The song matches the reigns of "Despacito" & "One Sweet Day."Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, rules the Billboard Hot 100for a 16th week, tying the record for the most time tallied at No. 1 in the chart's six-decade history.
"Road" matches Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day," which spent a record 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2017 and 1995-96, respectively.
Let's run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100 (dated July 27), which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (July 23).
With a 16th week atop the Hot 100 for "Old Town Road," here's a look at the 10 longest-leading No. 1s in the chart's archives:
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
16, "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, beginning April 13, 2019
16, "Despacito," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017
16, "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995
14, "Uptown Funk!," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015
14, "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009
14, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005
14, "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
14, "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996
14, "I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994
14, "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992
As on the Hot 100, "Road" (on Columbia Records) leads the Streaming Songs chart for a 16th week, a likewise record-tying mark, equaling the run of "Despacito." "Road" rules Streaming Songs with 86.2 million U.S. streams, up 22%, in the week ending July 18, according to Nielsen Music. Helping power the surge, a new remix of "Road," with Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, was released July 12 (and accounts for less than a quarter of the song's overall streams in the tracking week).
"Road" set the record for the top streaming week (143 million) following the April 5 arrival of its remix solely with Cyrus (who has been billed on 15 of the song's 16 weeks atop the Hot 100) and claims nine of the 11 biggest streaming frames to date, including the top three.
"Road" spends a 12th week atop the Digital Song Sales chart with 45,000 downloads sold (up 4%; under 15% from the Young Thug and Ramsey remix), in the week ending July 18. On Radio Songs, where it reached No. 2, "Road" retreats 8-10, with 53.5 million audience impressions, down 18%, in the week ending July 21.
"Road" concurrently leads the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a 16th week each and the Songs of the Summer chart for an eighth frame, having topped the tally each week since its annual return after Memorial Day
Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" notches a sixth total week at its No. 2 Hot 100 high, as it pushes 4-2 on Streaming Songs (55.7 million, up 39%), as it wins the top Streaming Gainer award on the Hot 100, and 7-2 on Digital Song Sales (33,000, up 64%) and keeps at No. 5 on Radio Songs (85 million, up 7%).
Just as a new remix of "Road" helped boost the song in the latest tracking week, a remix of "Bad Guy" with Justin Bieber was released Thursday (July 11) afternoon, just ahead of the July 12-18 streaming and sales tracking week that fed this week's July 27-dated charts. (The Bieber remix accounts for around a third of streams and less than half of sales for "Bad Guy" in the tracking week.)
With each song helped by respective new remixes, "Road" increases by 13% in overall metrics on the July 27 Hot 100 and "Bad Guy" bounds by 32%. Despite the latter's greater growth, "Road" sports a 1.3-to-1 points difference over "Bad Guy," after leading by 1.5-to-1 last week (and 1.9-to-1 two weeks ago).
Looking ahead to next week, does "Old Town Road" appear likely to notch a record-breaking 17th week atop the Hot 100, besting "Despacito" and "Day"? Notably, "Despacito" in its 16th week at No. 1 also held a 1.3-to-1 points lead over its runner-up, DJ Khaled's "Wild Thoughts," featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. And, "Day" in its 16th No. 1 frame led Brandy's "Sittin' Up in My Room" by a 1.2-to-1 margin. Still, neither challenger went on to dethrone the song above it: Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" vaulted 77-1 following its first full tracking week to unseat "Despacito," while Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" soared 5-1 to supplant "Day."
With no songs appearing likely to blast to the top, as Swift's "Look" or Dion's "Because" did, or to debut at No. 1, and with "Bad Guy" possibly regressing significantly in the second tracking week for its Bieber remix (moreso than "Road," given the greater gains for the former on this week's charts), the stage could be set for "Road" to rewrite history with a 17th week at No. 1 on next week's Hot 100, dated Aug. 3 and whose top 10 is scheduled to be revealed next Monday, July 29.
by Keith Caulfield
Set launches with biggest week of 2019 for a pop album by a male artist.Ed Sheeran scores his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his star-studded No. 6 Collaborations Project album enters atop the tally.
