Cardi B Makes History on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart with “Up”

Cardi B is makin’ history on the Billboard charts…

The 28-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar’s “Up” knocks down every current challenger on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as the single debuts at No. 1 on the list dated February 20.

Cardi B

With the start, Cardi B posts consecutive chart-topping debuts while she also claims a feat unseen on the Billboard Hot 100 in over 20 years.

With “Up,” Cardi B lands consecutive No. 1 debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, after “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, likewise opened on top last August as it began a 10-week domination.

The combo makes Cardi B the first artist to post two straight No. 1 debuts on the chart as a lead artist, and second overall performer after Drake, whose consecutive starts came from a feature spot on Rihanna’s “Work” and his own single “Summer Sixteen” in 2016.

In all, “Up” is Cardi B’s sixth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, notably with at least one in each of the last five years. Here’s the full collection:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Cardi B), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” six, Sept. 16, 2017
“Finesse,” with Bruno Mars, one, Jan. 20, 2018
“I Like It,” with Bad Bunny & J Balvin, one, July 7, 2018
“Please Me,” with Bruno Mars, one, March 16, 2019
“WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, 10, Aug. 22, 2020
“Up,” one (to date), Feb. 20, 2021

Elsewhere, “Up” begins at No. 2 on the all-genre Hot 100, behind Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License.” Still, the song’s arrival makes for a Hot 100 achievement that hadn’t happened in more than two decades.

Until “Up,” no woman had debuted higher on the Hot 100 with a song with no other billed artists that also made Billboard‘s Hot Rap Songs chart since Lauryn Hill‘s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998, the only other single in the club.

As implied in the prior stat, “Up” also debuts at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

“Up” arrives with, no surprise, a high streaming sum. The track, released February 5, registered 31.2 million U.S. streams in the week ending February 11, according to MRC Data. The total allows for a No. 1 start on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs chart, where it becomes Cardi B’s fifth leader of her career.

The No. 1 debuts keep coming as “Up” launches as Cardi B’s seventh song to reach the summit on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart thanks to 34,000 downloads sold in the week ending February 20.

For the final metric that contributes to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, radio airplay, “Up” is not No. 1 – no song is this early in its arc – but does establish some personal bests for Cardi B’s career. The track’s No. 24 debut last week (on the chart dated Feb. 13) marked her highest entrance among 20 singles on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, while its 24-18 increase on the current chart ties “Motorsport,” her collaboration with Migos and Nicki Minaj, as her best second-week rank of those entries. “Up” ascends as it registers 8.7 million in audience impressions in its first full tracking week on the radio format, which wrapped on February 14.

Elsewhere, “Up” rallies 17-9 on Rap Airplay in its second chart week and flies 31-17 on Rhythmic Airplay.

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Becomes the Hot 100’s Longest-Leading Holiday No. 1

Mariah Carey has officially chipped away at the holiday history books…

The 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” returns to No. 1, from No. 2, on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth total week atop the chart.

Mariah Carey

The song, originally released on Carey’s album Merry Christmas in 1994, first reigned for three weeks last holiday season and added its fourth frame at No. 1 two weeks ago.

Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” on Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, drew 54.9 million U.S. streams (up 35%) and sold 12,000 downloads (up 24%) in the week ending December 24, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also tallied 33.7 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 11%) in the week ending December 27.

As it logs its fifth total week atop the Hot 100, Carey’s insta-classic solely claims the mark for the most time at No. 1 among holiday hits in the chart’s 62-year, five-month history. One other Yuletide track had led the list: “The Chipmunk Song,” by The Chipmunks with David Seville, for four weeks beginning in December 1958.

Carey’s holiday track also becomes the first song to rank at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in three distinct years: 2019, 2020 and, now, 2021. It has led the lists dated December 21 and 28, 2019; January 4, 2020; December 19, 2020; and January 2, 2021.

The carol spends a ninth total week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart and rises 6-2 on Digital Song Sales and 17-13 on Radio Songs. It also rules the multi-metric Holiday 100 chart for a 45th week, of the chart’s 50 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the tally for 30 consecutive weeks, dating to the start of the 2015-16 holiday season.

Carey adds her record-extending 84th career week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s August 4, 1958, inception.

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100
84, Mariah Carey
60, Rihanna
59, The Beatles
50, Boyz II Men
50, Drake

“Christmas” last year became Carey’s 19th Hot 100 No. 1, the most among soloists and lifting her to within one of The Beatles‘ overall record 20. It also made Carey the first artist to have ranked at No. 1 on the chart in four distinct decades.

