The debuts easily mark the Houston rapper’s best showings on either list: Her previous peaks came through her other current single, “Cash Shit,” featuring DaBaby, which has risen to No. 16 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and cracks the top 40 of the Hot 100 for the first time with a 41-39 rise on the Aug. 24 chart.
“Summer” traces its large debut to strong sales and streams. The single starts at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart, with 24,000 downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 15, according to Nielsen Music. It also kicks off at No. 4 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs tally, with 25.4 million U.S. clicks in the same period.
Radio airplay, similarly, has ignited at a rapid pace. “Summer” shoots 35-17 after its first full week of tracking on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, darting to 10.2 million in audience in the week ending Aug. 18, according to Nielsen Music.
On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, “Summer” makes for Minaj’s 29th top 10 and first since her guest turn on 6ix9ine’s “Fefe,” which powered to No. 3 in August 2018. With 29 top 10s on her resume, Minaj ranks third for the most among female acts in the chart’s history, dating to its 1958 origin. She trails only Aretha Franklin, with 52 top 10s, and Janet Jackson, who owns 33.
Notably, thanks to Megan Thee Stallion and Minaj, “Summer” is the first Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 to feature two female rappers since Minaj and Cardi B joined forces with Migos on “Motorsport” and surged to No. 3 in late 2017.
In addition to its hitmaking billing, “Summer” received extra publicity thanks to the title’s widespread use on social media platforms months before the song’s arrival. Megan Thee Stallion and her fans crafted the catchphrase in May when the rapper’s album Fever dropped. The album’s cover art includes the line “She’s thee hot girl and she’s bringing thee heat.”
In June, she described her view of “hot girl summer” to The Root, saying, “[Hot girl summer] is basically just about women -- and men -- just being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time.”