On this week’s Hot 100, BTS runs the show (again), two musicians made a serious play for the top of the chart (but missed) and some of the most successful names in the country field score a huge hit, one which wastes no time in becoming one of the biggest of either of their careers.
Here’s a look at five of the most important moves on this week’s Hot 100 singles chart.
No. 1 – BTS – “Butter”
BTS have been ruling over the Hot 100 for 10 straight weeks now, but not with the same song. “Butter” debuted atop the tally and controlled the list for seven turns before relenting to the same band’s own “Permission to Dance.” That cut only managed a single turn in first place before “Butter” replaced it once again, and that summer smash has been in charge ever since. With nine weeks at No. 1, “Butter” now stands as the longest-running leader on the Hot 100 of 2021, breaking out of a tie with Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License.”
No. 2 – Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow – “Industry Baby”
After scoring his second No. 1 on the Hot 100 earlier this year with his much-talked-about single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” Lil Nas X was looking to collect a third with his latest release “Industry Baby,” but he didn’t quite make it to the top of the chart. The Grammy winner and featured musician Jack Harlow see their joint smash kick off its time on the list in the runner-up space, missing out on the highest rung by just one spot. The tune is the second top 10 for Harlow and the fourth for Nas X.
No. 4 – The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – “Stay”
As his album F*ck Love finally climbs to the summit on the Billboard 200, The Kid Laroi also enjoys an almost-as-big week on the Hot 100. The Australian musician added several new songs to the tracklist of his first project, and those extra contributions have not only made the title a chart-topper, but some of them have found their way to the Hot 100 as well.
Leading the way among The Kid Laroi’s Hot 100 hits this week is “Stay,” the recently-released single featuring Justin Bieber. This time around, it’s comfortable at No. 4, though it could climb again in a few days. The young talent’s previous single “Without You” is a non-mover at No. 20 as “Not Sober” with Stunna Gambino and Polo G launches at No. 41 and “Still Chose You” with Mustard starts at No. 100.
No. 15 – Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood – “If I Didn’t Love You”
The second-loftiest debut on the Hot 100 this week comes from the powerful pairing of Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, who see their collaborative cut “If I Didn’t Love You” enter the race at No. 15, an impressive and lofty starting point for the two county powerhouses. The tune is the nineteenth top 40 hit for Aldean and the twenty-second for the American Idol winner.
No. 42 – Camila Cabello – “Don’t Go Yet”
The future looks like it’s about to be very, very busy for Camila Cabello, who has a movie coming soon and apparently a new album in the works. The singer started what appears to be the third official era of her solo career with new single “Don’t Go Yet,” which narrowly misses out on becoming another top 40 smash on the Hot 100, though only by a few spaces. The tune could easily vault into the important region in the coming frames as promotion continues.