Camila Cabello's 'Never Be the Same' Hits No. 1 on Pop Songs Airplay Chart
She's the sixth solo female to send the first two singles from her debut LP to the top.
Cabello collects her third Pop Songs No. 1 as a soloist. Previous single "Havana," featuring Young Thug, reigned for seven weeks beginning in December, while she first led as a solo artist with "Bad Things," with Machine Gun Kelly, for two weeks in February 2017.
In June 2016, Fifth Harmony topped Pop Songs for two weeks with "Work From Home," featuring Ty Dolla $ign; Cabello was a member of the group from its 2012 inception through December 2016.
The Pop Songs chart, which began in 1992 (and in 2017 celebrated its 25th anniversary), measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 159 mainstream top 40 stations.
Notably, Cabello has ruled Pop Songs with the first two singles from her debut LP, Camila, making her the sixth solo female to earn the honor (with at least two initial singles). Here's a recap:
Camila Cabello: "Havana" (feat. Young Thug), "Never Be the Same," from Camila, 2018
Iggy Azalea: "Fancy" (feat. Charli XCX), "Black Widow" (feat. Rita Ora), from The New Classic, 2014
Lady Gaga: "Just Dance" (feat. Colby O'Donis), "Poker Face," "LoveGame," "Paparazzi," from The Fame, 2009
Beyoncé: "Crazy in Love" (feat. JAY-Z), "Baby Boy" (feat. Sean Paul), from Dangerously in Love, 2003
Avril Lavigne: "Complicated," "Sk8er Boi," "I'm With You," from Let Go, 2002-03
Christina Aguilera: "Genie in a Bottle," "What a Girl Wants," from Christina Aguilera, 1999-2000
Among duos or groups, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis last earned such a double, with "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) and "Can't Hold Us" (featuring Ray Dalton), from The Heist, in 2013. Bruno Mars is the last male to achieve the feat, with "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade," from Doo-Wops & Hooligans, in 2010-11.
Meanwhile, "Never" becomes one of just 12 Pop Songs No. 1s (of 351 total) to complete a trip to the top in 20 weeks or more. Alessia Cara's debut hit "Here" holds the longevity record (26 weeks to the summit, 2015-16), while Cara is the last woman with at least two No. 1s from a debut full-length, just not with the first two singles: "Here" and "Scars to Your Beautiful," the first and third singles, respectively, from Know-It-All.
"Never" has hit a No. 13 high on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100. Highlights of the May 12-dated Hot 100's top 10 will be revealed later today and all charts will update tomorrow (May 8) on Billboard.com.