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OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ Tops Hot 100, The Weeknd Closes In

OMI's "Cheerleader" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The reggae/pop song fends off The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face," which pushes to No. 2.

OMI‘s “Cheerleader” leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week. The reggae/pop song fends off The Weeknd‘s “Can’t Feel My Face,” which pushes to No. 2. Hot 100 Music Festival headliner The Weeknd additionally reaches the top 10 with his other current single, “The Hills.”

Plus, Major Lazer and DJ Snake hit the top 10 with “Lean On,” featuring MO.

Per our new schedule, in which highlights of the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 post on Mondays, and all charts are updated on Tuesdays, thanks to the July 10 adoption of the new Friday retail global release date, let’s run down the top 10 and more on the Hot 100 dated Aug. 1.

By the way … happy birthday, Hot 100! The chart turns 57 years old, having launched with the list dated Aug. 4, 1958. Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool” was the first leader. “Cheerleader” is No. 1 number 1,044.

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“Cheerleader,” released on Louder Than Life/Ultra/Columbia, rules the Hot 100 with a fairly equal split in chart points from streaming, sales and airplay (in that order). It spends a third week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 172,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. The song declines by 38 percent in sales, but nearly all songs’ sales are down significantly, as the current chart’s tracking week for sales covers seven days (July 10-16) after the previous period encompassed a one-time-only 11-day period (ending July 9); the previous tracking span acted a transition stretch due to the switch to the enactment of the new global street date.

On Streaming Songs (which sports a more apples-to-apples comparison of seven days vs. the prior seven days), “Cheerleader” holds at No. 3 with 13.7 million U.S. streams (down 5 percent). On Radio Songs (also covering seven days compared to seven days), “Cheerleader” lifts 6-5 (122 million in audience, up 12 percent).

“It’s every artist’s dream,” OMI, who dubs himself a “fan of my fans,” beamed to Billboard last week of his chart-topping status. First released in 2012, the single has scored global success in recent months fueled, in large part, by its Felix Jaehn remix. “It all seems surreal. Not everyone gets to live their dream. My dream wasn’t to become famous, but to be appreciated, inspiring and to do what I love, and that is my music.”

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Directly below “Cheerleader,” The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” pushes 3-2, becoming his highest-ranking Hot 100 hit so far. “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” reached No. 3 in May. “Face” claims the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a fifth consecutive week, climbing 5-4 on Radio Songs (128 million, up 16 percent) and holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (161,000, down 20 percent) and No. 6 on Streaming Songs (10.7 million, up 10 percent). It logs a second week at No. 1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (6.2 million on-demand U.S. streams, up 8 percent).

Another honor for The Weeknd: “Face” takes over as the new No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it’s his second topper; “Earned earned two weeks at No. 1 in April. “Face” additionally crowns the Rhythmic Songs airplay tally (3-1).

Meanwhile, The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) makes it two songs in the Hot 100’s top 10 this week and adds his fourth career top 10, as the pure R&B “The Hills” hikes 12-10. (While it reaches the top 10 now, it’s actually two chart weeks older than the more dance/pop “Face,” eight vs. six; “Face” tallies its fourth frame in the top 10.) The Weeknd first hit the top 10 last year with the No. 7-peaking “Love Me Harder,” with Ariana Grande. Both “Hills” and “Face” are from The Weeknd’s sophomore album, Beauty Behind the Madness, due Aug. 28.

“Hills” keeps at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (12.4 million, up 5 percent) and No. 6 on Digital Songs (94,000, down 32 percent). (Airplay, comparatively, accounts for only 1 percent of the track’s Hot 100 points.)

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The Weeknd is just the third artist to boast two songs in the Hot 100’s top 10 simultaneously in 2015, and the first male. Taylor Swift (11 weeks with two songs in the top 10 at the same time) and Meghan Trainor (five) previously doubled up this year. He’s the first male to earn the honor in nearly a year: Sam Smith charted in the top 10 with “Stay With Me” and as featured on Disclosure’s “Latch” on the Aug. 16, 2014 chart.

The last male to chart two Hot 100 top 10s simultaneously as a lead (like The Weeknd this week)? Fellow Hot 100 Music Festival headliner Jason Derulo, with “Talk Dirty” (featuring 2 Chainz) and “Wiggle” (featuring Snoop Dogg) on June 7, 2014. A week earlier (May 31, 2014), Justin Timberlake had also claimed two top 10s as a lead, with his own “Not a Bad Thing” and his virtual Michael Jackson duet “Love Never Felt So Good.”

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top three, Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth, drops 2-3. The smash from the film Furious 7 spent 12 weeks at No. 1, tying for the longest stay atop the Hot 100 ever for a rap hit (defined as a title that has appeared on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart); the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” (2009) and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” (2002-03) also each lead for 12 weeks.

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Not that “Again” is finished: it leads Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart for a 15th week and the Songs of the Summer chart for an eighth week. It’s ruled the latter list each week since the summer scorecard made its annual return just after Memorial Day.

The Nos. 4-8 songs on the Hot 100 repeat their ranks from last week, led by Swift’s “Blood” at No. 4. The former No. 1 (on the chart dated June 6) remains the most-heard song in the U.S., reigning on Radio Songs for a third week with 159 million in airplay audience (down 1 percent).

Silento’s “Watch Me” remains at No. 5 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 3 two weeks ago.

Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” is stationary at No. 6 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2. It dominates Streaming Songs for a seventh week with 18.4 million domestic streams (down 3 percent). Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” holds at No. 7 on the Hot 100, after peaking at No. 4 (and tops Hot Rock Songs for a 17th week) and Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” spends a second week at its No. 8 Hot 100 highpoint.

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Noticeably, rookies are ruling the Hot 100’s top 10, with OMI, Puth, Silento, Fetty Wap, Walk the Moon and Platten’s top 10s marking their first Hot 100 visits. Do they make for an uncommonly high amount of new acts in the top 10 at the same time? Check out the latest “Ask Billboard” mailbag for an in-depth analysis.

Above The Weeknd’s “The Hills” on the Hot 100, Major Lazer and DJ Snake soar into the top 10 as “Lean On,” featuring MO, bounds 17-9. Streaming marks the song’s greatest contributor of Hot 100 points, as the track ranks at No. 7 on Streaming Songs with 9.6 million streams.

Major Lazer and MO each enjoy their first trip to the Hot 100’s top 10, while DJ Snake makes his second; “Turn Down for What,” with Lil Jon, rose to No. 4 slightly more than a year ago. “Lean” also lifts to No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

In action just below the Hot 100’s top 10, Fifth Harmony keeps its bullet at No. 14 with “Worth It” (featuring Kid Ink), maintaining the song’s best rank, and Fetty Wap’s “679,” featuring Remy Boyz, rises 19-18 in just its third week on the chart.

Visit tomorrow (July 21), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh on their new Tuesday posting day. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale on Friday (July 24).

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