US Billboard Charts (07/07/2018)

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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:32 pm

Heatseekers - South Atlantic


TW LW 2W WOC Title Artist
1 New 1 Heaven And Earth  - Kamasi Washington 
2 New 1 Errorzone  - Vein 
3 Re-Entry 2 Things Change  - American Aquarium 
4 6 3 4 Laid Black  - Marcus Miller 
5 New 1 Catacombs  - Like A Storm 
6 New 1 Supreme Blientele  - Westside Gunn 
7 New 1 Joytime II  - Marshmello 
8 Re-Entry 7 Bare Feet  - Caroline Jones 
9 New 1 The Bridge & The Abyss  - Jedi Mind Tricks 
10 New 1 Active  - Gunplay 
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:33 pm

Heatseekers - South Central


TW LW 2W WOC Title Artist
1 New 1 Heaven And Earth  - Kamasi Washington 
2 New 1 Have Mercy EP  - Paul Cauthen 
3 Re-Entry 4 Bare Feet  - Caroline Jones 
4 3 4 25 Purgatory  - Tyler Childers 
5 New 1 Petaluma  - This Wild Life 
6 New 1 Errorzone  - Vein 
7 New 1 Joytime II  - Marshmello 
8 New 1 Say Yeah!!: Live At The Blue Nile  - Water Seed With The Madonnas 
9 New 1 Catacombs  - Like A Storm 
10 New 1 Only A Holy God  - Here Be Lions 
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:34 pm

Heatseekers - West North Central


TW LW 2W WOC Title Artist
1 New 1 Petaluma  - This Wild Life 
2 New 1 God's Chosen  - God's Chosen 
3 New 1 Heaven And Earth  - Kamasi Washington 
4 New 1 Catacombs  - Like A Storm 
5 New 1 Chin Up, Kid  - Chin Up, Kid 
6 New 1 Blood Brothers  - Jeffrey Foucault With Billy Conway, Jeremy Moses Curtis, Eric Heywood & Bo Ramsey 
7 New 1 Only A Holy God  - Here Be Lions 
8 New 1 Joytime II  - Marshmello 
9 New 1 Errorzone  - Vein 
10 Re-Entry 6 Unleash The Love  - Mike Love 
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Euro Digital Song Sales


TW LW 2W WOC Title Artist
1 1 3 6 Solo  - Clean Bandit Featuring Demi Lovato 
2 4 6 4 Shotgun  - George Ezra 
3 2 1 13 One Kiss  - Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 
4 3 2 14 Leave A Light On  - Tom Walker 
5 5 4 13 Flames  - David Guetta & Sia 
6 7 16 4 If You're Over Me  - Years & Years 
7 11 12 4 I Like It  - Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin 
8 New 1 Zusammen  - Die Fantastischen Vier Featuring Clueso 
9 9 9 4 Girls Like You  - Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B 
10 6 7 11 No Tears Left To Cry  - Ariana Grande 
11 13 10 7 Familiar  - Liam Payne & J Balvin 
12 New 1 Only You  - Cheat Codes & Little Mix 
13 15 – 2 Rise  - Jonas Blue Featuring Jack & Jack 
14 10 5 8 I'll Be There  - Jess Glynne 
15 8 8 10 2002  - Anne-Marie 
16 16 17 4 Je Ne Parle Pas Francais  - Namika Featuring Black M 
17 19 13 10 La Cintura  - Alvaro Soler 
18 Re-Entry 17 Paradise  - George Ezra 
19 20 20 5 Nevermind  - Dennis Lloyd 
20 New 1 Bella Ciao  - El Profesor 
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:36 pm


Teyana Taylor’s K.T.S.E. opens at No. 2 on the Top R&B Albums chart (dated July 7) with 23,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 7,000 were in traditional album sales.

The entrance gives Taylor her second top 10 on the list, following her debut set, VII, which started at No. 1 and ruled for one week in 2014.

Similarly, K.T.S.E. begins at No. 10 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It secures her second top 10 on the chart; VII was No. 1 for one frame in 2014.

K.T.S.E. prompts two debuts on the Hot R&B Songs chart: “Gonna Love Me” (No. 20) and “Issues/Hold On” (No. 25). The tracks mark her second and third career entries; she previously visited the list with “Maybe,” featuring Pusha T and Yo Gotti, which peaked at No. 11 in 2014.

K.T.S.E., an-eight track collection released via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings, was the fifth and final project in a series of weekly albums produced by Kanye West released this summer. Taylor’s LP follows sets from Pusha T (Daytona), West (Ye), Nas (Nasir) and a self-titled LP by Kids See Ghosts, a duo of West and Kid Cudi.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:38 pm


Both of his new solo songs debut, while The Beatles' 'Let It Be' arrives after his jaunt with James Corden.
Paul McCartney returns to Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, snagging his first top 25 hit as a solo artist on the July 11-dated ranking, following a busy week that saw him release two new solo songs and perform Beatles classics on the latest edition of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke series on June 21.

McCartney ranks highest on Hot Rock Songs via The Beatles' 1970 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Let It Be," which debuts at No. 18; older songs are able to re-enter the Hot 100 or its corresponding genre-based hybrid charts, like Hot Rock Songs, if they have meaningful reasons for their return and rank in a chart's top half.

After McCartney performed "Let It Be" on Carpool Karaoke with Corden, it debuted thanks to 1.5 million U.S. streams (a 68 percent gain) and 10,000 downloads sold (up 973 percent) in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music.

McCartney also debuts two new songs on the ranking, led by "Come On to Me," which starts at No. 24 with 799,000 U.S. streams, 631,000 radio audience impressions and 10,000 sold. The uptempo track concurrently enters at No. 34 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, marking McCartney's sixth solo appearance on the ranking, which began in 1996.

A second new McCartney song, ballad "I Don't Know," debuts at No. 39 on Hot Rock Songs (428,000 streams, 207,000 in airplay audience and 4,000 sold).

In all, six Beatles tunes chart on Rock Digital Song Sales, joining McCartney's two new solo songs; "Come On to Me" starts at No. 4 and "I Don't Know" opens at No. 12.

Behind "Let It Be" at No. 6, the other Beatles songs re-entering Rock Digital Song Sales are "Blackbird" (No. 10, 5,000 sold), "Hey Jude" (No. 11, 5,000), "Penny Lane" (No. 15, 4,000), "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" (No. 18, 3,000) and "Here Comes the Sun" (No. 24, 3,000).

Egypt Station, McCartney's first album of new solo material since 2013's New, is due Sept. 7 on Capitol Records and features production from Greg Kurstin and Ryan Tedder.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:40 pm


On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 7), Panic! at the Disco collects its second No. 1 album as Pray for the Wicked tops the list. The set earned 180,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 151,000 were in traditional album sales. Both figures represent the largest weeks of the year for an alternative rock album.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the rest of the Billboard 200:

— Nine Inch Nails, Bad Witch (EP) – No. 12 — The new album’s arrival gives Nine Inch Nails its 17th entry on the tally. The act first dented the list on Feb. 10, 1999 with Pretty Hate Machine, which went on to peak at No. 75 the following year. Nine Inch Nails’ charting albums on the list include six top 10s, of which two hit No. 1: The Fragile (1999) and With Teeth (2005).

— Bebe Rexha, Expectations – No. 13 — The pop singer-songwriter’s debut full-length studio album starts at No. 13 with 26,000 units (of which 10,000 were in traditional album sales). It was preceded by the effort’s smash single “Meant To Be,” with Florida Georgia Line. The cut’s track sales for the week (23,000) and on-demand audio streams (9.5 million) account for 33 percent of the album’s total units for the week.

