Cardi B’s “WAP,” Featuring Megan Thee Stallion, Makes History with No. 1 Debut on Billboard Hot 100

Cardi B‘s back at the top of the charts, and she’s done it in historic fashion…

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar’s latest single “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart at No. 1.

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion "WAP" Video

The collaboration, in it’s debut week, gives Cardi B her fourth leader on the list and Megan Thee Stallion’s second.

Released Augus 7, the song drew 93 million U.S. streams in the week ending August 13, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the most for any track ever in its first week of release. It surpasses the haul of 85.3 million for Ariana Grande‘s “7 Rings” in its first week of availability (February 2, 2019).

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data.

“WAP” debuts at No. 1 on both the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts, with 93 million U.S. streams and 125,000 downloads sold in the week ending August 13, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also drew 11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending August 16.

“WAP” is Cardi B’s third No. 1 on Streaming Songs and fourth on Digital Song Sales. Megan Thee Stallion scores her second No. 1 on each chart.

The song’s official video was released August 7 at midnight ET, after the track was made available for pre-order in Cardi B’s webstore via 12 autographed physical/digital combinations August 3-6. Consumers could pre-order cassette, CD and vinyl singles (priced at $5-$15), with each purchase including a digital download; the download (the sale of which contributed to the latest tracking week) was made available and fulfilled to purchasers August 7, with physical versions due to arrive at a later date.

“WAP” debuts with the most weekly streams for a song in 2020, besting the 77.2 million for Roddy Ricch‘s “The Box” (January 25).

Meanwhile, the sales sum for “WAP” is the highest in a single week since Taylor Swift‘s “Me!,” featuring Brendon Urie, bounded in with 193,000 on the chart dated May 11, 2019.

Here’s a look at Cardi B’s four Hot 100 No. 1s:

Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” three, October 7, 2017
I Like It,” with Bad Bunny & J Balvin, one, April 21, 2018
Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, seven, September 29, 2018
“WAP,” with Megan Thee Stallion, one (to date), August 22, 2020

Dating to her first week atop the Hot 100, Cardi B ties for the most No. 1s in the span since, matching the four each earned in that stretch by Drake, Grande and Post Malone.

“WAP” concurrently soars in at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which use the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100.

The track is Cardi B’s fifth No. 1 on the former chart and fourth on the latter.

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