2 million in airplay audience (up 12%), 14.6 million streams (down 4%) and 7,000 sold (up 132%, aided by a 69-cent sale price in the iTunes Store).
The Staten Island, N.Y., rapper, who signed to Warner Records in January, reaches the Hot 100’s top 10 in his first visit to the chart. “There’s a lot of pressure on me, especially with coming out of Staten Island,” he recently told Billboard. “People have high expectations, since Wu-Tang [Clan] came out of there. It’s a blessing, too. I’m sticking with that and I’m running with it.”
(Note: Streams from Audiomack and Sonos Radio and Sonos Radio HD now contribute to the data that informs the Hot 100, Billboard 200, Artist 100 and Billboard Global 200 charts, as well as all other Billboard U.S. and global charts that include streaming data.)
Again, for all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram and all charts (dated Feb. 13), including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh on Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 9).