— The Beatles, 1 – No. 38 — Promotion at digital retailers lift the Fab Four’s greatest hits package back to the top 40 for the first time in more than two years. The album vaults 157-38 with 14,000 units (up 154 percent) with 4,000 of that sum in traditional album sales (up 162 percent). The hits-filled set — which spent eight weeks at No. 1 back in Dec. 2000 and early 2001 — was last in the top 40 on the Jan. 30, 2016-dated list, when it ranked at No. 37.

— Imagine Dragons, Night Visions – No. 82 — The album collects its 300th nonconsecutive week on the tally, as it holds steady at No. 82. Since its debut on the Sept. 22, 2012-dated list, it has only been absent from the chart for four weeks. In total, the album has earned 5.8 million equivalent album units, of which 2.85 million are in traditional album sales.

— Foster the People, Sacred Hearts Club – No. 191 — After more than a year off the chart, the album returns to the list thanks to the increased popularity of its hit single “Sit Next to Me.” The album jumps back onto the tally with 5,000 units (up 3 percent) as “Sit” rises 59-51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and breaks the top 20 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, ascending 21-20. It’s the band’s third hit on the Pop Songs chart, their first since 2012’s “Don’t Stop” peaked at No. 34, and their highest charting since their breakthrough hit “Pumped Up Kicks” topped out at No. 3 in 2011.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:41 pm


Cardi B adds a fourth No. 1 to her Rhythmic Songs airplay chart resume, as “Be Careful” steps 2-1 on the ranking, dated July 7. The tune improves 2 percent in plays in the week ending July 1, according to Nielsen Music.

Cardi B previously reached the top of Rhythmic Songs with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” a four-week leader in 2017, through a featured turn on G-Eazy’s “No Limit” (two weeks), and “Finesse,” her collaboration with Bruno Mars, which reigned for two frames earlier this year.

As “Careful” and “Yellow” feature on Cardi B’s debut studio album, Invasion of Privacy, she becomes the first artist to claim two No. 1s from a debut album since 2015. That year, Fetty Wap’s self-titled debut LP spun off in “Trap Queen,” which led for two weeks, and the Monty-assisted “My Way,” a one-week champ.

Cardi B could prove to be her own greatest challenger in the coming weeks as her “I Like It,” a collab with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, lifts 6-3 on Rhythmic Songs. The track, the current champ on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, rockets 17 percent in plays on Rhythmic Songs for the week.

Rising ‘Moonlight’: Plus, XXXTentacion earns his second top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Moonlight” moves 11-9. The gain stems from continued streaming growth after the divisive rapper/singer was shot and killed on June 18. “Moonlight” climbs to 31.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen Music, up 14 percent. The growth pushes the track 6-4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs.

Meanwhile, XXXTentacion's most recent studio album, ?, returns to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for a third total week with a 2-1 bump. The set earned 86,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen Music.

Caesar & H.E.R. Add Top 10s: Elsewhere, Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. each acquire a second top 10 on the Hot R&B Songs chart as “Best Part,” moves 12-10 in its ninth charting week. The track posts strong gains in U.S. streams (4.7 million, up 25 percent) and sales (5,000 downloads sold, up 127 percent) in the week ending June 29.

Caesar previously reached the region with “Get You,” featuring Kali Uchis, which reached No. 5 in February, while H.E.R. visited the tier with the No. 10-peaking “Focus” in March.

“Part” also ascends at radio, moving 12-10 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart with a 17 percent surge in plays in the week ending July 1. The collaboration gives Caesar his second top 10 on the list, following “Get You,” which ruled for one week in February. H.E.R., likewise, nets a second top 10 on Adult R&B Songs; she achieved her first one week ago with “Focus,” which rises 10-9 on the current ranking with an 11 percent boost in weekly plays.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:44 pm


Lovato launches with 'Sober' and as featured on Clean Bandit's 'Solo.' Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Delicate' hits the top 20.
As previously reported, Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's "I Like It" lifts from No. 2 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Cardi B the first female rapper with two No. 1s. She first reigned with her debut hit, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)," for three weeks in October 2017.

Latin music stars Bad Bunny and Balvin earn their first Hot 100 No. 1 each.

In even more Hot 100 chart moves:

"Delicate," Taylor Swift
"Delicate" hits the Hot 100's top 20, jumping 27-20. It lifts 5-4 on the Radio Songs chart (93.3 million in audience, up 11 percent in the week ending July 1, according to Nielsen Music), becoming the highest-peaking track from her 2017 album reputation on the tally: lead single "Look What You Made Me Do" hit No. 5 on Radio Songs.

On the Hot 100," Delicate" is Swift's 41st top 20 hit. Here's a look at the acts with the most, dating to the chart's Aug. 4, 1958, inception:

Most Top 20 Hot 100 Hits
48, Elvis Presley
46, Drake
44, Lil Wayne
44, Madonna
42, The Beatles
42, Rihanna
41, Taylor Swift
40, Elton John

"Delicate" is the fifth top 20 Hot 100 hit from reputation. "Look" logged three weeks at No. 1, followed by "…Ready for It?" (No. 4), "Gorgeous" (No. 13) and "End Game," featuring Ed Sheeran and Future (No. 18).

"Sober," Demi Lovato
"Solo," Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato
Lovato debuts on the Hot 100 with two titles: her own "Sober," at No. 58, the chart's top new entry, and as featured on Clean Bandit's "Solo" at No. 97. (Thus, "Solo" is not her solo song among the two.)

"Sober," whose official video premiered June 26, starts at No. 3 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 29,000 downloads sold in the week ending June 28; Lovato earns her 10th top 10 on the ranking. The song also drew 7 million U.S. steams in the same tracking week.

"Solo" arrives powered most heavily by 6.7 million domestic clicks.

"The Light Is Coming," Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj
The song from Grande's album Sweetener, due Aug. 17, debuts at No. 95 on the Hot 100, fueled by 6.7 million U.S. streams in the tracking week.

Notably, the pair charts its fifth shared Hot 100 entry. Here's a recap:

No. 3 peak, 2014, "Bang Bang" (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
No. 88, 2015, "Get on Your Knees" (Minaj feat. Grande)
No. 4, 2016, "Side to Side" (Grande feat. Minaj)
No. 43, 2018, "Bed" (Minaj feat. Grande) (the track falls to No. 67 in its second week)
No. 95 (to date), 2018, "The Light Is Coming" (Grande feat. Minaj)

Meanwhile, Minaj charts her 92nd Hot 100 entry, tying Kanye West for the sixth-best sum in the chart's archives. She also extends her mark for the most appearances among women, pushing further ahead of runner-up Taylor Swift:

Most Hot 100 Appearances
207, Glee Cast
164, Drake
138, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley
97, JAY-Z
92, Nicki Minaj
92, Kanye West
91, James Brown
90, Chris Brown
77, Taylor Swift
75, Ray Charles
73, Aretha Franklin
71, The Beatles

Additionally regarding Minaj's bow this week, here's chart-watcher Pablo Nelson of Oakland, Calif.:

"With Nicki Minaj's newest Hot 100 hit, she is now the solo artist with the most Hot 100 visits without a No. 1. James Brown previously held this distinction, with 91, his highest peak occurring with his classic 'I Got You (I Feel Good),' a No. 3 hit in 1965. Minaj has reached a No. 2 high so far, with 'Anaconda' in 2014. (The Glee Cast leads all acts in the category.)

"And soon, Minaj will most likely be the first female soloist with over 100 Hot 100 entries. I realize that Taylor Swift continues to do well, and I'm glad that 'Delicate' has become a solid hit, but Minaj is likely headed for a strong rollout with her forthcoming, aptly-titled album Queen."
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:45 pm


In the first half of 2018, vinyl album sales grew 19.2 percent in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music -- as compared to the first six months of 2017.

