The Weeknd‘s The Hills” leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, holding off Drake‘s “Hotline Bling,” which ranks at its No. 2 peak for a third week. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift reaches the top five with “Wildest Dreams” and One Direction debuts at No. 10 with new single “Perfect.”
As we do each Monday, let’s run down the Hot 100’s top 10 and beyond (on the chart dated Nov. 7). Highlights of the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday, with all charts updated each Tuesday.
We’ll also preview next week’s Hot 100, as the next No. 1 could debut at the summit a week from today.
“Hills,” released on XO/Republic Records, leads the Radio Songs chart for a fifth week (149 million in all-format audience, down 1 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and notches a fourth week atop Streaming Songs (19.4 million U.S. streams, down 3 percent).
After three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on Digital Songs, “Hills” falls to No. 3, down by 41 percent to 111,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 22. Last week, the song soared by 93 percent to 189,000 (in the week ending Oct. 15), thanks to two new remixes, one featuring Nicki Minaj and the other featuring Eminem. (All versions of the song count for its singular Hot 100 rank.)
Of the sales for “The Hills” in the week ending Oct. 15, 51 percent were The Weeknd’s original version, 35 percent Eminem’s and 14 percent Minaj’s. In the week ending Oct. 22, The Weeknd’s solo version is back up to 74 percent of the song’s sales, while Eminem’s dips to 20 percent and Minaj’s to 6. (Neither guest rapper is credited as a featured artist on the Hot 100.)
“Hills” also notches a sixth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Drake holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100 with “Hotline Bling.” The track rebounds 2-1 for a second week atop Digital Songs (153,000, up 29 percent), surely powered by attention for its official video, released Oct. 19 (good for top Digital Gainer honors on the Hot 100). The track drops 2-5 on Streaming Songs, however, down by 26 percent to 13.7 million, as the clip was released to Apple Music, which does not currently report its video streams to Nielsen Music.
On Radio Songs, “Bling” shines 5-4 (120 million, up 12 percent), adding the top Airplay Gainer award for a second straight week. It crowns Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs for a fifth week and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a fourth week (9.3 million, up 11 percent).
While “Hills” and “Bling” will battle for the top of the Hot 100 next week, they’ll be joined by another contender: Adele‘s “Hello.” As previously reported, the ballad could achieve the biggest digital sales week ever, following its Oct. 23 debut. With its official video released the same day, and following a full first week of radio airplay, the lead single from Adele’s Nov. 20 album 25 is set for a potential No. 1 Hot 100 bow next week. Check back next Monday (Nov. 2) to find out who leads next week’s Hot 100.
Back to this week: Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” keeps at No. 3 on the Hot 100; it became his first No. 1 upon its debut on Sept. 19. The lead single from his Nov. 13 studio album holds at No. 3 on Radio Songs (128 million, up 2 percent); ups 5-4 on Streaming Songs (14.7 million, up 1 percent); and slips 5-7 on Digital Songs (68,000, down 6 percent). And, while “Mean” falls to No. 2 after two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s top 40-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart, new single “Sorry,” the second from the new LP, debuts at No. 29 on Pop Songs.
Shawn Mendes rises 5-4 on the Hot 100 with “Stitches” reaching a new peak, and Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” enters the Hot 100’s top five (6-5). As previously reported, “Dreams” rises to No. 1 on Pop Songs (dethroning Bieber’s “Mean”) to become the fifth No. 1 from her album 1989. Only one album has produced more Pop Songs No. 1s: Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream (six, in 2010-12).
“Dreams” concurrently leads Adult Pop Songs for a second week, also marking the fifth leader from 1989 on the list. 1989 and Teenage Dream share the mark for producing the most Adult Pop Songs No. 1s from a single set.
“Dreams” is Swift’s 10th top five Hot 100 hit and fourth from 1989, following the No. 1s “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar. (Third single “Style” reached No. 6.)
Fetty Wap’s “679,” featuring Remy Boyz, drops to No. 6 from its No. 4 high, while the songs at Nos. 7-9 on the Hot 100 stay in place, led by The Weeknd’s former three-week Hot 100 No. 1, “Can’t Feel My Face,” at No. 7. (Canadians again keep the chart looking a bit like an NHL team’s roster: thanks to The Weeknd’s two hits, and one each for Drake, Bieber and Mendes, five of the chart’s top seven are again by Canadians, with all four artists from the province of Ontario.) R. City’s No. 6-peaking “Locked Away,” featuring Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, holds at No. 8 and Silento’s No. 3-peaking “Watch Me” is stationary at No. 9.
One Direction lands the week’s highest Hot 100 debut, as “Perfect” soars in at No. 10. It bows at No. 2 on Digital Songs (136,000 sold in its first week) and No. 18 on Streaming Songs (6.9 million, following the arrival of its official video Oct. 20. It also starts at No. 36 on Pop Songs (while prior single “Drag Me Down” is still rising, up 7-6 on the airplay tally).
“Perfect” is One Direction’s fifth top 10 debut on the Hot 100, and second from its Nov. 13 album Made in the A.M.; “Down” debuted and peaked at No. 3 upon its arrival in August.
1D also launches a second Hot 100 debut this week, as “Home,” a stand-alone single not on the new set, enters at No. 97.
Among action outside the Hot 100’s top 10, three songs reach the top 20: Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” featuring John Legend, becoming the fourth top 20 hit from her debut album Title (24-18); Ellie Goulding’s “On My Mind,” the lead single from her Nov. 6 album Delirium (22-19); and Alessia Cara’s breakthrough hit “Here” (23-20). Find out more noteworthy news throughout the chart in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column to post later this week.
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 27), when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh, as they do each Tuesday. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale Friday (Oct. 30).