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100 Weeks of the Billboard Global Charts: The 100-Hits Playlist

The latest Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts, dated Aug. 13, 2022, mark 100 weeks since the worldwide song lists launched in September 2020. This week, we’re running through the hits that topped, lingered on, and shaped the surveys throughout their first 100 weeks. Today, we conclude with a celebratory listening of 100 songs that have helped define the past 100 weeks of hit global music. The playlist below spotlights the biggest and most interesting stories in global music over the past 100 weeks. Mixing No. 1s with long-lasting smashes … with international crossovers … with evergreen catalog tracks … with re-worked remixes and covers … with social media sensations … it’s a trip around the world and through time. Back in September 2020, when the global charts laun...

Pop & Hip-Hop on Top, Latin Leaps: The State of the Hot 100’s Top 10 at Mid-Year 2022

What were some of the most notable trends on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart in the first half of 2022? Hit Songs Deconstructed, which provides compositional analytics for top 10 Hot 100 hits, has released its State of the Hot 100 Top 10: Mid-Year 2022 report. (Click here for a recap of Hit Songs Deconstructed’s Q1 2022 analysis.) Here are three takeaways from Hit Songs Deconstructed’s latest in-depth research. Pop & Hip-Hop on Top, Latin Leaps In the first six months of 2022, pop and hip-hop tied as the most common primary genres in the Hot 100’s top 10, each contributing to 33% of all top 10 hits. Pop claimed the biggest share among Hot 100 top 10s over hip-hop for all of 2021 (39% to 34%), while the genres have traded victories in recent years. While pop led for all of 2021 and 20...

Beyonce Holds Off Eminem on Australia’s Albums Chart

Beyonce beats Eminem to score a second week on Australia’s chart throne, while a pair of Olivia Newton-John albums return to the top ten, just days after her death. On the new ARIA Albums Chart, published Friday (Aug. 12), Bey’s Renaissance (via Columbia/Sony) stays on top, to head off Eminem’s fast-starting Curtain Call 2 (Interscope/Universal), new at No. 2 for the week’s top debut. Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news Australians are showing their love for homegrown stage and screen icon Olivia Newton-John by turning to her greatest hits. ONJ’s career retrospective, Hopelessly Devoted: The Hits (Sony), bounces to No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart, while the 14-times platinum original soundtrack to Grease (Universal) flies to No. 8. Newton-John was r...

Forever No. 1: Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Magic’

Forever No. 1 is a Billboard series that pays special tribute to the recently deceased artists who achieved the highest honor our charts have to offer — a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single — by taking an extended look back at the chart-topping songs that made them part of this exclusive club. Here, we honor the late Olivia Newton-John, who died this week at age 73, with Joe Lynch, Billboard’s executive digital director, east coast, celebrating the fact that flops can beget bops, as was the case with 1980’s Xanadu and its hit single “Magic,” her fourth No. 1. Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news At the outset of Xanadu, the Olivia Newton-John-starring musical that followed Grease by two years, we see the one-time Sandy Olsson in a role that’s ne...

Beyonce Is the Fourth Woman to Score 10 No. 1s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Beyoncé joins rarefied air on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as she becomes only the fourth solo woman to claim double-digit champs since the list became an all-encompassing genre ranking in 1958. She punches her ticket with “Break My Soul,” which hits No. 1 on the list dated Aug. 13. Aretha Franklin leads the No. 1 club among solo women (with 20), while Janet Jackson (16) and Mariah Carey (10) also have at least 10 leaders. “Soul” advances from No. 4 to the top slot after a surge in streams and sales following the July 29 release of parent album Renaissance, which concurrently tops the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums lists. “Soul,” meanwhile, also ascends to No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, where it becomes Beyoncé’s eighth solo champ. The track register...

‘Elvis’ Soundtrack Surges to Top 10 on Album Sales Chart

The Elvis soundtrack vaults back onto Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated Aug. 13), as the set’s CD release on July 29 prompts its re-entry at No. 9 – its first week in the top 10. The multi-artist soundtrack, led by Elvis Presley, spent one previous week on the list, dated July 9 (at No. 35), following its initial release via digital retailers. Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news In the tracking week ending Aug. 4, the Elvis soundtrack sold 8,000 copies (up 1,466%), with 7,500 of that sum on CD. (The remaining 500 were digital album purchases.) On Top Album Sales, the Elvis soundtrack – billed as by Elvis Presley & Various Artists – gives Presley his sixth top 10 on the chart since it launched in 1991. Elvis also returns to No. 1 on ...

