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Travis Scott's 'Sicko Mode' Hits No. 1 On the Rhythmic Songs Chart

Travis Scott
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Travis Scott

Travis Scott earns his fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “Sicko Mode” struts 4-1 on the ranking dated Oct. 27. The song takes the chart crown thanks to a strong 15 percent gain in plays in the week ending Oct. 21, according to Nielsen Music.

Scott previously ruled the chart with his first Rhythmic Songs entry, “Antidote,” a two-week champ in 2016. He’s since occupied the top slot with “Goosebumps,” (one week in 2017) and as a featured artist on Miguel’s “Sky Walker,” which led for one week in February.

In addition, “Mode” completes the fastest sprint to No. 1 among Scott’s four leaders. “Mode” reaches the top in its 10th week on the chart, besting “Antidote” (12), “Goosebumps” (14) and “Walker” (20).

The new song’s quick rise echoes the major surge in Scott’s profile throughout 2018. “Mode” features on the Houston native’s latest studio LP, Astroworld, which opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in August with the second-best start by an album this year. Its mighty start then powered all 17 of its songs onto the Billboard Hot 100, with two -- “Mode” and “Stargazing” -- opening in the top 10.

If “Mode” is to extend its reign atop Rhythmic Songs, the most pressing challenge will come from Drake, whose “Nonstop” steps 3-2 and posts an 8 percent lift in weekly plays. Notably, as most listeners may know, Drake delivers uncredited vocals on “Mode.”

Beyond its Rhythmic Songs coronation, “Mode” continues to improve across other radio charts: It ascends 8-6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and earns the chart’s Greatest Gainer tag via a 14 percent jump to 23.6 million in audience in the week ending Oct. 21. Plus, it climbs into the top five of Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (6-5) through a 9 percent bump in plays in the same period.