In total, for the tracking period of Dec. 29, 2017 through June 28, 2018, there were 7.6 million vinyl albums sold; up from 6.4 million in the comparable frame a year ago (Dec. 30, 2016 through June 29, 2017).

Notably, the vinyl format's 7.6 million albums sold in 2018, so far, represent 11.2 percent of all albums sold (68 million) and 18.7 percent of all physical albums sold (CD, vinyl, cassette, etc.; 40.6 million).

In the full year of 2017, vinyl album sales hit another Nielsen Music-era record high, as the format sold 14.32 million copies (up 9 percent compared to 2016’s then-record haul of 13.1 million). 2017 marked the 12th straight year of growth for vinyl album sales. (Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.)

The top selling vinyl album for the first half of 2018 is Jack White’s latest studio effort, Boarding House Reach, which has sold 37,000 copies on vinyl.

Vinyl sales in 2018 have also been aided by the usual surge of sales generated by the annual Record Store Day festivities. The 11th annual indie music store holiday, staged on April 21, helped yield a whopping 733,000 vinyl albums sold in the week ending April 26 -- a record for Record Store Day week, and the third-largest weekly sum for vinyl albums since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Vinyl Albums
1. Jack White, Boarding House Reach (37,000)
2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. (30,000)
3. Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (28,000)
4. Michael Jackson, Thriller (28,000)
5. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (28,000)
6. Panic! at the Disco, Pray for the Wicked (26,000)
7. Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods (26,000)
8. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack) (25,000)
9. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black (25,000)
10. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (23,000)

Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period of Dec. 29, 2017 – June 28, 2018.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:48 pm


Plus: Overall equivalent album units grew 14%, on-demand streams rose 42% and R&B/hip-hop continues as music’s most popular genre.
most popular genre.
Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” and Drake’s “God’s Plan” dominate Nielsen Music’s 2018 mid-year charts. (See lists, below.)

Post Malone’s ‘beerbongs’ Rules: For the tracking period of Dec. 29, 2017 through June 28, 2018, beerbongs & bentleys leads as the most popular album in the U.S. The set — Post Malone’s second studio effort — earned 1.791 million equivalent album units in the first half of the year. (Equivalent album units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums [TEA] and streaming equivalent albums [SEA]. Each unit — through June 28, ahead the previously announced weighting change — equaled one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from one album, or 1,500 on-demand audio streams generated by songs on an album. For the sake of clarity, equivalent album units do not include listening to music on broadcast radio or digital radio broadcasts.)

beerbongs & bentleys granted Post Malone his first No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 albums chart, and launched with 461,000 units earned in its first week.

The Greatest Showman soundtrack stands as the No. 2 biggest album of 2018, so far, with 1.602 million units, while Cardi B’s debut studio set Invasion of Privacy is No. 3 with 1.113 million units.

Equivalent Album Units Grew 13.8 Percent: Overall equivalent album units in the first half of 2018 grew 13.8 percent as compared to the first half of 2017 (270 million units vs. 237.2 million units). (If one adds on-demand video SEA units into the mix, the 2018’s mid-year sum equals 360.1 million units, up 18.4 percent compared to a year ago: 304.1 million.)

R&B/Hip-Hop Still Music’s Biggest Genre: The R&B/hip-hop genre continues to maintain its lead as the U.S.’ most popular genre of music. The genre has a 31 percent marketshare of the combined sector of album sales, TEA and SEA on-demand audio and video. The next biggest genre is rock, with 23.1 percent of that market.

‘The Greatest Showman’ Is Top-Selling Album: As far was the top-selling album, that honor goes to The Greatest Showman soundtrack, which sold 1.064 million copies in the first half of 2018 — and is the only album to have sold a million this year. The album is a rare success in terms of traditional album sales, as fewer and fewer titles sell in relatively great numbers anymore. Comparatively, in 2017, the industry had to wait until November for its first million seller: Taylor Swift’s reputation., which sold 1.2 million copies in its first week (ending Nov. 16). 2017 finished with just two million sellers: reputation. and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide).

Overall Album Sales Decline 17.6 Percent: Overall album sales — physical and digital combined — are down 17.6 percent in 2018 compared to the same point a year ago. (68.8 million vs. 83.5 million.)

Jack White’s ‘Boarding House’ Hot on Vinyl: The top-selling album on both CD and digital download is The Greatest Showman, with 367,000 copies sold on CD, and 676,000 copies sold via digital album. The top selling vinyl LP is Jack White’s Boarding House Reach, with 37,000 copies sold on the format.

On-Demand Audio and Video Song Streams Continue to Increase: As for total on-demand audio and video streams, the market grew 41.6 percent. Combined, on-demand audio and video streams totaled 403.4 billion in the first half of 2018, as compared to 284.8 billion in the first six months of 2017.

Of the total mid-year 2018 streaming sum, on-demand audio streams comprised 268.2 billion (up 45.4 percent from 184.4 billion), while on-demand video streams equaled 135.2 billion (up 34.7 percent from 100.4 billion).

‘God’s Plan’ Sizzled on Streaming Services: Drake’s “God’s Plan” rules as most streamed song of the first six months, with a whopping 1.121 billion streams in combined on-demand audio and on-demand video streams. It’s the only song to have tallied more than a billion streams in 2018. “God’s Plan” also rules as the top streamed song by on-demand audio streams (655 million) and on-demand video streams (466 million).

Nielsen Music's Mid-Year 2018 Charts:

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units*)
1. Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys (1,791,000)
2. Soundtrack, The Greatest Showman (1,602,000)
3. Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy (1,113,000)
4. Migos, Culture II (1,088,000)
5. Soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album (1,058,000)
6. Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide) (845,000)
7. J. Cole, KOD (794,000)
8. Post Malone, Stoney (788,000)
9. XXXTentacion, ? (769,000)
10. Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods (664,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Albums
1. Soundtrack, The Greatest Showman (1,064,000)
2. Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods (403,000)
3. Jason Aldean, Rearview Town (328,000)
4. Dave Matthews Band, Come Tomorrow (316,000)
5. P!nk, Beautiful Trauma (287,000)
6. Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys (258,000)
7. Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide) (254,000)
8. J. Cole, KOD (241,000)
9. Soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album (209,000)
10. Keith Urban, Graffiti U (199,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Vinyl Albums
1. Jack White, Boarding House Reach (37,000)
2. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. (30,000)
3. Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (28,000)
4. Michael Jackson, Thriller (28,000)
5. Fleeetwood Mac, Rumours (28,000)
6. Panic! at the Disco, Pray for the Wicked (26,000)
7. Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods (26,000)
8. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack) (25,000)
9. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black (25,000)
10. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (23,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Songs
1. Ed Sheeran, “Perfect” (1,013,000)
2. Drake, “God’s Plan” (959,000)
3. Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be” (846,000)
4. Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, “Havana” (658,000)
5. Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle” (621,000)
6. Imagine Dragons, “Whatever It Takes” (618,000)
7. Bruno Mars & Cardi B, “Finesse” (592,000)
8. Imagine Dragons, “Thunder” (579,000)
9. Camila Cabello, “Never Be the Same” (510,000)
10. Jason Aldean, “You Make It Easy” (493,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Song Streams (Audio and Video Combined)
1. Drake, “God’s Plan” (1,121,025,000)
2. Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, “Psycho” (576,224,000)
3. BlocBoy JB featuring Drake, “Look Alive” (542,548,000)
4. Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, “Rockstar” (542,186,000)
5. Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, “Havana” (486,839,000)
6. Drake, “Nice for What” (484,468,000)
7. Ed Sheeran, “Perfect” (480,383,000)
8. Bruno Mars & Cardi B, “Finesse” (428,922,000)
9. XXXTentacion, “Sad!” (422,655,000)
10. Post Malone, “I Fall Apart” (419,075,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Audio Streams
1. Drake, “God’s Plan” (654,993,000)
2. Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, “Psycho” (381,742,000)
3. BlocBoy JB featuring Drake, “Look Alive” (361,484,000)
4. Drake, “Nice for What” (339,141,000)
5. Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, “Rockstar” (331,468,000)
6. XXXTentacion, “Sad!” (270,821,000)
7. Migos, “Stir Fry” (269,060,000)
8. Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be” (259,401,000)
9. Kendrick Lamar & SZA, “All the Stars” (258,404,000)
10. Bazzi, “Mine” (256,663,000)

