In this week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (dated July 29), the number-one song is — you guessed it — “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber. This is the 10th week on top for the groundbreaking Spanish-language single, which is the second this year to crack double-digits following Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You,” which spent 12 weeks in the lead position earlier this year and is still sitting pretty in the top-five. But maybe the reign won’t last much longer for “Despacito.” Rihanna is on the rise, and one must never underestimate her on the Billboard charts.
“Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller moves up from number-four to number-two. If it ascends to the top it would be the 15th chart-topper for Rihanna, who is in fourth place among all-time chart toppers following The Beatles (20) and Mariah Carey and Elvis Presley (both at 18). But the 29-year-old Barbadian singer has plenty of time to catch or exceed those rivals. Her last number-one on the Hot 100 was “Work” with Drake, which spent nine weeks on top in 2016.
Elsewhere on the chart, teenage singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes rises from number-14 to number-eight with his single “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” from his sophomore album “Illuminate.” This marks his third top-10 hit, following “Stitches” (peaked at number-four in 2015) and “Treat You Better” (number-six in 2016).
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