Chart Check [Hot 100]: Debut of Normani’s ‘Motivation’ Marks Career High For Singer As Solo Act

Published: Tuesday 27th Aug 2019 by Rashad

Despite nabbing two top 10 placements on the Hot 100 playing assistant to Khalid and Sam Smith on their respective hits ‘Love Lies’ and ‘Dancing with a Stranger,’ former Fifth Harmony star Normani‘s not been able to replicate that success by her lonesome or as a leading act on a song [to date].

With her song ‘Waves’ failing to make a splash on charts, fans were undoubtedly worried the 23-year-old’s solo ship was set to sink before it sailed – that is, until ‘Motivation.’  Upon its August 16th unveiling, the Ariana Grande-penned, Max Martin-produced bop – with its slick bass, percussion, horn combo – has given the general public just the motivation they needed to perk up and pay attention.  That same encouragement was only underscored when the tune’s Dave Meyers-directed music video hit the net and helped lift it to top 5 on streaming and digital download services.

Now, with its inaugural tracking week behind it, look inside to see just where its handsome mix of sales, streaming, and radio airplay landed it for its debut placement on the Hot 100:


Hot 100 This Week

Landing at #33, congratulations are due to Ms. Kordei for nabbing her first solo top 40 single and highest solo charting mark as a leading act.  After last night’s explosive MTV VMA performance (click here to see if you missed it), we’re confident she’ll be bouncing right into the top 20 next week.

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  1. HavanaONana August 27, 2019

    As a 5th Harmony and Camila fan, congratulations Normani!!!

    Guys let’s stop pitting Camila and Normani with each other

    They love each other and they are friends in real life

    They reconciled already

    Past is past

    I want to see Normani succeed too❤️❤️❤️

    • Oh plz August 27, 2019

      Clarkson, STFU. This post is about Normani.

      • HavanaONana August 27, 2019

        Clarkson??? Sorry to disappoint you but im not Clarkson

        You STFU

      • Oh plz August 27, 2019

        Only busted Clarkson mentions Camilla’s dry ass in every Normani post. F*** outta here with that. This post is about Normani’s success ONLY.

      • Shayla Queen August 27, 2019

        Can we have only positivity on at least one post? Jeez.

      • High Price August 27, 2019

        @Ohplz lmao! How you know that’s Clarkson? Lmao!!

      • gina August 27, 2019


  2. ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? August 27, 2019

    Get them coins and promo Miss Hamilton

    • Oh plz August 27, 2019


  3. Shayla Queen August 27, 2019

    She can only go up from here. Congrats Normani!

  4. Meme August 27, 2019

    This is great start. Let’s keep supporting this queen. She’s hungry and we must feed her

    • Fancy BISH August 27, 2019

      This! ✅ Chile, I’m about to have me some Pizza Hut ? Normani can have a slice if she want to ?

    • BOOMKACK123 August 27, 2019

      Amen! love her

  5. Clarkson August 27, 2019

    Lol. After all the hype and free promo from every celebrity on Instagram and Twitter.
    This will free fall next week
    Her vma performance received Luke warm reception. many were left disappointed. Doing Splits and kicks and back bends on stage, mean nothing in 2019.

    • ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? August 27, 2019

      Miss Clarksom stay on Normani news like her biggest stan

      • Shayla Queen August 27, 2019

        And you stay on his d*** like you his

      • ? Jasmine’s Grape Juice ? ? August 27, 2019

        Leave me alone demon! ✝️ I rebuke u demon ✝️

      • Shayla Queen August 27, 2019

        Get your life. An actual life other than this blog. Get out your house every once in a while. When was the last time you actually opened your curtains and saw some daylight?

      • R@$putI@ L@tt!m0re August 27, 2019

        Leave Jasmine alone devil. I’ve been to her home. She don’t have curtains in her mansion. She has custom blinds. She got million dollar views of the Pacific Ocean. Who would want to block those views with ghetto “curtains”. She married well. Keep staying jealous TROLL demon.

      • Shayla Queen August 27, 2019

        Oh JasMAN I know that’s still you and I’m so bored of your sh|t ?

    • Nicky August 27, 2019

      Lmfaooooooooo@ Clarksdaughter foaming at the mouth.

      It’s a top 40 hit. Did Crying in the club become top 40.