The set, which was released on July 12 via Atlantic Records, bows with 173,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending July 18, according to Nielsen Music. It marks the largest week of the year for a pop album by a male artist. Of that starting sum, 70,000 were in album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new July 27-dated chart (where No. 6 bows at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on July 23.
Sheeran previously led the Billboard 200 with ÷ (Divide) in 2017 and x (Multiply) in 2014.
No. 6 Collaborations Project, true to its title, features Sheeran on each track, partnering up with a galaxy of stars from across many genres of music, including Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, Travis Scott and Chris Stapleton.
Notably, one of the tracks on the album, “Remember the Name” -- which features Eminem and 50 Cent -- includes a lyric that references topping the Billboard charts. Eminem, who has nine No. 1 Billboard 200 albums to his name, raps on the track: “I climbed the Billboard charts to the top…”
No. 6 tallies the biggest week in total units (173,000) for a pop album by a male soloist in over a year, since Shawn Mendes’ self-titled album started at No. 1 on the June 8, 2018-dated list with 182,000 units.
Overall in 2019, No. 6 nets the seventh-largest week among all albums in total units. It trails the debut frames of: Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins (414,000), Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next (360,000), Billie Eilish’s When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (313,000), Backstreet Boys’ DNA (234,000), BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona(230,000) and Khalid’s Free Spirit (202,000).
No. 6’s starting sum of 173,000 units is comprised of 70,000 in album sales, 10,000 in TEA units, and 93,000 in SEA units. The latter SEA units sum translates to 121.17 million on-demand audio streams for the set’s songs during the tracking week. That’s the biggest streaming week for a pop album by a male artist since the debut of Sheeran’s last album, ÷ (Divide), when it racked up 134.58 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks (March 25, 2017-dated chart).
Notably, No. 6’s healthy sales start of 70,000 was achieved without the employment of a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer, nor the selling of countless merchandise/album bundles -- as has become familiar to many a No. 1 album. (Though, Sheeran did offer a few basic merch bundles via his official website with a No. 6-branded T-shirt, sweatshirt and hat.) No. 6’s sales were driven mostly by old-fashioned album sales through sellers like Target, Walmart, Amazon and iTunes.
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Eilish’s former No. 1 When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is a non-mover with 60,000 equivalent album units earned (up 20%). The gain is likely spurred by interest driven courtesy of a new remix of the set’s “Bad Guy,” with Justin Bieber.
The Revenge of the Dreamers III set slips from No. 1 to No. 3 in its second week, with 55,000 units (down 53%), while Lil Nas X’s 7 is steady at No. 4 with 50,000 units (up 3%). Chris Brown’s former leader Indigo dips from No. 3 to No. 5 with 42,000 units (down 14%), while Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You is stationary at No. 6 with 33,000 units (up 2%).
A trio of former No. 1s are next: Khalid’s Free Spirit holds at No. 7 with 31,000 units (down 3%), Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys stands still at No. 8 with 25,000 units (up less than 1%) and Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins climbs 10-9 with 23,000 units (down 5%).
Closing out the top 10 is DaBaby’s Baby On Baby, as it rises 14-10 with 23,000 units (down 2%).
by Keith Caulfield
DIPLO GOES IN DEPTH ON HIS BURNING MAN FUNDRAISER [INTERVIEW] A Q&A with the mainstream king supporting seven crews on the playa.
On July 6th, The Midway in San Francisco was ground zero for a four-stage block party with Diplo, Mr. Carmack, Jonas Rathsman, Kenny Glasgow, Sharam, Super Flu and more. The team-up was appropriately named The Menagerie. Diplo’s collaboration at The Midway was held as a fundraiser in support of signature Burning Man sound camps like Opulent Temple, Camp Question Mark, Root Society, and Duck Pond. The evening also included performances by the Dancetronauts, and art cars like Rynobus and Bounce.
