Great Scott! Kid Cudi has his first chart-topper…
The 36-year-old part-Mexican American singer/rapper and actor’s new collaborative single with Travis Scott, “The Scotts,” skyrockets to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.
The song marks Kid Cudi’s first No. 1 on the all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales chart dated May 9.
“The Scotts,” billed as by The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi (both artists have Scott in their names, as Kid Cudi’s real name is Scott Mescudi), was released to digital service providers for streaming and purchase on Wicked Awesome/Cactus Jack/Epic Records at midnight ET on Friday, April 24.
The song debuts as the 1,099th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 61-year history, and the 37th to debut at the summit.
Additionally, “The Scotts” launches at No. 1 on the Streaming Songschart, with 42.2 million U.S. streams in the week ending April 30, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
It also bows at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, with 67,000 downloads sold in the same span (helped by 15 physical configurations available during the tracking week in Scott’s official web store, where consumers could purchase it on CD, cassette or vinyl along with a digital download; the download would be sent to consumers upon purchase, with physical versions due to arrive in six or more weeks).
“The Scotts” additionally drew 5.5 million in all-format radio airplay audience in the week ending May 3.
Kid Cudi collects his first No. 1s on the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts.
Kid Cudi achieves his long-awaited first Hot 100 No. 1, after hitting a prior No. 3 high with his first entry, “Day ‘N’ Nite,” in 2009. He most recently reached the chart as a soloist in 2013 and subsequently charted seven titles in June 2018 from his collaborative album with Kanye West, Kids See Ghosts. (All seven tracks were likewise billed as by Kids See Ghosts.)
As Kid Cudi first appeared on the Hot 100 dated May 9, 2009, he ends a wait of exactly 11 years for his first leader, the longest such span since Daddy Yankee took 12 years and nine months from his first charted title in August 2004 to his first leader, “Despacito,” with Luis Fonsi and featuring Justin Bieber, in May 2017.
“The Scotts” begins at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songscharts. Kid Cudi earns his first No. 1 on each chart.