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Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Aug. 1

  • Ray McDonald

Yara Shahidi, from left, Tracee Ellis Ross, Miles Brown, Silento, and Anthony Anderson perform at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Yara Shahidi, from left, Tracee Ellis Ross, Miles Brown, Silento, and Anthony Anderson perform at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles.

We’re celebrating the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart, for the week ending August 1, 2015.

The chart just cruises along this week, not welcoming any new titles…it is the middle of summer in the UNited States, so maybe it just doesn’t want to exert itself.

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Aug. 1

1. "Cheerleader" OMI
2. "Can't Feel My Face" The Weeknd
3. "See You Again" Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth
4. "Bad Blood" Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar
5. "Watch Me" Silento

Let’s open in fifth place, where Silento holds steady with “Watch Me.” The Atlanta, Georgia teenager says he’s excited over his success, and always wanted to be a role model. He uploaded his song to SoundCloud in January, and posted Instagram videos of people dancing to the track. After that, Capitol Records came calling, and now “Watch Me” has sold nearly 1 million tracks.

FILE - Taylor Swift.

FILE - Taylor Swift.

Also holding steady are Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar in fourth place, with “Bad Blood.” Last week, Taylor and Nicki Minaj sparred on Twitter over comments Nicki made about the MTV Video Music Award nominations. That beef is over…but on July 27, video footage appeared of Taylor performing with Katy Perry’s famed “Left Shark” from her Super Bowl show. Keen fans know this has significance…since “Bad Blood” is supposedly about Swift’s rivalry with Perry. It’s all very dramatic.

Wiz Khalifa arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Wiz Khalifa arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

On the Hot 100 chart, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth descend a slot to third place with “See You Again.” Meanwhile, it holds in 15th place on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart…without Wiz. Charlie’s rap-free version is finding favor on the A/C list, after he released it on SoundCloud.

Abel Tesfaye, known by his stage name the Weeknd, performs on NBC's "Today" show on May 7, 2015, in New York.

Abel Tesfaye, known by his stage name the Weeknd, performs on NBC's "Today" show on May 7, 2015, in New York.

Jumping a slot to second place is The Weeknd, with “Can’t Feel My Face.” He co-wrote this song with Max Martin, the Swedish producer who’s crafted hits for dozens of other acts, from the Backstreet Boys to Ariana Grande. In fact, The Weeknd met Martin while collaborating on Ariana’s smash hit “Love Me Harder.”

OMI arrives at the Much Music Video Awards, June 21, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.

OMI arrives at the Much Music Video Awards, June 21, 2015, in Toronto, Canada.

Up at number one, OMI enjoys a second week of glory with “Cheerleader.” How did he come by that name? His real name is Omar Samuel Pasley, and he tells USA Today that his late father gave him his three-letter nickname. OMI says he capitalizes it to stand out.

Can he stand out for a third week? We’ll find out next week.

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