Kendrick Lamar Holds Top Nine of On-Demand Streaming Songs Chart
Songs from the rapper's chart-topping new "DAMN." album lands positions Nos. 1-9, setting a new chart record.
Kendrick Lamar lands each of the top nine songs on Billboard’s On-Demand Streaming Songs chart dated May 6, setting a new chart record with material from his Billboard 200-topping new album DAMN.
Led by lead single “Humble.” (which leads the chart for a third week), nine of the top 10 of the chart, which tracks on-demand domestic streams on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL and more, is populated by music from Lamar’s recently released LP. Only Future’s “Mask Off,” at No. 10, breaks the streak (while yet another Lamar track, “Lust.,” debuts at No. 11).
By earning the top nine on the chart, Lamar is the first act to score nine concurrent songs in the top 10, and the only act to occupy Nos. 1-9 simultaneously. Previously, the record for the most simultaneous songs was eight – Drake did it twice (on April 8, 2017, and May 21, 2016), and J. Cole did it once (Dec. 31, 2016).
Further, Lamar is the only act occupy Nos. 1-9 on the chart. No one has dominated the very top of the chart so strongly since J. Cole locked down Nos. 1-7 on the Dec. 31 chart, led by “Deja Vu.”
Each of the songs on DAMN.’s 14-song tracklist enter On-Demand Streaming Songs, with the lowest-charting song, “Duckworth.,” debuting at No. 16. Along with Future, only Lil Uzi Vert (“XO TOUR Llif3”) had a song that was streamed more than a song from DAMN. on on-demand services. “Humble.” leads the chart with 44.4 million on-demand streams in the tracking week ending April 20, followed by “DNA.,” which earned 40.4 million.
Both tracks also make up the top two positions on the overall Streaming Songs chart, which incorporates all services on which music can be streamed, such as YouTube and Pandora, in addition to on-demand platforms. “Humble.” holds No. 1 for a third week (67.4 million), while “DNA.” debuts at No. 2 (51 million), boosted by the premiere of its Don Cheadle-featuring music video April 18.
Lamar holding positions one and two on Streaming Songs marks a rare feat accomplished by only five other acts since the chart’s inception in January 2013.
Artists with the Top Two Positions on Streaming Songs
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop” (No. 1) & “Can’t Stop Us” (No. 2), May 11, 2013-May 18,2013
Miley Cyrus, “Adore You” (No. 1) & “Wrecking Ball (No. 2), Jan. 11, 2014
Iggy Azalea, “Fancy” (No. 1) & “Problem” (No. 2, as featured artist), May 31, 2014; June 14, 2014-July 5, 2014
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass” (No. 1), “Lips Are Movin’” (No. 2), Jan. 10, 2015
Justin Bieber, “Sorry” (No. 1), “Love Yourself” (No. 2), Jan. 30, 2016-Feb. 13, 2016; Feb. 27, 2016
Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.” (No. 1), “DNA.” (No. 2), May 6, 2017
It’s been a big week for Lamar, who scores his third No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as DAMN. debuts with 603,000 equivalent units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Meanwhile, “Humble.” ascends 3-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving the rapper his first No. 1 on the chart as a lead artist.