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Alessia Cara's 'Here' Hits No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Alessia Cara
Meredith Jenks

Alessia Cara photographed by Meredith Jenks on July 31, 2015 in New York. 

After an 11-week run at the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (tying his longest chart-topping run ever), Drake’s “Hotline Bing” is knocked to No. 2 as Alessia Cara rises to her first career No. 1 on the chart with her debut single “Here” (on the chart dated Jan. 30).

The 19-year-old singer-songwriter steps 2-1 in her 14th week on the chart, aided by gains at radio and streaming. Over on the Billboard Hot 100, “Here” also earns a new peak, hopping 9-6.

It's the first time that an act's debut single reached No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since November 21, 2014 when Bobby Shmurda's "Hot Boy" rose to the crowning spot. The last time that a woman's debut track hit No. 1 was in 2008, when Jazmine Sullivan's "Need U Bad" topped the list in its 17th charting week.

Cara bowed on the Billboard charts in June, when “Here” first landed on Hot R&B Songs and began its steady climb up the tally. Since then, the R&B-infused pop tune has found support at multiple radio formats, charting on Pop Songs (No. 3 peak) and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (No. 15 peak). “Here” continues growing at R&B stations, re-entering on Adult R&B Songs at its peak rank of No. 26 (up 20 percent in spins) during the tracking week ending Jan. 17, according to Nielsen Music.  

Overall, streaming of the song is up five percent (to 7.2 million domestic streams), supporting the trek to No. 1. Spotify remains the main driver, logging 3.2 million streams during the week.

The relatable anti-party anthem has accumulated over 50 million global views on Cara’s Vevo on YouTube channel (since its May 26, 2015 upload), including 1.7 million U.S. clicks during the most recent tracking week.

In addition to her arrival to the top Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Cara also climbs 23-20 on the Billboard Artist 100, which measures the week’s most popular artists across all genres, marking her 15th straight week in the top half of the tally.