Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse” remix becomes the first song to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart in 2018, launching atop the tally dated Jan. 20 with 38.3 million streams earned in the week ending Jan. 11, according to Nielsen Music.
That’s a 342 percent leap from the previous week’s 8.7 million number (and 9,608 percent more than two weeks before, when only the Cardi-less version existed).
“Finesse” is the 14th song to debut at No. 1 on the chart and the first since Post Malone’s “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage, which bowed atop the Oct. 7, 2017-dated ranking. Four songs did so in 2017: “Rockstar,” Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” (featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne) and Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.”
The track also starts atop On-Demand Streaming Songs (with 18.7 million on-demand streams) — the first to do so since, again, “Rockstar.”
Meanwhile, the first song from the upcoming film Black Panther, Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars,” debuts on Streaming Songs at No. 36 with 12.2 million streams in its first full chart tracking week (it was released Jan. 4).
The song marks SZA’s best start on the chart, exceeding the No. 47 premiere of Maroon 5’s “What Lovers Do,” on which she’s featured, last October.
The soundtrack to Black Panther, curated by Lamar, is set for a Feb. 9 release, followed by the film the following week.
Lastly, Camila Cabello’s “Never Be the Same,” originally released Dec. 7, debuts at No. 46 on On-Demand Streaming Songs with 5.8 million on-demand streams, adding to her total sum of 8.9 million.
The track is the follow-up single to “Havana” at radio, and it rises 32-26 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.