• Pop on Top, R&B Rising: The State of the Hot 100's Top 10 in Q1 2021

    13 days ago - By Billboard

    What were some of the most notable trends on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart in the first quarter of 2021?
    Hit Songs Deconstructed , which provides compositional analytics for top 10 Hot 100 hits, has released its Q1 2021 State of the Hot 100 Top 10 report.
    Here are three key takeaways from Hit Songs Deconstructed's in-depth research.
    Pop tops, R&B bounds. In Q1 2021, 42% of all Hot 100 top 10s were of primarily pop, the leading genre for a third consecutive quarter. Though down from a 48% share in Q4 2020, the genre rose from 41% in Q3 2020 (when it tied for the lead with hip-hop/rap)...
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  • Chart Rewind: In 1996, Mariah Carey's ‘Baby' Bounced to No. 1 on the Hot 100

    13 days ago - By Billboard

    How did Mariah Carey follow up the then-longest-leading No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 's history, “One Sweet Day,” with Boyz II Men?
    Only with another No. 1.
    Twenty-five years ago, on the Hot 100 dated May 4, 1996 , Carey's “Always Be My Baby” ascended from No. 2 to No. 1, bringing her back to the summit after “Day” had reigned for a then-unprecedented 16 weeks beginning in December 1995. (To date, no song by a woman has spent more time at No. 1, while the overall record now belongs to Lil Nas X's 19-week 2019 smash “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.)
    “Day” followed the first...
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