The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber’s ‘Stay’ Keeps Atop Global Charts, Lil Nas X & CKay Notch New Top 10s
The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber's "Stay" again tops the Billboard Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts, while Lil Nas X and CKay add new top 10s.
The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber‘s “Stay” is again the biggest song in the world, as it tallies a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart and a seventh frame atop the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. survey.
Meanwhile, two songs enter the top 10 of each global chart for the first time: Lil Nas X‘s “Thats What I Want” and CKay’s “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah).”
Billboard‘s two global charts (the latest of which are dated Oct. 2) began in September 2020 and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.
Chart ranks are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.
‘Stay’ No. 1, Lil Nas X Launches in Top 10 on Global 200
“Stay” by The Kid LAROI, from Australia, and Justin Bieber, from Canada, logs a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200. The song drew 115.6 million streams (essentially even week-over-week) and sold 20,600 downloads (down 12%) worldwide in the Sept. 17-23 tracking week.
“Stay” extends its record run on the chart to seven straight weeks of over 100 million global streams, after tallying 115.7 million (Sept. 25), 119.8 million (Sept. 18), 125.7 million (Sept. 11), 124.9 million (Sept. 4), 123.7 million (Aug. 28) and 108.5 million (Aug. 21).
Lil Nas X boasts three songs in the Global 200’s top 10, all from his new album Montero, released Sept. 17. “Industry Baby,” with Jack Harlow, jumps from No. 3 to a new No. 2 high; “Thats What I Want” debuts at No. 4; and “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” rebounds 21-9, after topping the chart for five weeks in April-May. The songs drew 91.3 million (up 24%), 63.1 million and 50.3 million (up 33%) streams worldwide, respectively, in the tracking week.
Rounding out the Global 200’s top five, Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” keeps at No. 3, after spending a week atop the chart in July, and Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy,” featuring Future and Young Thug, drops 4-5, two weeks after debuting at No. 2 (when Drake claimed a one-week record eight songs in the top 10).
Elsewhere in the Global 200’s top 10, “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” by CKay, from Nigeria, surges from No. 30, where it debuted a week earlier, to No. 8, up 82% to 50.6 million streams and 121% to 2,600 sold worldwide. The Afrobeat hit was originally released on CKay’s set CKay the First in August 2019 and has since padded its profile thanks to official North African, East African and South African remixes, plus versions in German, French, Spanish and Italian, all featuring collaborators from each corresponding region or country.
‘Stay’ Stays at No. 1 Outside U.S., ‘Love’ Leaps
The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” scores a seventh week atop the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart, with 91.5 million streams (up 1%) and 10,100 sold (down 10%) in territories outside the U.S. in the Sept. 17-23 tracking week.
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” rises 3-2 for a new Global Excl. U.S. best (63 million streams, up 19%, outside the U.S.); Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” keeps at No. 3, after five weeks at No. 1; CKay’s “Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)” soars from its No. 21 debut rank to No. 4 (42.9 million, up 80%); and Sheeran’s “Shivers” is frozen at No. 5, where it debuted a week earlier.
Further in the Global Excl. U.S. chart’s top 10, Lil Nas X’s “Thats What I Want” debuts at No. 8, led by 39.6 million streams beyond the U.S.
The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated Oct. 2) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 28). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard‘s subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.