DaBaby Nabs First Streaming Songs Leader With 'Rockstar'

Meredith Jenks

DaBaby photographed on Sept. 30, 2019 at Drift Studio in New York.

It’s the first song since Roddy Ricch's "The Box" to hit No. 1 after neither debuting there nor benefiting from a remix or the release of a new album.

In its fifth week on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart, DaBaby’s “Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, climbs to No. 1 on the May 30-dated list.

“Rockstar” crowns the ranking with 34.3 million U.S. streams earned in the tracking week ending May 21, up 8 percent, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Its ascent follows the song’s initial No. 2 debut on the May 2-dated chart, toward which it garnered 28.1 million first-week streams.

As such, “Rockstar” is somewhat of a rarity in 2020: a Streaming Songs No. 1 that neither debuted there nor rose to No. 1 thanks to a remix, new version or the release of its corresponding album. Of the now seven new Streaming Songs rulers in 2020, three -- 6ix9ine’s “Gooba,’ The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi’s “The Scotts” and Drake’s “Toosie Slide” -- debuted there. One (Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” featuring Beyonce) was aided by a newly released remix, and another (The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights”) earned its first week at No. 1 upon the release of its parent album, despite originally reaching the chart the previous December.

The only song in a boat similar to “Rockstar”? Roddy Ricch’s “The Box,” which ascended to No. 1 in its fourth week on Streaming Songs as buzz around the track continued to grow, eventually reigning for 13 weeks. (Perhaps Roddy is a good luck charm, as he's featured on “Rockstar.”)

Both "The Box" and "Rockstar" also ascended to No. 1 at first without the aid of an official music video having been released at that time.

“Rockstar” is DaBaby’s first Streaming Songs No. 1; before “Rockstar,” his best had been the No. 2 peak of “Bop” in December 2019.

The song concurrently jumps to a new peak of No. 4 on the all-format Billboard Hot 100 after initially debuting at No. 9.


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