Kid Cudi’s “Beautiful Trip” Makes History on Billboard Hot 100

Kid Cudi is making history with less than a minute of music…

The 36-year-old half-Mexican American rapper/singer and actor’s “Beautiful Trip” runs just 37 seconds long and debuts at the No. 100 anchor spot on the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart, enough for the song to make history.

Kid Cudi

Upon its entrance, the track breaks the record for the shortest Hot 100 hit by song length in the chart’s entire 62-year archives.

The song is eight seconds shorter than the former record-holder, Piko-Taro‘s “PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen).” At 45 seconds in its quickest form, “PPAP” reached No. 77 on the Hot 100 in October 2016.

Kid Cudi sets the mark on the Hot 100 dated December 26, 2020, a year after Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, became the shortest No. 1 hit by length since 1965, running 1:53 in its briefest iteration.

Here’s an updated look at the shortest and longest Hot 100 hits of all-time, as confirmed by Paul Haney of Joel Whitburn‘s Record Research. (Songs are measured by the shortest version of a song for the first list and the longest for the second, and/or by their single lengths in the chart’s earlier eras.)

The Shortest Hot 100 Hits
(:37) “Beautiful Trip,” Kid Cudi, No. 100 peak (to date), 2020
(:45) “PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen),” Piko-Taro, No. 77, 2016
(1:02) “Little Boxes,” The Womenfolk, No. 83, 1964
(1:06) “Deck the Halls,” Nat King Cole, No. 47 (to date), 2020
(1:13) “Pete Davidson,” Ariana Grande, No. 99, 2018
(1:16) “Difference (Interlude),” XXXTentacion, No. 84, 2018
(1:17) “Some Kind-A Earthquake,” Duane Eddy His Twangy Guitar and the Rebels, No. 37, 1959
(1:19) “Forward,” Beyonce feat. James Blake, No. 63, 2016
(1:20) “What I’ve Been Looking For (Reprise),” Andrew Seeley & Vanessa Anne Hudgens, No. 67, 2006

The Longest Hot 100 Hits
(10:21) “Fear Inoculum,” Tool, No. 93 peak, 2019
(9:57) “Blackstar,” David Bowie, No. 78, 2016
(9:30) “Better Place to Be (Parts 1 & 2),” Harry Chapin, No. 86, 1976
(8:55) “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” Hillsong UNITED, No. 83, 2014
(8:55) “November Rain,” Guns N’ Roses, No. 3, 1992
(8:50) “4 Your Eyez Only,” J. Cole, No. 29, 2016
(8:37) “American Pie (Parts I & II),” Don McLean, No. 1 (four weeks), 1972

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Mariah Carey is back on top of the U.S. charts…

The 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning singer’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, rising from No. 2.

Mariah Carey

The song, first released on Carey’s album Merry Christmas in 1994 and which first reigned for three weeks last holiday season, adds its fourth total week atop the Hot 100, tying for the most time at No. 1 among holiday hits in the chart’s 62-year history.

The carol is one of a record-tying five Yuletide songs in the Hot 100’s top 10, joined by Brenda Lee‘s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Bobby Helms‘ “Jingle Bell Rock,” Andy Williams‘ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and, in the top 10 for the first time, 50 years after its original release, Jose Feliciano‘s “Feliz Navidad.”

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” drew 31.4 million U.S. streams (up 19%) and sold 7,000 downloads (up 8%) in the week ending December 10, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also tallied 27.1 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 11%) in the week ending Dec. 13.

The track spends a seventh total week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart and rises 9-8 on Digital Song Sales and 27-22 on Radio Songs. It also crowns the multi-metric Holiday 100 chart for a 43rd week, of the chart’s 48 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the tally for 28 consecutive weeks, dating to the start of the 2015-16 holiday season.

Since its release, the song has drawn 4.1 billion in total radio audience, 1 billion on-demand streams and 3.7 million in download sales in the U.S.

Carey’s insta-classic track ties “The Chipmunk Song,” by The Chipmunks with David Seville for the most weeks at No. 1 for a holiday song. The Chipmunks’track spent four weeks at No. 1 beginning in December 1958.

With “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Carey claims her record-extending 83rd week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s August 4, 1958, inception.

