Plus, Ariana Grande’s “34+35″ leaps from No. 11 to No. 2 on the Hot 100, surpassing its prior No. 8 peak, following the release of its remix featuring Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion (both of whom receive chart credit on the song for the first time).
Notably, “34+35″ marks the highest-charting Hot 100 by a trio of women soloists in nearly 20 years. (See below for details.)
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Jan. 30) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 26). For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
“Drivers License” was released Jan. 8 on Geffen/Interscope Records and debuted atop the Jan. 23-dated Hot 100, marking Rodrigo’s first No. 1 on the chart. The singer-songwriter and actress, 17, initially broke through with roles on Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark and Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Her background helped spark the song’s high profile, which has also been boosted by scrutiny about its lyrics, the song’s TikTok presence and a co-sign from Taylor Swift, among others.
“Drivers License” drew 59.7 million U.S. streams (down 22%) and sold 27,000 downloads (down 27%) in the week ending Jan. 21, according to MRC Data. It also earned 21.5 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 168%) in the week ending Jan. 24, good for the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award.
The track adds a second week at No. 1 on both the all-genre Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts and enters Radio Songs at No. 36. It climbs 31-20 on Pop Airplay and 37-24 on Adult Pop Airplay.
“Drivers License” is the first song to draw over 50 million U.S. streams in its first two weeks since Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, started with 93 million in the week ending Aug. 13, 2020, the most for any track in its first week of availability, and followed with 72.2 million in the week ending Aug. 20.
Meanwhile, of the 48 singles ever to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100, “Drivers License” is the 21st to hold at No. 1 in its second week, making for a 44% repeat success rate.
“Drivers License” is so far a stand-alone single, with Rodrigo’s debut EP expected this year.
Ariana Grande’s “34+35″ surges 11-2 on the Hot 100, following the Jan. 15 release of its remix featuring Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion. The song debuted, as Grande’s 18th and most recent Hot 100 top 10, at its previous No. 8 high on the chart dated Nov. 14. That week, parent album Positions debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200; a week earlier, the set’s title cut and lead focus track launched at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
“34+35″ vaults 15-2 on Streaming Songs (24.2 million, up 83%) and re-enters Digital Song Sales at No. 8 (8,000, up 313%), as it wins the Hot 100’s top Streaming and Sales Gainer trophies. Being promoted to radio alongside “Positions,” “34+35″ jumps 14-10 on Radio Songs (45.5 million, up 21%), where it becomes Grande’s 15th top 10.
Doja Cat adds her second Hot 100 top 10, after “Say So,” featuring Nicki Minaj, led the May 16, 2020-dated chart. Megan Thee Stallion scores her third Hot 100 top 10, also after reigning in her prior time in the tier: “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, led the May 30-dated Hot 100 and “WAP” ruled for four weeks last August-September.
Grande has now charted four Hot 100 hits credited to three women (and no other acts): previously, “Bang Bang,” with Jessie J and Minaj, reached No. 3 in October 2014; “Don’t Call Me Angel,” with Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey, hit No. 13 in September 2019; and Mariah Carey’s 2020 update of her 2010 carol “Oh Santa!,” featuring Grande and Jennifer Hudson, appeared for a week at No. 76 in December.
The last time before this week that a song credited to at least three solo women (and no other artists) ranked as high as No. 2 on the Hot 100? Almost 20 years ago: Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk ruled for five weeks in June 2001 (and then spent a week at No. 2 that July) with “Lady Marmalade.”
(Cat lady: Having now charted a hit with Doja Cat, Grande, a noted cat-ear fan and entrepreneur, previously shared a Hot 100 hit with Cashmere Cat. The latter’s “Adore,” featuring Grande, spent a week at No. 93 in 2015. No kitten.)
24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior, drops 2-3 on the Hot 100, after eight weeks at No. 1. It leads the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts for a 21st week each and Hot Rap Songs for a 15th frame; all three charts use the same methodology as the Hot 100.
The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100. The song spent four weeks at No. 1 (eventually ranking as the Hot 100’s top hit of all of 2020) and logs its 59th total week on the chart. It adds a record-extending 46th week in the top 10 and record-padding 37th week in the top five. The track also claims a ninth week at No. 1 on the multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and a record-furthering 43rd frame atop Hot R&B Songs.
Grande’s “Positions” falls 3-5 on the Hot 100; Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” featuring DaBaby, keeps at its No. 6 high; and Chris Brown and Young Thug’s “Go Crazy” slips to No. 7 from its No. 5 best as it posts a second week atop Radio Songs (82.1 million in audience, up 3%).
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Justin Bieber’s “Holy,” featuring Chance the Rapper, backtracks 7-8, after it debuted at its No. 3 peak in October; AJR’s “Bang!” retreats to No. 9 from its No. 8 high; and SZA’s “Good Days” holds at its No. 10 best, a week after entering the top 10.
Again, for all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram and all charts (dated Jan. 30), including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh on Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 26).