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5 Important Moves On This Week’s Hot 100

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No matter how one looks at it, Justin Bieber is in charge of the Hot 100 this week. He not only sits at No. 1 with yet another new smash, he owns more than 10% of all the spots on the list with a slew of new wins from his latest chart-topping album. 

While Bieber may be the biggest story (stories, really) this time around, several other acts reach new highs and celebrate important milestones this week on the most competitive singles list in the U.S.

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

No. 1 – Justin Bieber – “Peaches (ft. Giveon & Daniel Caesar)”

It seems like Bieber never lets much time pass before he returns to No. 1 on the Hot 100, and this week he makes history with not just another leader, but one more instant ruler. New single “Peaches” debuts atop the all-genre ranking, giving the pop star his fourth instant champion. Bieber is now tied with Drake for the second-most immediate chart-toppers, and they both sit behind Ariana Grande, who has accrued five thus far.


“Peaches” is also the fiftieth song in Hot 100 history to debut at No. 1. It brings featured musicians Giveon and Daniel Caesar to the peak spot for the first time.

No. 17 – Masked Wolf – “Astronaut in the Ocean”

Originally shared in 2019, Australian rapper Masked Wolf re-released his song “Astronaut in the Ocean” in early 2021, and on its second try, it’s become a global hit. This week, the newcomer sees his breakout smash rise into the top 20 for the first time, lifting to No. 17. The cut will likely continue to climb, based on its strong sales and streaming numbers, and it could easily enter the top 10 sometime soon.

No. 20 – Justin Bieber – “Hold On”

Bieber is the king of the Hot 100 this week, as nearly every song featured on his just-released album Justice (which currently rules the Billboard 200) appears on the tally. The second-highest of the bunch (behind only “Peaches”) is previous single “Hold On,” which was released just a few weeks before the full-length arrived.

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“Hold On” hits a new high of No. 20, breaking into the top 20 for the first time, thanks to increased sales and streams.

No. 26 – BTS – “Dynamite”

BTS’s “Dynamite” improves on the Hot 100 this week, lifting from No. 34 to No. 26, which is a noticeable step for a tune that’s already been present on the chart for well over half a year. With one more spin on the ranking, “Dynamite” breaks the record Psy set nearly a decade ago with his single “Gangnam Style” and stands out as the song by a South Korean musical act with the most weeks on the Hot 100. The disco-leaning tune has now been present on the list for 31 consecutive frames.

No. 40 – Maroon 5 – “Beautiful Mistakes (ft. Megan Thee Stallion)”

Less than a month after it first reached the Hot 100, Maroon 5 and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Beautiful Mistakes” has turned out to be a beautiful success. The collaborative cut lifts to No. 40 this week, entering the important top 40 region for the first time. Maroon 5 has now scored 23 top 40 placements while Stallion collects her tenth.

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