Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (Asylum) has ruled the Official U.K Singles Chart for the last six weeks and it’s still in pole position at the midway stage, though not by a great margin. The British singer and songwriter’s latest song “How Would You Feel (Paean),” which dropped last Friday, is just 700 downloads and streaming equivalent sales behind for second place on the Official Singles Chart Update. Sheeran also has the fifth bestseller at the midweek stage with “Castle on the Hill.”
According to the Official Charts Company, the last act to replace themselves at the top on the chart was Justin Bieber, whose “Love Yourself” succeeded “Sorry” in December 2015.
British hitmakers Take That should stamp an impression on the chart with their new single “Giants” (Polydor). The single, produced by Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit, Years & Years) and lifted from their upcoming album Wonderland, starts at No. 4 on the midweek chart and should enjoy a boost with the release of two separate CDs of the track this week.
Take That, now a trio of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, will release Wonderland, their eighth studio set, on March 24. The pop veterans have an enviable chart history, with seven U.K. No. 1 albums (including their most recent album, III, from 2014), 15 No. 1 singles and eight Brit Awards.
Another new arrival looking to make a big splash on the weekly chart is “It Ain’t Me,” a collaboration of Norwegian producer Kygo and U.S. pop singer Selena Gomez. The track dropped last Thursday and sits at No. 10 at the halfway point of the chart cycle. Kygo has cracked the top 10 on just one occasion, with his 2013 track “Firestone” featuring Conrad, while Gomez has managed it twice (“Naturally” from 2010 and “Come & Get It” from 2013).
Further down the chart, Maroon 5 is feeling the love for their Future–assisted track “Cold” (Interscope), which arrived on Valentine’s Day and starts at No. 29; Linkin Park’s “Heavy” (Warner Bros) featuring Kiiara begins at No. 33; and Sia’s “Helium” (Republic) — lifted from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack — rises to No. 38.
Rag ‘n’ ‘Bone Man’s debut album Human (Best Laid Plans/Columbia) is on course for a second week at the top of the Official U.K. Albums Chart after putting in a superhuman performance in its first week.
Human scored the fastest-selling male solo album of the decade in its first week by shifting 117,000 units en route to outselling the rest of the top ten combined.
At the halfway stage of the chart cycle, Human is outselling its nearest rival — Amy MacDonald’s fourth studio LP Under Stars (EMI) — by nearly 2-to-1, according to the OCC. The title track from the album, meanwhile, is at No. 3 on the singles chart update.
Ryan Adams‘ Prisoner (Blue Note/Pax AM) breaks out with a career-high No. 3 for the U.S. singer-songwriter, while Ed Sheeran’s sophomore album X rises to No. 4 and the Trolls (RCA/Villa 40) soundtrack climbs to No. 15, a new peak in its 19th week on the chart, powered by the film’s release on DVD.
Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history.
Feb. 20, 1988
After charting three uptempo freestyle top 10s, Expose celebrated its sole Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with ballad “Seasons Change.” The girl group would impressively send its first seven singles to the chart’s top 10. (Also on Feb. 20, 1988: Rihanna was born. Happy 29th!)
Feb. 21, 1981
Country icon Dolly Parton topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “9 to 5,” the theme to the workplace comedy film in which she starred. (Chart geeks, take note: the song never ranked at No. 9 nor 5 throughout its 26-week Hot 100 run.)
Feb. 22, 1997
The Spice Girls dashed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut pop culture smash “Wannabe.” While they’re likely best known for the bubbly track, they followed with six more consecutive top 20 hits over the next two years.
Feb. 24, 1973
Roberta Flack crowned the Billboard Hot 100 with “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” The Fugees’ cover reigned over R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for five weeks in 1996.
Feb. 25, 1995
What’s Madonna‘s longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1? Perhaps surprisingly, it’s not any of her signature ’80s songs like “Like a Virgin” or “Material Girl” (the latter of which peaked at No. 2). Nope, it’s ballad “Take a Bow,” which began its seven-week command 22 years ago today.
Feb. 26, 2011
Making a fitting grand entrance at No. 1, Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” became the Billboard Hot 100’s landmark 1,000th No. 1. The song arrived as the title cut to her second full-length studio album, which she had touted ahead of its release as “greatest album of this decade.” The set yielded four total top 10s.
