Taylor Swift made a huge impact on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with “Look What You Made Me Do,” but after three weeks at number-one she has fallen from her perch. She was overthrown by Cardi B, who had been waiting in the wings for the last few weeks with her breakthrough hit “Bodak Yellow.” Last week “Bodak” was at number-two but it gained dramatically in digital sales thanks to a discount on iTunes, which helped it supplant Swift’s hit.
But Cardi B’s ascent to the top of the chart isn’t significant just for overtaking Swift. It also marks the first time a female rapper has topped the chart on her own since Lauryn Hill‘s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” way back in 1998. It’s rare for a female rapper to reach the top even in collaboration. Only five have ever done it. In addition to Hill and Cardi B, Lil Kim hit number-one with Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Mya with “Lady Marmalade” (2001); Shawnna ruled with Ludacris on “Stand Up” (2003); and Iggy Azalea commanded the chart with Charli XCX with “Fancy” (2014).
“Bodak Yellow” isn’t the only song making a big move this week. There is also “Rockstar” by rapper Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, which makes its debut at number-two. This is Post Malone’s highest charting single, coming a few months after he peaked at number-eight with “Congratulations” featuring Quavo. Swift comes in at number-three, followed by “1-800-273-8255” by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid at number-four. The groundbreaking “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber rounds out the top-five.
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