Olivia Rodrigo Scores Second Billboard Hot 100 #1 With Debut of ‘good 4 u’

Monday, May 24, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo notches her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as “good 4 u” soars in at the summit. It follows her smash “drivers license,” which reigned for eight weeks beginning upon its debut in January.

Both songs, as well as “deja vu,” which opened at its No. 8 Hot 100 high in April, are from Rodrigo’s debut album SOUR, released Friday (May 21) and due on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. Notably, the set is the first debut album with two No. 1 Hot 100 debuts.

“good 4 u,” released on Geffen/Interscope Records, is the 1,124th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 62-year archives, and the 53rd to enter on top. Here’s a deeper dive into its dominant debut.

Streams, sales & airplay: Following its May 14 release, “good 4 u” drew 43.2 million U.S. streams and sold 12,000 downloads in the week ending May 20, according to MRC Data. It also attracted 3.8 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending May 23.

The track debuts atop the Streaming Songs chart, where it’s Rodrigo’s second leader, after “drivers license” ruled for four weeks, and starts at No. 5 on Digital Song Sales. While it falls shy so far of the all-genre Radio Songs chart, the track opens at No. 33 on the Pop Airplay survey, which measures plays on mainstream top 40 radio, where the song is being actively promoted (along with “deja vu”; “drivers license” led Pop Airplay for five weeks, while “deja vu” this week hits a new No. 16 high).

Two No. 1s from a debut album: Both “good 4 u” and “drivers license” are from Rodrigo’s debut album SOUR, released May 21. It’s the first debut studio set to spin off a pair of Hot 100 No. 1s since Cardi B’s 2018 LP Invasion of Privacy yielded “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” and “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, in 2017-18.

As SOUR has yet to debut on the Billboard 200, where it will enter on next week’s, June 5-dated chart, it’s the first album with two Hot 100 No. 1s before its Billboard 200 debut since Drake’s Scorpion, which bowed atop the July 14, 2018, chart after its tracks “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What” had already led the Hot 100. (Scorpion’s third No. 1, “In My Feelings,” topped the Hot 100 beginning the week after the set started on the Billboard 200.)

Meanwhile, in the digital era (since the advent of downloads and streaming), in which multiple songs are regularly released before their parent albums, SOUR is the first debut album by any act to generate two Hot 100 No. 1s before the set’s Billboard 200 entrance.

Albums with two songs to debut at No. 1: Billboard awards editor and Chart Beat founder Paul Grein notes that Rodrigo’s SOUR makes history as the first debut album to include two songs that have entered the Hot 100 at No. 1, thanks to “drivers license” and now “good 4 u.” The only previous albums to house two tracks that each premiered on top were by then-well-established stars: Mariah Carey’s Daydream (“Fantasy” and “One Sweet Day,” with Boyz II Men, in 1995-96); Drake’s Scorpion (“God’s Plan” and “Nice for What,” 2018); and Grande’s Thank U, Next (“Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings,” 2018-19). Those were, in each case, those artists’ fifth proper LPs.

3 perfect 10s: As “drivers license” (No. 1 debut in January), “deja vu” (No. 8 debut, April) and “good 4 u” are Rodrigo’s first three singles promoted to radio, streaming services and other platforms (and mark her second, third and fourth Hot 100 entries, respectively, after “All I Want,” from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series [Music From the Disney+ Original Series], reached No. 90 in January 2020), she is the first artist to send her first three proper singles straight onto the Hot 100 in the top 10. (She was already the first artist to earn the honor with her first two such singles, achieved when “deja vu” debuted.)

SOURCE: Billboard

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