Chart Breakdown Week of October 7th

Chart Breakdown is a weekly feature watching the Billboard Charts, which track the performance of songs nationwide. 

It was a HUGE week for R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap on the Billboard charts! Cardi B has successfully unseated Taylor Swift and made “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” the Number One song in America. Increased streaming, sales, and airplay of the track helped money move it into the top spot this week, though it is notably not the most streamed, purchased, or played track of the week. Cardi wasted no time in celebrating her big win after news broke yesterday afternoon. She popped champagne, took a shot at Swift, and thanked her friends and family for encouraging others to stream and buy “Bodak,” efforts she credits with bringing the track to Number One.

Cardi B has much more than just a Number One Hit to celebrate however. She becomes the first female rapper to hit the top with a song that includes no other artist since Lauryn Hill Doo Wopped (That Thing) to Number One back in 1998. In fact, Cardi is only the fifth female rapper ever to get a Number One, following Hill, Lil’ Kim, Shawnna, and Iggy Azalea (the latter three ladies all either were featured artists or had featured artists on their top tracks). That’s right, not even rap queen Nicki Minaj has ever taken the top spot.

Hip Hop’s hostile takeover of the Hot 100 didn’t stop there though. Post Malone and 21 Savage debuted this week at #2 with “Rockstar”. Debuting so close to the top is not an easy feat, and these two certainly have the potential to claim the throne in weeks to come. All this Hip Hop action pushed “Look What You Made Me Do” down to #3, and Logic‘s “1-800-273-8255” down to #4. 

With the biggest hits in R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap identified, let’s take a closer look at how things shook out in those genres this week:

Note: Billboard groups Hip Hop and R&B together as a single genre while Rap is counted separately. Even so, songs can be counted in both categories. 

R&B/Hip Hop

“Bodak Yellow” tops this week’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Chart as the overall biggest R&B/Hip Hop song in the country for the fourth week in a row. It is also the most played genre hit on radio.

“Rockstar” blasts in at #2 and was the most streamed and downloaded track of the week.

“1-800-273-8255” falls to #3 despite having the week’s strongest increase in radio airplay. The heavy-subject matter track was also given a lighthearted parody treatment in last week’s episode of South Park.

At #4 again this week is “Unforgettable” by French Montana and Swae Lee at #4, and 21 Savage’s “Bank Account”, while “Rake It Up” from Yo Gotti featuring Nicki Minaj, returns to the 5 spot.

Rap

The biggest rap song this week is again “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” by Cardi B, which spends a sixth week on top.

“Rockstar” debuts at #2, knocking “1-800-273-8255” down to #3, and “Unforgettable” to #4.

“Rake It Up” from Yo Gotti and Nicki Minaj  hangs on to the 5 spot while 21 Savage’s “Bank Account” is pushed down to #6.

Albums

This week’s biggest R&B/Hip Hop album and biggest Rap album are the same (not something that happens every week), and the prize this time around goes to Luv Is Rage 2 by Lil Uzi Vert. On the overall Billboard 200 albums chart, which counts all genres, Luv is Rage 2 is back up to #2 this week, second only to a new album out from rock group the Foo Fighters.

Taylor Swift has been taken down, but now Cardi B and Post Malone need to sort out who will be staying on top. Check out all the intra-genre action on next week’s edition of Chart Breakdown!

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Dante Mazza