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As Christmas songs begin to fall off the Hot 100 (or at least decline in stature), many singles that made their way to the chart before December surge, as there is more space toward the top of the tally this frame. At the same time, a number of new releases make big splashes on the ranking, including at least half a dozen from one of the hottest rappers in the business at the moment.
Here’s a look at five of the most important moves on this week’s Hot 100 singles chart.
No. 5 – BTS – “Dynamite”
For several weeks now, BTS’s “Dynamite,” the biggest hit of the band’s career thus far, has been yo-yoing up and down the Hot 100. It recently bolted back into the top 10 thanks to a surge in sales after the septet released a new holiday-themed remix of the cut. Then, just as quickly, it vacated the top 40 entirely…and now it’s back once again. This frame, the disco-pop tune rockets from No. 44 to No. 5, which is an incredible leap, especially for a song that has already spent so much time inside the highest tier on the tally.
No. 11 – AJR – “Bang!”
Brotherly trio AJR push forward to another new career high on the Hot 100 with what has turned out to be a slowly-rising smash, “Bang!” The single improves its previous best showing of No. 24 significantly, lifting to No. 11, only missing out on the top 10 by a single rung. The track has been performing notably on radio, streaming platforms and it has been selling well for months now, and it could very well become the band’s first top 10 win in the coming frames.
No. 32 – Ed Sheeran – “Afterglow”
Last week, Ed Sheeran’s surprise single “Afterglow” debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 59, and now, just one turn later, the track has become another top 40 hit for the English singer-songwriter. It’s not yet clear if “Afterglow,” released as an early Christmas gift for his fans, is tied to any project or if it will stand alone as a solo venture.
No. 38 – SZA – “Good Days”
It has now been more than three years since SZA released her debut album Ctrl, and while she hasn’t been silent, fans have been excited for her next era to kick off. Thankfully, the talented musician released what appeared to be her first single from what could be her sophomore full-length not long ago, when “Hit Different” with Ty Dolla $ign went to No. 29. Now, new cut “Good Days” opens inside the top 40 as well, starting its time on the Hot 100 at No. 38.
No. 53 – Lil Durk – “Still Trappin (ft. King Von)”
Rapper Lil Durk’s surprise project The Voice was hurt slightly by the musician’s decision to release it on Christmas Eve, which took place on a Thursday in 2020. Now that a full tracking frame has passed, the set vaults to No. 3 on the Billboard 200, while six different songs from the title make waves on the Hot 100.
In addition to his collaboration with Drake, “Laugh Now Cry Later” (which jumps to No. 7 and which isn’t present on The Voice), Durk appears at Nos. 53, 62, 71, 73, 86 and 93. Aside from his Drake duet, Durk brings fellow musicians 6lack, Young Thug and the late King Von along with him.