Hugh McIntyre, Contributor
America has a new longest-running No. 1 hit as of this week, as “Old Town Road” refused to quit once again. The song has now ruled for 17 consecutive frames, and it isn’t done yet, which is difficult to believe at this point.
Behind Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ incredible accomplishment, several of the biggest names in pop debut new songs on the Hot 100 and there’s a young woman who hasn’t yet reached double-digit years old who lands on the chart for the first time.
Here’s a look at five of the most important moves on this week’s Hot 100 singles chart.
No. 1 – Lil Nas X – “Old Town Road (ft. Billy Ray Cyrus)”
On this week’s Hot 100, Lil Nas X does something no other musician has ever managed in the half-century-long history of the chart: keep a song at No. 1 for 17 weeks. Last frame, the country/trap tune was tied for the longest stay at the top with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito,” but now it’s passed them and established a new all-time record for the most weeks in charge of the tally.
At the moment, it looks like it will continue to hold where it is for another week or so, and there’s no telling how much longer it will rule.
No. 29 – Sam Smith – “How Do You Sleep?”
Sam Smith’s new solo single “How Do You Sleep?” sees him embracing a more electronic pop direction, and clearly fans like what he’s trying out this time around. The tune is expected to serve as the second single from his upcoming, but unannounced third album, and it follows in the successful footsteps of previous cut “Dancing Like a Stranger” with Normani.
“How Do You Sleep” is Smith’s eighth top 40 hit in the U.S.
No. 37 – Saweetie – “My Type”
Rising talent Saweetie has been enjoying a big year on both the Hot 100 and the Billboard 200, two charts where she’s recently made her first appearances, and now she’s broken into an important region for the first time. “My Type” is the hip-hop musician’s first top 40 hit in the U.S., and it’s rising quickly, so there’s no reason to believe it won’t continue to improve its stance in the coming weeks.
No. 69 – Taylor Swift – “The Archer”
With the release date of her new album Lover fast approaching (it’s slated to arrive August 23), Taylor Swift is giving her fans more music, which is only making her them even more excited for the full collection. “The Archer” is the third taste of the new collection, and though it doesn’t serve as a proper single, fans snapped it up without question. “The Archer” starts at No. 69, giving the musician her eightieth Hot 100 hit in the process.
No. 76 – Beyoncé, SAINt JHN & Wizkid – “Brown Skin Girl (ft. Blue Ivy Carter)”
As Beyoncé’s new album The Lion King: The Gift opens at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 behind Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project, several songs from the compilation debut on the Hot 100. Perhaps the most notable of the handful of new tunes is “Brown Skin Girl,” which features Wizkid, Saint JHN and her eldest daughter Blue Ivy Carter. At only seven years old, she’s thought to be the youngest female musician in history to reach the important chart.