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Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain on Me’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's "Rain on Me" storms onto the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart at No. 1.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande‘s new duet “Rain on Me” storms onto the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart at No. 1. Gaga achieves her fifth Hot 100 leader and Grande earns her fourth, among other honors for each star.

The duet was released to digital service providers for streaming and purchase at midnight EST Friday, May 22, while its official video premiered that afternoon. The song is the second single from Gaga’s album Chromatica, which arrived Friday, May 29; first single “Stupid Love” debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100 in March.

Here is a rundown of the top 10 of the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data.

“Rain” is the 1,103rd No. 1 in the Hot 100’s nearly 62-year history, and the 39th to debut in the top spot.

Here is a more in-depth look at the song’s Hot 100 coronation.

No. 1 in sales: “Rain” rockets onto the Digital Song Sales chart with 72,000 downloads sold in the week ending May 28.

The song was on sale in four physical/digital combination offerings during the tracking week. Consumers could purchase cassette, CD and vinyl singles, each with a digital download; the download would be sent to consumers upon purchase, with physical versions due to arrive at a later date.

Lady Gaga earns her eighth Digital Song Sales No. 1 and Grande adds her seventh.

“Rain” launches at No. 2 on Streaming Songs with 31.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending May 28 and drew 11.1 million audience impressions in the week ending May 31.

Gaga’s 5th No. 1; record span of No. 1 debuts: Here’s a recap of Lady Gaga’s five Hot 100 No. 1s:

Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Just Dance,” feat. Colby O’Donis, three, Jan. 17, 2009
“Poker Face,” one, April 11, 2009
“Born This Way,” six, Feb. 26, 2011
“Shallow,” with Bradley Cooper, one, March 9, 2019
“Rain on Me,” with Ariana Grande, one (to date), June 6, 2020

Gaga makes her second chart-topping entrance on the Hot 100, following the No. 1 arrival of “Born This Way,” and claims the mark for the longest span of No. 1 debuts: nine years, three months and one week. (Justin Bieber previously held the mark, with such a span stretching four years and five months.)


Grande’s 4th No. 1; record 4th No. 1 debut: And, here are Grande’s four Hot 100 No. 1s:

Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Thank U Next,” seven, Nov. 17, 2018
“7 Rings,” eight, Feb. 2, 2019
“Stuck With U,” with Justin Bieber, one, May 23, 2020
“Rain on Me,” with Lady Gaga, one (to date), June 6, 2020

Grande makes history as the first artist with four Hot 100 No. 1 debuts, as her first three leaders also all opened atop the tally. She passes Bieber, Mariah Carey and Drake, each with three No. 1 debuts.

Record-tying 4 No. 1 debuts in 2020: This year equals 1995 and 2018 for the most Hot 100 No. 1 debuts in a single year: four apiece.

The arrival of Lady Gaga and Grande’s “Rain” follows Grande and Bieber’s “Stuck With U” (May 23); The Scotts, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi’s “The Scotts” (May 9); and Drake’s “Toosie Slide” (April 18).

Gaga No. 1 in the ’00s, ’10s and 20s: Lady Gaga is the third soloist to have topped the Hot 100 in the 2000s, ’10s and ’20s, following Carey, who, with “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in January, became the first artist to have ranked at No. 1 in four distinct decades (1990s, 2000s, ’10s and ’20s), and Beyoncé, who a week ago joined the exclusive three-decade club thanks to her featured turn on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” which jumped 5-1.

Women continue to rule: Lady Gaga and Grande combine for the seventh Hot 100 No. 1 credited to two or more women (and no other billed acts), and the third in four weeks. Prior to the latest three such leaders, five such songs had led over nearly 40-and-a-half years.

Notably, as “Rain on Me” dethrones Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, a song by multiple solo women supplants another atop the Hot 100 for the first time in the chart’s history.

Here’s an updated list of every Hot 100 No. 1 exclusively by multiple women soloists:

Title, Artists, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Rain on Me,” Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, one (to date), June 6, 2020
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé, one, May 30, 2020
“Say So,” Doja Cat feat. Nicki Minaj, one, May 16, 2020
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, seven, June 7, 2014
“S&M,” Rihanna feat. Britney Spears, one week, April 30, 2011
“Lady Marmalade,” Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & P!nk, five, June 2, 2001
“The Boy Is Mine,” Brandy & Monica, 13, June 6, 1998
“No More Tears (Enough Is Enough),” Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer, two, Nov. 24, 1979


5 weeks, 5 new No. 1s: The last five weeks have seen five songs each spend a first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, as Lady Gaga and Grande’s “Rain” follows Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé (May 30); Grande and Bieber’s “Stuck With U” (May 23); Doja Cat’s “Say So,” featuring Nicki Minaj (May 16); and The Scotts, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi’s “The Scotts” (May 9).

The turnover at the top is the most for songs tallying their first weeks at No. 1 in nearly 30 years, and the most since Nielsen Music/MRC Data figures began fueling the chart in November 1991.

The current run of five new No. 1s in five weeks is the first since these seven songs each logged their first week each on top over seven weeks in 1990:

Sept. 29, 1990, “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” Nelson
Oct. 6, 1990, “Close to You,” Maxi Priest
Oct. 13, 1990, “Praying for Time,” George Michael
Oct. 20, 1990, “I Don’t Have the Heart,” James Ingram
Oct. 27, 1990,” Black Cat,” Janet Jackson
Nov. 3, 1990, “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice
Nov. 10, 1990, “Love Takes Time,” Mariah Carey

In addition to its chat-topping Hot 100 start, Lady Gaga and Grande’s “Rain” hits No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, which employs the same multi-metric formula as the Hot 100.

Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, drops to No. 2 on the Hot 100 after it crowned the May 30-dated chart. It spends a second week at No. 1 on the multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and a third frame atop Hot Rap Songs.

DaBaby’s “Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, reaches a new Hot 100 high, rising 4-3, as it posts a second week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs (35.5 million streams, up 4%).

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” slips 3-4 on the Hot 100, after four weeks at the summit. It tops Radio Songs for an eighth week, with 77.4 million in audience, and returns for an 11th total week at No. 1 on the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart.

Doja Cat’s “Say So” drops 2-5 on the Hot 100 and Drake’s “Toosie Slide” descends 5-6, each after spending a week at No. 1.

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” rises 8-7, after peaking at No. 2; Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” slides 7-8, after 11 weeks at No. 1; Justin Bieber’s “Intentions,” featuring Quavo, holds at No. 9, after reaching No. 8; and Future’s “Life Is Good,” featuring Drake, falls 6-10, after peaking at No. 2 for eight weeks.