By Emanuela Gallo ‘19
Ariana Grande currently holds the top 3 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first artist to do so since The Beatles in 1964. “7 Rings” sits at #1, with “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” and “Thank U, Next” following closely behind. The Thank U, Next album marks the first time that every track is co-written by Grande and doesn’t include a feature. With 361 million streams, Grande broke the Spotify record for biggest opening week for an album by a female artist.
The 4th spot on the Billboard chart belongs to Halsey, with her song “Without Me.” In January, the single had been at number-one, making it her first as a lead artist and her second overall, following 2016's "Closer.” This caused Halsey to become the eighth woman to achieve various number ones on the Billboard chart during the 2010s. In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Halsey said, “It’s the most raw thing I’ve ever made … it’s just me- no wig, no colorful hair, no character- it’s about my life.”
“Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee holds the 5th spot on the chart. It was made for the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The single marks the second collaboration between the two rappers, the first being a song from Malone’s 2018 album. “Sunflower” topped the Billboard chart in January, making it Malone’s third and Lee’s first as a lead artist to do so.
The 6th single on the Billboard chart is “Happier,” a collaboration between Marshmello and Bastille. Of the song, Marshmello stated, “When Bastille sent me ‘Happier’ for the first time, I was taken back. The amount of emotion that you could feel in the lyrics was crazy.” The song is the highest-charting track for both artists.
“Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott sits at #7 on the Billboard chart. It features vocals by Drake, Swae Lee, and Big Hawk. In December 2018, it hit #1, becoming Scott's first song to do so. The single marks the third collaboration between Scott and Drake. “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco follows it, holding the spot at #8. Regarding the song’s inspiration, Brendon Urie stated, “I spent too long not setting my expectations high enough, worried about how it felt to fail. I hit a point when I realized I had to aim high and fail, fail, fail in order to keep growing.” After peaking at #4, it became the band’s highest-charting song, exceeding 2006’s "I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
The 9th spot is held by Post Malone, with his single, “Wow.” It is suspected to be the lead single off of his third album. “Eastside” by Benny Blanco, featuring Halsey and Khalid, sits at #10 on the chart. While it is technically Blanco’s debut single, the producer has had hits with notable artists including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kesha, Sia, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, and Kanye West.