Bruce Springsteen might well be touring the country, but Ed Sheeran is still the boss of Australia’s singles chart.
For the sixth consecutive week, Sheeran holds down Nos. 1 and 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart with “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill,” respectively (both via Asylum/Warner), and they retain the 1-2 stranglehold on the ARIA Streaming Singles Chart.
Zayn & Taylor Swift’s 50 Shades Darker tune “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (Republic/Universal) rises 4-3 in its tenth week on the main chart while Katy Perry has this round’s top debut with “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol/EMI), featuring Skip Marley, which opens at No. 4. Perry performed her new song at the 2017 Grammy Awards, which aired Down Under Feb. 13 on the Foxtel pay-TV platform.
The Chainsmokers’ “Paris” (Columbia/Sony) completes the national top 5.
On the ARIA Albums Chart this week, Fifty Shades Darker (Universal) leads a top five dominated by debutants and classics. The soundtrack to the second installment in the Fifty Shades franchise features “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and starts at No. 1, equaling the chart peak for the soundtrack to the first film in the trilogy.
Aussie hip-hop outfit Thundamentals score a career-best chart placing for their fourth studio set, Everyone We Know (Island/Universal). It’s new at No. 2, while the U.K.’s best-selling album this week, Rag’N’Bone Man’s Human (Columbia/Sony), starts at No. 3 in Australia.
Adele’s five Grammy wins power gains for all three of her albums. Her nine-times platinum certified 25 (XL/Inertia) is up 7-4, 21 lifts 38-28, and 19 reenters the chart at No. 50.
Guns N’ Roses’ enjoy chart spikes as the rock veterans make their way around the market for a stadium tour of the five biggest cities. GNR’s Greatest Hits (Geffen/Universal) rises 10-5 in its 112th week on the chart and Appetite For Destruction improves 40-19.
Beyonce’s appearance at the 2017 Grammys, where she performed and won two awards, generates chart fizz for her 2016 album Lemonade (Columbia/Sony). The former chart-topper soars 42-12 in its 36th week on the survey.
And finally, as he winds his way around the country for another stadium tour, Bruce Springsteen has two albums in top 50: Chapter and Verse (No. 21) and Greatest Hits (No. 38, both via Columbia/Sony).
Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” adds a third week to its No. 1 run on the Billboard Hot 100, while Big Sean debuts atop the Billboard 200 with his fourth studio album, I Decided. Plus, Lady Gaga basks in chart success following her Super Bowl and Grammy Awards performances, as she jumps to No. 1 on the Artist 100.
Here are 13 other things you need to know about Billboard‘s charts this week:
1. The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack is slated to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. If it does, it would best the No. 2 peak of 2015’s predecessor Fifty Shades of Grey. Click here to read the full article.
3. Sales and streams for Lady Gaga’s songs and albums surged after her Super Bowl performance, helping launch the superstar back into the upper reaches of several Billboard charts. Click here to read the full article.
4. After his music arrived on a wide array of streaming services on Feb. 12, streams for Prince’s music rose 6,323 percent on Feb. 12-13 (over the prior two days), according to Nielsen Music. Click here to read the full article.
6. Two Broadway albums appear in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 for the first time in more than 50 years. Meanwhile, J.Cole, Alessia Cara and LeAnn Rimes make moves on the chart. Click here to read the full article.
7. Linkin Park returns with its new single, “Heavy,” featuring Kiiara, sparking the group’s debut atop the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart. The Weeknd achieved the same feat with “Reminder.” Click here to read the full article.
10. Continuing the trend, The Weeknd’s “Starboy” scores a record-tying 20th week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B Songs chart, matching the reign of Drake’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla. Click here to read the full article.
11. Former MLB pitcher Barry Zito is new on Americana/Folk Album Sales, among other charts, with his EP No Secrets. Scoring success in a new field, he becomes the first Cy Young winner to appear on a Billboard chart. Click here to read the full article.
12. Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” tops the Adult Contemporary chart for a 16th total week, becoming one of the 20 longest-leading songs in the ranking’s five-and-a-half-decade history. Click here to read the full article.
13. Marian Hill’s “Down” hits No. 1 on Billboard & Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart for January, marking the third consecutive song to take over atop the list in as many months. Click here to read the full story.
