Chart Breakdown: Week of November 11 2017

Chart Breakdown is a weekly feature watching the Billboard Charts, which track the performance of songs nationwide. 

Post Malone stays on top for a third frame in this week’s edition of the Chart Breakdown

His smash hit “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage is still the Number One Song in the USA after leading the Hot 100 Chart for the last two weeks as well.

The most streamed track in the nation, “Rockstar” pushed past Cardi B‘s “Bodak Yellow” two weeks ago and continues to hold on. “Bodak” remains at #2 for a third week as well, followed by Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” at #3. The trio of Rap Hits pulls off a clean sweep for the 3rd consecutive week, solidifying the genre as the nation’s most popular for the time being.

Inside the Rap and R&B/Hip Hop genres specifically the three tracks have maintained their dominance as well:

Note: Billboard groups Hip Hop and R&B together as a single genre while Rap is counted separately. Even so, songs can be counted in both categories. 

R&B/Hip Hop

“Rockstar” tops this week’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Chart again, followed by “Bodak Yellow” at #2. “Rockstar” is the most streamed and downloaded track of the week while “Bodak” is the most played on radio.

“1-800-273-8255” hangs tight at #3 ahead of “Unforgettable” by French Montana and Swae Lee at #4.

In the 5 spot this week is a newcomer, the biggest streaming gainer of the week: “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump.

Rap

The top five over on the Hot Rap Songs Chart is exactly the same as the top 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart, further evidence of the absolute dominance of Rap in popular music at the moment. The highest charting song on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart to not appear on the Hot Rap Songs chart is “Young Dumb and Broke” by Khalid, the biggest R&B hit in the nation.

Albums

This week’s biggest R&B/Hip Hop album and biggest Rap album are the same (not something that happens every week), and both crowns belong to a joint new debut from Future and Young Thug titled Super Slimey. The album does not appear to have launched a major track yet, and the combined star power of the two rap kings was not enough to make their work the most popular album of the week. Instead, they were held to second place by Flicker, a new release from former One Direction member Niall Horan. His turn at the top makes the group the first since the Beatles to see three former members take solo albums to Number One.

Rap continues to dominate the charts and the three big hits on top are making things hard for anything else to break through. So who will shake things up? Stay tuned and we’ll tell you about it on the next Chart Breakdown!

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Dante Mazza