2018’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Video Streams
1. Drake, “God’s Plan” (466,032,000)
2. Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, “Havana” (285,013,000)
3. Ed Sheeran, “Perfect” (225,446,000)
4. Bruno Mars & Cardi B, “Finesse” (223,913,000)
5. 6ix9ine, “Gummo” (221,117,000)
6. Lil Pump, “Gucci Gang” (211,876,000)
7. Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, “Rockstar” (210,718,000)
8. Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, “Psycho” (194,482,000)
9. Migos featuring Drake, “Walk It Talk It” (191,922,000)
10. Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown, “Freaky Friday” (191,670,000)


Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period of Dec. 29, 2017 – June 28, 2018.
* Note: Nielsen Music’s consumption unit totals for albums include SEA and TEA for an album's songs registered before an album's release, but during the tracking period. For example, Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy album unit total includes SEA and TEA for "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" for Dec. 29, 2017 through April 4, 2018, before the album was released on April 5.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:50 pm


The band earns its second leader, following "Square Hammer."
Ghost notches its second total and consecutive No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, as "Rats" rises 2-1 on the list dated July 7.

The Swedish hard rock act first led Mainstream Rock Songs with "Square Hammer," which ruled for two weeks in January-February 2017.

"Rats" reaches No. 1 in its 12th week on the chart, after "Hammer" took 17. Ghost had charted two prior titles on the tally: "Cirice" (No. 4, 2015) and "From the Pinnacle to the Pit" (No. 5, 2016).

Meanwhile, "Rats" ranks at its No. 14 high on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart for a second week, reaching a new-best 5.2 million audience impressions (up 1 percent) in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. "Rats" is now one spot off Ghost's top peak on Rock Airplay, as "Hammer" hit No. 13.

"Rats" is the lead single from Prequelle, Ghost's fourth studio album, released June 1. It became the band's second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, launching with 66,000 equivalent album units on the June 16-dated tally, also good for the band's highest-charting album (No. 3) on the all-genre Billboard 200.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:53 pm


Each week, Billboard Dance looks at songs & albums rising on Billboard's dance charts.

Genesis Jones, "With or Without You"

Los Angeles-based singer/model Genesis Jones strikes a pose on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart (dated July 7), debuting at No. 43 with "With or Without You," her first chart appearance. The track (not a remake of U2's 1987 classic of the same name) was co-produced by PJ Bianco and DJ Snake. Previously, Jones, whose great aunt was gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, recorded vocals in support of DJ Snake's remixes of various Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna tracks. "With" was remixed by C-Rod, Dirty Werk and Danny Diggz, among others.

Jones tells Billboard, "'With or Without You' originated from PJ Bianco, after he and Snake had formed a relationship. They contacted me to come to his studio to see if we could vibe together and make some sexy music, and this song was the result. Its message is essentially, 'I'm doing me, baby. You're either in or you're out.' The first line of the song, 'I'm Joan of Arc of the battle,' was the first line I wrote, and the rest of it all fell into place. Snake seriously creates magic in my opinion, so I'm so stoked and grateful to have had this opportunity."

M-22 featuring Medina, "First Time"

M-22, the duo of British/German producers Matt James and Frank Sanders, makes its way onto Dance/Mix Show Airplay for the, fittingly, first time with "First Time" (No. 34). "First" is the third chart hit for featured Danish singer Medina, who topped the list with her last entry, "Addiction," back in 2011, and hit No. 6 with "You & I" in 2010. "First" takes the majority of its airplay from core-dance affiliates SiriusXM's BPM, KNHC (C89.5) Seattle and Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel, according to Nielsen Music. A week ago, "First" became the M-22's inaugural Billboard top 10, reaching No. 8 on Mexico Ingles Airplay.

Robin Schulz & Piso 21, "Oh Child"

Osnabruck, Germany-based DJ/producer Robin Schulz, teaming with Columbian act Piso 21 (consisting of Juan David Castano, Juan David Huertas, David Escobar and Pablo Mejia Bermudez), debuts at No. 46 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "Oh Child." The eighth entry for Schulz, dating back to 2015's five-week stint at No. 1 with "Prayer in C" (with Lillywood), "Child" is the first for Piso 21, which reached its highest spot yet on Hot Latin Songs on March 31 with "Dejala Que Vuelva" (No. 16). "Child" earned 821,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:57 pm


"Joytime II" bows at the top. Plus, Yellow Claw debuts.
Marshmello jumps in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated July 7) with Joytime II, his first leader, which launches with 5,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music. The sequel to 2016's Joytime took 2,000 of its unit total from traditional album sales, also good for a top start on Dance/Electronic Album Sales.

The original Joytime rides the wave of its successor, earning Greatest Gainer honors with its best unit week since April 8, 2017, up 16 percent and rising 24-20. Joytime debuted and peaked at No. 5 on Jan. 30, 2016.

Of the nine Joytime II tracks, eight have hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (all except "Imagine"). "Tell Me," released ahead of the album, debuted and peaked at No. 15 on June 23; "Check This Out" entered at its No. 29 high last week; and six tracks enter this frame, led by "Rooftops" at No. 26.

Yellow Claw also clasps onto Top Dance/Electronic Albums, starting at No. 7 with New Blood (3,000 units, with a third from traditional album sales, sparking its No. 3 start on Dance/Electronic Album Sales). The act earns its third top 10 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums, following Los Amsterdam (No. 3, March 2017) and Blood for Mercy (N0. 1, December 2015).

Two New tracks have hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs: "Both of Us," featuring Stor-I (No. 24, December 2017), and "Summertime," featuring San Holo (No. 39, this May). Another cut, "Villain," featuring Valentina, reached No. 17 on April 21 on Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:59 pm


Halsey earns her third leader on the list. Plus, "Jackie Chan" keeps kicking.
Halsey heralds her second No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "Alone," featuring Big Sean and Stefflon Don, rises 2-1 on the list dated July 7. The pop original was remixed by Calvin Harris, CID and Clean Bandit, among others. "Alone" is also the first leader for both featured acts.

"Alone" is Halsey's third top 10, following her first No. 1, "Bad at Love," in December, and "Closer" (credited to The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey), which climbed to No. 2 in October 2016.

Plus, Tiesto and Dzeko zip 11-10 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay with "Jackie Chan," featuring Preme and Post Malone. Tiesto tallies his 11th top 10; it's Post Malone's fourth, Dzeko's second and Preme's first.

"Jackie" holds at its No. 6 peak on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. The song earned 6.7 million U.S. streams (down 4 percent) in the tracking week and 2.6 million in radio audience (up 103 percent) and sold 3,000 downloads (up 17 percent), according to Nielsen Music.
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Plus, chart action for The Well, Marvin Sapp, Zacardi Cortez and for King & Country.
Christian rapper Lecrae and producer Zaytoven's Let the Trap Say Amen flies in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated July 7), earning 11,000 equivalent album units (7,000 in traditional album sales) in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music.

Lecrae lands his eighth Top Christian Albums leader among 11 appearances, with all having debuted at No. 1. Zaytoven reigns in his first appearance.

