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Normani’s ‘Motivation,’ Co-Written by Ariana Grande, Debuts in Top 40 Of Hot 100

Normani's new single "Motivation" arrives at No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Aug. 31), becoming her third solo top 40 hit and first unaccompanied by another artist.

Normani‘s new single “Motivation” arrives at No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Aug. 31), becoming her third solo top 40 hit and first unaccompanied by another artist.

Notably, Ariana Grande, among others, co-wrote the song, marking her first Hot 100 writing credit for another artist.

Following the Aug. 16 premiere of its official video, the track debuts at No. 10 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 14,000 downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 22, according to Nielsen Music, and No. 25 on Streaming Songswith 16.2 million U.S. streams. It also drew 6.6 million in all-format radio reach and debuts at No. 32 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.

Normani previously hit the Hot 100 as soloist with “Love Lies” (with Khalid), which peaked at No. 9 last September, and “Dancing With a Stranger” (with Sam Smith), which reached No. 7 this April (and stands at No. 23 this week).The No. 33 start of “Motivation” ties her best bow, first set by “Stranger” in January.


Prior to her solo output, Normani made eight trips to the Hot 100 as part of Fifth Harmony, reaching the top 10 with “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign (No. 4, 2016). As previously reported, Normani’s fellow former member of the on-hiatus group, Camila Cabello, takes over atop the latest Hot 100 with “Señorita,” with Shawn Mendes.

Normani co-wrote “Motivation” with Grande, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and ILYA. The track earns Grande her first Hot 100 entry as a writer on another artist’s song after being credited as a writer of 32 of her 49 total Hot 100 hits to date.

Martin, meanwhile, has totaled 22 Hot 100 No. 1s as a writer, from Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” in 1999 through Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” in 2016. In the Hot 100’s 61-year history, only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26) have more No. 1s as writers.

Kotecha and ILYA notch their 60th and 23rd Hot 100 entries as songwriters, respectively. Kotecha has co-penned three No. 1s, among 21 top 10s: Carrie Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven” (2005), Maroon 5’s “One More Night”(2012) and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” (2015).

ILYA, who has co-written six Hot 100 top 10s (five recorded by Grande), is credited as the sole producer on “Motivation.”