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Camila Cabello Earns First Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 With ‘Havana,’ Featuring Young Thug

The coronation complements her No. 1 debut atop the Billboard 200 with her first solo album, "Camila."

Camila Cabello crowns the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Jan. 27) for the first time, as “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, lifts from No. 2 to No. 1. Young Thug likewise earns his first Hot 100 leader.

The song was released on SYCO/Epic Records and is the 1,070th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s history, which dates to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

The former Fifth Harmony member’s Hot 100 coronation accompanies her No. 1 entrance on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her debut solo set, Camila.

Meanwhile, Halsey hits the Hot 100’s top five for the first time as a lead artist, as “Bad at Love” bumps 7-5, and Dua Lipa scores her first Hot 100 top 10, as “New Rules” rises 11-8.

As we do every Monday, let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 23).

No. 1 in streaming, No. 2 in sales & airplay: As on the Hot 100, “Havana” becomes both Cabello and Young Thug’s first No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, jumping from No. 5 with a 34 percent gain to 44.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 18, according to Nielsen Music.

The track charges 4-2 on Digital Song Sales (which it led for two weeks), up 57 percent to 80,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 18, aided by a 69-cent iTunes Store sale price. It claims the Hot 100’s top gains in both streaming and sales.

On Radio Songs (which it topped for four frames), “Havana” holds at No. 2, with 131 million in all-format airplay audience (down 5 percent) in the week ending Jan. 21.

Prior peaks: Cabello had previously peaked as high as No. 4 on the Hot 100 both as a soloist and a member of vocal group Fifth Harmony, which she departed in December 2016. Her own “Bad Things,” with Machine Gun Kelly, hit No. 4 on Feb. 11, 2017, while 5H’s “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, reached the same rank on June 11, 2016.

Young Thug (born Jeffery Lamar Williams) had previously hit No. 16 on the Hot 100 as featured, with Rich Homie Quan, on Rich Gang’s “Lifestyle” (Nov. 15, 2014).


Seven-week wait at No. 2: “Havana” spent seven (nonconsecutive) weeks at No. 2 before topping the Hot 100. That’s the most time for a song at the runner-up spot before hitting No. 1 since Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” logged a record-tying eight weeks at No. 2 in 2015-16 prior to leading for three weeks beginning Jan. 23, 2016.

23 total weeks to No. 1, tying the record among women: “Havana” hits No. 1 in its 23rd week on the Hot 100, equaling the longest rise to the summit for a song by a female artist in the Hot 100’s history. It matches Sia‘s “Cheap Thrills,” featuring Sean Paul, in 2016, and Patti Austin’s “Baby, Come to Me,” with James Ingram, in 1982-83.

Only six songs overall have taken more scenic routes to No. 1 than those three, led by Los Del Rio’s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)”: 33 weeks in 1995-96.


Camila, Beyoncé & Britney: Cabello scores her first week atop the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 concurrently, thanks to “Havana” and Camila, respectively. The last artist to earn both firsts as a soloist simultaneously? Beyoncé, with “Crazy in Love,” featuring JAY-Z, and Dangerously in Love, on July 12, 2003.

Still, Beyoncé had previously topped both charts as a member of Destiny’s Child. Counting purely first weeks at No. 1 on the tallies at all, Cabello is the first artist to notch both simultaneously since Britney Spears, whose “…Baby One More Time” ascended to No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated Jan. 30, 1999, the same week that her debut album of the same name launched atop the Billboard 200.

Meanwhile, Cabello is the first artist to top both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 concurrently at all since Kendrick Lamar, who did so “Humble.” and DAMN., respectively, on May 6, 2017. The last woman to double up at No. 1 on the charts before Cabello this week? Rihanna, with “Work,” featuring Drake, and ANTI, nearly two years ago (April 2, 2016).

Camila & Zayn: In just under two years, two soloists formerly in arguably the most prominent boy band and girl group this decade, respectively, have now topped the Hot 100 on their own, after narrowly missing the top spot while in those acts.

As noted above, Cabello reached a No. 4 best with Fifth Harmony on “Work From Home.” As a member of One Direction, which he left in 2015, Zayn rose as high as No. 2 with the group’s “Best Song Ever” in 2013. On the Hot 100 dated Feb. 20, 2016, he debuted at No. 1 and led for two total weeks with his solo debut, “Pillowtalk.”

Thus, One Direction and Fifth Harmony each began as quintets and lost a member that went on to do what each group hasn’t: hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Both 1D and 5H formed on singing competition The X Factor, the former on the British version in 2010 and the latter on the U.S. edition in 2012, and both signed to X Factor creator Simon Cowell’s SYCO imprint.

Go-going solo, and to No. 1: Cabello is the first artist to chart a top five Hot 100 hit, but not a No. 1, in a group and then lead solo since Zayn.

Among women, she’s the first to make such a progression since Gwen Stefani, whose “Hollaback Girl” led for four weeks in 2005. As a member of No Doubt, she reached a No. 3 high with the group’s “Underneath It All” in 2002. (No Doubt might’ve topped the Hot 100 with “Don’t Speak,” but the smash was not released as a commercial single and, per chart rules at the time, was ineligible to appear on the Hot 100; it ruled Radio Songs for 16 weeks in 1996-97.)

