Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ Debuts at #1 with Record First-Week Streams

    Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s ‘WAP’ has  officially debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week, breaking the U.S. record for first-week streams, according to Billboard. The collaborative single, which we named one of the best songs of the week, picked up 93 million U.S. streams in the week ending August 13, based on data from Nielsen Music/MRC. The record was previously held by Ariana Grande, with 85.3 million first-week streams for her 2019 single ‘7 Rings’.

    Marking Cardi’s fourth #1 single and Megan’s second following the ‘Savage’ remix earlier this year, ‘WAP’ dethroned Harry Styles’ ‘Watermelon Sugar’, which spent just a week in the top spot following a push from Styles and his camp. The song also drew 125,000 downloads, the highest in a single week since Taylor Swift’s 2019 single ‘ME!’, and 11.6 million radio airplay impressions. ‘WAP’ also marks the second-greatest streaming week among songs by women overall, the first being Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ with 93.8 million streams.

    Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released ‘WAP’ earlier this month. Its music video, which features the radio-friendly version of the song, includes appearances from Normani, Rosalía, Kylie Jenner, Sukihana, Mulatto, and Rubi Rose.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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