This week on the charts, updated Aug. 14, there's a new No. 1 album on the Top 200 dethroning Drake's five-week lead and American rock band Weezer earns its very first No. 1 on the rock radio chart with the trending cover of Toto's "Africa." Meanwhile, Drake's "In My Feelings" takes over the Songs of the Summer tally which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. Here's a look at the noteworthy chartings of the tracking week.
Weezer recently covered Toto's No. 1 hit "Africa" following a fan-led social media campaign and it climbs to the top of the Rock Airplay chart, a tally that was only created in 2009 more than a decade after the band first appeared on the Billboard charts. The song gained by 7 percent receiving 10.9 million impressions in the US on the genre-specific chart. The highest Weezer has charted on Rock Airplay is No. 3 when "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" was a crossover single in January 2010. The band's version of "Africa" is also the first cover song to top the airplay chart.
Elsewhere on airplay charts, "Africa" spends a second week at No. 1 on Alternative Songs and is Weezer's first No. 1 on the chart since 2008's hit "Pork and Beans." It also becomes the band's second Adult Pop Songs top 10 hit (also known as Adult Top 40) in at No. 8 following 2005's "Beverly Hills" which also peaked at No. 8. On the overall Radio Songs chart which combines all genres, the cover races to No. 36 and is Weezer's first top 40 radio hit since "Beverly Hills."
In response, Toto turned around and released its own cover of Weezer's hit song "Hash Pipe" after performing it live.
Drake's viral hit "In My Feelings" continues its lead at No. 1 on the Hot 100 songs chart for the fifth week. Despite having an official video release, the song dips slightly by three percent on Streaming Songs where it also leads for the fifth week. In the days when purchased downloads are beginning to drop due to streaming, "Feelings" remains No. 1 having sold 58,000 copies and is down 20 percent. Over on Radio Songs, "Feelings" saw a 12 percent gain but remains at No. 3 with 107.5 million listener impressions.
Additionally, "In My Feelings" takes over the Songs of the Summer chart. It takes over the 20-position chart following the four-week lead of "I Like It" by Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin. Drake's previous hit "Nice for What" also spent four weeks on the Summer tally prior to "I Like It." In 2017, Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber not only commanded the Hot 100 for a record-tying 16 weeks but crowned Songs of the Summer for its entire duration.
Over on the Top 200 Albums chart, Drake's Scorpion which led for five weeks has been dethroned by Travis Scott's new offering Astroworld. The album begins its run on the chart with 537,000 units moved which combines sales, streaming units as well as track download units. It earns the second-highest sales week of 2018 with 270,000 copies sold. The Dave Matthews Band's Come Tomorrow sold more in June with 285,000 copies. Astroworld is also the second-largest week of the year for combined units following Scorpion which debuted with 732,000 total units.
Scorpion dips to No. 2 having moved an addition 117,000 units, down nearly 20 percent.