It’s been a “Perfect” five weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for Beyonce and Ed Sheeran. They’ve been holding tight to the number-one spot since they first reached the peak position on the chart dated December 23. But there are two other singles on the rise by female artists this week. Can they soon do better than “Perfect”?
Camila Cabello is up slightly. Her song “Havana” featuring Young Thug is back up a notch to number-two after spending the last few weeks in the third slot. This now marks the song’s sixth nonconsecutive week in the runner-up position, but it still hasn’t ascended to the top spot. Previously it was held at bay by former chart-topper Post Malone and 21 Savage‘s “Rockstar,” which is down to number-three this week while Imagine Dragons (“Thunder”) rebound to number-four and G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky, and Cardi B (“No Limit”) dip one spot to number-five.
The biggest leap in the top 10 is “Bad at Love” by Halsey, which was number-nine last week and now has reached a new peak position three spots higher at number-six. But this is hardly her first time this high on the chart. In 2016 she and The Chainsmokers spent 12 weeks at number-one with their Grammy nominated hit “Closer.” But this is her best chart performance yet on her own.
Cardi B appears again on the chart at number-eight (“MotorSport” with Migos and Nicki Minaj) and number-10 (“Bodak Yellow”), so this marks her second week in a row with three songs in the top-10 after making history on last week’s chart. Can she keep it up next week? She might even add to that total as she also has “Bartier Cardi” in the top-20, and “Finesse (Remix),” her collaboration with Bruno Mars, which makes its debut at number-35.
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