As previously reported, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé’s “Perfect” tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Jan. 6) for a fourth week.
Plus, Cardi B becomes just the third act – and the first rapper – to place their first entries in the Hot 100’s top 10 simultaneously, joining only The Beatles and Ashanti in achieving the feat. The Bronx MC earns the honor as G-Eazy’s “No Limit,” featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B, lifts from No. 5 to a No. 4 high; Migos, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s No. 6-peaking “MotorSport” holds at No. 7; and Cardi B’s former three-week No. 1 debut smash “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” returns to the top 10, rising 12-10.
Meanwhile, Takeoff becomes the third and final member of Migos to score a solo entry on the Hot 100, debuting at No. 65 as featured on Huncho Jack’s “Eye 2 Eye.”
Who else makes notable Hot 100 chart moves this week?
“New Rules,” Dua Lipa
The song continues its Hot 100 climb, lifting 13-12 for a new peak in its 22nd week on the list. It keeps at its No. 9 high on the Radio Songs chart, up 3 percent to 71 million all-genre audience impressions in the week ending Dec. 28, according to Nielsen Music.
On the Pop Songs airplay chart (which measures plays on 161 mainstream top 40 radio stations), “New Rules” rises 6-4, marking Dua Lipa’s first top five hit on the tally. It also contributes to women in lead roles ranking in each of the chart’s top four spots:
1, “Havana,” Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
2, “Perfect,” Ed Sheeran duet with Beyoncé
3, “Bad at Love,” Halsey
4, “New Rules,” Dua Lipa
The last time, until this week, that women with lead billings had placed in each of the four top positions on Pop Songs? More than three years ago, on the chart dated Nov. 15, 2014:
1, “Habits (Stay High),” Tove Lo
2, “Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
3, “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
4, “Black Widow,” Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora
That week, not only did seven women place in the top four, Meghan Trainor helped make the entire top five a clean sweep for females, as “All About That Bass” ranked at No. 5.
Meanwhile, “Havana” leads Pop Songs for a sixth week, marking the longest reign for a women with lead credit since Zedd and Alessia Cara’s “Stay” spent six weeks at No. 1 beginning last June. No song by a lead female has logged a longer command since Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”: seven weeks, beginning in February 2013.
In a sign of potential further momentum, Halsey boasts this week’s greatest gainer in weekly plays on Pop Songs, as her G-Eazy collab “Him & I” lifts 19-18 (while ranking at No. 24 on the Hot 100). Cabello’s “Havana” follow-up, “Never Be the Same,” makes the third-greatest gain, as it rises 33-32 on Pop Songs.
“All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey
After spending its first two weeks ever in the Hot 100’s top 10, at No. 9, Carey’s 1994 classic drops to No. 13. It and other Christmas songs (at Nos. 36, 38, 42 and 46) are almost certainly in their last weeks on the Hot 100 for this holiday season, as the current chart’s streaming and sales tracking week ended Dec. 28 and the airplay tracking week wrapped Dec. 31.
Despite the streaming tracking period ending after Christmas Day, Carey’s hit holds at No. 8 on Streaming Songs with a 9 percent gain to 28.9 million U.S. streams, its highest-ever weekly total.
“Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran
As “Perfect” continues atop the Hot 100, Sheeran’s former 12-week No. 1 “Shape of You” rebounds 24-19 with the chart’s top gain in airplay (50 million in all-format audience, up 44 percent). Boosting the latter song: adult-formatted stations returning to regular programming following Christmas-focused playlists during the holidays.