As he hits a new high on the Billboard 200, hip-hop musician Rod Wave also occupies almost 10% of the entire Hot 100, growing his career placement count considerably. At the same time that he dominates and Drake charts another No. 1 hit, country musicians are making waves on the list this frame with surprising successes.
Here’s a look at five of the most important moves on this week’s Hot 100 singles chart.
No. 1 – Drake – “Toosie Slide”
Drake doesn’t only land a new No. 1 hit with his latest single “Toosie Slide,” he scores another rare chart-topping debut. The Canadian musician has now started a trio of tracks atop the list, tying the record for the most such placements in the history of the Hot 100.
No. 20 – Gabby Barrett – “I Hope”
American Idol finalist Gabby Barrett’s breakout single “I Hope” advances once again on this week’s Hot 100, rising to No. 20. The tune is her first placement on the ranking, and so it is obviously also her first top 20.
No. 33 – Powfu – “Death Bed (ft. Beabadoobee)”
Rising Canadian talent Powfu has scored a global win with the sleeper hit “Death Bed,” which features him rapping new lyrics over a beat that features vocals sampled from British singer Beabadoobee. The tune, which is actually much older than most people realize, enters the top 40 on the Hot 100 for the first time, and if its performance on rankings all around the world is any indication of its future, it will continue to climb.
No. 64 – Rod Wave – “Fuck The World”
As his new album Pray 4 Love debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, rapper Rod Wave occupies nine spots on the Hot 100, a massive showing for an artist so new. Before this week, the musician had only ever placed two cuts onto the list, so he has increased his career count several times over.
Leading the way among Wave’s current hits is “Heart On Ice,” which lifts to a new high point of No. 25, even though it was actually featured on his last full-length project.
Among his new Hot 100 hits, “Fuck The World” comes first at No. 64. Behind that leader are “Pray 4 Love” (No. 67), “Thief in the Night” (No. 74), “I Remember” (No. 77), “The Greatest” (No. 78), “Ribbon in the Sky” (No. 84), “Thug Life” (No. 95) and “No Weakness” (No. 99).
No. 71 – Thomas Rhett – “Be a Light (ft. Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin & Keith Urban)”
The powerful team of Thomas Rhett, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban came together to record the inspirational track “Be a Light,” which quickly makes its way to the most important songs ranking in the U.S. The cut debuts at No. 71, becoming another win for all the artists, and the first for one of them.
The new single is Urban’s forty-third on the Hot 100, Hillary Scott’s twentieth (her first solo, as her other 19 come courtesy of Lady Antebellum), Rhett’s eighteenth, McEntire’s seventeenth and Tomlin’s first.