Lecrae and Zaytoven each reside in Atlanta, and Lecrae recently told Billboard that their love of blues and gospel inspired their musical partnership. "It's like the blues, man. Blues and gospel. You just feel it, and do it. I think of people like Ray Charles, Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. They all came out of the South, and they followed a certain tradition and energy."

Dating to Lecrae's first Top Christian Albums No. 1, Rehab, which bowed atop the chart dated Oct. 16, 2010, his eight No. 1s are the most among soloists and tie worship music collective Passion's total for the most overall in that span. Bethel Music, Hillsong United, Hillsong Worship, MercyMe and Chris Tomlin share third place with five Top Christian Albums No. 1s apiece in that stretch.

Christian metal band Impending Doom achieves its top start and rank on Top Christian Albums, as The Sin and Doom: Volume ll enters at No. 3 (4,000 units). The Riverside, California-based band bests 2013's No. 6-peaking Death Will Reign and adds its fourth top 10s; Baptized in Filth started and peaked at No. 7 in 2012 and There Will Be Violence opened and peaked at No. 8 2010.

Worship collective The Well debuts at No. 2 on Top Gospel Albums with Worship at the Well, Volume 2 (2,000 units). The act's first entry, Worship at the Well, Volume 1, hit No. 14 in November 2017.

On Hot Gospel Songs, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, veteran gospel singer-songwriter Marvin Sapp banks his 11th top 10, moving him into a tie with Kirk Franklin for the most, as "Listen" lifts 12-10. Dating to the chart's 2005 inception, Sapp and Franklin outpace James Fortune & FIYA (in third place with 10 top 10s) and Lecrae (nine).

On Gospel Airplay, Zarcardi Cortez rolls up his sixth top 10, as "Oh How I Love You" pushes 11-10. His sum includes two No. 1s: James Fortune & FIYA's "I Believe," featuring Cortez and Shawn McLemore, ruled for 19 weeks in 2010-11 and "1 On 1" led for five in 2014.

Finally, for King & Country (brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone) earn their ninth Christian Airplay top 10, as the duo's "joy." jumps 11-9, up 8 percent to 5.8 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending July 1. "joy." is the pair's first single from its forthcoming album.
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Whitney Houston, George Michael, Puff Daddy and other rookies have achieved the impressive feat.
As Cardi B celebrates her second No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as "I Like It," with J Balvin and Bad Bunny, rises 2-1 (on the chart dated July 7), the rapper joins a select group of artists that have notched at least two No. 1s from their debut full-length studio album.

As previously reported, Cardi B is the first act to land two No. 1s from a debut LP since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose The Heist yielded two in 2013, and the first solo artist since Bruno Mars, whose Doo-Wops & Hooligans generated two in 2010-11.

In the Hot 100's 59-year history, a select 23 acts have scored at least two No. 1s from their debut LPs (15 soloists and eight duos/groups).

The only other rappers to achieve the feat? 50 Cent (with "In Da Club" and "21 Questions," in 2003) and Puff Daddy (with "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" and "I'll Be Missing You," in 1997).

George Michael, Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey hold the record for the most Hot 100 No. 1s from a debut album, with four each. Michael set the record in 1987-88, when he ruled with four consecutive singles from Faith, his first solo LP after dissolving Wham! (“Faith,” "Father Figure," "One More Try" and "Monkey").

Abdul tied Michael's mark in 1989-90, when "Straight Up," "Forever Your Girl," "Cold Hearted" and "Opposites Attract," all from her debut set Forever Your Girl, reached the Hot 100's summit. Carey also reached such lofty rookie status with her debut self-titled album and its four singles ("Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday" and "I Don't Wanna Cry") in 1990-91.

Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Whitney Houston, Milli Vanilli and Wilson Phillips all earned three No. 1s from their debut sets.

In chronological order, here are all 23 acts that have earned at least two No. 1 songs on the Hot 100 from debut LPs:

The Fleetwoods, 1959
"Come Softly to Me" (four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100) & "Mr. Blue" (one week), from Mr. Blue
The Fleetwoods were the first act to score multiple No. 1s from a debut album, just a year after the Hot 100 launched. The group earned 11 total Hot 100 entries, but reached No. 1 only with those two early-rock-era classics.

The 4 Seasons, 1962
"Sherry" (five weeks) & "Big Girls Don't Cry" (five weeks), from Sherry & 11 Others
The Frankie Valli-led 4 Seasons launched "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry," both from their debut LP, Sherry & 11 Others, to the summit in 1962. The group returned to No. 1 three more times, with "Walk Like a Man," in 1963 (for three weeks); "Rag Doll," in 1964 (two); and "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," in 1976 (three).

Andy Gibb, 1977-78
"I Just Want to Be Your Everything" (four weeks) & "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" (two weeks), from Flowing Rivers
The youngest Gibb brother took center stage with his debut LP, Flowing Rivers, as both of the set's singles crowned the Hot 100. His brother Barry Gibb (of the Bee Gees) wrote "Everything" and co-wrote "Water" and also co-produced the set with Andy. Andy Gibb returned to the top once more, with the title track first single from his follow-up album, Shadow Dancing.

Men at Work, 1982-83
"Who Can It Be Now?" (one week) & "Down Under" (four weeks), from Business as Usual
Australian pop group Men at Work earned its first (and only) two No. 1s on the Hot 100 from its debut album, Business as Usual, which spent a whopping 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Whitney Houston, 1985-86
"Saving All My Love for You" (one week), "How Will I Know" (two weeks) & "Greatest Love of All" (three weeks), from Whitney Houston
Houston scored a record seven consecutive No. 1s on the Hot 100 (of 11 total), and that run began with three singles from her debut self-titled album, making her the first artist to arrive with such a triple. Her follow-up album, 1987's Whitney, one-upped her debut, spinning off four No. 1 singles. Beyond earning three No. 1s from a debut set, Houston became the first of nine solo women to have tallied at least two No. 1s from a first LP, through Cardi B.

Starship, 1985-86
"We Built This City" (two weeks) & "Sara" (one week), from Knee Deep in the Hoopla
Starship had already amassed a large following by the time its debut album dropped in 1985, as lead singer Mickey Thomas began his career as the frontman for predecessor band Jefferson Starship. Starship earned one additional No. 1, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," in 1987.

Tiffany, 1987-88
"I Think We're Alone Now" (two weeks) & "Could've Been" (two weeks), from Tiffany
Teen pop star Tiffany (full name Tiffany Darwish) scored her first two (and only) No. 1s on the Hot 100 from her debut set Tiffany in 1987 and 1988, respectively. "I think people want to get back to some fun music," Tiffany told Billboard in 2016. "I'm very proud to be a part of the '80s. And I'm really proud to see many of those artists still out there, doing their thing. It puts a smile on my face."

George Michael, 1988
"Faith" (four weeks), "Father Figure" (two weeks), "One More Try" (three weeks) & "Monkey" (two weeks), from Faith
Fresh off his work as half of Wham!, Michael released Faith, which became the first debut LP to spawn four Hot 100 No. 1s, a mark since matched only by Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey. Prior to Faith, Michael had already earned two leaders under his own billing, as featured on Wham!'s "Careless Whisper," in 1985, and his duet with Aretha Franklin, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," in 1987. After Faith, Michael returned to No. 1 twice more, with "Praying for Time," in 1990, and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," with Elton John, in 1992.

Rick Astley, 1988
"Never Gonna Give You Up" (two weeks) & "Together Forever" (one week), from Whenever You Need Somebody
Both of the soulful British singer's Hot 100 No. 1s were released from his debut album Whenever You Need Somebody, which hit No. 10 on the Billboard 200 in 1988. "It was amazing to turn up in a country that I knew nothing about," Astley mused of his warm American welcome. "I was No. 1 and everybody knew me."

