OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ Leaps to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100


OMI’s “Cheerleader” crowns the Billboard Hot 100, rising 2-1. The buoyant reggae/pop song replaces Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth, after 12 weeks, leaving the latter song tied for the longest run at No. 1 ever for a rap single.

“Cheerleader” takes over atop the first Hot 100 compiled on a Monday, as the new Friday global release date for albums has led to a change in Nielsen Music and Billboard’s chart tracking cycle. As previously reported, highlights of the Hot 100 will now be revealed each Monday on, with the entire chart, along with all tallies, posting each Tuesday, beginning tomorrow (July 14).

With the adjustment, the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100 will now incorporate sales and streaming data over a Friday to Thursday schedule, while airplay figures will cover a Monday to Sunday tracking week; read on for specifics about this week’s chart, dated July 25.

Give me an “H” … give me an “O” … give me a “T”! … (and an “O-M-I”!) … and let’s run down the Hot 100’s top 10 and more.

“Cheerleader” rules the Hot 100 with nearly half its chart points from sales, as it spends a second week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 276,000 downloads sold. (Pertaining to this week’s Hot 100 only: this week acts as a transition week in Nielsen Music and Billboard’s calendar, with sales encompassing a one-time-only 11-day tracking period, ending July 9.) On Streaming Songs, the song lifts 4-3 with a 14 percent increase to 14.4 million U.S. streams. (Streaming totals this week reflect the 7-day span ending July 9.)

On Radio Songs (covering the seven-day week ending July 12; again, the chart will continue on a Monday-Sunday schedule going forward), “Cheerleader” jumps 7-6 (109 million in audience, up 19 percent over the prior seven days).

The breakout hit for the Jamaican artist (full name: Omar Samuel Pasley), and the 1,044th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s nearly 57-year history, has found global success thanks in large part to its remix by Felix Jaehn. Among its reigns, it led the Official UK Singles chart for four weeks. It also logs a 16th week atop the Reggae Digital Songs chart.

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