“Brutal” opens atop Hot Rock & Alternative Songs with 26.7 million U.S. streams and 2,100 downloads sold in the tracking week ending May 27, according to MRC Data. It also drew 329,000 radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending May 30; in addition to its strong start on streaming services, “Brutal” is garnering early radio airplay on alternative radio. Leading the way, WNYL (Alt 92.3) New York played the song 17 times in the tracking week.
Concurrently, “Brutal” debuts at No. 1 on Hot Alternative Songs and Alternative Streaming Songs, and at No. 5 on the all-format Streaming Songs chart, behind three other songs from Sour; “Good 4 U” leads at No. 1, followed by “Deja Vu” at No. 2 and “Traitor” at No. 3. On the multi-metric Billboard Hot 100, “Brutal” begins at No. 12.
Sour has produced Rodrigo’s first two Hot 100 No. 1s: “Drivers License,” for eight weeks beginning in January, and “Good 4 U,” which opened atop the tally last week. (“Deja Vu” and “Good 4 U” are Rodrigo’s current singles being properly promoted to radio, to pop and adult stations. On Pop Airplay, they climb to Nos. 13 and 25, respectively.)
As previously reported, Sour debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 295,000 equivalent album units earned, the biggest week for any album so far in 2021.
“Brutal” is the first No. 1 debut on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs since Taylor Swift‘s “Cardigan” on the tally dated Aug. 8, 2020. She is the second solo woman to rule Hot Rock & Alternative Songs in 2021, and the second in a row. She takes over for Miley Cyrus, who in tandem with The Kid LAROI led the last three weeks with “Without You.”