Newcomer Christian Nodal vaults 13-4 on the Hot Latin Songs tally (dated Feb. 25) with his debut chart hit, “Adios Amor,” thanks to lifts…
Singer Joy Villa — who turned heads on the Grammy Awards red carpet by wearing a dress emblazoned with President Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” — has a chance of debuting straight into the top 10 of next week’s Billboard 200 chart with her 2014 album I Make the Static.
On Feb. 12 and 13, the album sold around 15,000 copies (according to Nielsen Music) — up from a negligible figure in the days leading up to the Grammys. Industry sources suggest that if the album continues to be a surprisingly hot seller, it could move over 35,000 copies for the week, which could enable a top 10 debut (and grant Villa her first entry on any Billboard chart).
Based on reviews in the iTunes Store, it appears the album is generating sales largely from Trump supporters previously unaware of the artist. Reviews include sentiments like “thank you for supporting TRUMP!! Will buy now! Thanks!,” “I’m buying the album just because of the dress. Way to go girl!” and “I don’t know this artist, but it doesn’t matter. I am supporting her bravery on Grammy night for standing for what she believes, whether others agree or not.”
Adele’s 25, which won the Grammy Award for album of the year on Feb. 12, is heading for a return to the top 10 on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the former No. 1 set could earn around 45,000 units in the week ending Feb. 16. (In the week ending Feb. 9, it earned 20,000 units according to Nielsen Music.)
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new March 4, 2017-dated Billboard 200 chart — which may boast a return by 25 — is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Adele won all five Grammy Awards she was nominated for at the ceremony. She won the final award of the night, album of the year, and gave an emotional acceptance speech where she said she “couldn’t possibly accept” the award. (25 was nominated alongside Justin Bieber’s Purpose, Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Drake’s Views and Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.) Adele said, “My artist of my life is Beyoncé. And this album for me, the Lemonade album, was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental. And so well-thought out, and so beautiful and soul baring, and we all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see, and we appreciate that. And all us artists here, we f—ing adore you. You are our light.”
As for Lemonade, it has a chance of returning to the top 10, as sources suggest it might earn around 40,000 units for the week (up from 13,000 in the week previous).
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, winner of the 2017 Brits Critics Choice Award, is fulfilling the faith shown in him with an impressive showing on the mid-week U.K. sales charts. The homegrown singer-songwriter is blowing away the competition on the U.K. albums chart and he’s about to bust Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking run at Nos. 1 and 2 on the U.K. singles chart.
The Sussex-born Rag ‘N’ Bone Man (real name Rory Graham) is dominating the field with his debut Human, which has the clocked up more than 70,000 combined sales to head the Official Chart Update. Remarkably, the album is outselling the rest of this week’s top 20 combined.
Human leads nine new albums cruising into the top 40, including three poised for top 10 debuts: Thunder’s Rip it Up (No. 2 via Ear Music), Nines’ One Foot Out (No. 4 via XL) and Devlin’s The Devil In (No. 10 via Devlin Music).
Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (Asylum) is still the best-selling single at the midway point of the chart week, though the title track to Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s debut album rises to No. 2.
Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” have ruled the official weekly chart for the past five weeks, setting a new mark for the longest-ever run in the top two of the U.K. chart (besting Justin Bieber’s four week stint at Nos. 1 and 2 with “Sorry” and “Love Yourself” in 2015). “Human” will break Sheeran’s stranglehold of the survey if stays at No. 2 at week’s end as “Castle On The Hill” falls to No. 3 on the midweek chart.
The top five is respectively rounded out by Jax Jones featuring Raye’s “You Don’t Know Me” (Polydor) and Zayn & Taylor Swift’s I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (RCA/Republic), from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.
Katy Perry could score the week’s highest singles chart debut with “Chained To The Rhythm,” which features Skip Marley and starts at No. 6 on midweek sales data. “Chained To The Rhythm” dropped last Friday and is the first release from the U.S. pop singer’s forthcoming fourth album.
Sheeran, Rag N Bone Man and Katy Perry should stay high in the U.K. charts for some weeks to come. They’re all booked to perform at the Feb. 22 Brit Awards in London.
Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Feb. 25) for a third total week. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga blasts back onto the chart with a record-tying No. 4 re-entry for “Million Reasons” (which had previously peaked at No. 52) after she performed the song during her Super Bowl LI halftime show (Feb. 5).
