UPDATED Aug. 18, 2:15 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect new chart data, which was reprocessed by Nielsen Music following the story’s original Monday posting. As a result, Lana Del Rey’s “High By the Beach” debuts at No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 instead of No. 7. On Digital Songs, it debuts at No. 10 instead of No. 1, with 67,000 sold, instead of 248,000, as originally reported. The information below has been updated to reflect corrected data.
OMI hoists his debut hit “Cheerleader” back to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, rebounding 2-1 for a fifth week in charge. The reggae/pop smash dethrones “Can’t Feel My Face” (1-2) by Hot 100 Music Festival headliner The Weeknd, which rose to No. 1 last week. As a consolation, The Weeknd adds a second top five this week, zooming 11-5 with “The Hills.”
As we do each Monday, let’s run down the top 10 and more on the Hot 100 (dated Aug. 29). (Highlights of the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday.)
“Cheerleader,” released on Louder Than Life/Ultra/Columbia, returns to the top of the Hot 100 while holding at its No. 2 peaks on both Radio Songs (149 million in audience, up 3 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and Streaming Songs (16.3 million U.S. streams, up 2 percent). On Digital Songs, which it led for four weeks, “Cheerleader” rebounds 3-2 (119,000 downloads sold, down 8 percent, in the week ending Aug. 13).
At five weeks on top for “Cheerleader,” OMI boasts the longest-leading reggae No. 1 on the Hot 100 by a solo male in more than 22 years. The last reggae ruler by a solo male to reign longer? Snow’s “Informer,” which led for seven weeks in March-April 1993. Among all acts, the last reggae No. 1 to spend more than four weeks on top: MAGIC!’s “Rude” (six weeks) last summer.
“I woke up humming the melody one morning when I was 21,” OMI (born Omar Samuel Pasley), 29, recently told Billboard of “Cheerleader.” “It was like a little Jamaican nursery rhyme, like ‘one, two, buckle my shoe,’ that kind of thing. The rest of the song just fell into place like a jigsaw puzzle.”
Despite its slip from the Hot 100’s summit, The Weeknd’s “Face” remains the most-heard song on radio, spending a second week at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart, up by 4 percent to 158 million in audience, and is again the best-selling title, rising 2-1 on Digital Songs for a second total week on top, with 119,000 downloads sold (down 11 percent), and No. 4 on Streaming Songs (13.8 million, down 10 percent). “Face” also leads Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a fifth week.
Once again, the race for the pinnacle was a close one for the Hot 100’s top two songs, with OMI’s “Cheerleader” finishing at No. 1 thanks to its less than 1 percent loss in overall chart points, as compared to a 5 percent drop for The Weeknd’s “Face.”
Still, The Weeknd boasts two simultaneous top five Hot 100 hits, as “The Hills” rockets 11-5. The track holds at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (13.3 million, essentially even from last week) and No. 7 on Digital Songs (75,000, down 1 percent) and debuts at No. 42 on Radio Songs (30 million, up 37 percent). Highlighting its multi-format rise at radio, it jumps 11-6 on Rhythmic Songs and 32-28 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and debuts at No. 31 on Pop Songs.
The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) tallies his third top five Hot 100 hit with “The Hills.” Prior to “Face,” he reached No. 3 in May with “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey).” The Weeknd is the first solo male (as a lead on both tracks) with two concurrent top five Hot 100 entries in more than five years: B.o.B last doubled up with “Airplanes,” featuring Hayley Williams (No. 2), and “Nothin’ on You,” featuring Bruno Mars (No. 5), on the chart dated June 5, 2010. Among all artists, The Weeknd is the third artist in 2015 with two simultaneous top five hits, following Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor.
Both “Face” and “The Hills” are from The Weeknd’s second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, to be released Aug. 28. The set is due to feature collaborations with Lana Del Rey, Labrinth and Ed Sheeran.
Between The Weeknd’s “Face” and “The Hills” on the Hot 100, Silento’s “Watch Me” rebounds back to its No. 3 peak from No. 4, while leading Streaming Songs (21.2 million, up 3 percent) and Hot Rap Songs for a fourth week each. At No. 4 on the Hot 100, Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s “Lean On,” featuring MO, reaches its best rank, lifting 5-4, highlighted by it 9-3 burst on Digital Songs (89,000, up 27 percent). On Radio Songs, it pushes 5-4 (108 million, up 9 percent). With “Lean,” DJ Snake ties a career-best Hot 100 rank: “Turn Down for What,” with Lil Jon, peaked at No. 4 last year. “Lean” additionally dominates Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a fifth week.
Outside the Hot 100’s top five, Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” hits a new Hot 100 high, climbing 7-6. It stays at its No. 6 peak on Radio Songs (95 million, down 4 percent).
Fetty Wap (who’s also performing at the Hot 100 Fest) posts two songs in the region for a fourth week: his former No. 2 smash “Trap Queen” (9-7) and “My Way,” featuring Monty, up 10-8 after reaching No. 7; Swift’s “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, drops 6-9 (having topped the chart dated June 6); and Selena Gomez’s “Good for You,” featuring A$AP Rocky, returns to the top 10 (13-10) for the first time since it debuted at its No. 9 high seven weeks ago.
Find out more noteworthy news beneath the top 10 in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column to post later this week. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale on Friday (Aug. 21).