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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Carrie Underwood’s ‘The Champion,’ Feat. Ludacris, Is a Winner

Plus, chart action for Taylor Swift & Troye Sivan.

As previously reported, 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 also earns his first Hot 100 leader.

Concurrently, the former Fifth Harmony member’s debut solo album, Camila, launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and she vaults from No. 12 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. Additionally on the Hot 100, the set’s second single, “Never Be the Same,” enters the top 40 (65-30).

There’s more: Halsey hits the Hot 100’s top five for the first time as a lead artist, as “Bad at Love” bumps 7-5; Dua Lipa scores her first top 10, as “New Rules” rises 11-8; and Rihanna notches her milestone 50th top 40 hit, as “Lemon,” with N.E.R.D, lifts 50-40.

There’s even more than that.


“End Game,” Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran & Future
Following the premiere of its official video Jan. 11, “End Game” flies 36-18 on the Hot 100, becoming the fourth top 20 Hot 100 hit from Swift’s album Reputation. “Look What You Made Me Do” spent three weeks at No. 1; “…Ready for It?” debuted and peaked at No. 4; and “Gorgeous” opened at its No. 13 high.

“End Game” jumps 38-15 on Digital Song Sales, up 59 percent to 20,000 downloads sold, and enters Streaming Songs at No. 30, up 74 percent to 14.2 million U.S. streams, in the week ending Jan. 18, according to Nielsen Music. It. On Radio Songs, the track holds at No. 16 (49 million in airplay audience, down 4 percent).

“The Champion,” Carrie Underwood, feat. Ludacris
The pop track, to be featured in NBC’s Super Bowl LII and Winter Olympics coverage, opens as the Hot 100’s top debut at No. 47. It launches at No. 3 on Digital Song Sales with 61,000 sold. Underwood earns her best Digital Song Sales rank in over a decade, since the No. 2-peaking “I’ll Stand by You” in 2007.

Ludacris lands his highest Hot 100 placement since Justin Bieber‘s “All Around the World,” on which he’s featured, reached No. 22 in June 2012. On Digital Song Sales, he scores his best rank since his featured turn (with DJ Frank E) on Enrique Iglesias‘ “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You),” which hit No. 3 in January 2011.


“My My My!,” Troye Sivan
Reflecting its first full week of tracking, the song starts at No. 80 on the Hot 100. It enters Digital Song Sales at No. 30 (14,000 sold), while sporting 6.4 million U.S. streams. The single should gain after Sivan performed it Jan. 20 on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.