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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Kanye West’s ‘Ye vs. The People’ Debuts

Kanye West scores his first Billboard Hot 100 entry as a lead artist since 2016, as "Ye vs. The People," featuring T.I., debuts at No. 85 on the chart dated May 12.

Kanye West scores his first Billboard Hot 100 entry as a lead artist since 2016, as “Ye vs. The People,” featuring T.I., debuts at No. 85 on the chart dated May 12.

The song arrives with 7.4 million U.S. streams and 12,000 downloads sold in the week ending May 3, according to Nielsen Music, prompting its No. 32 entrance on the Digital Song Sales chart. The track also earned 4.7 million radio audience impressions in the week ending May 6.


“Ye” is West’s 82nd Hot 100 entry, the ninth-most in the chart’s 59-year history. It’s his first since his featured turn on Drake’s “Glow,” which peaked at No. 54 in April 2017. “Ye” is West’s first Hot 100 entry as a lead since “Fade” (No. 47, October 2016).

West first hit the Hot 100 on Nov. 29, 2003, with “Through the Wire,” which reached No. 15 on Feb. 14, 2004. A week later (Feb. 21), he landed his first of four No. 1s, as featured, with Jamie Foxx, on Twista’s “Slow Jamz.”

Here’s an updated look at the acts with the most Hot 100 appearances:

207, Glee Cast
162, Drake
137, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley
97, JAY-Z
91, James Brown
90, Chris Brown
88, Nicki Minaj
82, Kanye West
77, Taylor Swift
75, Ray Charles
73, Aretha Franklin
71, The Beatles

Further, “Ye” marks T.I.’s 56th charted Hot 100 title and first since “About the Money,” featuring Young Thug, which reached No. 42 in November 2014.

West’s other new song, “Lift Yourself,” just misses the Hot 100, debuting at No. 5 on the Hot 100’s Bubbling Under chart, arriving with 7.2 million U.S. streams and 4,000 sold.

While West has made a busy, and controversial, return to social media, and Billboard‘s Social 50 chart, he has not yet announced if “Ye” or “Lift” will be on his new album, due June 1.


“Ball for Me,” Post Malone feat. Nicki Minaj

As noted above, Minaj is up to 88 Hot 100 visits, extending her record among women, as “Ball for Me” bounces in at No. 16. It bows as her 11th top 10 on the Streaming Songs chart, at No. 10, with 26.7 million U.S. streams.

As previously reported, the track is one of 18 that Post Malone charts on the May 12-dated Hot 100, as well as one of a record nine songs of his in the top 20 simultaneously.

“Walk It Talk It,” Migos feat. Drake

The collab holds at No. 18 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 10 on April 14, becoming Migos’ fourth top 10 and Drake’s 24th (of 25 to date; a week later, he debuted at No. 1 with “Nice for What,” now atop the chart for four weeks running).

In its 14th week on the Hot 100, “Walk” struts onto Radio Songs as the chart’s highest debut at No. 35 with 26.5 million in audience, up 44 percent. It also boasts 23.4 million streams and 8,000 downloads sold.