Before Stefani, the last woman to have hit the top five, but fallen shy of No. 1, with a group and then led as a soloist? Belinda Carlisle. In the Go-Go’s, she marched to No. 2 with “We Got the Beat” in 1982. As a soloist, she ascended to No. 1 with “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” in 1987.

Speaking of places on Earth …

World news: “Havana” is the first Hot 100 No. 1 whose title includes a city since Fergie‘s “London Bridge,” which led for three weeks beginning Aug. 19, 2006. (Both Havana and London are capital cities, of course, of Cuba and England/the United Kingdom, respectively.)

Two other Hot 100 No. 1s since Fergie’s have included geographic locales in their titles: “California Gurls,” by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg (six weeks at No. 1, 2010), and “Harlem Shake,” by Baauer (five weeks, 2013).

Women’s resurgence at No. 1: Female artists in lead roles went over a year between topping the Hot 100 from Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” (last week at No. 1: Aug. 27, 2016) to Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” (first week at No. 1: Sept. 16, 2017).

However, since the first of three weeks on top for Swift’s song, women in lead roles have now appeared on four of the last five No. 1s. Following “Look,” Cardi B dominated for three weeks with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).” The all-male “Rockstar,” by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, then reigned for eight weeks and, before “Havana,” Ed Sheeran‘s “Perfect” led for six weeks; for five of those frames, Beyoncé was credited as the co-lead.

Top 40 follow-up: As “Havana” reaches No. 1 on the Hot 100, Cabello’s follow-up single from Camila, “Never Be the Same,” enters the top 40, surging 65-30. It’s her fourth solo top 40 Hot 100 hit (matching her total as a member of Fifth Harmony, which has tallied all four of its top 40 entries to date in 2015-16 while Cabello was in the group).


As for the rest of the Hot 100’s top 10… Sheeran’s “Perfect” drops to No. 2 after six weeks at No. 1. Still, it tops Digital Song Sales for an eighth week (82,000, down 16 percent) and Radio Songs for a third week (151 million, up 3 percent). On Streaming Songs, it keeps at No. 3 (36.9 million, down 3 percent).

“Rockstar” rebounds 4-3 on the Hot 100, while leading the Hot Rap Songs chart for a 15th week and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a 14th week.

“Rockstar” swaps spots with Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse,” which a week ago blasted 35-3 following the first full week of tracking for its collaborative remix. This week, the song drops 1-4 on Streaming Songs (32.7 million, down 15 percent) and 2-4 on Digital Song Sales (39,000, down 55 percent).

Still, “Finesse” pushes 14-10 on Radio Songs (63 million, up 21 percent, good for the Hot 100’s top airplay gain). Mars collects his 15th Radio Songs top 10 and Cardi B, her second (after “Bodak Yellow,” which reached No. 10). “Finesse” additionally tops Hot R&B Songs for a second week.

Halsey earns her first top five Hot 100 hit as a lead artist, as “Bad at Love” climbs 7-5. She previously spent 12 weeks at No. 1 as featured on The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” in 2016. Airplay is driving “Bad” most heavily, as the song holds at its No. 3 high on Radio Songs (109 million, up 1 percent).

Imagine Dragons’ “Thunder” is steady at No. 6 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 4, while ruling Hot Rock Songs for a 12th week, and G-Eazy’s “No Limit,” featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B, slides 5-7, also after peaking at No. 4.

Dua Lipa lands her first Hot 100 top 10, as “New Rules” rises 11-8. The song, a two-week No. 1 on the Official UK Singles chart in September, reaches the top 10 in its 25th week on the Hot 100, marking the longest climb to the region since gnash’s “I Hate U I Love U,” featuring Olivia O’Brien, also ascended to the top 10 in its 25th week on Oct. 22, 2016.

British pop singer-songwriter Dua Lipa (that’s her real name) previously charted two Hot 100 entries: “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” (No. 72, November 2016) and “Scared to Be Lonely,” with Martin Garrix (No. 76, May 2017).

As with Halsey’s hit, “Rules” is powered most strongly by airplay, as it bounds 7-4 on Radio Songs (98 million, up 7 percent).

Sam Smith’s No. 4-peaking “Too Good at Goodbyes” descends 8-9 on the Hot 100 and Migos, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s “MotorSport” parks in neutral at No. 10, after hitting No. 6. Notably, Cardi B boasts three songs in the top 10 (at Nos. 4, 7 and 10) for a fourth week, doubling the record among women; Ashanti posted two such weeks in 2002. (Among all acts, 50 Cent leads with 15 weeks of at least three concurrent Hot 100 top 10s, in 2003-05.)


Just beyond the Hot 100’s top 10, three songs hit new highs in the top 20: NF’s “Let You Down” (15-14); Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be” (18-17), as it tops Hot Country Songs for an eighth week; and Swift’s “End Game,” featuring Sheeran and Future (36-18), following the first full week of tracking for its official video.

Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column and by listening (and subscribing) to Billboard‘s Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 23), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The next issue of Billboard magazine is on sale Friday (Jan. 26).

Can’t get enough of “Havana?” Read the lyrics for Camila Cabello’s “Havana” next to learn how to sing along.