The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Feb. 27) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 23). 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 song from the singer-songwriter and actress, who broke through with roles on Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark and Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, totaled 22.4 million U.S. streams (down 19%) and 10,000 downloads sold (down 42%) in the week ending Feb. 18, according to MRC Data. It also drew 59.1 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 11%) in the week ending Feb. 21.
“License” claims top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a fifth consecutive week, becoming the first song to achieve such a streak since Post Malone’s “Circles” in September-October 2019.
Plus, “License” is just the eighth single to have debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and spent at least its first six weeks on top. It’s the first to earn the distinction for an artist’s first No. 1 as the sole billed act.
Singles to Spend First Six Weeks or More on Hot 100 at No. 1
16 weeks, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, 1995-96
14 weeks, “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John, 1997-98
11 weeks, “God’s Plan,” Drake, 2018
11 weeks, “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112, 1997
10 weeks, “Hello,” Adele, 2015-16
8 weeks, “Fantasy,” Mariah Carey, 1995
6 weeks, “Drivers License,” Olivia Rodrigo, 2021
6 weeks, “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga, 2011
(The hit’s latest week atop the Hot 100 makes for a slightly belated birthday present for Rodrigo, as her real-life driver’s license surely reflects that she was born Feb. 20, 2003.)
Ariana Grande’s “34+35” surges 6-2 on the Hot 100 after first reaching the rank four weeks earlier, when it was sparked by the Jan. 15 release of its remix featuring Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion. Now, the song returns to its high following the Feb. 12 premiere of its official video starring all three artists.
“34+35” ascends with 60.2 million in airplay audience (up 2%), 18.1 million streams (up 35%) and 16,000 sold (up 863%), the latter two metrics good for the song’s dual wins for top Streaming and Sales Gainer on the Hot 100.
(Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion are not credited on the Hot 100 this week on “34+35”; they were listed in the song’s first frame at No. 2, when, unlike this week, the trio’s version drew the majority of its activity; Still, and regardless of future activity, they will remain credited in their individual chart histories on the song.)
Lil Tjay’s “Calling My Phone,” featuring 6LACK, bounds onto the Hot 100 at No. 3, after buzz for the song built via previews on TikTok. Released in full Feb. 12, it opens with 34 million streams, 1.4 million in radio reach and 3,000 sold.
Lil Tjay (born Tione Jayden Merritt) earns his first Hot 100 top 10, after reaching a prior No. 11 best as featured on Polo G’s “Pop Out” in June 2019. 6LACK (born Ricardo Valentine Jr.) also achieves his first top 10, after never before appearing in the chart’s upper half.
“Phone” rings in at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, where it’s each artist’s first leader. It also arrives as each act’s first No. 1 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which employ the same methodology as the Hot 100.
The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” dips 3-4 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 63rd total week on the chart. It adds a record-extending and landmark 50th week in the top 10 and record-furthering 41st week in the top five. The track also claims a record-padding 47th frame atop the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart.
Cardi B’s “Up” drops to No. 5 a week after it debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100, and The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” falls to No. 6 from its No. 4 high.
24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior, descends 5-7 on the Hot 100, after eight nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in October through mid-January. It leads the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts for a 25th week each.
Chris Brown and Young Thug’s “Go Crazy” backtracks 7-8 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 5, as it adds a sixth week atop Radio Songs (79.1 million in audience, down 1%).
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” featuring DaBaby, slips 8-9, after reaching No. 5, and Grande’s “Positions” falls 9-10, after spending its first week on the chart at No. 1 in November.
Again, for all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram and all charts (dated Feb. 27), including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh on Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 23).