2016 looks as if it's going to close with Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" as the No. 1 song in the country with only a small period of tracking week's remaining. The song which gained fame through the viral "Mannequin Challenge" is spending a fifth week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart. It's dipped slightly in overall activity but gained in airplay which is a solid contributor to its continued success.
On Digital Songs, "Beatles" remains the No. 1 most downloaded track for a fifth week despite its 16 percent drop in sales. It was able to move 70,000 digital copies and is the lowest digital chart topper since Beyoncé's track "Check On It." Her track had 61,000 downloads in January 2006. Over on Streaming Songs, the hit single is No. 1 for a fifth week as well and dropped 10 percent. It received 38 million hits with 23.4 million coming from YouTube alone. It does however rise on Radio Songs from No. 9 to No. 8 with a nearly 20 percent increase. "Black Beatles" is the top gainer for a fourth week as it saw 87 million radio impressions in the U.S. in an all-genre format.
The Weeknd's "Starboy" remains locked at No. 2 for a seventh week (it dipped to No. 3 in one week). The track that was sure to top the Hot 100 is also locked at No. 2 on the component charts that make up the formula. On Digital Songs, "Starboy" which features Daft Punk sold 60,000 copies, up a modest 13 percent. The track received 120 million radio impressions and is only down 4 percent. "Starboy" had 30.7 million streams through official platforms but did take the No. 1 spot on On-Demand Streaming with 17.4 million hits through services such as Spotify and Apple Music.
The Chainsmoker's "Closer" which led the Hot 100 for 12 weeks, the longest of 2016, stays at No. 3 as it remains the most heard song in the U.S. for an eleventh week with 133 million impressions. In its respective electro genre, it spends an astounding 17th week at No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs.
As always, AXS will provide updates as they become available.