As we do each Wednesday, let’s look at all the pretty people in the top 10, and a bit beyond, on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 (dated May 23).
“Again,” released on Atlantic Records and promoted to radio by Roadrunner Promotions, spends a sixth week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 251,000 downloads sold (down 12 percent) in the week ending May 10, according to Nielsen Music. The track posts a fifth week at No. 1 on both Streaming Songs (24.5 million U.S. streams, up 2 percent) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (7.5 million, down 6 percent).
Airplay continues to catch up to the sales and streaming points percentages on the Hot 100 for “Again,” which takes top Airplay Gainer honors on the chart for a fourth week. The cut lifts 7-4 on Radio Songs with a 38 percent bounce to 127 million all-format impressions. Streaming is the biggest points contributor for “Again” on the Hot 100 (45 percent), followed by sales (34 percent) and airplay (21 percent).
At five weeks on top, “Again” is the longest-ruling rap No. 1 on the Hot 100 by a lead solo male in nearly five years: Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna, spent seven weeks at No. 1 in 2010.
Fetty Wap‘s “Trap Queen” holds at its No. 2 Hot 100 high. It keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs, up by 6 percent to 18.5 million. It rebounds 5-3 on Digital Songs (120,000, up 13 percent) and pushes 13-12 on Radio Songs (67 million, up 5 percent).
The Weeknd‘s “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” returns to its No. 3 peak on the Hot 100 (4-3) and spends a third week atop Radio Songs (159 million, up 2 percent). The steamy song holds at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (10 million, up 10 percent) and reverses course, 10-7, on Digital Songs (95,000, up 14 percent). It tops the Hot R&B Songs chart for a seventh week. As previously reported, “Earned It” takes over at No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.
Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars, drops 3-4 on the Hot 100 after leading for 14 weeks, tying for the second-longest rule in the Hot 100’s 56-year history. It rises 4-3 on Streaming Songs (12.8 million, up 1 percent), while dropping 4-6 on Radio Songs (113 million, down 8 percent) and 8-11 on Digital Songs (80,000, down 12 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” holds at No. 5. It stays at No. 2 on Digital Songs (135,000, down 1 percent); zips 5-2 on Radio Songs (131 million, up 18 percent); and is stationary at No. 11 on Streaming Songs (6.5 million, up 7 percent). The club anthem leads Hot Rock Songs for a seventh week. It also surges 4-1 on Adult Pop Songs.
Nos. 6 through 8 on the Hot 100 maintain their ranks from last week: Maroon 5’s No. 2-peaking “Sugar” (No. 6) (ahead of forthcoming single “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt,” a new track to be added onto the band’s album V); Ellie Goulding’s Fifty Shades of Grey hit “Love Me Like You Do” (No. 7); and Jason Derulo’s “Want to Want Me” (No. 8).
Closing out the Hot 100’s top 10, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” rebounds 10-9 (after peaking at No. 2) and Flo Rida’s “G.D.F.R.,” featuring Sage the Gemini & Lookas, returns to the region (11-10) after reaching No. 8.
In highlights just below the Hot 100’s top tier, David Guetta’s “Hey Mama,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, climbs 14-13; Tove Lo’s “Talking Body” pushes 16-15; and Meghan Trainor’s “Dear Future Husband” lifts 18-16. More details on noteworthy news beneath the top 10 in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column to post on Friday (May 15).
As for the week’s highly-anticipated top debut, Spears and Azalea launch at No. 29 with “Pretty Girls.” Sales lead the way (accounting for 77 percent of the song’s chart points), as it debuts on Digital Songs at No. 6 with 96,000 first-week downloads sold. The single is “an event record,” says Charese Fruge, program director of Pop Songs chart panelist KKHH Houston, which has played the duet 39 times since adding it on its day of release (May 4).
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (May 14) when all rankings, including the Hot 100 in its entirety and Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs, will refresh, as they do each Thursday. The Hot 100 will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale on Friday (May 15).