The first solo offering from Chloe Bailey, “Have Mercy,” debuts in the top five of Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart as it starts at No. 3 on the list dated Sept. 25. The single also begins as the genre’s top-selling song of the week and opens in the top 40 of the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.
“Mercy,” released through Parkwood/Columbia, sold 8,500 downloads in the week ending Sept. 16, according to MRC Data, prompting a No. 1 entrance on the R&B Digital Song Sales chart. Likewise, on the streaming side, the single’s 13.8 million U.S. streams in the same period yield a No. 1 start on the R&B Streaming Songs chart. In addition to interest surrounding the release, the singer, who uses the mononymous name Chloe for her solo recordings, performed the tune during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, two days after its release.
In the third metric that contributes to the Hot R&B Songs chart, radio airplay, “Mercy” just makes the cutoff on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, with a debut in the No. 50 anchor slot. (Radio airplay, traditionally, embraces songs slower moving than the direct consumption metrics of sales and streaming.)
Elsewhere, “Mercy” begins at No. 13 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at No. 28 on the Hot 100.
“Mercy” is the first solo release from Chloe, who is best known as one-half of the duo Chloe x Halle, with her sister, Halle Bailey. The pair have released two albums, 2018’s The Kids Are Alright and 2020’s Ungodly Hour. The former peaked at No. 19 on the Top R&B Albums chart, while the latter reached No. 2 on the list, while each project earned the duo a pair of Grammy nominations. Hour, too, included the siblings’ first Hot 100 hit, “Do It,” which peaked at No. 63 in September 2020 and became their first top 10 success on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with a No. 6 peak the following month.