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GAYLE’s ‘abcdefu’ Bounds Up Hot 100, Tops Alternative Charts

The breakout hit jumps to the Hot 100's top 25 and hits No. 1 on Alternative Streaming Songs and Alternative Digital Song Sales.

GAYLE‘s debut hit “abcdefu” surges from No. 51 to No. 24 in its second week on the Billboard Hot 100 and rises to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Streaming Songs and Alternative Digital Song Sales charts dated Dec. 11.

The coronations are her first on any song charts, after she led her first Billboard list a week earlier when she topped the Emerging Artists tally.

In the Nov. 26-Dec. 2 tracking week, “abcdefu” earned 15.1 million U.S. streams, a boost of 47%, and sold 10,600 downloads, up 31%, according to MRC Data.


In addition to its climb on the Hot 100, the single pushes 6-2 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs, both of which use the Hot 100’s multi-metric methodology.

The track from the 17-year-old Dallas-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter also leaps 33-13 on the all-format Streaming Songs chart, ranking as the list’s third-highest non-holiday entry, behind only Adele‘s “Easy on Me” (No. 4) and Taylor Swift‘s “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” (No. 7). On the all-format Digital Song Sales chart, it jumps 6-3.

“abcdefu” is additionally starting at radio, with official promotion having begun in the past week, as it debuts at No. 40 on Pop Airplay, thanks to a cleaner edit. It’s also drawing early spins on alternative radio (led by KUCD Honolulu and SiriusXM’s Alt Nation) and rhythmic and adult pop stations.