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Latto Banks First No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With ‘Big Energy’

The rapper's hit takes the top slot after its parent album release and a remix with Mariah Carey and DJ Khaled.

Latto lands her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as “Big Energy” rises from No. 3 to top the list dated April 9. The “Energy” surge comes via two factors – the release of its parent album, 777, on March 25 and the arrival of a remix with Mariah Carey and featuring DJ Khaled three days later.

The new leader gives Latto to her first No. 1 through her second appearance on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, following “Bitch from da Souf.” The breakout hit, which the rapper released under her previous stage name, Mulatto, climbed to a No. 37 peak in February 2020.


“Energy” appears on Latto’s second studio album, 777. The set, released through Streamcut/RCA Records, debuts at No. 8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart through 23,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 31, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data.

“Energy” rallies in all three metrics that contribute to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart’s calculations – radio airplay, song sales and streaming – amid the 777 release and the remix with Carey and DJ Khaled. Carey sings a portion of her 1995 six-week No. 1 “Fantasy” in the remix; both songs interpolate Tom Tom Club’s enduring classic “Genius of Love,” which hit No. 2 in 1982.

Carey and DJ Khaled are not listed on “Big Energy” on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as the remix did not account for the majority of the song’s overall consumption during the tracking week.

Official streams balloon to 9.5 million in the U.S. in the week ending March 31, according to Luminate, a 36% increase from 7 million in the previous week. The sum thrusts the song 20-5 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs chart, where it easily attains a new peak.

Sales also swell to 13,000 downloads in the same period, a 146% improvement compared to the previous week. “Energy” secures its best sales week, though it repeats at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales. (It already topped the chart for two weeks – once in February and again in March.)

For radio airplay, “Energy” finds its current core base across pop and rhythmic stations, a few months after its peak with R&B/hip-hop stations. The single advances 5-3 on the latest Pop Airplay chart after it added 11% more plays to become the third-most-played song at U.S. monitored top 40 radio stations in the week ending April 3, according to Luminate. On Rhythmic Airplay, “Energy,” rebounds 3-2 after having led the list for seven weeks. It increased 2% in plays in the last tracking week compared to the previous frame.

Notably, the song’s airplay among R&B/hip-hop stations has already subsided from its crest earlier this year. “Energy” debuted on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart in October 2021 and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated Jan. 22. Though “Energy” has since left the chart, its full acceptance by pop stations, the remix and album release combine for measurable impact. In the latest tracking week, “Energy” registered a 7% increase in plays.