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Queen Naija, Nicky Jam & J Balvin Make Moves on Streaming Songs Chart

Queen Naija, "Medicine"
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Queen Naija, "Medicine"

“Medicine” and “X” mark Queen Naija and Nicky Jam’s first Streaming Songs appearances, respectively.

Queen Naija’s move from YouTube vlogger to music star is off to a strong start, as “Medicine” debuts at No. 25 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart with 16.5 million streams in the week ending April 5 (chart dated April 14), according to Nielsen Music.

The song doubled in streams following the release of its music video on March 29, with 70 percent of its overall clicks coming from YouTube (though it still increased in nearly all on-demand streaming metrics for the week).

The start of “Medicine” is the best for a lead artist’s first-charting title with no featured guests since Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” started at No. 18 on the April 29, 2017-dated ranking (16.4 million).

The track also sold 5,000 downloads (up 126 percent), which helps “Medicine” also bow at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 (which blends sales, streams and airplay to determine the week's most popular songs across all genres). The tune has not yet been promoted to radio.

Meanwhile, Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X” spends its second week on Streaming Songs, rising 39-36 with 13.8 million streams as the song continues to gain in popularity.

It’s Nicky Jam’s first appearance on Streaming Songs, while J Balvin previously peaked at No. 5 with 2017’s “Mi Gente” with Willy William and featuring Beyonce.

"X" has peaked thus far at No. 2 on Hot Latin Songs, but is closing in on No. 1, a position Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, has held for 50 nonconsecutive weeks. In the latest tracking week, "X" also accrued 5,000 digital downloads and held at its No. 5 peak on Latin Airplay, earning 12.2 million audience impressions.

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