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Travis Scott’s ‘Franchise’ Flies In at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Becoming His Record Third Chart-Topping Debut Within a Year

Travis Scott’s “Franchise,” featuring Young Thug and M.I.A., blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

The track is Scott’s fourth total Hot 100 No. 1 and third to debut at the summit in less than a year, marking a new record for the fastest accumulation of three No. 1 entrances by any artist in the Hot 100’s history.

Young Thug adds his second Hot 100 No. 1 and M.I.A. earns her first.

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Oct. 10) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 6). For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

“Franchise,” released on Cactus Jack/Epic Records, is the 1,110th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 62-year archives. Here’s a deeper look at its chart-topping start.

Streams, sales & airplay: “Franchise,” released Sept. 25 at midnight ET, opens with 19.4 million U.S. streams and 98,000 sold (58,000 on cassette and CD; 40,000 digital downloads) in its first week, ending Oct. 1, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also drew 10.6 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 4.

The track debuts at No. 2 on the Digital Song Sales chart (which reflects digital download sales) and No. 6 on Streaming Songs.

The song was available for purchase during the tracking week for digital download, as a cassette single and via two CD single options, with an instrumental version also available for download. (The physical and instrumental versions were available exclusively in Scott’s webstore, with the digital versions discounted to 69 cents and certain physical offerings discounted to $1 during the tracking week.)

Fastest span of 3 No. 1 debuts: Scott’s fourth Hot 100 No. 1 follows his three one-week leaders: “Sicko Mode,” which rose to the top of the Dec. 8, 2018-dated chart in its 17th week on the survey (all in the top 10); “Highest in the Room,” which launched atop the Oct. 19, 2019, chart; and “The Scotts” (billed as by The Scotts, Travis Scott & Kid Cudi), which began at No. 1 on the May 9, 2020, tally.

With the latest Hot 100 dated Oct. 10, Scott is the first artist ever to pack three No. 1 debuts into a span of less than a year, as “Franchise” joins “The Scotts” and “Highest in the Room” for the feat.

Scott surpasses Ariana Grande, who posted the No. 1 Hot 100 arrivals of “7 Rings,” “Stuck With U” (with Justin Bieber) and “Rain on Me” (with Lady Gaga) over a year and four months (Feb. 2, 2019-June 6, 2020).

Meanwhile, Scott is just the fifth artist with at least three No. 1 Hot 100 debuts, joining Grande, the record-holder with four, and Bieber, Mariah Carey and Drake, also each with three.

9th No. 1 debut of 2020: “Franchise” is the 44th single to start at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It’s the ninth to do so in 2020 (all since April), more than doubling the previous record for the most in a single year, as four songs entered at No. 1 in both 1995 and 2018.

15th No. 1 of 2020: Overall, “Franchise” is the 15th song to ascend to No. 1 for the first time in 2020, matching the total of all of 2019. This year marks the most songs to earn their first weeks on top since 17 did in 2010 and the most by the second chart week of October since 2007, when 16 had to that point (and 18 did for the entire year).

Young Thug & M.I.A. rule: Young Thug notches his second Hot 100 No. 1, after he first led as featured on Camila Cabello’s “Havana” for a week in January 2018.

M.I.A. makes her first trip to the top of the Hot 100, after logging three prior entries, including two top 10s: her own “Paper Planes” (No. 4, 2008) and as featured, with Nicki Minaj, on Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” (No. 10, 2012).

Having first appeared on the Hot 100 dated Aug. 2, 2008, M.I.A. earns her first No. 1 after a wait of 12 years, two months and a week. She ends the longest such anticipation since Daddy Yankee took 12 years and nine months from his first charted title in August 2004 to his first leader, “Despacito,” with Luis Fonsi and featuring Bieber, in May 2017.

Among women, M.I.A. ends the longest stretch from a first Hot 100 appearance to a first No. 1 since another divine miss M: Bette Midler needed 16 years, five months and two weeks between her initial entry on the chart dated Dec. 23, 1972, and her first No. 1, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” on June 10, 1989.

(The longest such wait among all acts belongs to Santana, whose first Hot 100 leader, “Smooth,” featuring Rob Thomas, hit No. 1 in October 1999, two days shy of 30 years after the Carlos Santana-led band first appeared on the chart in October 1969.)

No. 1 hip-hop & rap: “Franchise” concurrently begins atop both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which employ the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100. Scott scores his fifth No. 1 on each list, while Young Thug and M.I.A. each lead the respective rankings for the first time.

BTS’ “Dynamite” dips to No. 2 on the Hot 100 after three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. The single adds a sixth week atop Digital Song Sales (86,000 downloads sold, down 44%); retreats 12-13 on Streaming Songs (13.7 million streams, down 2%); and becomes the group’s first top 40 hit on the Radio Songs chart, rising 42-39 (23.1 million in audience, up 11%).

Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, slips 2-3 on the Hot 100 after four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, as it leads Streaming Songs for a seventh week (31.6 million, down 12%).

Drake’s “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100, after debuting at its No. 2 peak, and 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring iann dior, is steady at its No. 5 high, as it tops the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts for a sixth week each.

The Weeknd’s former four-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Blinding Lights” rebounds 7-6, after spending a record 28 weeks in the top five. It rules the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart for a record-extending 29th week and returns to No. 1 on Radio Songs (80.1 million, up 5%) for a record-padding 24th frame on top.

DaBaby’s seven-week Hot 100 leader “Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, drops 6-7; Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” pushes 9-8, after reaching No. 7; and Harry Styles’ former one-week No. 1 “Watermelon Sugar” recedes 8-9.

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope,” featuring Charlie Puth, keeps at its No. 10 high, as it rules the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart for an 11th week.

Again, for all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram and all charts (dated Oct. 10), including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 6).

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