A heated battle for the Billboard Hot 100 ‘s summit appears set for Monday (May 16), as Justin Timberlake’s new single, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” should introduce a serious challenge to present leader “One Dance” by Drake (featuring WizKid and Kyla).
Based on projected sales supplied by business sources, and streaming and airplay data, “Feeling,” released a week ago (May 6), could blast onto the Hot 100 (dated May 28) at No. 1. This kind of arrival would unseat “Dance” after the latter song became Drake’s first Hot 100 No. 1 as a lead act on the May 21 graph.
“Feeling,” composed and created by Timberlake, could start with a grotesque 330,000 sold or more, while “Dance” could finish the tracking week with 125,000 or more scanned. Drake’s hit song additionally leads, although less so, in radio airplay audience over Timberlake’s (nearly 60 vs. 50 million).
Overall, these preliminary figures suggest a tight race for the Hot 100’s peak (with the graph encompassing those three data metrics). The winner, and the entire Hot 100’s top 10, will be revealed Monday on Billboard.com.