Paula Abdul, 1989-90
"Straight Up" (three weeks), "Forever Your Girl" (two weeks), "Cold Hearted" (one week) & "Opposites Attract," duet with the Wild Pair (three weeks), from Forever Your Girl
Abdul followed George Michael as only the second artist, and first woman, to earn four Hot 100 No. 1s from a debut album. Abdul scored six total No. 1s, leading again with "Rush Rush" and "The Promise of a New Day," the first two singles from her second LP, Spellbound, in 1991.

Milli Vanilli, 1989
"Baby Don't Forget My Number" (one week), "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" (two weeks) & "Blame It on the Rain" (two weeks), from Girl You Know It's True
Dance-pop duo Milli Vanilli was off to a hot start in 1989, but, by late 1990, it came to a screeching halt, when the Grammy Recording Academy rescinded the pair's Best New Artist award when it was revealed they hadn't actually sung on its debut album. But Milli Vanilli's chart achievements still stand, as the twosome notched three No. 1s from their debut LP and four top five hits. The title-track lead single peaked at No. 2.

Wilson Phillips, 1990-91
"Hold On" (one week), "Release Me" (two weeks) & "You're In Love" (one week), from Wilson Phillips
The swell of albums generating multiple No. 1s in the mid-to-late-'80s (sparked by record labels wanting to best the healthy competition) continued into the early '90s, with all three of Wilson Phillips' Hot 100 No. 1s from the trio's debut self-titled set. "I have my Billboard magazine laminated plaques on the wall of 'Hold On,' 'Release Me' and 'You're in Love,' our No. 1 records," Carnie Wilson told Billboard in 2012. "Honestly, I walk by every single day and I practically want to kiss them."

Mariah Carey, 1990-91
"Vision of Love" (four weeks), "Love Takes Time" (three weeks), "Someday" (two weeks) and "I Don't Wanna Cry" (two weeks), from Mariah Carey
Carey followed George Michael and Paula Abdul as just the third (and, to date, last) artist to score four Hot 100 No. 1s from a debut studio LP. Carey would go on to earn 18 total No. 1s on the Hot 100 to date, the second-most in the chart's history (behind The Beatles' 20) and the most among soloists.

Color Me Badd, 1991-92
"I Adore Mi Amor" (two weeks) & "All 4 Love" (one week), from C.M.B.
Oklahoma-based group Color Me Badd earned its first two (and only) No. 1s on the Hot 100 in 1991 and 1992. The act is the only R&B group with multiple No. 1s from a debut album.

Puff Daddy, 1997
"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down," feat. Mase (six weeks) & "I'll Be Missing You," with Faith Evans & feat. 112 (11 weeks), from No Way Out
Puff Daddy earned his first two, of four, Hot 100 No. 1s from No Way Out, becoming the first rapper to achieve the feat.

Christina Aguilera, 1999-2000
"Genie in a Bottle" (five weeks), "What a Girl Wants" (two weeks) & "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" (four weeks), from Christina Aguilera
Three of the four singles from Aguilera's introductory album ("I Turn to You" reached No. 3) paved the way for her two additional No. 1s, "Lady Marmalade," with Lil' Kim, Mya and P!nk, in 2001, and as featured on Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," in 2011.

50 Cent, 2003
"In Da Club" (nine weeks) & "21 Questions," feat. Nate Dogg (four weeks), from Get Rich or Die Tryin'
50 Cent followed Puff Daddy as the second rapper with multiple Hot 100 No. 1s from a debut album. He has since earned two more chart-toppers: "Candy Shop," featuring Olivia, in 2005, and "Crack a Bottle," with Eminem and Dr. Dre, in 2009.

Beyoncé, 2003
"Crazy in Love," feat. JAY-Z (eight weeks) & "Baby Boy," feat. Sean Paul (nine weeks), from Dangerously in Love
Like George Michael before her, Beyoncé already boasted a sizable following by the time her debut solo set Dangerously in Love was released in 2003, thanks to her time in Destiny's Child. Her first solo album spawned four top five Hot 100 hits and two No. 1s, leading the way for four additional solo No. 1s: "Check On It," featuring Slim Thug, in 2006; "Irreplaceable," in 2006-07; "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" in 2008-09; and Ed Sheeran's "Perfect," on which she was featured for its first five of six weeks at No. 1 in 2017-18. Dangerously in Love earned Beyoncé her first of six solo No. 1s to date on the Billboard 200.

Fergie, 2006-07
"London Bridge" (three weeks), "Glamorous," feat. Ludacris (two weeks), and "Big Girls Don't Cry" (one week), from The Dutchess
Another group-to-solo star, Fergie had already established herself as a hitmaker as a member of The Black Eyed Peas. The Dutchess contains her only three solo Hot 100 No. 1s to date, although the Peas notched three leaders in 2009-10.

Lady Gaga, 2009
"Just Dance," feat. Colby O'Donis (three weeks), & "Poker Face" (one week), from The Fame
Until Cardi B, Lady Gaga stood as the last woman to earn multiple No. 1s from a debut album. Four tracks from The Fame reached the Hot 100's top 10, while she has since earned an additional No. 1, 2011's six-week ruler "Born This Way."

Bruno Mars, 2010-11
"Just the Way You Are" (four weeks) & "Grenade" (four weeks), from Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Mars had already ascended to the summit of the Hot 100 by the time he released his debut LP, as B.o.B's "Nothin' On You," featuring Mars, spent two weeks at No. 1 earlier in 2010. Post-Doo-Wops & Hooligans, he's since earned four more No. 1s: "Locked Out of Heaven," in 2012-13; "When I Was Your Man," in 2013; Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Mars, in 2015; and "That's What I Like," in 2017.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 2013
"Thrift Shop," feat. Wanz (six weeks) & "Can't Holds Us," feat. Ray Dalton (five weeks), from The Heist
Five years passed since the last act until Cardi B earned multiple Hot 100 No. 1s from a debut album. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' leaders are the duo's only No. 1s (and top 10s) to date.

Cardi B, 2017-18
"Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" (three weeks) & "I Like It," with J Balvin & Bad Bunny (one week to date), from Invasion of Privacy
Cardi B is the first female rapper, and first act overall in five years, to notch two Hot 100 No. 1s from a debut full-length studio album. In less than a year, Cardi B has earned 19 entries on the Hot 100, including six top 10s and, now, two No 1s from her debut album.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:08 pm


Plus, H.E.R. reaches the top five and Death Grips debut in the top 10.
Los Angeles-based rock trio The Record Company debuts at No. 4 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated July 7), as the group's sophomore studio album All of This Life debuts at No. 15 on the Top Rock Albums chart and No. 94 on the Billboard 200 with 7,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music.

The Emerging Artists chart ranks the most popular developing artists of the week, using the same formula as the all-encompassing Billboard Artist 100, which measures artist activity across multiple Billboard charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and the Social 50. (The Artist 100 lists the most popular acts, overall, of the week.) However, the Emerging Artists chart excludes acts that have notched a top 25 entry on either the Hot 100 or Billboard 200, as well as artists that have achieved two or more top 10s on Billboard's "Hot" song genre charts and/or consumption-based "Top" album genre rankings.

All of This Life's lead single "Life to Fix" concurrently holds at its No. 2 peak on the Adult Alternative Songs chart, where it's The Record Company's fourth entry. The band's debut album, 2016's Give It Back to You, debuted and peaked at No. 23 on the Top Rock Albums chart.

Lauv returns to No. 1 on the Emerging Artists chart for a fourth total week on top, rising 2-1 and dethroning BLACKPINK (1-2) on the strength of his single "I Like Me Better." The track reaches a new peak on the Billboard Hot 100, climbing 47-41 in its 20th week. It also rises 20-17 on the Radio Songs chart, up 15 percent to 53.7 million radio audience impressions.

