Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello‘s hit collaboration “Bad Things” has been racing up the Billboard Hot 100 chart since its debut six weeks ago, with the song bounding into the top 10 for the first time.
As previously reported, the track soars 17-10 on the new Dec. 24-dated list, granting Kelly and Cabello their first solo top 10 songs each. It’s the also second solo entry for both acts on the list: The rapper, known as MGK notched his first back in 2012, the No. 98-peaking “Wild Boy” (featuring Waka Flocka Flame), while Fifth Harmony singer Cabello reached No. 20 earlier in 2016 with “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” a duet with Shawn Mendes.
Cabello’s solo top 10 success follows her first trip to the top 10 as a member of Fifth Harmony, who claimed its first top 10 earlier in 2016 with “Work From Home” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign), which climbed to No. 4 in June.
Billboard reached out to MGK and Cabello (via email) shortly after the news broke that they had reached the top 10:
BILLBOARD: How does it feel to hear that “Bad Things” has gone top 10 on the Hot 100?
MGK: I just wrote and erased five different responses, because I guess I really am speechless. I’m two albums into my career, but it feels like the beginning.
CABELLO: Honestly, it feels like my heart is going to explode from how excited I am. Any song I do, I put my heart and soul into and, as an artist, you can only hope it makes other people feel the way you feel when making it. So the fact that people are connecting to it makes me so happy.
Did you know that “Bad Things” was something special when you recorded it?
MGK: Of course. But I felt that way about a lot of songs I’ve done that didn’t reach this type of success, so I don’t go into them with high hopes of charting. I just make songs that touch on people’s emotions [and] situations.
Cabello: I know a song is special when it makes me feel something or brings back memories or personal experiences, and when I heard it, I saw the whole movie in my head. It just made me feel that warm feeling of falling in love.
Whose idea was it for the two of you to work together on this song?
MGK: I was in the studio with The Futuristics [who produced it], looking for an authentic voice, not a product of Auto-Tune. Camila is a true vocalist and amazing live performer, so the decision was easy on our end. As soon as she accepted, we went to work.
The song has soared up the Hot 100. Why do you think the song has caught on so fast with the public?
Cabello: I think everybody can relate to going crazy for someone and, even if it’s just in your mind, somebody bringing out a wild side in you. Also, with this duet there are two different points of view: A point of view of innocence and a point of view of someone wild, and everybody out there can relate to one.