Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ Tops Billboard Hot 100 for Fifth Week, Cardi B & Bruno Mars’ ‘Please Me’ Debuts at No. 5
Just two months into 2019, women in lead roles have already matched their total time on top in all of 2018.
Let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 26).
‘7 Rings’ No. 1 again: Grande’s “7 Rings” spends a fifth week atop the Hot 100, encompassing its entire run on the ranking. “Rings” leads the Streaming Songschart for a fifth frame, with 44.5 million U.S. streams, down 30 percent, in the week ending Feb. 21, according to Nielsen Music.
“Rings” ranks at No. 3, after posting three weeks at No. 1, on Digital Song Sales(27,000 sold in the week ending Feb. 21) and pushes 9-6 on Radio Songs, up 16 percent to 71.3 million audience impressions in the week ending Feb. 24, as it claims the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a fourth week.
“Rings” is the first song to spend its first five weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 1 since Drake’s “God’s Plan,” which ranked on top for its first 11 (covering its entire reign) in February-April 2018. “Rings” is the first song by a woman to lead for its first five weeks since Adele’s “Hello,” which placed at No. 1 for its first 10 frames (also encompassing its entire command) in November 2015-January 2016.
Lead women at No. 1 in 2019 = 2018: Women have now spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 on charts dated in 2019, all in lead roles, starting with the seventh and last week on top on for Grande’s prior No. 1, “Thank U, Next,” on the chart dated Jan. 5, followed by two weeks in charge for Halsey‘s “Without Me” and now five for “Rings.” Thus, as of the first chart dated in March, women in lead roles have matched last year’s total time atop the Hot 100, as women credited as leads tallied eight weeks at No. 1 in all of 2018 (including the first six weeks on top for “Next”; Camila Cabello and Cardi B also ruled for a week each as leads in 2018).
In 2017, women as lead acts spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100, three each by Taylor Swift (“Look What You Made Me Do”) and Cardi B (“Bodak Yellow [Money Moves]”). The 2018 and 2017 totals trail that of 2016, when lead women ran up 16 weeks at No. 1, by Adele, Rihanna and Sia.
Grande’s “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” falls 2-8 in its second week on the Hot 100. A week ago, as “7 Rings” and “Thank U, Next” sandwiched the song at Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, Grande became the first soloist to rank at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously, and the second act overall, after The Beatles in 1964.
While “Girlfriend” dips 2-4 on Streaming Songs (31.9 million, down 46 percent) and 2-7 on Digital Song Sales (16,000, down 55 percent), it gains by 59 percent to 21.3 million in radio airplay audience.
Panic! at the Disco‘s “High Hopes” descends 8-9 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 4. It leads Hot Rock Songs for a 17th week and Radio Songs for a 14th frame (109.1 million, down 1 percent), as it ties for the fifth-most time atop the radio ranking (which began in 1990):
Most weeks at No. 1 on Radio Songs
18, “Iris,” Goo Goo Dolls, 1998
16, “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, 2018
16, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, 2005
16, “Don’t Speak,” No Doubt, 1996-97
14, “High Hopes,” Panic! at the Disco, 2018-19
14, “No One,” Alicia Keys, 2007-08
14, “Because You Loved Me,” Celine Dion, 1996
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Post Malone’s “Wow.” drops 9-10, after hitting No. 8.
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Halsey’s former two-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Without Me” rebounds 4-2. As reported earlier, Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid‘s “Eastside” (at No. 12 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 9) completes a record 31-week ascent to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart, dethroning “Without Me” after four weeks on top.
Post Malone and Swae Lee‘s former one-week Hot 100 leader “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)” rises 5-3, while topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songsand Hot Rap Songs charts for an eighth week each.
Grande’s “Next” drops 3-4 on the Hot 100.
Cardi B and Bruno Mars surge onto the Hot 100 at No. 5 with “Please Me.” The stand-alone single (released on Atlantic Records, both artists’ home label) starts at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales with 51,000 sold. Cardi B collects her third No. 1 on the sales survey, while Mars adds his ninth.
The track bows at No. 10 on Streaming Songs with 27.9 million U.S. streams, marking Cardi B’s 11th top 10 and Mars’ eighth. On Radio Songs, it charges 33-22 (39 million in audience reach).
On the Hot 100, Cardi B notches her seventh top 10 and Mars earns his 16th. Their first charted hit together, “Finesse,” rose to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in January 2018. The pair joins other twosomes who aren’t official regular duos but who have also teamed up for multiple Hot 100 top 10s. Rihanna, for example, has shared three Hot 100 top 10s with Drake and a pair each with JAY-Z, Kanye West, Eminem and Calvin Harris. Drake, meanwhile, boasts five top 10s with Lil Wayne. Plus, Grande has combined for two top 10s with Nicki Minaj, while, going back to the 1980s, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney tallied two together, each of which peaked in 1983: “The Girl Is Mine” (No. 2) and “Say Say Say” (No. 1 for six weeks, into 1984).
Marshmello and Bastille‘s “Happier” is steady at No. 6 on the Hot 100, after reaching a No. 2 high, as it leads Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a 23rd week, while Travis Scott‘s former one-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Sicko Mode” holds at No. 7.