Rounding out the Emerging Artists chart's top five, Morgan Wallen holds at No. 3 and H.E.R. leaps 19-5 for a new peak. H.E.R.'s gain is due, in part, to her 2017 self-titled debut LP, which hits a new high on the Top R&B Albums chart (13-5; 11,000 units, up 53 percent). Plus, Daniel Caesar's "Best Part," on which she's featured, hits a new peak on the Hot R&B Songs chart, vaulting 19-10.

Among other Emerging Artists moves, Death Grips debut at No. 7, as the experimental rap-rock group's sixth studio album Year of the Snitch opens at No. 10 on Alternative Albums and No. 97 on the Billboard 200 with 7,000 units.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:10 pm


Plus, BTS returns to the top 10 & Dan + Shay hit a new peak.
Panic! at the Disco vaults from No. 59 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated July 7) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time. The move is powered by the group's sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked, which launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Pray for the Wicked bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 180,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music, scoring the group its second No. 1. The band previously peaked at No. 3 on the Artist 100 in February 2016, when prior LP Death of a Bachelor became its first No. 1 album.

Over halfway through 2018, Panic! at the Disco is the fourth rock group to lead the Artist 100 in 2018, following Fall Out Boy, Bon Jovi and Dave Matthews Band. In all of 2017, seven rock duos or groups led the list, up from four in 2016 and just one in 2015.

Rounding out the chart's top five, XXXTentacion dips to No. 2 after a week at No. 1; Post Malone rises 4-3; Drake climbs 5-4; and Imagine Dragons lift 6-5.

BTS returns to the top 10, leaping 12-7, fueled by the group's social media presence, as the K-pop superstars spend their 81st week atop the Social 50 chart.

Meanwhile, Dan + Shay reach a new peak on the Artist 100, vaulting 29-11, as the duo's self-titled third studio LP opens at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 44,000 equivalent album units.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:11 pm


Two Feet is the fifth act to earn a first leader on the list this year.
Two Feet's "I Feel Like I'm Drowning" rises 3-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart dated July 7, marking the latest leader by a rookie artist in 2018.

Two Feet, the stage name of New York's Bill Dess, becomes the fifth act in a lead role to top Alternative Songs this year for the first time. Four, including Two Feet, have led with their first charting song, with lovelytheband ("Broken"), AJR ("Sober Up") and Alice Merton ("No Roots") previously achieving the feat. Meanwhile, Panic! at the Disco topped Alternative Songs for the first time but not with its first chart entry, as, a week ago, "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" became the band's first No. 1 after more than 12 years of appearing on the survey.

While five artists have hit No. 1 for the first time on Alternative Songs through roughly half of 2018, four did so in all of 2017. In 2016, five acts earned their first No. 1s.

"Drowning" also becomes Two Feet's first No. 1 on any Billboard chart. The act first made a Billboard ranking when "Go **** Yourself" debuted at No. 48 on the Hot Rock Songs ranking dated Dec. 23, 2017.

"Drowning" concurrently holds at its No. 5 peak on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart with 9 million audience impressions in the week ending July 1, according to Nielsen Music. It's also bubbling under Adult Alternative Songs.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:12 pm


The number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, dated July 7, is occupied by "I Like It" by Cardi B, J Balvin and Bad Bunny. Of course, the reactions were not long in coming from Cardi B and J Balvin, who celebrated the milestone on social media.

Bad Bunny, who is currently on vacation, took a couple of days to react after the big news. The Latin trap superstar sent Billboard an exclusive letter, sharing his response and admitting that he is happy, but trying to process everything. "I only think that when you do what you do from the heart, life pays you in blessings," he writes.

After thanking Cardi B and J Balvin, he goes deeper. Bad Bunny relates that within his process of acceptance, he understands one of the reasons why President Donald J. Trump wants to build a wall in the border between Mexico and the United States: "He knows that Latinos will conquer the world and he is afraid!”

This is not the first time that the singer of "Estamos Bien" has shared his feelings towards Trump. Last year, he appeared at the Somos Live benefit concert wearing a T-shirt that said, "Are you tweeter or president?" When the singer was asked about the shirt, he said: "It does not need an explanation, but he [Trump] will need a Puerto Rican or Mexican to understand the meaning. "

Check out Bad Bunny's full letter below.

"I still do not understand what is happening, I am very happy but trying to process everything and see it as it really is. I only think that when you do what you do from the heart, life pays you in blessings. Cardi B, J Balvin and I are three real people with our feet on the ground, I admire Cardi B for breaking so many barriers in culture, music and industry as such, just as J Balvin is accomplishing many great things. Well, I just started my career two years ago and achieving things like that only make me think about the next step, the next goal, that I will never run out, I WILL NEVER STOP DREAMING. To say that the best two things of all this is with the people that share this achievement, I love that this has happened with Cardi and J Balvin, and the other was to be able to wear the shirt of the baseball team of my country PUERTO RICO! So that the world knows that I’m a BORICUA! Latino Gang!!! I already understand why Trump wants to build a wall, it is because he knows that Latinos will conquer the world and he is afraid!!!"
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:15 pm


Cher returns after four years and Garcia makes his first trip to a music survey with their duet from "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."
Cher returns to a Billboard airplay chart after nearly four years, and Andy Garcia makes his Billboard music chart debut, as their cover of ABBA's "Fernando" debuts at No. 22 on the Adult Contemporary songs tally dated July 7.

The tune from the iconic singer/actress and acting star, respectively, is from the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again film soundtrack, due July 14 via Decca Records.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again premieres in movie theaters July 20 and is the sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia! Both movies were inspired by ABBA's catalog of songs, and the first film adapted the long-running stage musical of the same name.

In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cher and Garcia are both new additions to the cast (neither were in the first film). Cher plays Ruby Sheridan, the mother of Donna (Meryl Streep), while Garcia plays Fernando in the romantic comedy musical.

"Fernando" is Cher's 28th Adult Contemporary chart entry and first since the No. 17-peaking "I Hope You Find It" in 2014. She made her AC debut on Sept. 25, 1971, with the No. 6-peaking "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves," and has collected 14 top 10s, including two No. 1s: "After All," with Peter Cetera, and "If I Could Turn Back Time," both in 1989. She last reached the top 10 with the No. 3 smash "Believe" in 1999.

ABBA's original version of "Fernando" is one of the quartet's two AC leaders, having spent two weeks at No. 1 in 1976. The act led again with "The Winner Takes It All" in 1981.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:17 pm


Much has been made of the fact that Cardi B is the first female rapper with two Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s.

But the far bigger story is the fact that that second No. 1 -- “I Like It” -- is a fully bilingual song where Cardi B raps in English and her two fellow artists, Bad Bunny and J Balvin, rap in Spanish. Out of a 13-track album featuring a bounty of collaborations, the one that got to the top is the only one that is bilingual.

“I Like It” reaching the summit comes almost exactly a year after that other bilingual track, “Despacito,” hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 (May 27, 2017), and stayed there for a record-tying 16 weeks.

That this is happening precisely the week of Fourth of July is extremely ironic, considering the times we live in, and absolutely appropriate, considering the country we live in.

Cardi B, real name Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, was born in the Bronx to a Dominican father and a Trinidanian mother. Her Spanish-rapping collaborators are a Colombian (Balvin) and a Puerto Rican (Bad Bunny); the former learned English in the U.S. as an exchange student, and the latter is just learning how to speak the language now. The song they do together is a remake of the 1967 hit “I Like It Like That,” originally recorded by another Bronx native -- Nuyorican bandleader Pete Rodriguez.

This is a rather long-winded way of saying this music isn’t new, nor is it imported. It’s music born and bred in the streets of New York, with danceable Latin influence and beats. It’s yet another example of how Latin sounds have permeated popular American culture and music for decades, ebbing and flowing with changing tastes, yes, but perennially present.