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100
83, Mariah Carey
60, Rihanna
59, The Beatles
50, Boyz II Men
50, Drake

“Christmas” last year became Carey’s 19th Hot 100 No. 1, the most among soloists and lifting her to within one of The Beatles‘ overall record 20. It also made Carey the first artist to have ranked at No. 1 on the chart in four distinct decades.

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Rises to No. 1 on Billboard Global 200 Chart

Mariah Carey’s global domination during the holiday season is complete…

The 51-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is officially the biggest song in the world, as it rises to No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart twenty-six years after its original release.

Mariah Carey

Carey’s insta-classic Christmas track rises from No. 2 to No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200, up 19% to 79.3 million streams and 18% to 17,000 sold worldwide in the week ending December 10.

The song, first released on Carey’s 1994 album Merry Christmas, returns to No. 1 on the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100, which it led for the first time last holiday season.

Meanwhile, Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” jingles 3-2 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, with 51.4 million streams (up 20%) and 10,000 sold (up 27%) outside the U.S.

The charts (the latest of which is dated December 19) premiered in September and ranks songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data.

Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

Karol G Earns Eighth No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “Ay Dios Mio”

Make that eight for Karol G

The 29-year-old Colombian singer-songwriter has earned her eighth No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart, as “Ay Dios Mio” jumps 6-1 on the October 10 survey.

Karol G

With the song’s coronation, Karol G becomes the first female artist to lead the chart in 2020 without a collaborative act. The last woman to achieve the feat was Natti Natasha with “Me Gusta” (May 18, 2019-dated list).

Earlier in 2020, before “Ay, Dios Mio!,” there were four No. 1s with either co-billed or featured female acts:

Title, Artist, Peak Date
“Tusa,” Karol G & Nicki Minaj, Feb. 15
“Mamacita,” Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna + J.Rey Soul, June 20
“Caramelo,” Ozuna, Karol G, Myke Towers, Aug. 15
“Relacion,” Sech, Daddy Yankee & J Balvin Featuring ROSALIA & Farruko, Sept. 26
“Ay, Dios Mío!” hits No. 1 assisted by a 30 percent increase in audience impressions, to 11 million, earned in the week ending Oct. 4, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Notably, out of the 32 No. 1 titles on Latin Airplay in 2020, 15 were credited to just one act, while the other 17 were billed to multiple artists, and, of the 15 No. 1s by just one act, 14 were by men or all-male groups.

Elsewhere on the charts, “Ay, Dios Mío!” also arrives at the summit on both Latin Rhythm Airplay and Latin Pop Airplay, Karol G’s eighth and fourth leader, respectively.

Gains at the Latin Airplay sector help push “Ay, Dios Mío!” upward on Hot Latin Songs, which combines airplay, streaming data and digital sales. The track lifts 7-5 and takes the Greatest Gainer/ Airplay honor.

“Ay, Dios Mío!,” meanwhile makes its first appearance on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, arriving at No, 94.

Cardi B Rewrites Her Own History as “WAP” Notches Fourth Week at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Cardi B is rewriting her own history…

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar’s smash collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP,” is spending a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, dated September 26.

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion

With its fourth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, Cardi B rewrites her longest career domination as a lead artist, as “WAP” surpasses the three-week reign of her debut No. 1 “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” in October 2017. She has also led with “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin (one week, July 2018), and as featured on Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You” (seven weeks, September-November 2018).

“WAP,” released on Atlantic Records, notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 41.5 million U.S. streams (down 14%) in the week ending September 17, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

On Digital Song Sales, which it led for two weeks, “WAP” drops 2-3 with 12,000 downloads sold (down 25%) in the same span. The collab climbs 27-21 on Radio Songs with 32.6 million airplay audience impressions (up 21%) in the week ending September 20.

“WAP” logs a sixth week 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.

Cardi B’s “WAP,” Featuring Megan Thee Stallion Reclaims No. 1 Spot on Billboard Hot 100

Grab a bucket and a mop… Cardi B‘s back at the top of the charts.

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar’s smash single “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, has rebounded for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, WAP

“WAP” has dethroned BTS‘ “Dynamite,” which spent its first two weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 1, at the top of the chart.

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

“WAP,” released on Atlantic Records, notches a fourth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 48.2 million U.S. streams (down 18%) in the week ending September 10, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

On the Digital Song Sales chart, which it led for two weeks, “WAP” rises 3-2 with 16,000 downloads sold (down 20%) in the same span. The collab ascends 32-27 on the Radio Songs chart with 27.3 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 11%) in the week ending September 13.

