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Lizzo Scores First Radio No. 1 as 'Truth Hurts' Tops Rhythmic Songs

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Lizzo, "Truth Hurts"

Lizzo earns her first No. 1 on a Billboard radio chart, as “Truth Hurts” jumps 5-1 on the Rhythmic Songs airplay ranking dated July 27. The single soars with a 19% gain in plays in the week ending July 21, according to Nielsen Music.

The four-spot ascension for “Truth” makes it only the eighth of 367 leaders in the Rhythmic Songs chart history to jump from No. 5 or lower directly to the summit. It’s the first since Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse” registered the same leap in February 2018.

Here’s a look at all eight tracks with the biggest moves to No. 1 since the Rhythmic Songs chart began in 1992:

Position Change, Song, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
6-1, “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston, Dec. 5, 1992
6-1, “Funkdafied,” Da Brat, Aug. 20, 1994
5-1, “Whatta Man,” Salt-N-Pepa featuring En Vogue, Feb. 19, 1994
5-1, “What About Your Friends,” TLC, Nov. 14, 1992
5-1, “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994
5-1, “Where Have You Been,” Rihanna, July 7, 2012
5-1, “Finesse,” Bruno Mars & Cardi B, Feb. 17, 2018
5-1, “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo, July 27, 2019

“Finesse” and “Truth” also share another feat. As the latter leads Rhythmic Songs, it is the seventh different No. 1 in the past seventh weeks, the quickest changeover streak of No. 1s at the top since… “Finesse” put the brakes on a six-week turnover stretch in January - February 2018.

Before “Truth,” the preceding seven weeks saw Lil Baby’s “Close Friends,” Travis Scott’s “Wake Up,” City Girls’ “Act Up,” Khalid’s “Talk," Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, and Mustard and Migos' "Pure Water" all take turns at the summit. "Water" was the most recent track to post consecutive weeks in the penthouse, as it lead on both the June 8 and June 15-dated surveys. “Road,” notably, returned for a third and final nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on June 22, while Khalid's "Talk" led both the May 11 and June 29th-dated rankings.

“Finesse,” meanwhile, wrapped a run that included, in the immediate weeks before, N*E*R*D and Rihanna’s “Lemon,” Miguel’s “Sky Walker,” featuring Travis Scott, Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, Gucci Mane’s “I Get the Bag,” featuring Migos, and Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” featuring Young Thug. The lattermost track scored its third consecutive and final week at the summit on the Jan. 13-dated list, before the No. 1 tradeoff began.

“Truth” maintains forward progress on other radio charts as well, powering 15-8 on Rap Airplay with a 35% surge in audience in the week, enough to secure the week’s Greatest Gainer prize. In addition, the song finds new peaks within the top 10 of the Pop Songs airplay (up 8-7) and all-genre Radio Songs (10-8), and climbs into the upper half of the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay ranking (30-25).