Who runs the Billboard chart world? Women — for this week, at least.
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande‘s collaboration “Rain on Me” has debuted at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, making chart history in several ways.
Let’s start with this: It’s the first time that a song by multiple female solo artists has been replaced at number-one by another song by multiple female solo artists. “Rain on Me” replaces the remix of “Savage,” by rapper Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé at the pole position. Of note: There have only been seven chart-toppers by multiple female solo women in the entire history of the Hot 100.
Next, this is Ariana Grande’s fourth song to debut at number-one on this chart — more than any other artist in history. Mariah Carey, Drake and Justin Bieber each have three.
Meanwhile, this is Lady Gaga’s fifth chart-topper overall, and her second number-one debut. She’s now set the record for the longest span between number-one debuts: It’s been nine years, three months and a week since “Born This Way” topped the chart in 2011.
And finally, Gaga is now the third artist to have reached number-on on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 2000s, 2010s and 2020s, following Mariah Carey and Beyoncé .
“Rain on Me” is the second single from Gaga’s new album Chromatica, which was released Friday.
By Andrea Dresdale
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