Ed Sheeran Stays Atop Hot 100, Clean Bandit Bounds to Top 10

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Sheeran’s “Shape of You” rules for a seventh week, Rihanna adds her 22nd top five hit, Clean Bandit surges 24-9 with “Rockabye” & The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” ties the record for the most weeks totaled in the top 10.

Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated March 25), as parent LP ÷ (Divide)storms in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Also in an action-packed Hot 100 top 10: Rihanna‘s “Love on the Brain” reaches the top five, becoming her 22nd top five hit; Clean Bandit blasts from No. 24 to No. 9 with “Rockabye,” featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie; and The Chainsmokers‘  “Closer” (featuring Halsey) ties the record for the most weeks totaled in the top 10 in the Hot 100’s 58-year history.

As we do every Monday, let’s run down top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends sales, airplay and streaming data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow, March 14.

As it tops the Hot 100 for a seventh week, Sheeran’s “Shape,” released on Atlantic Records, also logs a seventh week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart (116,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 9, according to Nielsen Music), as well as a fifth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (160 million in audience, up 3 percent, in the week ending March 12). It additionally takes over at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, up 28 percent to 50.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 9. It tops the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs survey for a third week (24.5 million on-demand clicks, up 34 percent).

Impressively, “Shape” leads all three of the Hot 100’s main component charts — Digital Song Sales, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs  — becoming the first song to top all the lists simultaneously since “Closer” (Nov. 12, 2016).

As previously reported, Sheeran’s third studio album, ÷ (Divide), launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 451,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 9, the largest week for an album in 2017. Sheeran is the first artist to top the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 simultaneously since Drake on July 30, with “One Dance” (featuring WizKid and Kyla) and Views, respectively.

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Meanwhile, 10 songs from ÷ debut on the Hot 100: “Perfect” (No. 37), “Dive” (No. 49), “Galway Girl” (No. 53), “Happier” (No. 59), “New Man” (No. 72), “Supermarket Flowers” (No. 75), “What Do I Know?” (No. 83), “Eraser” (No. 90), “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here” (No. 93) and “Barcelona” (No. 96). They join “Shape,” the No. 6-peaking “Castle on the Hill” (which roars 75-39) and the No. 41-reaching “How Would You Feel (Paean)” (a re-entry at No. 84), making for 13 of the 16 songs on the deluxe version of the album that have hit the Hot 100; all 12 tracks on the standard version of the album have now reached the Hot 100.

The record for most debuts by an act in a week? 13, by Justin Bieber on Dec. 5, 2015, the week that his album Purpose bowed atop the Billboard 200. And, in a chart quirk, Sheeran owns all 10 of the Hot 100’s debuts this week; that’s the highest amount of new entries all by one act, with no other debuts by anyone else, in a single week in the Hot 100’s history.

Beyond all (impressive) things Ed Sheeran, Migos‘ “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, keeps at No. 2 on the Hot 100 following three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. The cut drops to No. 2 on Streaming Songs after 10 weeks on top (42.7 million, down 3 percent). Still, “Bad” leads Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a 10th week each.

Bruno Mars‘ “That’s What I Like” hits a new peak on the Hot 100, rising 4-3 and besting the No. 4 peak of prior single “24K Magic,” the title track from Mars’ latest album. Following the first full tracking week after the official video for “Like” arrived March 1, the track lifts 3-2 on Digital Song Sales, up 25 percent to 95,000 sold, and enters the top 10 on Radio Songs (12-7; 75 million, up 14 percent) and Streaming Songs (11-7; 19.4 million, up 12 percent). On the Hot R&B Songs chart, “Like” collects a fourth week at No. 1.

Zayn and Taylor Swift‘s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” drops 3-4 on the Hot 100 after hitting No. 2, while Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” bumps 6-5 on the Hot 100, hitting a new peak. The song is Rihanna’s 22nd top five hit, breaking her out of a fifth-place tie with Elvis Presley (who tallied 21 top fives after the Hot 100’s 1958 inception; his career predates the Hot 100, as he first hit Billboard charts in 1956). The only artists with more top five Hot 100 hits than Rihanna: The Beatles (29), Madonna (28), Mariah Carey (26) and Janet Jackson (24). Airplay continues to drive the ballad most heavily, as it keeps at No. 3 on Radio Songs (107 million, essentially even week-over-week).

Kodak Black’s first Hot 100 top 10, “Tunnel Vision,” hits a new high (8-6), while bulleting for a second week at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (33.3 million, up 9 percent); The Chainsmokers‘ “Paris” holds at No. 7 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 6, while returning for a second week at No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and hitting the Radio Songs top 10 (11-9; 67 million, up 1 percent); and Big Sean‘s “Bounce Back” lives up to its title, ascending 9-8 on the Hot 100 after climbing to No. 6.

Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” rockets 24-9 on the Hot 100 (after previously reaching No. 21), sparked by its 17-3 vault on Digital Song Sales (68,000, up 97 percent), boosted by 69-cent sale-pricing in the iTunes Store. It also pushes 23-19 on Radio Songs (50 million, up 7 percent) and bullets at No. 34 (down from No. 32) on Streaming Songs (12.7 million, up 6 percent). The track — which incorporates the lyrics to nursery rhyme “Rock-a-bye Baby,” which dates back more than two-and-a-half centuries, to 1765, specifically — is Clean Bandit’s second Hot 100 top 10, surpassing the No. 10 peak of “Rather Be” (featuring Jess Glynne) in 2014.

While Anne-Marie achieves her first Hot 100 top 10 (in her first visit to the chart) with “Rockabye,” fellow featured act Paul scores his 10th top 10. Notably, he notched his first eight in 2002-2010; he’s collected his latest two in the last nine months, spending four weeks at No. 1 as featured on Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” in August, prior to “Rockabye.”

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Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” which spent 12 weeks at No. 1, adds a historic honor, tying the record for the most weeks logged in the top 10: 32 (all from its debut at No. 9 on Aug. 20, 2016). The track equals the top 10 run of LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live”: 32 top 10 weeks in 1997-98.

Plus, The Chainsmokers have now spent 45 consecutive weeks in the Hot 100’s top 10, dating to May 21, 2016 (and encompassing four top 10s). The duo ties The Weeknd for the fifth-longest top 10 streak all-time and is within three weeks of matching Ace of Base’s mark for a duo or group. Here’s an update among all acts:

69 weeks in the Hot 100’s top 10, Katy Perry, 2010-11
51 weeks, Drake, 2015-16
48 weeks, Ace of Base, 1993-94
46 weeks, Rihanna, 2010-11
45 weeks, The Chainsmokers, 2016-17
45 weeks, The Weeknd, 2015

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Just beyond the Hot 100’s top 10, the chart’s largest leap belongs to Lorde’s “Green Light,” which soars from No. 100 to No. 19 after its first full week of tracking (following its March 2 release). The lead single from Lorde’s second full-length, Melodrama (due June 16), debuts on Digital Song Sales at No. 6 (52,000) and Streaming Songs at No. 20 (13.6 million), while adding 20 million in radio airplay audience.

Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column later this week, and visit Billboard.com tomorrow (March 14), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.

 

Source: Billboard

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