      Lmfaoooo!!!! Oh it’s a buzz single lmaooooo

      Normani is the only 5H girl whose debut solo single went top 40.


  6. Clarkson August 27, 2019

    Now normani has flopped after all the free promo and hype she got from over 40 different celebrities on Instagram and Twitter who are u guys gonna blame now?

    Her team
    Her record label
    White privilege
    Taylor swift
    Camila cabello

    Nobody is buying what she’s selling. She’s hungry no doubt but who isnt hungry for fame and success? Being hungry isnt enough to succeed in this business.

    • Nicky August 27, 2019

      VMA award secured.

      Critical Acclaim Secured.


      How were things looking when Crying Debuted


      • Clarkson August 27, 2019

        Vma award secured”

        LOOOL. Stop embarrassing ur self. Normani won a vma for a song that didn’t chat. That award was purchased by her team.

        In an rnb category for that matter. A very weak category with zero competition. She wasnt even nominated in a general category with strong competition.

        Camila has won video of the year at the vma’s for her number 1 song havana. Something normani will never achieve.
        Camilla has joined the ranks of other video of the year winners, legends like Rihanna, Beyonce, eminem, lady gaga, madonna, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor swift, justin timberlake, etc.

        Normani who? LOL

    • Shayla Queen August 27, 2019

      I do agree with a lot of what you’re saying. The blame does always get passed around in that way if a POC doesn’t do as well on the charts as people may have liked when the reality is usually that the music is just sub-par. Period.

  7. Erica August 27, 2019

    And people say Britney is irrelevant when “make me” debuted at 17 with sales & streams only but mostly sales if she had released her video at the same time of release it would have been a top 10 hit ??‍♂️ But y’all call 17 a flop keep the same energy with normani

    • biancacook August 27, 2019

      normani is a new girl building a fan base tho.

  8. Tyty August 27, 2019

    Lizzo might actually bag herself a number 1 billboard hit.

  9. Clarkson August 27, 2019

    Being hungry isnt enough to succeed in this business. Who isnt hungry for fame and success in the music business? but u have to deliver good songs. U have to give us something fresh and unique.
    Normani has not done that and that’s why she’s flopping after all the free promo and hype from everybody

  10. High Price August 27, 2019

    She has the whole package! The look, stage presence, vocal ability, and she’s ONLY 23!

  11. ERIC August 27, 2019

    I didn’t think the song was all that great at first, but I have to admit it’s catchy. I finally gave in and bought it on ITunes. Played it on repeat all morning and afternoon.

  12. ERIC August 27, 2019

    Normani is an incredible dancer with serviceable music. There is no other artist in Normani’s age group who can dance like her, and that’s partly what makes her unique. This is only the beginning for her.

    • ERIC August 27, 2019

      Meant that for Clarkson.

      • Clarkson August 27, 2019

        She dances too damn aggressive
        Being a good dancer doesnt make u a good musician or translate to sales.

        Besides tinashe is also a good dancer, she’s older than normani with just 3 years.

        Serviceable music? A 33 debut after all the free promo from celebrities is troubling.

        This is a max Martin produced single. Max Martin is the God of top 10’s. If ur desperate for a hit, call max Martin he will produce one for u with a snap of his fingers.

        A song written by Arianna Grande and produced by max Martin, accompanied with a music video directed by a visionary director Dave Meyers, this is a recipe for success but normani is still flopping, why? Cause she doesn’t have what it takes. She has a generic look, a generic sound and a generic performance style.

  13. I love big black c** August 27, 2019

    The new tinashe…. dance so hard but flopped so hard….. btw 2 On peaked # 24, let’s see if she can Surpass her on the chart.

  14. Xtina4life August 27, 2019

    Tell normani to call up bey and Jay to, but the song so it can actually chat in the top 10 lol. Um wait she had all this press from everyone and their mother and it couldn’t debut in the top 10 please.

    • Xtina4life August 27, 2019

      * to buy the song so it can actually chart in the top 10 lol

  15. i ain’t even LYING bOO August 28, 2019

    still waitin for someone to help me understand the HYPE behind her. like, what makes her bigger than today’s current icons or those who have passed?

  16. Atw December 30, 2019

    First solo top 40 woop can’t wait for more

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