French Montana scores his first No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart (dated Aug. 19) as “Unforgettable,” featuring Swae Lee, steps 2-1.
The Moroccan-born rapper previously reached as high as No. 2 with “Pop That,” featuring Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne in 2012. It’s also the first leader for Swae Lee as a soloist, who also topped the chart as one-half of Rae Sremmurd, whose “Black Beatles” reigned for eight weeks in 2016-17.
“Unforgettable” hits the summit in its 16th charting week and its relatively late ascent is one of the 10 lengthiest climbs to No. 1 of 319 leaders since the chart began in 1989. The slow rise is the longest to No. 1 since Drake’s “Too Good,” featuring Rihanna, required an identical 16 weeks to hit the top last year.
“Unforgettable” ascends with gains in digital sales (37,000 in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen Music, up 52 percent) streams (27.7 million, up 26 percent) and radio (81 million in audience for the week ending Aug. 6, up 9 percent).
As it tops Hot Rap Songs, Montana’s hit also enjoys new peaks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, climbing 4-2 and the Billboard Hot 100, stepping 6-3.
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