When Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, debuted straight in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Aug. 22), it did so in record-breaking fashion. The track scored a massive 93 million U.S. streams in its first week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, breaking the record for the largest streaming debut ever for a song.
But, how did “WAP” become a streaming monster? On the latest Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), the team breaks down how the track debuted at No. 1, why its streaming numbers were so huge, and how “WAP” was able to cut through pop culture noise and a speedy news cycle to become a water-cooler moment single.
In addition to the “WAP” chat, the Pop Shoppers discuss the latest singles and/or videos from Drake (“Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk), Dua Lipa (“Levitating” remix featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott), Miley Cyrus (“Midnight Sky”) and Katy Perry (“Smile”).