Beyoncé Triples Up Atop Artist 100, Hot 100 & Billboard 200 Charts for First Time

Beyoncé triples up at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100, Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts (dated Aug. 13), ruling as the top musical act with both the No. 1 song and album in the U.S. for the first time. Beyoncé tops the Artist 100 for the first time, dating to the chart’s 2014 launch, thanks to her new LP Renaissance. The LP launches as the superstar’s seventh No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with 332,000 equivalent album units earned in the July 29-Aug. 4 tracking week, according to Luminate. The set scores the second-largest weekly total for an album this year, after the opening week of Harry Styles’ Harry’s House (521,000) in June. It’s also the first album by a woman released in 2022 to rule the chart. Explore Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest vi...

100 Weeks of the Billboard Global Charts: The Songs That Never Left

The latest Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts, dated Aug. 13, 2022, mark 100 weeks since the worldwide song lists launched in September 2020. This week, we’re celebrating the hits that topped, lingered on, and shaped the surveys throughout their first 100 weeks. Today, we continue with the enduring songs that have lasted all 100 weeks. Becoming a member of the 100-week club on Billboard‘s global charts does not simply require longevity – timing matters, too. Some of the longest running No. 1s that we covered yesterday – “Drivers License,” “Stay” and “As It Was,” among them – do not qualify since they were released after the charts launched. Despite never falling off, they have each tallied fewer than 100 weeks (so far …). The songs on the triple-digit-weeks list we...

Eminem Challenges Beyonce for U.K. Albums Chart Title

Shady’s back, and he wants another U.K. No. 1. Eminem could get what he wants with Curtain Call 2 (via Interscope), which dropped last Friday (Aug. 5) and is well-placed for a run to the chart summit. Based on midweek sales and streaming data, Curtain Call 2 is the U.K.’s No. 2 album, less than 100 combined units behind the leader, Beyonce’s Renaissance (Columbia/Parkwood Entertainment), the Official Charts Company reports. Curtain Call 2 is the sequel to Em’s 2005 career retrospective Curtain Call: The Hits, which remains in the Top 20 after 512 weeks on the chart, a stretch that has included five weeks at No. 1. Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news With Curtain Call 2, the Detroit hip-hop star can extend on his record ten U.K. No. 1 albums to his ...

KSI and Tom Grennan Eye No. 1 Debut on U.K. Chart With ‘Not Over Yet’

LF System’s five-week reign over the U.K. singles chart could come to an abrupt halt, thanks to a fast-starting KSI and Tom Grennan collaboration. With an advantage of less than 1,000 chart units, “Not Over Yet,” a motivational masterclass by KSI and Tom Grennan, leads the midweek chart. Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news If it stays on course, “Not Over Yet” will provide the first leader for either act. LF System can’t be ruled out with their disco-fueled hit “Afraid To Feel,” which has dominated the singles survey for more than a month, and is currently in second place on the chart blast. The much-loved Australian soap Neighbours has come to an end after 37 years, with an all-star farewell and more than a few tears. Following its finale on UK TV...

Beyonce’s ‘Renaissance’ Blasts to U.K. No. 1

It’s official: Beyonce’s Renaissance era is off to flying start on both sides of the Atlantic. Bey’s new album blasts to No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart for her fourth solo leader there, and first since Lemonade squeezed its rivals back in 2016. The superstar U.S. singer does it with relative ease, as her seventh studio set outsells its closest competition by a ratio of 3:1, the Official Charts Company reports. Renaissance (via Columbia/Parkwood Entertainment) is also the market-leading LP on wax. Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news Previously, Beyonce led the national albums survey with Dangerously in Love (from 2003), 4 (2011) and Lemonade, and as a member of Destiny’s Child with Survivor (2001). Renaissance also rules the sales charts in...

Beyonce Bags Best U.K. Singles Chart Performance In 14 Years

Beyonce pushed LF System all the way, though in the end, the electronic duo held on for a fifth consecutive week at No. 1 with “Afraid to Feel” (Warner Records). The Scots’ disco-reviving summer hit accumulated 5.1 million streams in the most recent cycle, the Official Charts Company reports. Explore See latest videos, charts and news See latest videos, charts and news Coming in at No. 2 is Beyonce’s “Break My Soul” (Columbia), which rises four spots for a new peak position on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, getting there in its seventh week. That’s the superstar U.S. singer’s best placing on the national singles survey since “If I Was A Boy” went to No. 1 in 2008 — 14 years ago (Bey also ruled the chart in 2010 with “Telephone,” her collaboration with Lady Gaga). With “Break My Soul” man...