Artists from four countries team up for a debut on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart (dated Feb. 27), where “Big” arrives at No. 154. The song brings together Rita Ora, David Guetta and Imanbek, as well as Gunna in a featured role.
“Big” was released Feb. 12 and debuts with 7.6 million streams and 1,500 downloads sold outside the U.S. in its debut frame (ending Feb. 18), according to MRC Data. The song scored 84% of its streams and 71% of its sales from territories beyond the U.S., well above the week’s averages of 71% and 48%, respectively. Only 10 other all-English-language songs on this week’s Global Excl. U.S. chart sport a higher non-U.S. sales percentage.
The international reception for “Big” is not particularly surprising when you consider the artists who came together to make it. Ora hails from the U.K., Guetta from France, Imanbek from Kazakhstan and Gunna from the U.S. That makes it only the second song so far in the chart’s history (which dates to September 2020) by artists from four distinct territories, following “Relación” by Sech (Panama), J Balvin (Colombia), Daddy Yankee and Farruko (both from Puerto Rico) and Rosalía (Spain).
While this is Ora’s first entry on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, her collaborators add to their histories on the survey. It’s the fourth appearance for Guetta, following two with Sia (“Let’s Love” and “Floating Through Space”) and his 2009 hit “Memories,” featuring Kid Cudi.
“Big” is the second go-round for Gunna, who hit No. 6 in October with “Lemonade,” with Internet Money and featuring Don Toliver and Nav. Imanbek, whose remix of Saint JHN‘s “Roses” propelled its dominance on multiple charts, is the only Kazakh artist to have hit the Global Excl. U.S. chart so far.