As we do every Monday, let’s kick off our recap of the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends sales, airplay and streaming data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow, Feb. 14.
In its fifth week on the Hot 100, “Shape,” released on Atlantic Records, holds at No. 1; it debuted atop the Jan. 28-dated chart, spent the next two weeks at No. 2 and then returned to No. 1 on the Feb. 18-dated list. Sheeran’s first Hot 100 No. 1 as an artist also becomes his first No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart (3-1), gaining by 13 percent to 130 million in audience in the week ending Feb. 12, according to Nielsen Music. He’d previously peaked as high as No. 2 on the airplay tally with x tracks “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph,” both in 2015. “Shape” earns the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award for a fourth straight week, the longest streak for a song by a solo male since Justin Bieber’s No. 1 “Love Yourself” (which Sheeran co-wrote, earning him his first Hot 100 leader as a writer) linked four weeks in January-February 2016.
“Shape” keeps at No. 2 on both Digital Song Sales (115,000 downloads sold, essentially even week-over-week) and Streaming Songs (33.3 million U.S. streams, up 5 percent). The single introduces Sheeran’s third studio album, ÷, due March 3.
Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, stays at No. 2 on the Hot 100 after three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. Still, the track tops the Streaming Songs chart for a seventh week with 47.3 million U.S. streams (down 6 percent). It also leads the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart for a seventh week (19.7 million on-demand clicks, down 15 percent).
“Bad” drops 5-8 on Digital Song Sales (41,000 downloads sold, down 4 percent) but stays at its No. 16 high on Radio Songs, up 1 percent to 59 million in airplay audience. It additionally rules Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a sixth week each.
Zayn and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” remains at its No. 3 peak on the Hot 100. It falls to No. 3 after a second (nonconsecutive) week atop Digital Song Sales, down 20 percent to 109,000, despite a 69-cent iTunes Store sale price; a week earlier, it surged by 124 percent to 137,000 sold following the Jan. 26 premiere of its official video. The collab backtracks 3-4 on Streaming Songs (22.8 million, down 12 percent) but hits the top five on Radio Songs (7-5; 98 million, up 10 percent), becoming Swift’s ninth Radio Songs top five and Zayn’s second.
“Forever” is the lead single from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, with both the album and the movie having arrived Friday (Feb. 10). As it holds at its No. 3 high, the song remains tied for the highest-charting Hot 100 hit from the Fifty Shades franchise. 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey yielded the No. 3-peaking “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding and “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” by The Weeknd.
Lady Gaga’s “Million Reasons” vaults back onto the Hot 100 at No. 4 after she performed the Joanne track as part of her Super Bowl halftime show. The ballad makes a revival similar to that of the New England Patriots, who erased a 28-3 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in the game. In fact, just as the Patriots staged the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history (covering 51 games), Gaga makes a record return on the Hot 100, tying two other songs for the highest re-entry in the chart’s 58-year archives.
“Reasons” originally peaked at No. 52 on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 24, 2016, and had last appeared on the chart dated Feb. 11 (two weeks ago), after an initial 11 weeks on the survey.
Gaga’s No. 4 re-entry on the Hot 100 matches the record No. 4 returns of LL Cool J’s “Control Myself,” featuring Jennifer Lopez (April 29, 2006), and Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice” (March 3, 2007). The former came back after first reaching No. 89 six weeks earlier, driven by its No. 2 debut on Digital Song Sales (as the rapper’s Todd Smith bowed at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums), while the latter returned after initially climbing to No. 23 in May 2006, following the country trio’s five wins at the Grammy Awards in 2007, including record and song of the year for “Nice.”
“Reasons” re-enters Digital Song Sales at No. 1, up 1,334 percent to 149,000 sold. It also surges by 128 percent to 7.6 million U.S. streams. It continues to build in airplay (15 million, up a hefty 50 percent), as it enters the top 20 (21-19) on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart and bullets at No. 32 on Pop Songs.
Gaga earns her 14th top 10 Hot 100 hit and 10th top five single. She last appeared in the top five with the No. 4-peaking “Applause” on the chart dated Sept. 7, 2013. She scores her fifth No. 1 on Digital Song Sales (where “Reasons” first reached No. 6 in December) and first in six years; she last boasted the week’s top-selling song with “Born This Way,” which led for four weeks in February-March 2011.
