Meanwhile, rookie rapper T-Wayne vaults into the top 10 with his viral hit “Nasty Freestyle.”
As we do each Wednesday, let’s look at all the songs in the top 10, and a bit beyond, on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 (dated May 16).
“Again,” released on Atlantic Records and promoted to radio by Roadrunner Promotions, spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 285,000 downloads sold (down 10 percent) in the week ending May 3, according to Nielsen Music. The track posts a fourth week at No. 1 on both Streaming Songs (24 million U.S. streams, essentially even from last week) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (8 million, down 8 percent).
Although airplay still accounts for the smallest sum (17 percent) of the song’s Hot 100 chart points, “Again” roars into the Radio Songs top 10 (11-7) with a 38 percent blast to 102 million all-format impressions. It wins top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a third week.
“Again” concurrently dominates Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a fourth week each.
Fetty Wap‘s “Trap Queen” again hits a new Hot 100 highpoint, rising 3-2. It holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs, up by 1 percent to 17.5 million. It dips 4-5 on Digital Songs (106,000, down 1 percent), but keeps at No. 13 on Radio Songs with a 7 percent lift to 64 million. It also passes 1 million in downloads sold to-date.
Notably, two hip-hop-based rap tracks (both having charted on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) by male rappers rank at Nos. 1 and 2 on the Hot 100 for the first time in more than six years. The last time that two such hits held the top two spots on the Hot 100? March 28, 2009, when Flo Rida‘s “Right Round” ranked at No. 1 and T.I.‘s “Dead and Gone” (featuring Justin Timberlake) followed at No. 2.
Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars, drops 2-3 on the Hot 100 after ruling for 14 weeks, tying for the second-longest command in the Hot 100’s 56-year history. It drops 3-4 on both Radio Songs (123 million, down 9 percent) and Streaming Songs (12.8 million, down 3 percent) and 5-8 on Digital Songs (90,000, down 12 percent).
While “Funk” fell short of breaking the record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 (held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day”: 16), it has set another mark. As noted by astute reader and chart-watcher Brian Cole, “Funk” has spent the most time, 21 weeks, in the Hot 100’s top three of any song all-time. With it having rewritten the record last week, here’s a look at the hits to inhabit the top three the longest:
Songs With the Most Weeks in the Hot 100’s Top Three
21 weeks, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, 2014-15
19, “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas, 1999-2000
18, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, 2005
18, “Un-Break My Heart,” Toni Braxton, 1996-97
17, “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor, 2014
The Weeknd’s “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 3, and spends a second week atop Radio Songs (155 million, up 3 percent). The sultry track slips 4-5 on Streaming Songs (9 million, down 8 percent) and 8-10 on Digital Songs (83,000, down 14 percent). It tops the Hot R&B Songs chart for a sixth week.
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, Walk the Moon‘s “Shut Up and Dance” darts 7-5. It stays at No. 2 on Digital Songs (136,000, down 2 percent) and climbs 7-5 on Radio Songs (111 million, up 14 percent) and 12-11 on Streaming Songs (6.1 million, up 7 percent). It leads Hot Rock Songs for a sixth week. The group is the first rock band to hit the Hot 100’s top five with a debut entry since Bastille peaked at No. 5 slightly more than a year ago with “Pompeii.”
Maroon 5‘s No. 2-peaking “Sugar” descends 5-6 on the Hot 100 (ahead of forthcoming single “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt,” a new song to be added onto the band’s V album); Ellie Goulding’s Fifty Shades of Grey hit “Love Me Like You Do” steps down 6-7 after peaking at No. 3, while taking over atop the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart); and Jason Derulo’s “Want to Want Me” jumps 10-8.
Rapper T-Wayne rockets into the Hot 100’s top 10 with “Nasty Freestyle” (17-9). His debut anthem has been fueled by user-generated viral clips of the Whip dance featuring the song. Claiming the Hot 100’s top Streaming Gainer trophy for a second week, the track flies 10-3 on Streaming Songs, doubling to 12.8 million streams. It also vaults 11-4 on Digital Songs, up by 29 percent to 106,000. (Radio airplay makes up less than 1 percent of the single’s Hot 100 points.)
“Freestyle” whips into the Hot 100’s top 10 in just its third week, tying for the second-fastest flight to the region this year, and the fastest by a new artist. Maroon 5’s “Sugar” is the only song to debut in the top 10 this year, having launched at No. 8 on Jan. 31, while Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney‘s “FourFiveSeconds,” like “Freestyle,” also needed only three weeks.
“Freestyle” has taken off “because it’s so catchy,” T-Wayne (real name: Rickey Wayne) told Billboard exclusively in his first interview in more than year. “Those lyrics, you can’t deny, because it really is a hard freestyle. It says some real stuff, but it also says some funny stuff that people can relate to. It will make you laugh.”
Closing out the Hot 100’s top 10, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” drops 8-10 after peaking at No. 2.
In highlights just below the Hot 100’s top tier, David Guetta’s “Hey Mama,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Afrojack, bounds 19-14; Andy Grammer’s hyper hoedown “Honey, I’m Good.” roars 28-17 as the chart’s top Digital Gainer (up by 47 percent to 105,000 sold); and Fifth Harmony nears its first top 20 hit, as “Worth It” (featuring Kid Ink) charges 32-21. More details on noteworthy news below the top 10 in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column to post on Friday (May 8).
Visit Billboard.com tomorrow (May 7), 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 8).