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Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' Hits No. 1 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & Hot Rap Songs Charts

Her breakthrough smash unseats 'Old Town Road' after a record 20 weeks atop each list.

Lizzo scores her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as "Truth Hurts" rises from the runner-up rank on the list dated Aug. 31. Her breakout hit dethrones Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, after the song spent 20 weeks at the summit, the longest stay since the chart began in 1958.

"Truth" tops with gains in all three metrics that contribute to the chart: sales, streaming and radio airplay. The track ascends to No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart with 26,000 downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 22, according to Nielsen Music, up 17% from the previous sales week, good for the chart's top Sales Gainer prize.

As with the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, "Truth" displaces "Road" atop the sales list after the latter's unprecedented 20-week command.

U.S. streams for "Truth" climbed to a 28.4 million in the week ending Aug. 22, a 5% improvement over the previous frame. The gain prompts a 5-4 boost on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs chart, and helps the track rebound toward its No. 3 peak (reached Aug. 3).

"Truth" rises one rung on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (14-13), although it falls by 3% to 11.8 million in audience in the week ending Aug. 25. Although its fortunes decline at the format, the single surges 5-2 on the Pop Songs airplay chart and the song maintains its No. 4 status on the all-genre Radio Songs chart with a 4% increase to 99.1 million in all-format audience.

In addition to its No. 1 rank on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "Truth" takes over as top dog on the Hot Rap Songs chart, likewise ousting "Road" after its record 20-week domination. (Hot Rap Songs began in 1989.)

Elsewhere, "Truth" hits a new high on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, lifting 4-3, also with top Sales Gainer honors.