Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” rises from No. 3 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated May 6), becoming the rapper’s second Hot 100 No. 1 and first as a lead artist. The song unseats Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” after 12 weeks atop the Hot 100.
Meanwhile, three songs enter the Hot 100’s top 10, led by Lamar’s “DNA.,” the chart’s top debut at No. 4, from the rapper’s new album DAMN., which enters at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Plus, Zedd and Alessia Cara’s “Stay” jumps from No. 14 to No. 7 and takes over as the top-selling song of the week, and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee blast 48-9 with “Despacito,” following the release of its remix with newly-added featured artist Justin Bieber.
“Humble.,” released on Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records, becomes the 1,062nd No. 1 in the Hot 100’s history (which dates to Aug. 4, 1958) and Lamar’s second, and first as a lead act. He first topped the June 6, 2015-dated chart as featured on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.”
“Humble.” surpasses its prior No. 2 Hot 100 high, set upon its debut two weeks ago. The track spends a third week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, up 56 percent to an astounding 67.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending April 20, according to Nielsen Music (good for the Hot 100’s top Streaming Gainer award). Only one song has posted a greater weekly total on Streaming Songs (which originated on March 2, 2013): Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” which peaked with 103 million, powered heavily by user-generated clips featuring the song’s audio, the week that the survey debuted. Notably, in between “Harlem” and “Humble.,” Adele’s “Hello” posted the highest weekly streaming sum: 61.6 million, in its first week (Nov. 14, 2015).
“Humble.” also leads the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart for a third frame with the highest weekly total (43.5 million on-demand U.S. streams) in the chart’s history (handily passing the 36.2 million logged by Drake’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, as reflected on the May 21, 2016, chart). It drops 5-10 on Digital Song Sales (56,000 downloads sold, down 3 percent, in the week ending April 20) and debuts at No. 47 on Radio Songs (28 million in airplay audience, up 26 percent, in the week ending April 23).
“Humble.” tops the Hot Rap Songs chart for a third week and returns for a second week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (2-1).
As previously reported, Lamar’s LP DAMN., which includes “Humble.,” vaults onto the Billboard 200 with the biggest week for an album in 2017 (603,000 equivalent album units). Meanwhile, the set’s “DNA.” debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 4, powered by its No. 2 entrance on Streaming Songs (51 million). Thanks to “Humble.” and “DNA.,” Lamar is the first act to double up in the Hot 100’s top five simultaneously since Bieber in October; The Chainsmokers earned the honor earlier the same month.
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