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Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ Reaches No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs Chart, Soars Into Top 10 on Hot 100

Desiigner's breakout hit "Panda" has not slowed down since debuting on the Hot Rap Songs chart in March, reaching the No. 1 spot in its seventh charting week (dated April 23). The newcomer steps 2-1…

Desiigner’s breakout hit “Panda” has not slowed down since debuting on the Hot Rap Songs chart in March, reaching the No. 1 spot in its seventh charting week (dated April 23). The newcomer steps 2-1, with the majority of points stemming from 22.3 million U.S. weekly streams (up 48 percent) through the week ending April 7, according to Nielsen Music.

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The climb ends a nine-week No. 1 run from G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha, whose “Me, Myself & I” first topped the list on the Feb. 13 ranking. (It dips 1-2 on the latest chart.)

Meanwhile, “Panda” vaults 14-5 on the Billboard Hot 100, taking the Streaming Gainer award, earning the rapper his first top 10 entry.

Of the total streams contributing to the Hot Rap Songs crowning climb of “Panda,” 54 percent come from YouTube plays, despite the fact that no music video has yet been released. Spotify claims the second-highest bulk of streams, logging 28 percent of overall domestic plays throughout the week.

Growing airplay also supports the song’s continued ascent: 23 million audience impressions (a 41 percent increase) help to launch the track 10-3 on the Rap Airplay chart, earning Greatest Gainer honors (for a second consecutive week).

The 19-year-old G.O.O.D. Music signee also reaches a new sales peak, selling 70,000 downloads (up 43 percent), remaining at No. 2 on Rap Digital Songs (the track was edged out by Drake’s No. 1 debut with “Pop Style,” featuring The Throne, with 128,000 downloads sold).

Kanye West notably incorporated “Panda” into his track “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2,” for his album The Life of Pablo (which debuts this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after being widely released to streaming services). West’s song concurrently enters Hot Rap Songs at No. 11 powered by 9.3 million streams.

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