Newcomer Post Malone was snubbed by the Grammys, where he was eligible to compete for his debut album “Stoney,” but he’s still winning on the charts. His song “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage is number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for the eighth week. It’s the third longest-running chart-topper of 2017, behind only “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber (16 weeks) and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (12 weeks). Those other artists all earned Grammy nominations this year, so maybe Post Malone peaked too late to get on voters’ radar. Perhaps he’ll get his Grammy revenge next year.
“Rockstar” is the most streamed song of the week for the 10th nonconsecutive week. It’s also number-three in digital sales and number-five on the radio. that was enough to keep it ahead of “Havana” by Camila Cabello and Young Thug, who are number-two on the Hot 100 for the fifth week in a row, still unable to get to the top spot after a month as runner-up.
But they’re not the only artists making an advance towards the number-one spot. The aforementioned Sheeran rises two spots to number-three with his latest romantic ballad “Perfect.” As with Malone it’s a bittersweet accomplishment for Sheeran, who picked up two Grammy noms last week but was shut out of the general field where we had expected him to be a possible winner.
Also making moves are Maroon 5 and SZA, whose collaboration “What Lovers Do” moves up one spot to number-nine, a new peak position for that song. SZA is up for five Grammys including Best New Artist, so the added exposure can only help. Also making a move is “No Limit” by G Eazy featuring ASAP Rocky and Cardi B. It’s G Eazy’s second top-10 hit following “Me, Myself, and I” with Bebe Rexha (2015), which peaked in seventh place. It’s also the second top-10 hit for Cardi B, who recently spent three weeks at number-one with “Bodak Yellow” and is still in the top 10 with that song, giving her two entries this week.
What do you think of this week’s top 10? Will Post Malone continue his winning streak on the chart or will he finally be unseated by Cabello or Sheeran?
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