Chart Watch: Seeing Double! Duos Rule the Hot 100

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For the first time in more than 31 years, a pair of duos holds down the top two spots on Billboard‘s Hot 100. The Chainsmokers are #1 for the fourth straight week with “Closer” (featuring Halsey). twenty one pilots jump from #3 to #2 with “Heathens.” This marks the first time that duos have held down the top two spots at the same time since June 8, 1985, when Tears for Fears was on top with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and Wham! was at #2 with “Everything She Wants.” (The week before, the two songs were in the opposite order.)

Duos have held down the top two spots simultaneously just one other time. Wham! was involved then, too. On Dec. 8, 1984, Daryl Hall & John Oates’s “Out of Touch” and Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” held down the top two spots. (Again, the week before, the two songs were in the opposite order.)

“Closer” also holds at #1 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart for the second week. “Closer” is the first song by a duo to log multiple weeks at #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. since LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” (featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock) in 2012. That festive song topped the U.S. chart for six weeks; the U.K. chart for four.

“Closer” heads Top Digital Songs for the fifth week, having sold 199K copies in the U.S. in the past week.

“Heathens” is twenty one pilots’ second #2 single so far this year, following “Stressed Out.” “Heathens” is also listed at #1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock Songs chart. It’s vying to become the first song to top both the rock chart and the Hot 100 since Lorde’s “Royals” in 2013. Moreover, it’s vying to become the first song by a group or duo to top both charts since fun.’s “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monáe) in 2012.

Remarkably, both the Chainsmokers and twenty one pilots have a second song in this week’s top 10. The Chainsmokers’ previous hit, “Don’t Let Me Down” (featuring Daya), holds at #5 in its 30th week. twenty one pilots’ previous hit, “Ride,” inches up from #7 to #6 in its 26th week.

Here’s yet another sign of the popularity of duos. Duos occupy both of the top two spots on this week’s Official U.K. Albums Chart. And not just any kind of duos — sibling duos. Ward Thomas’s Cartwheels debuts at #1. The sister duo is the first country act from the U.K. to land a #1 album. The Carpenters’ The Nation’s Favourite Carpenters Songs (a tie-in to a recent music doc that aired in the U.K.) debuts at #2. It’s the brother-sister duo’s 10th top 10 album in that country. But here’s the best part: At least one Carpenters hits compilation has reached the top 10 in the U.K. in five consecutive decades. If that’s not a sign of staying power, I don’t know what is.

Top Songs

Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” (featuring Justin Bieber and MØ) dips from #2 to #3 its seventh week.

Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” (featuring Sean Paul) holds at #4 in its 30th week.

Calvin Harris’s “This Is What You Came For” (featuring Rihanna) dips from #6 to #7 in its 19th week.

Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” returns to the top 10, jumping from #11 to #8 in its 17th week. This is its highest ranking to date.

Rihanna’s “Needed Me” jumps from #10 to #9 in its 32nd week. This is the song’s 16th week in the top 10. Anne Murray’s “You Needed Me,” a tender ballad which was about as different in tone from the brash “Needed Me” as two songs can be, logged eight weeks in the top 10 in 1978.

Charlie Puth’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (featuring Selena Gomez) jumps from #12 to #10 in its 14th week. It’s Puth’s second top 10 hit; his first as a lead artist. It’s Gomez’s sixth top 10 hit; her first as a featured artist. Cliff Richard had a #7 hit with a different song by the same title in January 1980.

Shawn Mendes’s “Treat You Better” and Drake’s “One Dance” (featuring WizKid & Kyla) drop out of the top 10 this week.

Ariana Grande lands her 10th top 20 hit as “Side to Side” (featuring Nicki Minaj) leaps from #31 to #18 in its second week. Impressively, Grande has been the lead or co-lead artist on all 10 hits. And she has amassed this gaggle of hits in just 3-½ years. “Side to Side” is the second Grande/Minaj pairing to make the top 20. “Bang Bang” (which also credited Jessie J) hit #3 two years ago.

Look for Lady Gaga’s “Perfect Illusion” to be the top new entry on next week’s Hot 100, following its first full week of sales and streaming.

Top Albums

Travis Scott’s sophomore album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, enters the Billboard 200 at #1. It displaces another, very different album with the word “Sing” in its title, Barbra Streisand’s Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. Prior to these back-to-back #1 albums, the last #1 album with the word “Sing” or “Sings” in title was Diana Ross’s Lady Sings the Blues soundtrack in 1973.

Scott is the second singer with that surname to top the Billboard 200. Jill Scott (no relation) topped the chart in July 2011 with The Light of the Sun. Travis Scott’s debut album, Rodeo, reached #3 last year.

Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is exclusively available through the Apple Music streaming service and the iTunes Store for purchase. Billboard‘s Keith Caulfield reports that it’s the fifth album to hit #1 in 2016 initially as an Apple and iTunes exclusive, following Frank Ocean’s Blonde, DJ Khaled’s Major Key, Drake’s Views, and Future’s Evol.

A Day to Remember’s sixth studio album, Bad Vibrations, debuts at #2. It’s the rock band’s first top 10 album. They just missed the top 10 in 2010 when their fourth album, What Separates Me From You, peaked at #11. (Bad Vibrations outsold Birds in the Trap… in pure album sales, 62K to 53K, but Birds in the Trap… came out in top when digital track sales and streaming activity were factored in.)

Drake’s Views inches up from #4 to #3 in its 19th week. Views is the first album to spend its first 19 weeks in the top five since Adele’s 25 in 2015-16. If Views hangs on for another week, it will be the first album to spend its first 20 weeks in the top five since Taylor Swift’s 1989. That blockbuster spent its first 24 weeks in the top five in 2014-15.

The Suicide Squad soundtrack rebounds from #6 to #4 in its fifth week. It’s #1 on Top Soundtracks for the fifth week.

Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots drops from #2 to #5 in its second week. It holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the second week. All three of the duo’s albums have topped the country chart for multiple weeks. Their debut, Here’s to the Good Times, topped the country chart for 10 weeks in 2013-14. Their sophomore album, Anything Goes, was out front for two weeks in 2014.

Barbra Streisand’s aforementioned Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway dives from #1 to #6 in its second week.

twenty one pilots’ Blurryface rebounds from #10 to #7 in its 69th week.

Rihanna’s ANTI moves up from #9 to #8 in its 33rd week.

Beyoncé’s Lemonade drops from #7 to #9 in its 20th week.

Frank Ocean’s Blonde drops from #5 to #10 in its third week.

Two albums — Britney Spears’s Glory and Young Thug’s Jeffery –drop out of the top 10 this week.

Look for Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know to enter the Billboard 200 at #1 next week. Also due: Bastille’s Wild World and the Beatles’ Live at the Hollywood Bowl.