Chart Check [Hot 100]: Justin Timberlake Earns 6th #1 Single Thanks To Halsey’s ‘Without Me’

Published: Thursday 10th Jan 2019 by Rashad

Music lovers have finally said “thank u, next” to Ariana Grande‘s chart-topping megahit as, after 7 nonconsecutive weeks of reigning atop the Hot 100 (as we reported here), the diva’s been ousted by another female Pop force:  Halsey.

Dethroning Grande with her hit ‘Without Me,’ Halsey earns her first chart-topper as a lead act, second overall (the first came courtesy of her guest role on ‘Closer’ by The Chainsmokers).  In addition to becoming only the 9th female artist to notch multiple #1 singles this decade (Rihanna – 9, Katy Perry – 8, Taylor Swift – 5, Adele – 4, Cardi B – 3, Kesha – 3, P!nk – 3, Britney Spears – 3), the singer’s done so with a little help from friend Justin Timberlake.  As her cut, ‘Without Me,’ features interpolations of Timberlake’s Timbaland-produced hit, ‘Cry Me a River,’ the song lists JT as a co-writer and thereby sees him credited by Billboard with another #1 to his name.  The move brings his career total to 6 chart-toppers to date.

Curious to see who joins Halsey, Ariana, and Justin (for all intents and purposes) in the top 25 this week?  Look inside to see:


Hot 100 This Week


Billboard reports:

The coronation of “Without Me” brings a portion of a prior hit to the top of the Hot 100 at last, as the song interpolates Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River,” which reached No. 3 in 2003. Among the seven credited writers on “Without Me,” Timbaland scores his eighth No. 1 as a writer and Timberlake tallies his sixth, while Halsey adds her second, after “Closer.” (Notably, “Closer” also reworked a previous top 10: The Fray’s “Over My Head [Cable Car],” which rolled to No. 8 in 2006; “Closer” includes writing credits for The Fray’s Joe King and Isaac Slade.)


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  1. DanYiel Iman January 10, 2019

    I mean he has a loyal fan base…??‍♂️

  2. Lmfao_Hoe January 10, 2019


  3. Tino January 10, 2019

    This s*** don’t count lol
    Usher actually 9 Hot 100 #1’s all as a lead artist

  4. Caleb January 10, 2019

    I don’t think it counts as a #1 by him as an artist unless it says feat. Justin Timberlake which it doesn’t.

    • Kalorie January 10, 2019

      That’s what I thought too! This story don’t mean anything

  5. Bravo!!! January 10, 2019

    I wonder how Pink feel about Hasley look..

  6. Meme January 10, 2019

    What a stupid article. Why would you write a post giving Justin credit when Halsey accomplishment should be highlighted?

  7. Lou-Andrew Rodriguez January 10, 2019

    This is a reach no?

  8. SMH January 10, 2019

    Bye. He’s only co-writer, that doesn’t count as the artist. This is why Billboard is a sh*t show and no longer taken seriously anymore.

    • Caleb January 12, 2019

      Billboard didn’t count it. TGJ did

  9. SMH January 10, 2019

    FYI, Usher still reigns with 9 number ones-all as a lead artist. This post should be about Haley’s accomplishment, not a life preserver for the boy b*tch just because he had a bad year.

  10. Charli Cheer Up January 10, 2019

    Wow I didn’t even notice the sampling till I read this article Lol maybe this year JT should release another new album

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