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Nico & Vinz, Faith Evans, and More: Musicians Remember Their First Time on the Billboard Charts

Billboard spoke with a number of musicians about their first experiences on the Billboard charts.

Some artists find it disorienting. Childish Gambino and Pete Wentz (from Fall Out Boy) both thought it was surreal.

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"I grew up with Billboard so I know those color schemes and everything," the rapper notes.

"It's weird to see your name there." Wentz says, adding that he always "felt like the charts were for important people, like Mariah Carey."

Other musicians get excited: when Faith Evans saw her name, she remembers thinking, "Somebody likes me!"

For Hayley Williams of Paramore, getting on the charts "never gets old. It always feels like that movie moment."

Check out more chart memories in the video above, from 5 Seconds of Summer, Nico and Vinz, Jennifer Hudson, and more.

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