On the charts: Week ending 11/06

This week’s top 10 songs and albums on the Billboard charts (11/21 issue).

Hot 100
01. (01) Adele – “Hello” (*2 weeks*)
02. (03) Drake – “Hotline Bling”
03. (04) The Weeknd – “The Hills”
04. (02) Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
05. (05) Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?”
06. (06) Shawn Mendes – “Stitches”
07. (–) Ariana Grande – “Focus”
08. (07) Taylor Swift – “Wildest Dreams”
09. (08) Fetty Wap – “679” ft. Remy Boyz
10. (13) Meghan Trainor – “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” ft. John Legend

With 635,000 downloads sold, Adele holds on at #1 for a second week. Two new entries in the top 10 this week: Ariana Grande’s lead single “Focus” starts at #7 with 113,000 downloads sold in its first week. The track is Grande’s 6th top 10 hit, but the first for her as a solo act. The total is also a big drop from the 438,000 donwloads her last lead single, “Problem,” sold last year to debut at #3.

The other top 10 entry is Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” which gives her the distinction of being the first female artist to produce three top 10 hits with her debut record since Ke$ha achieved this in 2010.

Billboard 200
01. (RE) Chris Stapleton – Traveller
02. (02) Carrie Underwood – Storyteller
03. (–) Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood
04. (–) Various Artists – Now 56
05. (03) The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness 
06. (04) Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap 
07. (01) 5 Seconds of Summer – Sounds Good Feels Good 
08. (–) Various Artists – We Love Disney
09. (06) Drake & Future – What a Time to Be Alive
10. (–) Def Leppard – Def Leppard

Chris Stapleton re-enters the Billboard 200 at #1. Released in May with a #14 debut, Traveller received an incredible boost by Stapleton’s big wins at the CMA Awards last week and a noteworthy medley performance with Justin Timberlake. The album sold 153,000 copies in the 2-day period between the performance and the closing of the tracking week on Friday, posting a 6,412% increase and more than doubling its total sales to date.

Carrie Underwood holds at #2 for a second week with a 56% decrease to 73,000 copies. The drop was softened by Underwood’s well timed hosting gig at the CMAs and a strategic discount on the iTunes store. Completing the Country top 3 is Eric Church’s surprise album, Mr. Misunderstood, available exclusively on the iTunes store, which sold 71,000 copies.

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
01. (01) Drake – “Hotline Bling” (*5 weeks*)
02. (02) The Weeknd – “The Hills”
03. (04) Chris Brown – “Liquor”
04. (05) Future – “Where Ya At” ft. Drake
05. (03) Fetty Wap – “679” ft. Remy Boyz
06. (10) Travi$ Scott – “Antidote”
07. (16) Tory Lanez – “Say It”
08. (06) Jeremih – “Planes” ft. J. Cole
09. (07) Meek Mill – “All Eyes on You” ft. Chris Brown & Nicki Minaj
10. (09) Ty Dolla $ign – “Blasé” ft. Future & Rae Sremmurd

As Drake continues his reign atop the chart, only Tory Lanez shakes the top 10 with his entry, “Say It” up to #7 this week.

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