Reggae song “cheerleader” #1 on hot 100 for fourth week in a row.

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Just like a cheerleader atop a pyramid, OMI’s “Cheerleader” stands highest above all other songs, leading the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week. The reggae/pop smash holds off “Can’t Feel My Face,” by Hot 100 Music Festival headliner The Weeknd, which stays to No. 2 and dethrones “Cheerleader” as the top-selling song in the U.S.

“Cheerleader,” released on Louder Than Life/Ultra/Columbia, remains atop the Hot 100 despite its drop to No. 2 on the Digital Songs chart after four weeks at No. 1 (148,000 downloads sold, down 9 percent, in the week ending July 30, according to Nielsen Music). It holds at No. 3 on both Radio Songs (140 million in audience, up 5 percent) and Streaming Songs (16.1 million U.S. streams, up 17 percent).

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At four weeks in charge for “Cheerleader,” OMI boasts the longest-leading reggae No. 1 on the Hot 100 by a solo male since 2007, when Sean Kingston also led for four frames with, likewise, his debut hit, “Beautiful Girls.” The last reggae ruler by a solo male to reign longer? Snow’s “Informer,” which led for seven weeks in 1993. Among all acts, the last reggae No. 1 to spend more than four weeks on top: MAGIC!’s “Rude” (six weeks) last summer.

Directly below “Cheerleader” on the Hot 100, The Weeknd’s “Face” ranks at No. 2 for a third week. Most notably, the track grants The Weeknd his first Digital Songs No. 1, as it zooms 4-1 with a 21 percent gain to 148,000 (outselling “Cheerleader” by less than 1,000 downloads). It also wins top Digital Gainer honors on the Hot 100. “Face” keeps at No. 2 on Radio Songs (144 million, up 5 percent) and lifts 6-5 on Streaming Songs (13.1 million, up 21 percent) following the July 28 premiere of its official video on Apple Music and its wider release the following day. It logs a fourth week at No. 1 on the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart (6.3 million on-demand U.S. streams, up 2 percent).

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