2016 only has one more tracking week left of the year which ends on December 29. It will mark who will close out the year with the hottest song in the country. After a long wait, The Weeknd's "Starboy" finally has reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart reflected on the Dec. 28 chart refresh. As always, with a major holiday over the chart is released one day later than its normal Tuesday update.
"Starboy" looked to have a clear shot to the top of the chart early in its release. That soon was blocked by Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" which quickly rose to fame with the viral "Mannequin Challenge." "Starboy" featuring Daft Punk spent eight nonconsecutive weeks at No. 2 on the Hot 100, slipping to No. 3 once.
In its new No. 1 position, "Starboy" was fueled by a 69 cent sale pricing via iTunes and as many other rising songs that are from popular artists , the boost is enough to make an impact on the songs chart which combines sales, airplay and streaming data. On Digital Songs, the track rises from No. 5 to No. 1 selling 86,000 copies total. The sales is the largest factor in reaching No. 1 as it dips ever so slightly on the other two component charts. On Streaming Songs, it remains steady at No. 3 with 25 million hits, down a mere two percent. Over on the Radio Songs airplay chart, The Weeknd and Daft Punk's hit falls from No. 4 to No. 5 having 106 million impressions in an all-genre format, down seven percent.
"Starboy" hits No. 1 in its 14th week on the chart and is The Weeknd's third topper following "Can't Feel My Face" which spent three weeks at the peak following "The Hills" which replaced the former and spent six weeks as the song with the most activity. It would have continued but it was Adele's "Hello" that debuted at No. 1 upon release.
The two artists have another song on the rise. "I Feel It Coming" is shooting up all of the charts that make up the formula. It moved from No. 33 to No. 25 overall which rushing up two of the component charts. It soars from No. 47 to No. 29 on Digital Songs having a 35 percent increase. It moved from No. 40 to No. 37 on Streaming Songs while shifting from No. 30 to No. 23 on Radio Songs.
The previous six week leader "Black Beatles" moves to No. 2 but spends a seventh week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs having 29.3 plays, down 10 percent.