The Midway is known to host Burning Man Fundraisers for Bay Area camps and crews, but the Menagerie was one for the ages. The festivities literally stopped traffic at Michigan and Marin Streets so that the two walloping indoor stages could be accompanied by two additional stages outside.
To learn more about Diplo’s involvement in the fundraiser and Burning Man Project we went to the man himself. Read along to see what he had to say.
EDM: What did you most look forward to about The Menagerie?
Diplo: Just the fact that [it was] a day party with good vibes in one of the most musically diverse cities in the U.S.! It’s been a long time since we did Mad Decent Block Party in Berkeley which was always so fun, so I'm excited to get back and have a good time with that crowd.
Why should I be sure to catch the show if I’m a Burner/supporter of Burning Man? If I’m a fan of dance music?
I have played at or collaborated with all the camps involved in some way. So you’re going to get a bit of everything you would expect from riding around the playa. I'm doing my deep house project and party called Higher Ground but am also involving wiggly bass artists like Mr. Carmack. Just expect underground and dance music at its best
Why did you go to Burning Man the first time and why do you keep coming back?
First time was about seven years ago just because I love the desert. I just decided to go because everyone told me it couldn't be described and that was intriguing to me.
What’s your best “one time at Burning Man...” story?
There are so many. There have been a dozen sunrises playing music that only made sense in that moment. There was the set I did with Skrillex during a dust storm a few years back, I loved the reggae and afro beat sets at Robot Heart for sunset (which no one expected but everyone always comes with an open mind so it turned out to be one of the best parties). Finding old friends out there after not having seen people for years, and being turned on to new music and vibes each time.
DEADMAU5 ANNOUNCES CUBE V3 PHASE ONE TOUR SUPPORT No Mana, i_o, monstergetdown and more will join the 'mau5 on phase one of the tour.
The hype around deadmau5' new Cube V3 tour has been building as he posts videos and photos of the new production on Instagram. Today, he doubled down on the hype by announcing the support acts for the tour.
mau5trap mainstays Attlas, Black Gummy, I_o, monstergetdown and No Mana will be supporting deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) on phase one of the Cube V3 tour on select dates. Additionally, Eddie, Sara Landry, and Sian will also make appearances.
This is huge news for fans of Zimmerman and all things mau5trap. Taking a we are friends-style approach, the tour enlists the help of fan favorites and regular mau5trap contributors. The tour promises a well-designed showcase of much of the label's roster.
The cube v3 tour comes after Zimmerman debuted the intricate new production at Ultra Music Festival back in March. The new cube stage setup has already received rave reviews, and fans are looking forward to seeing live it in their cities when the tour kicks off in September.
deadmau5 has announced which dates each support act will appear via his Instagram stories, but they can also be found on the interactive Cube V3 website.
“Chasing Cars”, the hit ballad by Snow Patrol, has been revealed as the most-played song on UK radio of the 21st century.
The band, who formed in Dundee, Scotland in 1994, originally released their breakthrough single – which propelled them to international fame – in 2006.
It was taken from their fourth album, Eyes Open, and became the 14th biggest-selling single of 2006
While it never reached number one in the UK, it also remained on the charts for more than three years, and has been radio’s most popular song for the past two decades.
The second most-played song was “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, followed by Pharrell’s upbeat pop hit “Happy” at number three.
“It’s unbelievable,” Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody told the BBC. “I’m not sure how that happened.”
Asked to explain the appeal of the song, he said: “It’s an emotionally open song and it’s a simple song. But it’s also unabashedly a love song, and we don’t really have any others.
“The way it unifies an audience is the thing I most cherish about it. It’s a beautiful moment every time you play it.”
Lightbody has been presented with a special award marking the achievement by music licensing body PPL, which tracks all the music played on radio and television in the UK.
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