Billboard Hot 100: The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar bring ‘Black Panther’ into top 10, but ‘God’ is still on Drake’s side at number-one

“God” is still on Drake‘s side. Specifically, the rapper’s new single “God’s Plan,” which debuted at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart two weeks ago, holds on to the top spot for the third week in a row. In fact, all of the top-five singles are locked in place from last week’s chart with Ed Sheeran (“Perfect”) maintaining his second position, Bruno Mars and Cardi B (“Finesse”) holding on to third place, Camila Cabello and Young Thug (“Havana”) still at number-four and Post Malone and 21 Savage (“Rockstar”) staying put at number-five. But there are three new entries farther down in the top-10, including a new single from Marvel’s upcoming film “Black Panther.”

Rapper Kendrick Lamar co-wrote the entire soundtrack for “Black Panther,” which follows the title superhero (played by Chadwick Boseman) from the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda. He collaborated with The Weeknd on “Pray for Me,” which was released as the album’s third single on February 2. Now it debuts on the Hot 100 at number-seven. This is Lamar’s fifth top-10 single and his second as a lead artist after topping the chart in 2017 with “Humble.” Lamar made the top-10 another three times as a featured artist on ASAP Rocky‘s “F*ckin’ Problems” (2012), Taylor Swift‘s number-one hit “Bad Blood” (2015) and Maroon 5‘s “Don’t Wanna Know” (2016).

Meanwhile, this is the ninth top-10 single for The Weeknd, who previously reached number-one with “The Hills” (2015), “Can’t Feel My Face” (2015) and “Starboy” (2016).

Also entering the top-10 are Migos. Their single “Stir Fry” rises four spots to number-eight, which marks their third top-10 single following their number-one hit “Bad and Boujee” (2016) and their recent single “MotorSport” (2017). Both “Stir Fry and “MotorSport” come from the hip-hop group’s latest album, “Culture II.”

And coming in at number-nine is “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line. This is the third top-10 hit for Rexha and the second for Florida Georgia Line, who are the first country artists to reach the top-10 since Sam Hunt‘s crossover hit “Body Like a Back Road” peaked at number-six last year.

With “Black Panther” opening on February 16, could The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar get a boost in the coming weeks? If so it might be time for Drake to “Pray” to “God.”

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