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New Around the World: Aitch & Ashanti’s ‘Baby’ Update Hits Global Excl. U.S. Chart

Plus, another new version of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" debuts on the Global 200.

Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” continues to simmer atop the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated March 26), while Lil Durk debuts a double-digit sum of tracks from his new No. 1 Billboard 200 album, 7220, on the Global 200.

Elsewhere on this week’s global surveys, British rapper Aitch makes his first appearance, debuting on the Global Excl. U.S. list at No. 109 with “Baby,” alongside Ashanti. Released March 10, the song arrives propelled by 7.2 million official streams and 2,300 downloads sold outside the U.S. in the week ending March 17, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. Those figures make up 96% and 98%, respectively, of the song’s worldwide totals.


It’s likewise the first global chart entry for New York-born Ashanti, building upon her extensive U.S. chart history. (The global charts began in September 2020.) “Baby” samples her 2003 hit “Rock Wit U (Aww Baby),” which climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2003, one of 10 top 10s that she tallied in 2002-04.

Another classic becomes a global chart hit thanks to a newer version, as AnnenMayKantereit and Giant Rooks’ “Tom’s Diner” debuts on the Global 200 at No. 190. The song, released in 2019 and now drawing buzz on TikTok, drew 8.8 million streams (up 202%) and sold 1,400 (up 141%) in the tracking week and marks each German band’s first global chart entry.

The collab, which also enters the U.S.-based Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart at No. 11, reworks Suzanne Vega’s song, whose history was already notable: Released in a cappella form on the New York-based singer-songwriter’s 1987 album Solitude Standing, it hit No. 5 on the Hot 100 in 1990 as remixed by DNA, featuring Vega. The song (inspired by New York’s Tom’s Restaurant, whose exterior is famously seen in Seinfeld) has also been updated by, among others, Giorgio Moroder, whose version featuring Britney Spears hit Hot Dance/Electronic Songs in 2015, and Fall Out Boy, whose “Centuries” interpolates the original.

Among other global chart moves, after debuting at No. 88 on the March 19-dated Global Excl. U.S. ranking, Tulus’ “Hati-Hati Di Jalan” climbs to No. 51, while entering the Global 200 at No. 123. It’s the first song by an Indonesian artist performed in Indonesian to hit either global chart. The track is up 40% to 22.4 million worldwide streams week-over-week.

Meanwhile, Rammstein scores one of the week’s three debuts on both global charts (the other two: Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa’s “Sweetest Pie,” at No. 12 on Global 200 and No. 21 on Global Excl. U.S., and Imagine Dragons’ “Bones,” at Nos. 46 and 57, respectively). The German hard rock band’s “Zeit” arrives at No. 90 on Global Excl. U.S. and No. 180 on the Global 200 with 9.9 million streams and 4,900 downloads sold around the world. It’s a notable entrance for the group, as it has yet to hit the U.S.-based Hot 100, despite releasing eight albums since 1995. The new song is the title track to the band’s album due April 29. 2019’s Rammstein became the act’s first top 10 on the Billboard 200, debuting at its No. 9 peak that June.