Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ Tops Hot 100; Drake Debuts Two in Top 10
Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” leads the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated April 8) for a ninth week.
Meanwhile, Drake debuts two songs in the Hot 100’s top 10, “Passionfruit” and “Portland” (the latter featuring Quavo and Travis Scott), joining Sheeran as the only artists ever to debut two songs in the top 10 simultaneously. The bows are part of Drake’s monster week, as his album More Life rockets in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and he charts a one-week record 24 songs on this week’s Hot 100.
As we do every Monday, let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends sales, airplay and streaming data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow, March 28.
As it continues to command the Hot 100, Sheeran’s “Shape,” released on Atlantic Records, also logs a ninth week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart (97,000 downloads sold, down 7 percent, in the week ending March 23, according to Nielsen Music), as well as a seventh week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (171 million in audience, up 3 percent, in the week ending March 26). Notably, the song is the first to crack the 170-million audience barrier since Adele’s “Hello” (172 million) on Jan. 16, 2016. “Shape” also leads the Streaming Songs chart for a third frame (46.4 million U.S. streams, down 3 percent, in the week ending March 23).
Impressively, “Shape” has topped the Hot 100’s three main component charts (Digital Song Sales, Radio Songs and Streaming Songs) simultaneously for three weeks running. Since Streaming Songs launched in early 2013 (as the youngest of the three lists), only two songs had previously led the trio of tallies (as well as the Hot 100) for at least three straight weeks at the same time: The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” featuring Halsey (six weeks, 2016), and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars (streaks of six and three weeks, 2015).
Speaking of Mars, his “That’s What I Like” holds at its No. 2 high on the Hot 100. It climbs 3-2 on Digital Song Sales (80,000, up 3 percent) and 5-3 on Radio Songs (103 million, up 18 percent), while dipping 4-6 on Streaming Songs despite a 3 percent rise to 27.7 million. The song also nabs the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for the fourth time in the last five weeks. “Like” logs a sixth week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart and a second week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, Zayn and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” rebounds 4-3, after hitting No. 2; Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, drops 3-4 following three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, while topping the Hot Rap Songs chart for a 12th week; and The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming,” featuring Daft Punk, is steady at its No. 5 peak.
Kodak Black’s first Hot 100 top 10, “Tunnel Vision,” bullets for a third week at its No. 6 Hot 100 high, while The Chainsmokers again chart two songs in the top 10: “Something Just Like This,” with Coldplay, rises 8-7 after reaching No. 5, while leading the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a third (nonconsecutive) week, and “Paris” dips 9-10 on the Hot 100 after rising to No. 6.
Meanwhile, The Chainsmokers, the twosome of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, have now spent 47 consecutive weeks in the Hot 100’s top 10, dating to May 21, 2016 (and encompassing four top 10s), moving to within a week of matching Ace of Base’s record streak for a duo or group. Here’s an update among all acts:
Most consecutive weeks in the Hot 100’s top 10
69 weeks, Katy Perry, 2010-11
51 weeks, Drake, 2015-16
48 weeks, Ace of Base, 1993-94
47 weeks, The Chainsmokers, 2016-17
46 weeks, Rihanna, 2010-11
45 weeks, The Weeknd, 2015
In between The Chainsmokers two current Hot 100 top 10s, Drake soars in with two debuts, both from his new album More Life: “Passionfruit,” at No. 8, and “Portland,” at No. 9. Drake is only the second artist to debut two songs in the Hot 100’s top 10 simultaneously, following Sheeran, whose “Shape” and “Castle on the Hill” launched at Nos. 1 and 6, respectively, on the Jan. 28-dated chart.
“Passionfruit” and “Portland” both arrive driven primarily by streaming, with the former bowing at No. 4 on Streaming Songs and No. 1 on the On-Demand Streaming Songs chart (29.1 million U.S. streams, almost all via on-demand clicks). The latter launches at Nos. 5 and 2 on the lists (28.5 million U.S. streams; 27.3 million on-demand), respectively.
More Drake honors: With the debuts, Drake ups his count to 20 career Hot 100 top 10s, becoming the 17th artist in the chart’s 58-year history to hit the mark (and tying the totals of Chicago, The Supremes and Taylor Swift). Madonna leads with 38 top 10s, followed by The Beatles (34), Rihanna (30) and Michael Jackson, the front-runner among solo males with 29.
As for the featured acts on “Portland,” Quavo earns his first Hot 100 top 10 as a soloist (in addition to his first and only top 10 as a member of Migos, “Bad and Boujee”), while Travis Scott also achieves his first top 10 on the tally.
Meanwhile, Drake’s week is historic on the Hot 100, as he charts a record-breaking 24 songs overall on the April 8-dated ranking (including all 22 from More Life), besting his prior mark of 20 set on May 21, 2016, the week that his last album, Views, opened atop the Billboard 200. He debuts 21 songs total on the latest Hot 100 (all from More Life; they join the set’s “Fake Love,” which reached No. 8 in February), also a new one-week record, surpassing the 16 songs (all from Views) that he sent onto the May 21-dated Hot 100.
Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column later this week, and visit Billboard.com tomorrow (March 28), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.