Billboard Hot 100: Kendrick Lamar (‘Humble’) ends Ed Sheeran’s 12-week run at number-one

Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” spent 12 weeks at number-one on Billboard‘s Hot 100 singles chart, but no longer! This week, on the chart dated May 6, Kendrick Lamar takes over the top spot with “Humble,” the lead single from his acclaimed album “DAMN,” which was released on April 14.

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“Humble” is Lamar’s second number-one single and his first as a lead artist. He previously topped the chart as a featured artist on Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” in 2015. On top of that, “Humble” is the top streaming song of the week with 67.4 million online listens. And there’s yet more good news for the critically hailed musician: his song “DNA,” also from “DAMN,” debuts at number-four on the chart. That’s only the second top-five hit of his career as a lead artist — “Humble” of course was the first.

Sheeran may have lost the throne, but “Shape of You” is still going strong at number-two. It remains the top song on the radio, so perhaps we’ll see it return to the top of the Hot 100 soon. It wouldn’t be the first time. “Shape of You” first hit number-one on January 28, but it was replaced by “Bad and Boujee” by Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert from February 4-11. Then “Shape” returned to the top spot on February 18 and stayed there for 11 straight weeks.

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Bruno Mars (“That’s What I Like”) drops to number-three after spending four total weeks at number-two. He’s been on the cusp of hitting number-one for about a month now but keeps being thwarted by Sheeran — and now Lamar. Future rounds out the top five with “Mask Off,” which is his biggest hit and has gotten a boost from a widespread online meme: the Mask Off Challenge, in which fans accompany the song with various instruments in their own online videos.

Find out who else made Billboard’s top 10 here. Will Lamar hold on to the top of the chart next week, or will Sheeran take back his throne? Discuss this week’s chart in the comments below, and join the discussion with your fellow music fans in our forums.

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