Three cheers — and three weeks at No. 1 — for OMI‘s “Cheerleader”!
“Cheerleader” leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, actually widening its lead over runner-up “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd (it spends a second week at No. 2). Just a week ago, The Weeknd looked to continue its momentum to a possible No. 1 standing, as “Face” had just 9 percent fewer points than “Cheerleader.”
This week (on the chart dated Aug. 8, which will post to Billboard‘s websites on July 28), the gap is 15 percent as “Cheerleader” stands nearly steady in points while “Face” retreats by 6 percent, brought down solely by a 24 percent dip in download sales to 122,200 (2-4 on Digital Songs). On Radio Songs, “Face” moves forward 4-2 with 136.8 million audience impressions (up 7 percent), while holding at No. 6 on Streaming Songs (10.8 million plays, up 1 percent). The launch of the “Face” official music video on Tuesday (July 28) should help boost the track’s streaming total next week and bring it back in line for a possible No. 1 Hot 100 takeover.
Back to OMI’s “Cheerleader,” the Louder Than Life/Ultra/Columbia release continues to charge ahead, earning the Airplay Gainer award for the first time and rising 5-3 on Radio Songs with 131.8 million audience impressions (up 9 percent). The track holds at No. 1 on Digital Songs for a fourth week (163,000; minus 5 percent) and maintains its so-far No. 3 peak on Streaming Songs for a third frame (13.7 million plays).
The big news in the Hot 100’s top 10 this week is the 87-7 rise for Fetty Wap‘s “My Way,” featuring Monty. The 80-spot leap is the largest into the top 10 since Katy Perry roared 83 spots (85-2) with, well, “Roar” on the chart dated Aug. 13, 2013.
“My Way,” which is spending a fifth week in the top 10 — and 12th week overall — on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (No. 3) was finally released to digital retailers on Friday, July 17. The track opens at No. 2 on Digital Songs and No. 1 on both R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs and Rap Digital Songs with 152,000. “Way” concurrently debuts on Streaming Songs at No. 16 with 6.6 million plays, of which 77 percent are views from YouTube unofficial user-generated clips as. The track has yet to have an official video released to YouTube. On Radio Songs “Way” leaps 42-33 (38.9 million audience impressions, up 11 percent) and surges 25-5 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs.
Fetty Wap (on independent 300 Records) now has two songs in the top 10, as his former No. 2-peaking “Trap Queen” stays stationary at No. 6. Just one week ago The Weeknd became the third artist to double up in the top 10 in 2015 and the first male lead to do so since June 2014. The Weeknd’s “The Hills,” however, slopes downward this week (10-11).
Fetty Wap is the first male rapper, as a lead act, to have two concurrent top 10 singles in nearly four years. It last happened on the Sept. 3, 2011-dated chart, when Lil Wayne debuted at No. 2 with “She Will,” featuring Drake, and dropped 6-8 with “How to Love.” (The last time any male rapper had two simultaneous top 10 cuts, even as a featured act, was on the April 6, 2013 list. Drake was No. 7 that week with “Started From the Bottom,” and was featured on Lil Wayne’s “Love Me,” at No. 9.)
Further down the chart, Fetty Wap’s “679” holds at No. 18, making him the first male rapper with three songs in the top 20 since Eminem ranked at No. 2 with “The Monster,” featuring Rihanna, No. 13 with “Rap God” and No. 19 with “Berzerk” on the Nov. 23, 2013, Hot 100.
Recapping the rest of the Hot 100’s new top 10, Silento moves back to a No. 3 peak with “Watch Me” after spending the last two weeks at No. 5. The song also rises to the top of Hot Rap Songs. Meanwhile, former No. 1s “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift (holding at No. 4) and “See You Again,” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, (3-5) round out the top five.
Anchoring the top 10, Rachel Platten‘s “Fight Song” holds at its No. 8 peak, Walk the Moon‘s “Shut Up and Dance” back steps two spots from 7-9, and “Lean On” by Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MØ retreats 9-10.
Outside the top 10, Fifth Harmony‘s “Worth It,” featuring Kid Ink, marches forward to a new peak, climbing 14-12 as the chart’s Streaming Gainer (up 27 percent to 7.6 million). Meanwhile, 5 Seconds of Summer score a sizzling start, as “She’s Kinda Hot” is the Hot Shot Debut at No. 22, powered by a No. 3 debut on Digital Songs (124,000).
Visit Billboard.com on Tuesday (July 28), 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 31).