Billboard Hot 100: Ed Sheeran remains on top for 11th week, but Kendrick Lamar makes a big debut

Billboard has revealed the songs that made its Hot 100 singles chart for the week dated April 22 (watch above), and there is just no dislodging Ed Sheeran from the top spot. His “Shape of You” is number-one for the 11th week. That makes it only the 22nd song in Hot 100 history to spend that long on top. Could he possibly set a new all-time record? He’s about a month away from matching the 16 weeks Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men spent at number-one with their collaboration “One Sweet Day” from 1995 to 1996. That record has held for 21 years, so it may be a tall order.

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“Shape of You” ties a handful of other songs at 11 weeks including “Un-Break My Heart” by Toni Braxton and “Independent Women Part I” by Destiny’s Child. It’s still the top song on the radio, but it’s no longer the top streaming or digital-sales song, so it’s stranglehold on the Hot 100 may be slipping. And it has major new competition this week from Kendrick Lamar, who debuts at number-two with “Humble.”

This is a major milestone for Lamar. Not only is this his biggest debut on the chart, it’s also his first top-10 single as a lead artist. And it’s the highest debut for a rap song in almost seven years. Back in June 2010 Eminem and Rihanna debuted at number-two with “Love the Way You Lie.” Lamar hit number-one just once before, as a featured artist on Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” in 2015.

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“Humble” was the most streamed song of the week and had the biggest digital sales, so it may be on the cusp of dethroning Sheeran if it can maintain its momentum. Lamar’s highly anticipated fourth studio album will be released on April 14, so he might make another big splash on the charts soon.

Rounding out the top five are Bruno Mars (“That’s What I Like”) at number-three, KYLE and Lil Yachty (“iSpy”) at number-four and The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (“Something Just Like This”) at number-five. The Chainsmokers have now spent more consecutive weeks in the top-10 than any other duo or group in history (49 weeks), and they’re third among all artists, behind Katy Perry (69 straight weeks in the top-10) and Drake (51 straight weeks).

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Coming in at number-six is “Body Like a Back Road” by country singer Sam Hunt. It has spent nine weeks on top of the Hot Country Songs chart, and his performance of the song at the ACM Awards on April 2 has helped him shoot up six spots from number-12 on the Hot 100. It’s the first top-10 hit of Hunt’s career.

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