OMI hoists his debut hit “Cheerleader” back to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, rebounding 2-1 for a fifth week in charge. The reggae/pop smash dethrones “Can’t Feel My Face” (1-2) by Hot 100 Music Festival headliner The Weeknd, which rose to No. 1 last week. As a consolation, The Weekend adds a second top five this week, zooming 11-5 with “The Hills.”
As we do each Monday, let’s run down the top 10 and more on the Hot 100 (dated Aug. 29). (Highlights of the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 post on Billboard.com each Monday, with all charts updated on Tuesday, following the July 10 adoption of the Friday retail global release date.)
“Cheerleader,” released on Louder Than Life/Ultra/Columbia, returns to the top of the Hot 100 while holding at its No. 2 peaks on both Radio Songs (149 million in audience, up 3 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and Streaming Songs (16.3 million U.S. streams, up 2 percent). On Digital Songs, which it led for four weeks, “Cheerleader” remains at No. 3 (119,000 downloads sold, down 8 percent, in the week ending Aug. 13).
At five weeks on top for “Cheerleader,” OMI boasts the longest-leading reggae No. 1 on the Hot 100 by a solo male in more than 22 years. The last reggae ruler by a solo male to reign longer? Snow’s “Informer,” which led for seven weeks in March-April 1993. Among all acts, the last reggae No. 1 to spend more than four weeks on top: MAGIC!’s “Rude” (six weeks) last summer.
“I woke up humming the melody one morning when I was 21,” OMI (born Omar Samuel Pasley), 29, recently told Billboard of “Cheerleader.” “It was like a little Jamaican nursery rhyme, like ‘one, two, buckle my shoe,’ that kind of thing. The rest of the song just fell into place like a jigsaw puzzle.”
The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ Gives Max Martin His 21st No. 1 on Hot 100
Despite its slip from the Hot 100’s summit, The Weeknd’s “Face” remains the most-heard song on radio, spending a second week at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart, up by 4 percent to 158 million in audience. It keeps at No. 2 on Digital Songs (which it led two weeks ago), with 119,000 downloads sold (down 11 percent), and No. 4 on Streaming Songs (13.8 million, down 10 percent). “Face” also leads Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a fifth week.
Once again, the race for the pinnacle was a close one for the Hot 100’s top two songs, with OMI’s “Cheerleader” finishing at No. 1 thanks to its less than 1 percent loss in overall chart points, as compared to a 5 percent drop for The Weeknd’s “Face.”
Still, The Weeknd boasts two simultaneous top five Hot 100 hits, as “The Hills” rockets 11-5. The track holds at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (13.3 million, essentially even from last week), backtracks 7-8 on Digital Songs (75,000, down 1 percent) and debuts at No. 42 on Radio Songs (30 million, up 37 percent). Highlighting its multi-format rise at radio, it jumps 11-6 on Rhythmic Songs and 32-28 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and debuts at No. 31 on Pop Songs.
The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) tallies his fourth top five Hot 100 hit with “The Hills.” Prior to “Face,” he reached No. 7 in November with “Love Me Harder,” with Ariana Grande, and No. 3 in May with “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey).” The Weeknd is the first solo male (as a lead on both tracks) with two concurrent top five Hot 100 entries in more than five years: B.o.B last doubled up with “Airplanes,” featuring Hayley Williams (No. 2), and “Nothin’ on You,” featuring Bruno Mars (No. 5), on the chart dated June 5, 2010. Among all artists, The Weeknd is the third artist in 2015 with two simultaneous top five hits, following Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor.
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Both “Face” and “The Hills” are from The Weeknd’s second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, to be released Aug. 28. The set is due to feature collaborations with Lana Del Rey, Labrinth and Ed Sheeran. (More on Del Rey in a moment…)
Between The Weeknd’s “Face” and “The Hills” on the Hot 100, Silento’s “Watch Me” rebounds back to its No. 3 peak from No. 4, while leading Streaming Songs (21.2 million, up 3 percent) and Hot Rap Songs for a fourth week each. At No. 4 on the Hot 100, Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s “Lean On,” featuring MO, reaches its best rank, lifting 5-4, highlighted by it 9-4 burst on Digital Songs (89,000, up 27 percent). On Radio Songs, it pushes 5-4 (108 million, up 9 percent). With “Lean,” DJ Snake ties a career-best Hot 100 rank: “Turn Down for What,” with Lil Jon, peaked at No. 4 last year. “Lean” additionally dominates Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a fifth week.
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