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Lil Tjay’s ‘Calling My Phone’ Scores Streaming Songs No. 1

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Daniel Prakopcyk

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It’s both Lil Tjay’s and featured artist 6lack’s first ruler.

Lil Tjay’s “Calling My Phone” is a streaming success right off the bat, as the 6lack-featuring song bows atop Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart dated Feb. 27.

“Calling My Phone” debuts at No. 1 with 34 million U.S. streams in the Feb. 12-18 tracking week, according to MRC Data.

It’s the first No. 1 on Streaming Songs for both acts. Lil Tjay’s previous history included a pair of top 10s as a featured artist (Polo G’s “Pop Out,” No. 3, June 2019, and Pop Smoke’s “Mood Swings," No. 6, August 2020), while the No. 28-peaking “F.N” was his top result as a lead artist (October 2019). 6lack’s previous best, meanwhile, was his song “Pretty Little Fears,” featuring J. Cole, which peaked at No. 43 in September 2018.

Of the three songs to reach No. 1 on Streaming Songs for the first time in 2021, two are by artists new to the summit, with Lil Tjay joined by Olivia Rodrigo, whose “Drivers License” reigned for four weeks beginning in January.

Concurrently, “Calling My Phone” starts at No. 3 on the multi-metric Billboard Hot 100, the first top 10 for both Lil Tjay and 6lack. It also bows atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs.

The song was initially teased on social media, particularly TikTok, in late 2020 before its eventual release, contributing in part to its career-best start for both artists.