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OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ Leaps to No. 1 on Hot 100

OMI's "Cheerleader" crowns the Billboard Hot 100, rising 2-1. The buoyant reggae/pop song replaces Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, after 12 weeks, leaving the latter song tied…

OMI‘s “Cheerleader” crowns the Billboard Hot 100, rising 2-1. The buoyant reggae/pop song replaces Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth, after 12 weeks, leaving the latter song tied for the longest run at No. 1 ever for a rap single.

“Cheerleader” takes over atop the first Hot 100 compiled on a Monday, as the new Friday global release date for albums has led to a change in Nielsen Music and Billboard’s chart tracking cycle.  As previously reported, highlights of the Hot 100 will now be revealed each Monday on Billboard.com, with the entire chart, along with all tallies, posting each Tuesday, beginning tomorrow (July 14).


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With the adjustment, the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 will now incorporate sales and streaming data over a Friday to Thursday schedule, while airplay figures will cover a Monday to Sunday tracking week; read on for specifics about this week’s chart, dated July 25.

Give me an “H” … give me an “O” … give me a “T”! … (and an “O-M-I”!) … and let’s run down the Hot 100’s top 10 and more.

“Cheerleader” rules the Hot 100 with nearly half its chart points from sales, as it spends a second week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 276,000 downloads sold. (Pertaining to this week’s Hot 100 only: this week acts as a transition week in Nielsen Music and Billboard‘s calendar, with sales encompassing a one-time-only 11-day tracking period, ending July 9.) On Streaming Songs, the song lifts 4-3 with a 14 percent increase to 14.4 million U.S. streams. (Streaming totals this week reflect the 7-day span ending July 9.)

On Radio Songs (covering the seven-day week ending July 12; again, the chart will continue on a Monday-Sunday schedule going forward), “Cheerleader” jumps 7-6 (109 million in audience, up 19 percent over the prior seven days).

The breakout hit for the Jamaican artist (full name: Omar Samuel Pasley), and the 1,044th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s nearly 57-year history,  has found global success thanks in large part to its remix by Felix Jaehn. Among its reigns, it led the Official UK Singles chart for four weeks. It also logs a 16th week atop the Reggae Digital Songs chart.

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“Cheerleader” joins the elite club of reggae hits that have crossed over to the Hot 100’s top spot. Notable others:

Johnny Nash, “I Can See Clearly Now” (No. 1, four weeks, 1972)
Eric Clapton, “I Shot the Sheriff” (one week, 1974) (written by Bob Marley)
Two by UB40: “Red Red Wine” (one week, 1988) and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (seven weeks, 1993)
Ini Kamoze,” Here Comes the Hotstepper,” (two weeks, 1994)
Two by Shaggy: “It Wasn’t Me” (two weeks) and “Angel” (one week), both in 2001
Sean Paul, “Get Busy” (three weeks, 2003)
Sean Kingston, “Beautiful Girls” (four weeks, 2007)
And, MAGIC!, “Rude” (six weeks, 2014) … making it back-to-back summers that a reggae hit has splashed its way to the top of the Hot 100

Another key honor as “Cheerleader” tops the Hot 100: It’s the first No. 1 for Ultra Records (which shares label credit on the single with Columbia Records). By reaching the apex, it bests Pitbull‘s “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” which reached No. 2 in 2009, as the highest-charting hit ever released on the Ultra label. (The Louder Than Life imprint also celebrates its first time atop the Hot 100.)

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OMI is the second artist to take a first Hot 100 entry to No. 1 (as a lead) this year, following Mark Ronson, whose “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars, began a 14-week reign in January.

Related to that achievement, “Cheerleader” is just the fourth song to ascend to No. 1 on the Hot 100 this year, following “Funk,” “See You Again” and Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar (which interrupted the command of “Again” on the June 6-dated chart). Only in one previous year in the Hot 100’s history had only four songs risen to No. 1 through the last chart dated in July: in 2002, Ja Rule‘s “Always on Time,” featuring Ashanti (two weeks), Jennifer Lopez‘s “Ain’t It Funny,” featuring Ja Rule (six), Ashanti’s “Foolish” (10) and Nelly‘s “Hot in Herre” (seven) climbed to No. 1 from the start of that year through the end of that July.

“Cheerleader” dethrones “See You Again,” from the hit film Furious 7, after 12 weeks atop the Hot 100 (1-2). The latter’s domination remains tied for the longest at No. 1 ever for a rap hit (defined as a title that has appeared on Billboard‘s Hot Rap Songs chart). Two rap titles previously ruled the Hot 100 for 12 weeks each: “Boom Boom Pow,” by the Black Eyed Peas (2009), and “Lose Yourself,” by Eminem (2002-03).

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Still, “Again” leads Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a 14th week each and the Songs of the Summer chart for a seventh week.

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top three, The Weeknd‘s “Can’t Feel My Face” zooms 6-3, matching his best career rank. “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” reached No. 3 in May. “Face” claims the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a fourth consecutive week, surging 6-5 on Radio Songs (110 million, up 22 percent). It rises 8-6 on Streaming Songs (9.7 million, up 6 percent) and hits No. 1 (2-1) on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (5.7 million on-demand U.S. streams, up 5 percent).

Swift’s “Blood” holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100. As previously reported, the song hits No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, becoming the fourth leader on the list from her album 1989, and sets a new weekly plays record atop Pop Songs. It leads Radio Songs for a second week with a 5 percent gain to 161 million in audience.

Silento‘s “Watch Me” dips from its No. 3 high last week to No. 5 on the Hot 100. Fetty Wap‘s “Trap Queen” drops 5-6, after reaching No. 2, and Walk the Moon‘s “Shut Up and Dance” holds at No. 7, after peaking at No. 4. “Dance” leads the Hot Rock Songs chart for a 16th week.

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Rachel Platten‘s “Fight Song” rises to a new high point on the Hot 100, lifting 10-8. Skrillex & Diplo‘s “Where Are U Now,” with Justin Bieber, backtracks to No. 9 from its No. 8 peak and leads Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a second week. David Guetta‘s “Hey Mama,” featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha and Afrojack, closes out the Hot 100’s top 10 (9-10), after reaching No. 8.

Just below the Hot 100’s top 10, The Weeknd boasts more upward action, hitting a new high with “The Hills” (19-12); Fifth Harmony holds at its No. 14 peak (with a bullet, indicating another week of gains) with “Worth It,” featuring Kid Ink; and, Selena Gomez rebounds 17-15 with “Good for You,” featuring A$AP Rocky, following its debut at No. 9 two weeks ago.

Again, visit Billboard.com on Tuesday, 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 17).