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OMI poses for a portrait at Radio Station Y-100 on July 22, 2015 in Miami, Florida.—

The reggae/pop song leads again, while The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” keeps pace at No. 2 & crowns the Digital Songs chart.

Just like a cheerleader atop a pyramid, OMI‘s “Cheerleader” stands highest above all other songs, leading the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week. The reggae/pop smash holds off “Can’t Feel My Face,” by Hot 100 Music Festival headliner The Weeknd, which stays to No. 2 and dethrones “Cheerleader” as the top-selling song in the U.S.


As we do each Monday, let’s run down the top 10 and more on the Hot 100 (dated Aug. 15). As a reminder, highlights of the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100 now post on each Monday, with all charts updated on Tuesday, following the July 10 adoption of the Friday retail global release date.

Note, too, that, as of this week, on-demand streams from Apple Music join the streaming data pool for the Hot 100, as well as other genre charts that include streaming figures and the Billboard 200 albums chart.



“Cheerleader,” released on Louder Than Life/Ultra/Columbia, remains atop the Hot 100 despite its drop to No. 2 on the Digital Songs chart after four weeks at No. 1 (148,000 downloads sold, down 9 percent, in the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen Music). It holds at No. 3 on both Radio Songs (140 million in audience, up 5 percent) and Streaming Songs (16.1 million U.S. streams, up 17 percent).

At four weeks in charge for “Cheerleader,” OMI boasts the longest-leading reggae No. 1 on the Hot 100 by a solo male since 2007, when Sean Kingston also led for four frames with, likewise, his debut hit, “Beautiful Girls.” The last reggae ruler by a solo male to reign longer? Snow‘s “Informer,” which led for seven weeks in 1993. Among all acts, the last reggae No. 1 to spend more than four weeks on top: MAGIC!‘s “Rude” (six weeks) last summer.

Directly below “Cheerleader” on the Hot 100, The Weeknd’s “Face” ranks at No. 2 for a third week. Most notably, the track grants The Weeknd his first Digital Songs No. 1, as it zooms 4-1 with a 21 percent gain to 148,000 (outselling “Cheerleader” by less than 1,000 downloads). It also wins top Digital Gainer honors on the Hot 100. “Face” keeps at No. 2 on Radio Songs (144 million, up 5 percent) and lifts 6-5 on Streaming Songs (13.1 million, up 21 percent) following the July 28 premiere of its official video on Apple Music and its wider release the following day. It logs a fourth week at No. 1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (6.3 million on-demand U.S. streams, up 2 percent).

The single also leads Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for a third week.



The race was close again for the Hot 100’s top spot, with The Weeknd still well in play to overtake OMI next week. Not only is “Face” up by 15 percent in overall points, compared to the still-impressive 5 percent increase of “Cheerleader,” but next week’s sales and streaming tracking period will cover the week ending Aug. 6, thus, reflecting The Weeknd’s July 31 headlining spot at Lollapalooza 2015, as well as the “Face” video’s first full week of tracking.

The rest of the Hot 100’s top five is stationary: Silento‘s “Watch Me” holds at its No. 3 peak, while leading Streaming Songs and Hot Rap Songs for a second week each; Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, keeps at No. 4, with the former Hot 100 No. 1 (on the chart dated June 6) leading Radio Songs for a fifth week (148 million in audience, down 6 percent); and, Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth, stays at No. 5 after the Furious 7 smash spent 12 weeks at the Hot 100’s summit, tying for the longest stay at No. 1 ever for a rap hit.

Major Lazer and DJ Snake surge 10-6 on the Hot 100, reaching a new peak, with “Lean On,” featuring MØ. The collab adds top Airplay Gainer kudos, reaching the Radio Songs top 10 (11-7; 86 million, up 18 percent). It returns to its No. 10 highpoint on Digital Songs (71,000, up 4 percent) and dips 8-10 on Streaming Songs, but with a 23 percent boost to 10.9 million.

“Lean” additionally leads the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a third week.



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