There’s a new number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and it’s brand-spanking-new. After Lizzo led with “Truth Hurts” for six straight weeks, Travis Scott replaced her in the top spot with the aptly-titled “Highest in the Room” (watch the video above). It debuted at number-one, which makes it the 35th single in Hot 100 history ever to do so. And in the process, Scott also outperformed another formidable chart newcomer: “10,000 Hours” by country duo Dan and Shay with Justin Bieber.
“Highest in the Room” was previously featured in a cosmetics commercial for Scott’s then-girlfriend Kylie Jenner back in April, but it was officially released as a single on October 4. It’s a standalone for Scott, who does not yet have plans to release a new album following his double-platinum 2018 effort “Astroworld.” But it was clearly enough to whet his fans’ appetites. It’s the second number-one hit of his career after “Sicko Mode” topped the chart in December 2018.
Scott’s auspicious debut pushes Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” back down to number-two, while past chart-topper “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello is also down a spot to number-three. Meanwhile, fourth place belongs to “10,000 Hours,” which makes it the second Bieber collaboration to debut in the top-five this year. He recently launched at number-two with his Ed Sheeran duet “I Don’t Care,” which was one of many singles blocked from the top spot by Lil Nas X‘s record-breaking “Old Town Road.”
But while Bieber has spent lots of time in the top-10 before, this is the first time in that upper echelon for Dan and Shay. Though they’d topped the Hot Country Songs chart a couple of times before (with “Tequila” and “Speechless”), the highest they’d ever gotten on the Hot 100 was number-21 (with “Tequila”). This isn’t the first time a pop collaboration has helped a country star cross over: just last year Florida Georgia Line achieved a personal best by reaching number-two with their Bebe Rexha duet “Meant to Be.”
“Hours” also gives Dan and Shay their third Hot Country Songs chart-topper. “Meant to Be” ended up spending a record-shattering 50 weeks — basically an entire year — on top of that chart. Could “Hours” eventually challenge it?
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