Cardi B, Bruno Mars & Drake Debut: 13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week

Ariana Grande had another big week on Billboard‘s charts (dated March 2), but that wasn’t all.

Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Drake, Luke Combs and more also made notable news. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are aiming to dethrone Grande’s “7 Rings” atop the Billboard Hot 100 next week with “Shallow,” after the song’s winning night at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, when the pair also performed the song.

Here are 13 other things to know about the charts this week.

1. Grande’s “7 Rings” spends its fifth week atop the Hot 100, while Cardi B and Bruno Mars’ “Please Me” launches at No. 5. Click here for the story.

2. Looking ahead to next week, it’s “7 Rings” vs. “Shallow” for No. 1 on the Hot 100. Who will prevail? Click here for the forecast.

3. On the Billboard 200, Gaga and Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack is also set to earn a big gain, while Grande’s Thank U, Next could hold at No. 1. Click here for more projections.

4. Thanks to the No. 1 debut of his 2009 mixtape So Far Gone (now finally available commercially), Drake ties Future for the most No. 1s on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this decade. Click here for the post.

5. Luke Combs makes history as the first artist to send his first five singles to No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart, as his latest hit, “Beautiful Crazy,” grants him the honor. Click here for the story.

6. Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid complete their record 31-week rise to No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart with “Eastside.” Click here for details.

7. More chart history: lovelytheband’s “Broken” rewrites the mark for the most weeks spent on the Alternative Songs chart. Click here for the rundown.

8. On the Chart Beat Podcast, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson welcome Edison Research’s (and Billboard contributor) Sean Ross to analyze Khalid, Normani and Dua Lipa’s longevity at pop radio. Click here to listen.

9. Over on the Pop Shop Podcast, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson talk Lady Gaga and how she can score an EGOT. Click here to listen.

10. Meanwhile, Gaga’s career tour earnings have surpassed an astounding half-billion dollars. Click here for details.

11. Queen lands 16 hits on the Hot Rock Songs chart after the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic’s home release. Click here for the story.

12. On the latest Emerging Artists chart, City Girls hit the top five and Yungblud debuts, while Ava Max holds at No. 1 for a sixth week. Click here for the update.

13. Plus, Billboard launched a new series this week highlighting the Emerging Artists chart. Find out more about singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara in a special Q&A. Click here for the inaugural column.



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