BTS’s J-Hope, Halsey, Cardi B And Post Malone: 5 Important Moves On This Week’s Hot 100

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Pop is a very vague label these days, and it’s tough to imagine what a song may sound like when it’s simply described as “pop.” That fact is evident by listening to the five titles listed below, all of which could be called pop, though some would argue another descriptor would be better. Tracks like Halsey’s “Without Me” fit the label perfectly, while others, like French Montana’s “Writing on the Wall” and J-Hope’s “Chicken Noodle Soup,” stretch the definition of pop and mix in different styles as well.

Here’s a look at five of the most important moves on this week’s Hot 100 singles chart.

No. 18 - SHAED - “Trampoline”

Pop band SHAED has been slowly climbing the Hot 100 for months, and their breakout smash “Trampoline” continues to surprise as it will simply not quit lifting. This time around, it’s up to No. 18, entering the top 20 for the first time. At the same time the track jumps, the EP it’s featured on, Melt, appears on the Billboard 200 for the first time at No. 165. 

No. 28 - Lizzo - “Good as Hell”

As her single “Truth Hurts” rules the Hot 100 for a sixth consecutive frame (making history as one of the longest-running rap songs by a woman of all time), Lizzo’s new focus “Good as Hell” makes a significant leap on the chart. The tune, which is actually three years old, enters the top 40 for the first time, becoming just her second appearance in the region. As “Truth Hurts” eventually falls on the list, fans may migrate to “Good as Hell” in the coming weeks, turning it into a huge hit as well.

No. 33 - Halsey - “Without Me”

Halsey’s second No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 and her first on her own is still living inside the top 40, but it is not long for the chart. This frame is the fifty-second on the tally for the track, and according to Billboard’s rules, that means it will be removed very soon. This is something that Halsey has experienced before, and while it’s sad that “Without Me” won’t be present any longer, it’s an honor to have had it chart for so long.

No. 56 - French Montana - “Writing on the Wall (ft. Post Malone, Cardi B & Rvssian)”

Superstars French Montana, Cardi B and Post Malone join up and invite relative newcomer Rvssian to the party on their new track “Writing on the Wall,” which opens at No. 56 on the Hot 100. The single is the first taste of the musician’s semi-self-titled upcoming album Montana, which might arrive as early as next month. 

The potential future blockbuster is Malone’s forty-fifth Hot 100 appearance, Cardi B’s thirty-first, Montana’s seventeenth and Rvssian’s second.

No. 81 - J-Hope - “Chicken Noodle Soup (ft. Becky G)”

It may not be the loftiest debut of the week, but J-Hope and Becky G’s “Chicken Noodle Soup” probably made more history than any other title on the Hot 100 this frame. The Korean/English/Spanish tune marks J-Hope’s first placement on the tally apart from his bandmates (he’s best known as a member of chart-topping K-pop outfit BTS) and it’s Becky G’s sixth. No word yet on whether the crossover success will be featured on an album, a mixtape, an EP or if it will stand on its own.

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Pop is a very vague label these days, and it’s tough to imagine what a song may sound like when it’s simply described as “pop.” That fact is evident by listening to the five titles listed below, all of which could be called pop, though some would argue another descriptor would be better. Tracks like Halsey’s “Without Me” fit the label perfectly, while others, like French Montana’s “Writing on the Wall” and J-Hope’s “Chicken Noodle Soup,” stretch the definition of pop and mix in different styles as well.

Here’s a look at five of the most important moves on this week’s Hot 100 singles chart.

No. 18 - SHAED - “Trampoline”

Pop band SHAED has been slowly climbing the Hot 100 for months, and their breakout smash “Trampoline” continues to surprise as it will simply not quit lifting. This time around, it’s up to No. 18, entering the top 20 for the first time. At the same time the track jumps, the EP it’s featured on, Melt, appears on the Billboard 200 for the first time at No. 165. 

No. 28 - Lizzo - “Good as Hell”

As her single “Truth Hurts” rules the Hot 100 for a sixth consecutive frame (making history as one of the longest-running rap songs by a woman of all time), Lizzo’s new focus “Good as Hell” makes a significant leap on the chart. The tune, which is actually three years old, enters the top 40 for the first time, becoming just her second appearance in the region. As “Truth Hurts” eventually falls on the list, fans may migrate to “Good as Hell” in the coming weeks, turning it into a huge hit as well.

No. 33 - Halsey - “Without Me”

Halsey’s second No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 and her first on her own is still living inside the top 40, but it is not long for the chart. This frame is the fifty-second on the tally for the track, and according to Billboard’s rules, that means it will be removed very soon. This is something that Halsey has experienced before, and while it’s sad that “Without Me” won’t be present any longer, it’s an honor to have had it chart for so long.

No. 56 - French Montana - “Writing on the Wall (ft. Post Malone, Cardi B & Rvssian)”

Superstars French Montana, Cardi B and Post Malone join up and invite relative newcomer Rvssian to the party on their new track “Writing on the Wall,” which opens at No. 56 on the Hot 100. The single is the first taste of the musician’s semi-self-titled upcoming album Montana, which might arrive as early as next month. 

The potential future blockbuster is Malone’s forty-fifth Hot 100 appearance, Cardi B’s thirty-first, Montana’s seventeenth and Rvssian’s second.

No. 81 - J-Hope - “Chicken Noodle Soup (ft. Becky G)”

It may not be the loftiest debut of the week, but J-Hope and Becky G’s “Chicken Noodle Soup” probably made more history than any other title on the Hot 100 this frame. The Korean/English/Spanish tune marks J-Hope’s first placement on the tally apart from his bandmates (he’s best known as a member of chart-topping K-pop outfit BTS) and it’s Becky G’s sixth. No word yet on whether the crossover success will be featured on an album, a mixtape, an EP or if it will stand on its own.

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