Billboard's two global charts (the latest of which are dated March 20) began last September and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.
Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts' calculations.
Drake Debuts at Nos. 1, 2 & 4 on Global 200
Drake's "What's Next" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200, becoming the first song to soar in at the summit by a solo male, with 70.7 million streams, the week's top global streaming sum, and 22,000 sold worldwide in the March 5-11 tracking week.
As Drake earns his first Global 200 No. 1 (dating to the chart's inception six months ago), he also becomes the first artist to debut, or rank, in the top two spots simultaneously, as his "Wants and Needs," featuring Lil Baby, enters at No. 2 with 56.3 million streams and 19,000 sold globally.
Drake additionally debuts at No. 4 on the Global 200 with "Lemon Pepper Freestyle," featuring Rick Ross (44.7 million streams; 18,000 sold).
Drake's three new songs were released March 5, packaged under the title "Scary Hours 2."
Amid Drake's triple entrance on the Global 200, Silk Sonic debuts at No. 3 with "Leave the Door Open." The track starts with 54 million streams worldwide and 38,000 sold, the latter the week's top global sales sum.
Rounding out the Global 200's top five, Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" drops to No. 5 after spending its first eight weeks on the chart at No. 1, a record reign so far.
Elsewhere in the Global 200's top 10, Justin Bieber's "Hold On" enters at No. 8 with 40.5 million streams and 19,000 sold worldwide. The song starts as Bieber's fifth top 10, a record total he and Drake now share.
'License' Logs Record 9th Week Atop Global Excl. U.S. Chart
Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" rules the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart for a record-breaking ninth week, with 36.8 million streams (down 7%) and 5,000 sold (down 13%) in territories outside the U.S. in the March 5-11 tracking week.
The song rewrites the mark for the longest lead yet on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, surpassing the eight-week command of BTS' "Dynamite," logged nonconsecutively in September-January. The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears" holds at its No. 2 Global Excl. U.S. best, and his "Blinding Lights" keeps at No. 3 (after reaching No. 2), while BTS' "Dynamite" is steady at No. 4.
Silk Sonic's "Leave the Door Open" swings onto the Global Excl. U.S. chart at No. 5 with 31.2 million streams and 11,000 sold outside the U.S. Further in the Global Excl. U.S. top 10, Justin Bieber's "Hold On" begins at No. 9 (28.6 million; 5,000 sold).
The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated March 20) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (March 16). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard's subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.