Travis Scott’s “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” debuts at No. 1, followed by bows from songs by Juice WRLD & YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber.
If you thought Oct. 4 was a big day for high-profile single releases, you are correct. For the first time in Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart history, the top three songs are each debuts of newly released titles by different artists.
That’s the first time in Streaming Songs’ six-year existence that Nos. 1-3 consist of debuts by different artists, and all three premiered on the same day, Oct. 4. The chart has previously seen the top three taken by debuts, but they were by the same artist, most recently when Lil Wayne crowned the Oct. 13, 2018, list with the entire top five -- led by “Mona Lisa,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, as debuts.
The closest the feat came to occurring previously came on the Oct. 27, 2018, ranking, when Kodak Black’s “ZEZE,” featuring Scott and Offset, premiered at No. 1, while Bad Bunny’s “MIA,” featuring Drake, bowed at No. 3.
“HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” debuts at No. 1 on the Oct. 19 tally with 59 million streams earned in the week ending Oct. 10, according to Nielsen Music. That not only makes it the most-streamed song in the country in a single week since Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, pulled 67.4 million toward the April 13-dated charts -- it’s also the biggest debut for a song since Ariana Grande’s “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” (59.2 million, Feb. 23).
“HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” is Scott’s first No. 1 debut on Streaming Songs as a lead artist and second overall, following the bow of “ZEZE” last October. It’s his third No. 1 in all; “Sicko Mode” spent a week atop the list earlier this year (Jan. 12).
Finally, “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM” is the third No. 1 debut on Streaming Songs in 2019 and first in seven months. It follows Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker” (March 16) and Grande’s “7 Rings” (Feb. 2).
“Bandit” starts at No. 2 on the Oct. 19 list with 38.7 million streams. It’s the top debut for both Juice WRLD and YoungBoy Never Broke Again on the chart, and it also marks the latter’s first top 10; he previously peaked at No. 13 in February 2018 with “Outside Today.”
Meanwhile, “10,000 Hours” debuts at No. 3 with 33.3 million streams. It marks Bieber’s 13th top 10 on Streaming Songs, placing him in a tie for the fourth most in the tally’s history (Drake leads with 39). For Dan + Shay, it’s the country duo’s first top 10 after previously climbing as high as No. 42 twice (“Tequila,” August 2018; “Speechless,” January 2019), and the song itself is the highest-charting non-holiday country track ever on Streaming Songs.