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.