“WAP” fends off Drake‘s “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, as the latter launches at No. 2 on the Hot 100.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Aug. 29) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Aug. 25).
“WAP,” released on Atlantic Records, notches a second week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, with 36,000 downloads sold (down 71%) in the week ending Aug. 20, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It dips to No. 2 on Streaming Songs with 72.2 million U.S. streams (down 22%) in the week ending Aug. 20. A week ago, it blasted in with 93 million streams, the most ever for a song in its first week of release.
“WAP” additionally debuts at No. 48 on the Radio Songs chart with 16.5 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 42%) in the week ending Aug. 23.
“WAP” is the first song to spend its first two weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 1 since Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings,” which tallied its first five weeks on the chart in the top spot (of eight total frames at No. 1), beginning on the Feb. 2, 2019-dated tally. In between those hits, eight songs debuted at No. 1, each spending a week at the summit. (Of the 42 songs that have entered the Hot 100 at No. 1 all-time, 19, including “WAP,” remained on top in their second weeks.)
Meanwhile, “WAP” is the first song among women to lead the Hot 100 for multiple weeks since Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” reigned for three weeks in December-January. Before that, Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” totaled seven weeks at No. 1 last September-October.
Drake’s “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, roars onto the Hot 100 at No. 2, led by its chart-topping entrance on Streaming Songs with 69.8 million streams in the week ending Aug. 20, following its Aug. 14 release.
Drake adds his record-extending ninth Streaming Songs No. 1 and second this year, after “Toosie Slide,” which started with 55.5 million first-week streams (April 18). “Laugh” brings Drake his second-best first-week streaming total, after “God’s Plan” (82.4 million, Feb. 3, 2018).
(Note that while the total of 69.8 million streams for “Laugh” is less than the 72.2 million for Cardi B’s “WAP,” the former ranks at No. 1 on Streaming Songs and the latter places at No. 2 due to the application of weighting of paid subscription, ad-supported and programmed streams, as factored into the Hot 100.)
“Laugh” enters Digital Song Sales at No. 4 (21,000 sold) at Radio Songs at No. 47 (17.1 million impressions).
Drake adds his record-padding 41st Hot 100 top 10. On the Aug. 1-dated Hot 100, he landed his 39th and 40th top 10s, breaking a tie with Madonna (38) for the most in the chart’s 62-year history. The Beatles rank third with 34 top 10s.
“Laugh” also extends Drake’s records for the most overall Hot 100 entries (225), most top 40 hits (114) and most titles to debut in the top 10 (26).
Lil Durk earns his first Hot 100 top 10 and first Streaming Songs No. 1.
DaBaby’s seven-week Hot 100 leader “Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, drops 2-3.
The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” descends 3-4 on the Hot 100, as it spends a record-extending 20th week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (78.7 million, down 2%). It tops the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart for a record-padding 23rd week.
Jack Harlow’s “Whats Poppin,” featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne, retreats 4-5 on the Hot 100, after rising to No. 2.
Morgan Wallen’s “7 Summers” bounds onto the Hot 100 at No. 6, marking his first top 10. It also enters the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart at No. 1, where it’s his second leader, after “Whiskey Glasses” reigned for two weeks in May-June 2019.
Released Aug. 14, “Summers” starts at No. 4 on Streaming Songs with 23.5 million U.S. streams in the week ending Aug. 20, the best release-week sum for a title that has appeared on both the Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs by a solo male and no accompanying acts. On Digital Song Sales, it opens at No. 2 (28,000).
“Summers” is just the second top 10 Hot 100 debut ever for a song by a solo male and no accompanying acts that has also appeared on Hot Country Songs, after Garth Brooks’ alter ego Chris Gaines bowed at No. 5 on the Hot 100 with “Lost in You” in September 1999.
Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar” recedes 5-7 on the Hot 100, two weeks after surging to No. 1; SAINt JHN’s “Roses” slides 6-8, after reaching No. 4, as it tops the multi-metric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a 17th week; and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” falls to No. 9 from its No. 7 Hot 100 high.
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope” rises 11-10, becoming the first top 10 on the chart for the 2018 American Idol third-place finalist. The track topped Hot Country Songs for five weeks (before being dethroned this week by Wallen’s “Summers”).
Reaching the top 10 in its 34th week on the Hot 100, “Hope” completes the third-longest trip to the tier, after 2005 Idol champ Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” which hit the top 10 in its 38th week in 2007, and Creed’s “Higher” (36 weeks, 2000).
Barrett is also the first woman to hit the Hot 100’s top 10 with a song unaccompanied by any other artists that also charted on Hot Country Songs since October 2012, when Taylor Swift’s “Red” debuted at its No. 6 peak.
Plus, with “Hope” marking Barrett’s first Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 entry, she joins an exclusive group of women who have topped the former and reached the latter’s top 10 with their first solo singles. Jeannie C. Riley initiated the club with “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” a No. 1 on both charts in 1968, while Marie Osmond (“Paper Roses,” No. 5 on the Hot 100 in 1973) and Jessi Colter (“I’m Not Lisa,” No. 4, 1975) also topped Hot Country Songs and hit the Hot 100’s top 10 in their first solo appearances on each ranking. Barrett is, thus, the first woman to earn the honor in over 45 years.
“Hope” lifts 9-8 on Radio Songs (52.4 million, up 8%); holds at No. 9 on Digital Song Sales (8,000, essentially even week-over-week); and pushes 28-27 on Streaming Songs (11.7 million, up 8%).
The song led the Country Airplay chart dated April 25 and has crossed to pop radio. It holds at its No. 10 best on the Adult Contemporary survey; enters the Adult Pop Songs top 10 (11-8); and advances 12-11 on Pop Songs. Aiding its profile and pop radio support, a remix with Charlie Puth was released in April.
With “Hope” marking Barrett’s first Country Airplay entry, she’s the first woman to have led that list with an initial entry, unaccompanied by other acts, that went on to hit the Hot 100’s top 10, dating to the Country Airplay chart’s 1990 inception. She’s the first artist overall to achieve the feat since Florida Georgia Line, whose first Country Airplay hit “Cruise” ruled for three weeks in December 2012 before reaching No. 4 on the Hot 100 in June 2013. “Cruise” likewise scored pop radio airplay assisted by a remix (with Nelly).
The only other such song? Billy Ray Cyrus’ debut hit “Achy Breaky Heart,” which blew up for a five-week rule on Country Airplay and a No. 4 peak on the Hot 100 in 1992, also helped by pop crossover play.
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