DaBaby’s ‘Rockstar’ Rules Hot 100 For Fifth Week, Pop Smoke’s ‘For the Night’ Debuts in Top 10

2020-07-14T10:17:15+00:00July 14th, 2020|

DaBaby’s “Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, posts a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Plus, late rapper Pop Smoke ranks in the Hot 100’s top 10 for the first time, as “For the Night,” featuring Lil Baby and DaBaby, debuts at No. 6. The song is from Pop Smoke’s first official full-length album, Shoot For the Stars Aim For the Moon, which launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Let’s run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated July 18) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (July 14).

“Rockstar,” released on SouthCoast/Interscope Records, tallies an eighth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 42.4 million U.S. streams, down 3%, in the week ending July 9, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It rises 3-2 on Digital Song Sales, although with a 16% decline to 13,000 sold in the same span. On Radio Songs, it surges 10-5 with 54.2 million airplay audience impressions, up 17%, in the week ending July 12, good for top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100.

Notably, Roddy Ricch boasts the two longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1s of 2020 (encompassing 12 total No. 1s so far this year: 10 that have spent their first weeks on top since January and two that first led in 2019). Before the five-week reign of “Rockstar,” Roddy Ricch’s solo smash “The Box” dominated for 11 weeks; “Rockstar” breaks out of a second-place tie with The Weeknd’s four-week leader “Blinding Lights.”

“Rockstar” concurrently rules the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which use the same multi-metric formula as the Hot 100, for a fifth week each.

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” lifts 3-2 on the Hot 100. It leads Radio Songs for a 14th week (77.3 million, essentially even week-over-week), tying for the fifth-longest command since the chart began in December 1990. Here’s a recap of the longest-leading Radio Songs No. 1s:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
18, “Iris,” Goo Goo Dolls, Aug. 1, 1998
16, “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, Aug. 4, 2018
16, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, May 28, 2005
16, “Don’t Speak,” No Doubt, Dec. 7, 1996
14, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, April 18, 2020
14, “High Hopes,” Panic! at the Disco, Dec. 1, 2018
14, “No One,” Alicia Keys, Nov. 3, 2007
14, “Because You Loved Me,” Celine Dion, April 13, 1996

“Blinding Lights” leads the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart for a 17th week, moving to within three frames of matching the longest No. 1 run on that chart, which started in October 2012. The Weeknd’s own “Starboy,” featuring Daft Punk, shares the record of 20 weeks at No. 1 (in 2016-17) with Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” (2017) and Drake’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla (2016).

Jack Harlow’s “Whats Poppin,” featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne, dips to No. 3 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2 a week ago; Megan Thee Stallion’s former one-week leader “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, holds at No. 4; and SAINt JHN’s “Roses” keeps at No. 5, after hitting No. 4.

Late rapper Pop Smoke appears in the Hot 100’s top 10 for the first time, as “For the Night,” featuring Lil Baby and DaBaby, debuts at No. 6. The song is from Pop Smoke’s first full-length, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, which bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The track arrives at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (27.6 million) and No. 18 on Digital Song Sales (5,000).

With the track, Lil Baby adds his fifth Hot 100 top 10 and DaBaby earns his fourth.

Meanwhile, DaBaby ranks in three of the Hot 100’s top six spots, thanks to “Rockstar” (No. 1), “Whats Poppin” (No. 3) and “For the Night” (No. 6). He becomes just the seventh act in the Hot 100’s nearly 62-year history to have charted at least three songs in the top six slots simultaneously, after The Beatles (who did so for nine weeks in 1964), 50 Cent (seven, 2005), Drake (six, 2018), Justin Bieber (five, 2015-16), Ariana Grande (one week, 2019) and Usher (one, 2004). DaBaby is the first artist to earn the honor since Grande, who claimed the top three on Feb. 23, 2019 (becoming the second act, after The Beatles, in 1964, to collect such a triple at the top).

The news of Pop Smoke’s new chart successes follows the July 9 arrests of five people in connection with his Feb. 19 murder. The Brooklyn artist (real name: Bashar Barakah Jackson) died, at age 20, at his Hollywood Hills home of a gunshot wound after suspects with masks entered the residence and shot him.

Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar” hits a new Hot 100 high (8-7), while Lil Mosey’s “Blueberry Faygo” also ascends a spot to a new best (9-8). Rounding out the top 10, Doja Cat’s former one-week No. 1 “Say So” drops 6-9 and Justin Bieber’s “Intentions,” featuring Quavo, slides 7-10, after reaching No. 5.

For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (July 14), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.

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