With its third week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, Cardi B matches her longest career domination as a lead artist, as “WAP” ties the three-week reign of her debut No. 1 “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” in October 2017. She has also led with “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin (one week, July 2018), and as feature artist on Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You” (seven weeks, September-November 2018).

“WAP” logs a fifth week 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.

Cardi B Shows Her Glamorous ‘Metal’ on the Cover of ELLE’s September Issue

Cardi B’s the Elle of the ball…

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar, who recently celebrated a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her Megan Thee Stallion collab “WAP,” graces the cover of ELLE magazine’s September issue.

Cardi B, ELLE, September Issue

In an up close photograph taken by Steven Klein, Cardi B appears on the cover rocking a crystal wig by Area that completely covers her head and hair, putting her beautiful face on full display. The dazzling wig featured long strands of diamonds that hang down the sides of her chest while the rest encompass her entire head and wrap around her neck.

She brings even more glam-ness to the image by rocking Mordekai by Ken Borochov diamond bracelet cuffs, which feature long silver strands hanging down. A strapless crystal-embellished dress and three diamond piercings down her sternum add even more pizazz to her look.

Cardi B, ELLE, September Issue

For Cardi B’s makeup on the cover, she rocks a sultry light brown smokey eye with voluminous lashes and a nude lip lined in dark brown and covered in a shiny gloss.

Throughout the photo shoot, Cardi put her labret piercing on full display, revealing a tiny diamond stud pierced below the center of her bottom lip, just above her chin. Insanely long pointed black tip fingernails complete her edgy cover.

And Cardi B’s cover shoot just keeps getting better as she is pictured throughout the magazine in a slew of shiny looks. In one photo, she’s seen in head-to-toe Paco Rabanne, as her head is covered in a gold and silver chain hood, while she rocks a matching metal top. The hood is made up of gold and silver triangle charms which cover her forehead while the metal top is low cut.

Cardi B, ELLE, September Issue

In another look, Cardi B stuns in a long-sleeve silver and black off-the-shoulder sequin Balenciaga top while wearing a mesh black Swarovski crystal veil by Keren Wolf to cover her face. Her hair is done down in a super short straight black bob with blunt bangs covering her forehead.

The glamorous feel of the shoot feels like a far cry from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when magazines were relying exclusively on self-shot images of stars in their homes.

In the cover story, written by Marjon Carlos, Cardi B talks about politics and activism, from her outrage at the way Breonna Taylor was killed to her plea for fans to become more civically engaged at all levels of government.

“You can vote for DAs. You can vote for mayors. You can vote for your district. Not everything is the president. You know what I’m saying?” she said.

Cardi B also opened up about the frequent attempts to cancel her (“it’s like I have a target on my back, but it’s not because of my music”), her sometimes-controversial relationship with husband Offset (“I feel like people would rather start rumors because they want me to be heartbroken”) and her upcoming album (“my music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch”). 

To read the full cover story and see more photos from the cover shoot, visit elle.com.

Cardi B Launches ‘Water-Resistant’ “WAP” Inspired Merch Collection

Cardi B is helping you stay dry

The 27-year-old half-Dominican American rap superstar, currently celebrating her second week atop the Billboard 100 and her first chart-topper in Australia, is promoting her hit single “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion with a waterproof merch collection.

Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion "WAP" Video

Cardi B’s water-themed merchandise includes umbrellas, raincoats and spandex bras.

In case you missed it, Cardi B’s song is all about the female genitalia and how it reacts when sexually aroused. In the explicit version, they rap: “Give me everything you got for this wet-a** p***y?”

After becoming a huge hit, Cardi B wanted to give fans some products to deal with all that wetness.

Via her website WapStore, Cardi B is selling a mid-length transparent raincoat that says ‘WAP’ across the front with an XXX and 18+ warning on either arm, and comes in black, purple or white for $125. The umbrella costs $25 and is available in black or purple.

WAP Merch Cardi B
WAP Merch Cardi B
WAP Merch Cardi B

There are even clothes to buy… Cardi B is selling a sports bra and biker shorts set with airbrush-style writing, a sweater, cropped t-shirts and more.

The wildly successful track quickly became the most-streamed song in its first week of release ever with more than 93 million streams, according to Billboard.