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Women maintain the highest 4 spots for the primary time since …?

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Hi Gary,

I seen that this week, the highest 4 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Feb. 23) are all credited to solo ladies:

1, "7 Rings," Ariana Grande
2, "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored," Ariana Grande
three, "Thank U, Next," Ariana Grande
four, "Without Me," Halsey

When was the final time that 4 songs by solo ladies, with no credited options, dominated the highest 4 positions on the Hot 100?

Thank you,

William Bhagat

Hi William,

As famous on this week's Hot 100 story, not solely does Grande develop into the primary soloist ever to rank at Nos. 1, 2 and three concurrently (and solely the second act total after The Beatles), however, because of Grande and Halsey, ladies in lead roles have spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2019, one week shy of all of final yr's complete.

If "7 Rings" holds on for a fifth complete week on high this coming week, ladies will match 2018's sum … on the primary chart dated in March, leaving nearly a full 10 months to surpass final yr's mark. In 2017, ladies as lead acts spent six weeks at No. 1. In 2016, the rely was 16 weeks, by Adele, Rihanna and Sia.

As for the highest 4 belonging fully to ladies with no featured artists, the newest Hot 100 sports activities the primary all-female high 4 in over 4 years, since ladies blocked males from the area for 10 straight weeks from Sept. 6 by Nov. eight, 2014. In the final of these frames, the highest 4 regarded like this:

1, "All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor
2, "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift
three, "Habits (Stay High)," Tove Lo
four, "Bang Bang," Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

So, Grande additionally performed into the final such occasion of ladies ruling Nos. 1 by four on the Hot 100.

If we wish to get extra technical (and since that is "Ask Billboard," we often do), since Grande, Jessie J and Minaj teamed up on "Bang Bang," when was the final time the Hot 100's high 4 featured just one feminine soloist every in each spot earlier than this week? We have to return nearly precisely seven years. On the Hot 100 dated March three, 2012, the highest 4 noticed one girl in every rank within the high 4 … in addition to ladies in every spot all through the highest 9:

1, "Part of Me," Katy Perry
2, "Set Fire to the Rain," Adele
three, "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston
four, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Kelly Clarkson
5, "Rolling within the Deep," Adele
6, "We Are Young," enjoyable. feat. Janelle Monae
7, "Someone Like You," Adele
eight, "We Found Love," Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
9, "Starships," Nicki Minaj


Hi Gary,

The lyrics to Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" truly lack the time period … "seven rings." That's one other Hot 100 No. 1 so as to add to the checklist of songs that don't embody their titles, like, for instance, Mary J. Blige's "Family Affair."

Plus, I like that Grande's tune "NASA," which debuts at No. 17, consists of the road, "This is one large leap for womankind." Good for Ariana and her peeps for that lyric and recording as we strategy the 50th anniversary of the moon touchdown in July 1969.

God is a lady,

Pablo Nelson
Oakland, California

Hi Pablo,

That jogs my memory of how George Michael's "One More Try" nearly made the membership of Hot 100 No. 1s that don't together with their titles … till the track ends with the lyric ultimately, almost six minutes in. Fellow Faith single (and No. 5 Hot 100 hit) "Kissing a Fool" does almost the identical, saving its title for its final two traces.

As for "NASA," I wouldn't be stunned if R.E.M.'s "Man on the Moon" will get additional play in July. (Not to be confused with Grande's track from Sweetener, and a Hot 100 hit in September, "R.E.M.")


Hi Gary,

Can you please tell us Shawn Mendes' profession gross sales and streams?


Ayush Ok.

Hi Ayush,

For Mendes' totals, simply look underneath there. (Yes, I simply tried to make you say underwear.)

Here is a rundown of Mendes' U.S. gross sales and streams, by Feb. 21, in accordance with Nielsen Music.

Album Sales
Handwritten, 466,000; Illuminate,  376,000; Shawn Mendes, 281,000; The Shawn Mendes EP, 105,000; MTV Unplugged, eight,000; Live at Madison Square Garden, eight,000

Top-Selling Songs
"Stitches," 2.7 million; "Treat You Better," 1.1 million; "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back," 1.1 million; "Mercy," 1.1 million; "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (with Camila Cabello), 807,000; "Life of the Party," 750,000; "Something Big," 558,000; "In My Blood," 450,000; "Show You," 164,000; "The Weight," 150,000

Most-Streamed Songs (on-demand U.S. audio & video)
"Stitches," 787 million; "Treat You Better," 609 million; "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back," 561 million; "Mercy," 398 million; "In My Blood," 294 million; "I Know What You Did Last Summer," 268 million; "Lost in Japan" (with Zedd), 182 million; "Life of the Party," 149,683,014; "Something Big," 121 million; "Youth," 98 million

In November, Mendes turned the inaugural artist of the yr at Billboard's Live Music Awards, because of the success of his Illuminate World Tour and his new Shawn Mendes: The Tour, starting March 7 in Amsterdam and scheduled to run by Dec. 21 in Mexico City.

In discussing his honor, he revealed that "In My Blood" is his favourite track to carry out dwell. "I wrote it with Kings of Leon inspiration after seeing them dwell and being like, 'This is what music is. This is dwell … drums … persons are clapping … it's this large chant, this large anthem,' " he stated. "We do that factor on the finish the place we get the entire crowd singing the massive anthem chant, and it's simply unbeatable. I've determined: I'm not gonna beat that feeling."