If that’s the case, then, why such a big ado over a bilingual track hitting No. 1 on the Hot 100? Because the Hot 100 is the most notable, visible and respected measurement of music’s popularity in this country, and for a track to hit No. 1, it means it’s undeniably, firmly entrenched in mass consciousness, as “Despacito” was a year ago.

And this is groundbreaking.

While Latin culture is part of the social and cultural fabric of this country, Latin music in Spanish, by virtue of being in another language, has mostly stayed in its “Latin” lane in the charts. Mainstream radio rarely plays it and Latin acts are still a rarity on late-night television or even the major mainstream morning shows. Not a single Latin artist who performs in Spanish, aside from Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, has played in Saturday Night Live, for example (at least in recent memory).

According to a Billboard story dated May 29, of the 4,799 singles that have reached the Hot 100’s top 10, only 17 have been performed primarily or fully in a language other than English. Not surprisingly, the most common language among them is Spanish, which infuses six songs. Of those, three went to No. 1: “Despacito,” “La Bamba” (Los Lobos) and Macarena (Los Del Río, Bayside Boys Mix), back in 1996.

“I Like It” is a slightly different story because it has more English than Spanish. Still, it’s rise is so very notable because it’s part of an accelerated spike of Spanish and Spanish-infused songs on the chart.

Only three Spanish-language songs got on the Hot 100 in 2015 (including Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias’ “El perdon”) and in 2016. In 2017, an explosion: 17 tracks in Spanish or mostly in Spanish (they include “Mi gente” and “Despacito”) got onto the Hot 100. So far in 2018, there have been 13. If things continue the way they have, there will likely be a minimum of 20 Spanish or predominantly Spanish songs on the Hot 100 by the end of the year.

This surge can be attributed at least in part to streaming, which has broadened the scope for Latin music that is still shunned from major mainstream outlets. But it also reflects the times, the moment and the new openness of the world, despite the entrenchment at the border.

And it goes beyond music. Just last week, newcomer Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of the Bronx won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district, unseating Democratic Caucus Chair and longtime politician Joseph Crowley. Apparently, no one in the Democratic party saw that one coming.

"I think that there are a lot of districts in this country that are like New York 14, that have changed a lot in the last 20 years and whose representation has not," Ocasio-Cortez said in Meet The Press.

Similarly, on April of 2017, before “Despacito” went to No. 1, I asked Balvin if he thought a Spanish language song would ever hit the summit of the chart in the near future.

“I think it’s possible, but we’re still not there yet,” he replied. “It may take many years, but as new generations emerge and realize the United States isn’t the only place in the planet and English isn’t the only language of value [it will happen].”

It didn’t take many years. Balvin almost got to No. 1 with “Mi gente,” and now has made it with “I Like It,” which no doubt was aided by plays in Latin stations in its ascent.

The time is now.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:18 pm


"Perfect" leads for a 20th week after "Shape of You" reigned for 24.
Ed Sheeran becomes the first artist with two songs that have led Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart for at least 20 weeks each, as "Perfect" tops the survey (dated July 7) for a 20th frame.

"Perfect," the third radio single from Sheeran's 2017 album, ÷ (Divide), follows lead single "Shape of You," which ruled for 24 weeks.

"Shape" claims the second-longest command in the Adult Contemporary chart's 57-year history, while "Perfect" becomes one of just eight hits to have led for at least 20 weeks:

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Adult Contemporary Chart
28 -- "Drift Away," Uncle Kracker feat. Dobie Gray, June 7, 2003
24 -- "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran, May 6, 2017
22 -- "Hey, Soul Sister," Train, July 3, 2010
21 -- "Hello," Adele, Nov. 28, 2015
21 -- "Breakaway," Kelly Clarkson, March 12, 2005
21 -- "A New Day Has Come," Celine Dion, March 30, 2002
20 -- "Perfect," Ed Sheeran, Feb. 24, 2018
20 -- "Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars, Feb. 5, 2011

Sheeran almost boasts three No. 1s with at least 20 weeks apiece at the summit: his other leader, "Thinking Out Loud," totaled 19 weeks on top in 2015.

Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, which premiered on July 17, 1961, measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 87 adult contemporary stations.
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Postby BrainDamageII » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:20 pm


Dan + Shay's new self-titled album bounds in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (dated July 7), earning 44,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 24,000 are from traditional album sales. On the all-genre Billboard 200, the set starts at a career-best-tying No. 6.

The third studio album from the duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney (produced by Smyers and Scott Hendricks) is the pair's second Top Country Albums No. 1. Where It All Began debuted at No. 1 on April 19, 2014 (with 29,000 sold), and Obsessed opened and peaked at No. 2 on June 25, 2016 (26,000 sold). On the Billboard 200, the LPs launched and peaked at Nos. 6 and 8, respectively.

Concurrently, "Tequila," the first single from the new album, becomes the duo's fourth Country Airplay leader, elevating 2-1, up 14 percent to 43.9 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending July 1.

On the Hot Country Songs chart, which combines airplay, streaming and sales data, "Tequila" holds at its No. 2 high.

"When we first moved to Nashville, we would walk around the office on Music Row and see Billboard charts printed out, only dreaming of one day seeing our names listed," Smyers says. "To watch 'Tequila' climb the [Country Airplay] chart, and launch a new chapter in our career, has been surreal. Our fans are relentless and we're so thankful for their passion and belief. It takes an army to push a song to the top, so this is a big win for us and our team. Celebratory tequila shots are certainly in our future!"

"We knew we had something really special with 'Tequila,' " Mooney muses. "But, it wouldn't have amounted to anything without the people who heard it and connected with it. We're forever grateful."

With "Tequila" ascending to No. 1 on Country Airplay in the same frame that Dan + Shay's new LP debuts atop Top Country Albums, the act is the first to achieve the feat since Blake Shelton, whose If I'm Honest bowed at No. 1 on Top Country Albums while "Came Here to Forget" hopped 4-1 on Country Airplay on June 11, 2016.

Before Dan + Shay, the last duo or group to earn such a double was, Rascal Flatts, whose Unstoppable launched at No. 1 on Top Country Albums as "Here Comes Goodbye" flew 6-1 on Country Airplay on April 25, 2009.

As it reaches the Country Airplay penthouse in its 25th week, "Tequila" marks Dan + Shay's fastest trip to No. 1. The pair's first leader, "Nothin' Like You," reached the summit in its 42nd frame (Dec. 19, 2015), followed by next single "From the Ground Up" (29 weeks; Sept. 3, 2016). Third straight No. 1 "How Not To" reached the pinnacle in its 38th week (July 1, 2017), with all leaders having ruled for a week each.

The duo first charted on Country Airplay with "19 You + Me," which peaked at No. 11 in April 2014.

NEW TOP 10s: Jason Aldean's "Drowns the Whiskey," featuring Miranda Lambert bumps 11-10 on Hot Country Songs. It strides 19-15 on Country Airplay, up 19 percent to 19.4 million in the week ending July 1, and increases by 13 percent to 4.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending June 28. The track's official video debuted June 15.

"Whiskey" marks Aldean's 29th Hot Country Songs top 10 and Lambert's 14th.

On Country Airplay, Morgan Evans achieves his first top 10, as his debut track "Kiss Somebody" climbs 11-9 (23.6 million, up 8 percent).

Finally, Brett Young's "Mercy" darts 14-10 on Country Airplay (23.6 million, up 25 percent). He tallies his fourth top 10 in as many visits, following his No. 2-peaking debut "Sleep Without You" and the No.1s "In Case You Didn't Know" (two weeks on top) and "Like I Loved You" (three).
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