Pop singer-songwriter Bazzi scores his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Feb. 3), as “Mine” debuts at No. 56.
“Mine” arrives with 11.4 million U.S. streams (up 88 percent) in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music, as it also debuts at No. 46 on the Streaming Songs chart. It also sold 9,000 downloads (up 98 percent).
The song’s sudden spike in popularity is due, in part, to an internet meme revolving around the song’s lyric, “You so f**kin’ precious when you smile,” which users have remixed via a Snapchat Lens filter. Users have been creating and uploading videos on YouTube and other social media services.
The streaming success of “Mine” is also the result of editorial support from Apple Music, which helped the track hit No. 1 on the service’s Pop Streaming chart and quickly follow suit on other DSPs. “The moment we heard his music, we knew that his fresh sound would have a massive appeal that would connect with fans around the world,” Apple Music’s head of pop programming Arjan Timmermans said. “Bazzi is solid proof that the state of Pop is strong.”
Bazzi concurrently jumps 27-7 on the Emerging Artists chart after debuting a week earlier, marking the 20-year-old’s first appearance on any Billboard chart.
After getting his start through uploading videos, Bazzi now boasts more than 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify and 100,000 followers on YouTube. The official audio for “Mine” — released on ZZZ Entertainment — on YouTube has logged 5.2 million global views since its release on Oct. 12. Its official video premiered today (Jan. 31).
Meanwhile, on Friday (Jan. 26), Bazzi released new song “Why?” Its official audio clip has grown to more than 250,000 global view on YouTube so far.
Bazzi announced Jan. 9 that he’ll be performing at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer in Manchester, Tennessee, marking his first festival performance.