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The Weeknd Holds Atop Hot 100, Taylor Swift Hits Top 10 With ‘Wildest Dreams’

The Weeknd remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "The Hills" spends a second week at No. 1 and becomes the best-selling and most-heard song in the U.S.

The Weeknd remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as “The Hills” spends a second week at No. 1 and becomes the best-selling and most-heard song in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Drake surges into Hot 100’s top five with “Hotline Bling” and Taylor Swift reaches the top 10 with “Wildest Dreams.”

This is your hotline to Hot 100 news, so, as we do each Monday, let’s run down the top 10 and more (on the chart dated Oct. 10). Highlights of the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 post on each Monday, with all charts updated each Tuesday.

“Hills,” released on XO/Republic Records, stays at the Hot 100’s pinnacle thanks in part to its coronation on the Digital Songs and Radio Songs charts. On Digital Songs (2-1), the track gains by 7 percent to 110,000 downloads sold in the week ending Sept. 24, according to Nielsen Music. It becomes The Weeknd’s second Digital Songs No. 1, following “Can’t Feel My Face,” which led the list for three weeks.

“Hills” also lifts 3-1 on Radio Songs (130 million in audience, up 14 percent), dethroning “Face” (1-2; 129.7 million, down 7 percent). The Weeknd notches his third Radio Songs No. 1, following “Face” and “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” both also in 2015. No act had tallied three Radio Songs No. 1s in the same year since Katy Perry and Rihanna each posted three in 2011. No male had notched at least three in the same year since Usher tallied four in 2004.

The Weeknd is also the first act to succeed himself atop Radio Songs since Rihanna on Jan. 1, 2011, when “What’s My Name,” featuring Drake, directly replaced “Only Girl (In the World).” He’s the first male to do so since T.I. on Nov. 29, 2008, when “Live Your Life,” featuring Rihanna, displaced “Whatever You Like.”

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After a week atop Streaming Songs, “Hills” drops 1-2, although it gains by 5 percent to 19.3 million U.S. streams. “Hills” tallies a second week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Justin Bieber‘s “What Do You Mean?” remains at No. 2 on the Hot 100 after its No. 1 debut three weeks ago. The lead single from his Nov. 13 studio album falls 1-3 on Digital Songs (103,000 downloads sold, down 20 percent) and 2-3 on Streaming Songs (17.2 million, down 5 percent), while hitting the Radio Songs top 10 (11-8; 87 million, up 23 percent). Bieber notches his fourth Radio Songs top 10, following “As Long as You Love Me,” featuring Big Sean (No. 2, 2012), “Beauty and a Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 4, 2013) and “Where Are U Now,” by Skrillex and Diplo featuring Bieber (No. 9, August; it drops 19-24 on the Hot 100).

“Mean” tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a fourth week (7.6 million, down 9 percent).

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The Weeknd’s “Face” holds at No. 3 on the Hot 100. In addition to its 1-2 fall on Radio Songs, it drops 4-6 on Streaming Songs (13.4 million, down 9 percent) and 6-10 on Digital Songs (72,000, down 10 percent). It became his first Hot 100 No. 1, for three nonconsecutive weeks, with “Hills” having succeeded it at the summit last week.

Drake dashes into the Hot 100’s top five with “Hotline Bling” (9-4). His highest-charting hit since “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan (No. 4, 2013), “Bling” pushes 3-2 on Digital Songs (104,000, up 21 percent); 6-5 on Streaming Songs (14.1 million, up 15 percent), earning the Hot 100’s top Digital Gainer honors for a third week; and 33-17 on Radio Songs (56 million, up 44 percent), tacking on the top Airplay Gainer award on the Hot 100. The track also rises 3-1 to crown Hot Rap Songs. 

And the Hot 100’s Canadian invasion continues: the entire top four songs on the chart belong to Canadians, all of whom are from Ontario, as Drake, from Toronto, joins The Weeknd, from Scarborough, and Bieber, from London.

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Meanwhile, Drake takes top headlines on the Billboard 200, where What a Time to Be Alive, his mixtape with Future, debuts at No. 1 with 375,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week.

Capping the Hot 100’s top five, Silento’s No. 3-peaking “Watch Me” slides 4-5, while rebounding 3-1 for a ninth week atop Streaming Songs (19.7 Million, up 11 percent). 

Fetty Wap’s “679,” featuring Remy Boyz, hits a new Hot 100 highpoint (7-6); R. City’s “Locked Away,” featuring Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, retreats to No. 7 from its No. 6 peak; Selena Gomez’s “Good for You,” featuring A$AP Rocky, drops to No. 8 from its No. 5 high; and OMI’s former six-week No. 1 and Billboard’s top song of the summer, “Cheerleader,” slides 8-9.

Rounding out the top tier, Taylor Swift soars into the Hot 100’s top 10, as “Wildest Dreams” jumps 13-10. The song holds at No. 4 on Digital Songs (89,000, up 5 percent); becomes her 10th top 10 on Radio Songs (12-7; 87 million, up 24 percent); and surges 36-24 on Streaming Songs (5.6 million, up 23 percent).

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Swift snags her fifth Hot 100 top 10 from 1989, following “Shake It Off” (No. 1 for four weeks), “Blank Space” (No. 1, seven weeks), “Style” (No. 6) and “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar (No. 1, one week). 1989 is the first album to generate at least five Hot 100 top 10s since Perry’s Teenage Dream (six, including five No. 1s, tying Michael Jackson’s Bad for the most leaders from one set) in 2010-11.

“Dreams” is Swift’s 19th Hot 100 top 10, the sixth-best sum among women in the chart’s 57-year history. Madonna leads all female soloists (and all acts) with 38 Hot 100 top 10s, followed by Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson (27 each), Rihanna (26) and Whitney Houston (23).

Among action outside the Hot 100’s top 10, Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” rises 12-11, hitting a new peak; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Downtown,” featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz, bullets again at its No. 16 highpoint; and Ellie Goulding boasts the chart’s top debut, as “On My Mind,” the lead single from her Nov. 6 album Delirium, enters at No. 22. Find out more noteworthy news throughout the chart in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column to post later this week.

Visit tomorrow (Sept. 29), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh, as they do each Tuesday.