As previously reported, “Reasons” parent album Joanne rockets 66-2 on the Billboard 200 (74,000 equivalent album units, up 818 percent). The set’s lead single, “Perfect Illusion,” debuted and peaked at No. 15 on the Hot 100 dated Oct. 1. Joanne debuted atop the Nov. 12-dated Billboard 200, arriving as Gaga’s fourth No. 1 set. Meanwhile, another song that Gaga performed in her Super Bowl halftime medley, “Bad Romance,” re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 50 (having peaked at No. 2 for seven weeks in 2009-10). It returns to Digital Song Sales at No. 9 (39,000, up 2,753 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello’s “Bad Things” slides to No. 5 from its No. 4 high, led by its No. 4 rank on Radio Songs (105 million, down 5 percent). It tops the Pop Songs airplay chart for a second week.
As his new album I Decided. debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his second leading set, Big Sean notches his third Hot 100 top 10, and ties for his highest-peaking hit, as the album’s “Bounce Back” blasts 15-6. It jumps 8-3 on Streaming Songs (25.8 million, up 31 percent) and 28-21 on Radio Songs (48illion, up 15 percent) and gains by 6 percent to 24,000 sold, despite a 26-31 drop on Digital Song Sales. The hip-hop star scored his first two Hot 100 top 10s in 2012: “Dance (A$$),” featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 10), and as featured on Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me” (No. 6).
The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” featuring Halsey, slip 5-7 on the Hot 100, after spending 12 weeks at No. 1. It extends its record for the most weeks logged in the top 10 from a title’s debut, having totaled all 28 of its weeks on the chart in the top 10 since its bow at No. 9 on Aug. 20. It leads the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a 26th week, tying for the most weeks logged at No. 1 since the chart began in January 2013: Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” also ruled for 26 weeks in 2013-14.
Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” rises 10-8 on the Hot 100, its best rank so far. After she performed it on NBC’s Saturday Night Live Feb. 4, the song gains by 19 percent to 27,000 sold.
Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, falls to No. 9 on the Hot 100 from its No. 6 highpoint. It also departs the Radio Songs summit after eight weeks on top (1-2; 118 million, down 8 percent), remaining tied with 2012’s “One More Night” for the group’s longest-leading Radio Songs No. 1. (Last week, Interscope Records announced that “Don’t” follow-up “Cold,” featuring Future, will arrive just after midnight tonight.)
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, more Chainsmokers: “Closer” follow-up “Paris” returns to the region (11-10), following its No. 7 debut, and peak so far, three weeks earlier. It descends 6-10 on Digital Song Sales (39,000, down 4 percent) but rebounds 11-10 on Streaming Songs (16.9 million, down 1 percent) and keeps gaining on Radio Songs (19-17; 59 million, up 3 percent).
Looking ahead to next week’s Hot 100 (dated March 4), Katy Perry should make a splashy start with “Chained to the Rhythm,” featuring Skip Marley. Released Friday (Feb. 10) and performed during last night’s 59th Annual Gammy Awards, the single debuts at No. 20 on Adult Pop Songs (marking her highest entrance among 20 career hits on the chart), No. 24 on Pop Songs and No. 30 on Adult Contemporary (as those charts follow a Monday-Sunday tracking period). Following its first week of sales and streaming (measured Friday-Thursday), the song should make a lofty launch on the Hot 100 next week.
Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column later this week, and visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 14), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.
Katy Perry is back with new music, and just in time for Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Hours after the pop star released her latest track “Chained to the Rhythm,” featuring Skip Marley, the tune launched to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart.
The Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart measures the real-time acceleration of conversation around artists and their music on Twitter.
“Chained” was released at 12 a.m. ET on Feb. 10. Outside of her 2016 Olympic ballad “Rise,” Perry hadn’t released a new song since 2014. Similar to “Chained,” “Rise” also reached No. 1 on the Trending 140 chart on July 22. Perry also released a lyric video for “Chained” on YouTube, which has almost reached 1 million global views since its release.
Perry is scheduled to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, where she will likely take the stage to sing “Chained.” The song is slated to appear on Perry’s upcoming fourth studio album. She has yet to announce the album’s release date.
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