With the release of 'Rapstar,' Polo G achieves his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1.
Polo G's "Rapstar" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, marking his first No. 1.
In addition, Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)," which debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100, is the week's best-selling single for the first time, as it debuts at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales list.
Silk Sonic's "Leave the Door Open," a collaboration between Bruno Mars and Anderson.
As the song rises from No. 3 on the Hot 100 to No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart, Paak takes over as the most-heard song on the radio.
Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More," which features SZA, debuts at No. 7 on the Hot 100.
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The Columbia Records single "Rapstar" is the 1,122nd No. 1 in the Hot 100's 62-year history. It's the 52nd song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Streams, sales, and airplay: According to MRC Data, "Rapstar" attracted 53.6 million U.S. streams and sold 5,300 downloads in its first week, ending April 15. In the week ending April 18, it also received 844,000 radio airplay audience impressions.
The song debuts at the top of the Streaming Songs list, where it also becomes Polo G's first leader, with the highest weekly streaming total for a male artist so far in 2021. Only Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" has racked up more weekly streams this year, with 76.1 million in the first week (Jan. 23) and 59.7 million in the second (Jan. 30). "Rapstar" debuts at No. 21 on the Digital Song Sales chart.
No. 1 for the first time, but it's been a year in the making: Polo G teased what would become the full song in a YouTube video in which he and one of the song's producers, Einer Bankz, perform an acoustic version with Bankz playing the ukulele, nearly a year ago.
Polo G's previous peak: "Rapstar" is Polo G's (born Taurus Bartlett) second Hot 100 top ten, and his first in a lead role; "Hate the Other Side," by Juice Wrld and Marshmello, which featured Polo G and The Kid Laroi, debuted and peaked at No. 10 in July 2020.
Polo G's first of 20 entries as a lead artist, "Pop Out," featuring Lil Tjay, peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 2019.
'Rapstar' is a rare hit in the Hot 100's upper reaches with a variant of the word "rap" in its title, despite the genre's lofty profile. The Jaggerz' "The Artist" reached No. 2 in March 1970 (the sense of "rapper" back then was very different than it is now), and Eminem's "Rap God" reached No. 7 in November 2013.
Plus, in the March 28, 1981, issue of Billboard, Blondie's "Rapture" was described as "the second rap disco smash to achieve the ultimate [on the Hot 100] in less than six months, following Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."
Six new No. 1s in six weeks: Six songs have spent their first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in the last six weeks. Here's a quick rundown:
"What's Next," on March 20. Drake is a rapper who is known for (debut)
"Up," which premiered on March 27. Cardi B is a rapper who is well-known for
"Peaches" was released on April 3rd. Daniel Caesar & Giveon ft. Justin Bieber (debut)
"Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" was released on April 10th. Lil Nas X is a rapper from the United States (debut)
"Leave the Door Open" was released on April 17th. Sonic Silk (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak)
"Rapstar" was released on April 24th. G Polo (debut)
Polo G also scores his first No. 1 on the multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs rankings, which are based on the same methodology as the Hot 100.