13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Halsey Hits No. 1, 'Baby Shark' Bows on Hot 100 & More
Plus, chart action for Post Malone, Maggie Rogers & more.
As always, it was a busy week on Billboard‘s charts. From a new No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to a hugely popular children’s song debuting in the tally’s top 40 and more, let’s recap the most notable action.
Here are 13 things to know about the charts this week.
2. “There’s an edge to her that she’s always had, and still has,” Capitol Records executive vp of promotion Greg Marella muses of Halsey on an all-new Billboard Chart Beat Podcast with hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson. “She is embraced by a rock audience, a hip-hop audience, a pop audience. She doesn’t just live in a pop lane. Not every artist can do that.” Click here to listen.
3. On the first Pop Shop Podcast of 2019, hosts Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson discuss how Ariana Grande marks a new kind of pop headliner for this year’s Coachella festival. Click here to listen.
4. Viral earworm “Baby Shark,” as recorded by South Korean educational brand Pinkfong, debuts at No. 32 on the Hot 100, marking the latest advance for the worldwide phenomenon. Click here for the story.
5. Also new to the Hot 100’s top 40 for the first timeL Lauren Daigle continues her historic crossover with “You Say.” Click here for the analysis.
6. 21 Savage logs his second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his album I Am > I Was. Click here for the Billboard 200 rundown.
7. Atop the Billboard Artist 100, Post Malone returns to No. 1 for a third total week on top and for the first time since May, as his “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse),” with Swae Lee, ascends to No. 3 on the Hot 100. Click here for the Artist 100 recap.
8. Speaking of “Sunflower,” the track also takes over at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. Click here to get a (Spidey) sense of how the song is surging.
9. Ahead of her debut solo LP, Heard It in a Past Life, due Jan. 18, Maggie Rogers scores her first Billboard No. 1, as “Light On” shines atop the Adult Alternative Songs chart. Click here for the post.
10. Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin’s “Never Alone” hits No. 1 on the Hot Gospel Songs chart. Click here for details.
11. Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, which aired Jan. 3-5, spurred a 116 percent increase in the controversial R&B singer’s music catalog, according to Nielsen Music. Kelly’s Wikipedia views also gained, while radio airplay plummeted. Click here for more insights.
12. Thanks to a set of shows in Puerto Rico, Wisin & Yandel earned career-high touring earnings. Click here for the story.
13. 75 years ago this week, Billboard debuted its first country chart, with three interpretations of “Pistol Packin’ Mama” at No. 1, by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, Al Dexter and Don Baxter. Click here to flash back to the inaugural chart.