Billboard Hot 100: Chris Stapleton helps Justin Timberlake score another top-10 debut, but Drake (‘God’s Plan’) tops chart for 2nd week

A little over two years ago Justin Timberlake helped introduce the world to country star Chris Stapleton when they dueted at the 2015 CMA Awards. Now Stapleton is returning the favor. The pair collaborated on Timberlake’s new single, “Say Something,” which makes its debut at number-nine on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Timberlake blitzed the media over the weekend, dropping his new album “Man of the Woods” on Friday, February 2, followed by his performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, February 4. But the effect of the album release and Super Bowl performance won’t be reflected on the charts until next week, so he could potentially climb even higher.

“Say Something” is Timberlake’s second top-10 single from “Man of the Woods,” following “Filthy,” which was released at the beginning of January. That song also debuted at number-nine a month ago, but it dropped out of the top-10 the following week and never climbed any higher. Nevertheless “Say Something” is the 19th top-10 hit for Timberlake, and it’s the very first for Stapleton, whose previous peak was number-20 with his 2015 single “Tennessee Whiskey.”

But despite the impressive debut by Timberlake this week’s chart was once again ruled by last week’s debut single. “God’s Plan” by Drake entered the Hot 100 in the top spot last week, and he remains at the summit for a second week. There wasn’t too much movement elsewhere in the top-10 either, with Ed Sheeran (“Perfect”) also holding steady at number-two. But Bruno Mars did get a Grammy bump for his “Finesse” duet with Cardi B. It climbs two spots to number-three, a new peak position for the song. Also reaching a new high is Dua Lipa‘s “New Rules,” which inches up one spot from number-eight to number-seven.

But what will happen after Timberlake’s first week of “Woods” registers on the chart? Will “Say Something” climb from its debut berth, or will it be a one-week blip?

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