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The Weeknd Doubles Up in Hot 100’s Top Three

As Justin Bieber launches at No. 1, The Weeknd holds down Nos. 2 and 3. Plus, VMAs-fueled moves for Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

As previously reported, Justin Bieber celebrates his first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as new single “What Do You Mean?” debuts at the summit. The track is just the 23rd song ever to start at No. 1, launching with sales of 337,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Music.

Justin Bieber Scores First Hot 100 No. 1 With Debut of ‘What Do You Mean?’

Bieber also re-enters the top 10 with “Where Are U Now,” by Skrillex and Diplo with Bieber. The song rises 13-10 (after peaking at No. 8 in July) following his performance of it, in a medley with “Mean,” on  the MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 30).


Of course, as Bieber Fever grips the Hot 100, there are other songs in the top 10, including two in the top three by The Weeknd, who’s enjoying his own monster chart week. Let’s run down the rest of the top 10 and more on the airplay, sales and streaming-based Hot 100 (dated Sept. 19). (All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow, Sept. 9, instead of the usual Tuesday, due to the Labor Day holiday this week.)

The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” drops to No. 2 on the Hot 100 after two nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, although it surges following his performance of the song at the VMAs. It rises 4-2 on the Digital Songs chart (126,000 downloads sold) and 6-4 on Streaming Songs (18 million U.S. streams, up 32 percent). “Face” also rules Radio Songs for a fifth week (150 million in radio audience, essentially even with last week’s sum). The track additionally tops Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for an eighth week.

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Meanwhile, The Weeknd’s “The Hills” rises 4-3 on the Hot 100, hitting a new high. It slips 2-3 on Streaming Songs but with a 33 percent gain to 21 million; returns to its peak on Digital Songs (11-5; 87,000); and ascends to the Radio Songs top 10 (15-10; 79 million, up 23 percent).

With two songs in the top three, The Weeknd is the first act to earn the honor since Taylor Swift; On Nov. 29, 2014, her “Blank Space” bounded 13-1, as “Shake It Off” slipped 1-3. He’s the first solo male with two of the Hot 100 top three songs simultaneously since Pharrell Williams (six weeks in June-July 2013, as featured on Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky”). The Weeknd is the first male with two of the Hot 100’s top three in the same week, both as a lead act, in nearly seven years; T.I. doubled up for seven weeks in October-November 2008 with “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life” (featuring Rihanna).

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The Weeknd also headlines the Billboard 200, where his new album, Beauty Behind the Madness (featuring “Face” and “The Hills”), debuts at No. 1. It starts with 412,000 equivalent album units earned (with 326,000 from traditional album sales).

Below The Weeknd’s two top fives on the Hot 100, Silento‘s “Watch Me” falls to No. 4 from its No. 3 peak, while leading Streaming Songs (26.2 million, up 18 percent) and Hot Rap Songs for a seventh week each.

Capping the Hot 100’s top 10, OMI’s former six-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Cheerleader” drops 2-5, but takes coveted top honors as Billboard‘s No. 1 song of the summer. Meanwhile, the songs at Nos. 6-9 (above “Where Are U Now”) each descend a notch: Major Lazer and DJ Snake‘s No. 4-peaking “Lean On,” featuring MO, (5-6, while leading Billboard‘s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for an eighth week and taking over atop the Pop Songs airplay chart); Selena Gomez‘s “Good for You,” featuring A$AP Rocky (6-7); Fetty Wap‘s “679,” featuring Remy Boyz (7-8); and, R. City’s “Locked Away,” featuring Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine (8-9). The latter three songs all drop a spot from their respective Hot 100 peaks.

Just outside the Hot 100’s top 10, three songs in the top 20 skyrocket, fueled heavily by the VMAs. Demi Lovato‘s “Cool for the Summer” sizzles 17-11, reaching a new peak following her performance of the song on the show. Most notably, the seasonal anthem hits the Digital Songs top 10 for the first time, leaping 14-10 with a 44 percent gain to 72,000. (“Summer” previously rose as high as No. 11 on Digital Songs.)

Swift’s new single “Wildest Dreams” re-enters the Hot 100 at a new high of No. 15 after she premiered the ballad’s official video to close the VMAs pre-show. It re-enters Digital Songs at No. 7 (83,000, up 981 percent) and debuts on Streaming Songs at No. 15 (7.8 million, up 3,584 percent) and Radio Songs at No. 26 (43 million, up 114 percent).

“Dreams” is the fifth radio single from Swift’s album 1989 (and first spent a week on the Hot 100, dated Nov. 15, 2014, at No. 76, the week that 1989 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200). Lead single “Shake” (four weeks), follow-up “Blank Space” (seven) and fourth single “Bad Blood” (one), featuring Kendrick Lamar, all ruled the Hot 100, with third single “Style” reaching No. 6. “Out of the Woods” also hit the top 20 (No. 18), as a 1989 preview track (Nov. 1).

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And, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vault 94-18 on the Hot 100 with “Downtown,” featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee and Grandmaster Caz, after the song’s first full tracking week and the duo’s VMAs performance of the throwback hip-hop track. It enters Digital Songs at No. 4 (95,000), Streaming Songs at No. 30 (5.7 million) and Radio Songs at No. 44 (29 million).

Find out more noteworthy news beneath the top 10 in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column to post later this week. And, again, visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 9), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale Friday (11).