Two weeks after fans thought Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion lost the race to the Hot 100’s finish line after their ‘Savage’ duet was bested by Doja Cat & Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Say So’ (click here to read more), the Houston hotties have skyrocketed to the chart’s summit.
For the fourth consecutive week, it’s taken the power of two to power to the top of the Hot 100. After Travis Scott & Kid Cudi ruled with their joint hit, ‘The Scotts,’ Cat and Minaj followed with ‘Say So,’ then Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber behind them with ‘Stuck With U.’ Now, Stallion and Bey – after dropping to #5 on last week’s chart (as we reported here) – have bounded to its pole position.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:
- Streaming: 30.5 million U.S. streams
- Radio audience impressions: 53.7 million
- Digital downloads: 30,000
The data combo proved potent enough to dust nearest competitor, The Weeknd‘s ‘Blinding Lights’ (which lands at #3 on this week’s Hot 100 after previously enjoying a non-consecutive four-week run atop the chart).
Finally, while the reign comes as Bey’s seventh and Meg’s first respectively, it pencils them both in history books. For Beyoncé, she becomes the first songwriter ever to reign atop the Hot 100 in 4 different decades with new songs (1999’s ‘Bills, Bills, Bills,’ 2003’s ‘Crazy In Love,’ 2017’s ‘Perfect,’ and 2020’s ‘Savage’). As a performer, she’s the first to nab a new #1 single every decade this millennium. These feats are not to be mistaken with Mariah Carey‘s historic achievement as her latter #1, ‘All I Want for Christmas,’ was the re-peak of a 1994 hit (as we reported here). Like Carey, Beyoncé is a listed songwriter on each of her #1 hits.
As it relates to Meg, she becomes the first female rapper in history to lead her first #1 single from a project that precedes her debut album. ‘Suga,’ the EP where ‘Savage’ is housed, is the forerunner to her yet-titled official studio effort. Shawnna previously held the record for first female rapper to own a #1 hit ahead of her debut album, but she was featured on the chart-topper – Ludacris’ 2003 smash ‘Stand Up.’
Fun fact: 2020 is the first year two different female rappers have owned a #1 hit on the Hot 100. Also, it’s the first year two all-female collaborations have owned a #1 hit.