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6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj’s ‘Trollz’ Launches at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Lil Baby’s ‘The Bigger Picture’ Debuts at No. 3

6ix9ine achieves his first leader & Minaj adds her second.

6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj‘s “Trollz” blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

The song marks the first Hot 100 leader for 6ix9ine and the second for Minaj, who notches her first in a lead role.

Plus, Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture” bows at No. 3 on the Hot 100, a new career-rest rank.

Let’s run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated June 27) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (June 23).

“Trollz,” released June 12 on Create Music Group, arrives as the 1,105th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s nearly 62-year history. It’s the 40th No. 1 in debut ever, and the fifth this year, marking a new single-year high.

The track launches at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 116,000 sold in the week ending June 18, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, and No. 3 on Streaming Songs, with 36 million U.S. streams in the same span. It drew 1.2 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending June 21.

6ix9ine’s first Hot 100 No. 1, Minaj’s second: 6ix9ine scores his first Hot 100 No. 1. He tallied two prior top 10s, each of which reached No. 3: “FEFE,” featuring Minaj and Murda Beatz, in August 2018, and “Gooba,” which debuted at No. 3 on the May 23-dated chart, five weeks ago.

Minaj earns her second Hot 100 No. 1 (and 19th top 10) and first topper in a lead role. She previously ruled as featured on Doja Cat’s “Say So,” which led the May 16 chart, following the arrival of its Minaj remix. With “Say So,” Minaj set the record for the most Hot 100 appearances (109) needed for a first No. 1.

Biggest sales week in over a year: Starting with 116,000 sold, “Trollz” boasts the highest weekly sales sum since Taylor Swift’s “Me!,” featuring Brendon Urie, soared in with 193,000 (May 11, 2019).

“Trollz” was on sale in 6ix9ine and Minaj’s webstores via over a dozen physical/digital combination offerings (priced from 69 cents to $10) during the tracking week, including an alternate version released June 16. Consumers could purchase cassette, CD and vinyl singles (including an autographed CD copy), each with a digital download; the download would be sent to consumers upon purchase, with physical versions due to arrive at a later date.

6ix9ine posts his first Digital Song Sales No. 1 and Minaj collects her sixth.

Record fifth No. 1 debut of 2020: “Trollz” is the fifth song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2020, following Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” (June 6); Grande and Justin Bieber’s “Stuck With U” (May 23); The Scotts, Travis Scott and Kid Kudi’s “The Scotts” (May 9); and Drake’s “Toosie Slide” (April 18).

2020 now sports the most Hot 100 No. 1 debuts in a single year — besting 2018 and 1995, each with four chart-topping entrances.

Record-extending 7 straight No. 1 collabs: “Trollz” marks the record-extending seventh consecutive collaboration to top the Hot 100. It follows DaBaby’s “Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch (June 13 and 20); “Rain on Me” (June 6); Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé (May 30); “Stuck With U” (May 23); “Say So” (May 16); and “The Scotts” (May 9).

Independent’s week: With “Trollz,” Create Music Group scores its first Hot 100 No. 1. It’s the first leader on the list for an independent label since Bad Vibes Forever reigned with XXXTentacion’s “Sad!” on the June 30, 2018-dated chart. (A label is considered independent if it currently qualifies for inclusion on Billboard‘s Top Independent Albums chart, the methodology of which considers the means in which labels conduct their distribution and revenue-based commercial services.)

Go figure(s): As for more numbers … 6ix9ine (real name: Daniel Hernandez) is the seventh act with at least two numerals in its name to top the Hot 100. He follows: 21 Savage, UB40, Stars on 45, 50 Cent, 98 Degrees and 112.

No. 1 R&B/hip-hop & Rap: “Trollz” concurrently opens atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which employ the same multi-metric formula as the Hot 100. 6ix9ine earns his first No. 1 on the former chart and second on the latter, after “Gooba.” Minaj scores her sixth No. 1 on each ranking.

DaBaby’s”Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, drops to No. 2 on the Hot 100, after two weeks at No. 1. The track rules Streaming Songs for a fifth week, with 39.8 million U.S. streams (up 11%), helped by a Black Lives Matter remix released June 12. It holds at No. 3 on Digital Song Sales, up 12% to 13,000 sold, and jumps 26-14 on the Radio Songs chart, up 21% to 31.4 million impressions.

Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture” debuts at No. 3 on the Hot 100. The song, released June 12 and which, like the new “Rockstar” remix, addresses the Black Lives Matter movement, opens at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (39.1 million U.S. streams) and No. 10 on Digital Song Sales (8,000 sold) and drew 3.6 million in radio reach in the tracking week.

Lil Baby lands his third Hot 100 top 10 and highest-peaking: “Drip Too Hard,” with Gunna, reached No. 4 in October 2018, after “Yes Indeed,” with Drake, hit No. 6 that June.

With “Trollz” and “The Bigger Picture” debuting at Nos. 1 and 3 on the Hot 100, respectively, the chart welcomes concurrent top-three arrivals for the just the fifth time ever, although it’s the second such double-up in a month, with both involving 6ix9ine: On the May 23 chart, Grande and Bieber’s “Stuck With U” bounded in at No. 1 and 6ix9ine’s “Gooba” began at No. 3. The only other such twofers: Adele’s “Hello” and Bieber’s “Sorry” (Nos. 1&2, Nov. 14, 2015); Clay Aiken’s “This Is the Night” and Ruben Studdard’s “Flying Without Wings” (Nos. 1&2, June 28, 2003); and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” (Nos. 1&3, Feb. 28, 1998).

Meanwhile, eight songs have debuted in the Hot 100’s top three in 2020, just over halfway through the year; In all of 2019, nine songs started in the region, after a record 10 launched in the top three in 2018. Along those lines, “Trollz” is the ninth song to hit No. 1 for the first time this year (with, again, a single-year-record five debuting on top); 2020 marks the first year with nine new No. 1s before July since 2007, when 10 hits rose to the top by that point.

Megan Thee Stallion’s former one-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, falls 2-4 and The Weeknd’s former four-week leader “Blinding Lights” dips 3-5. The latter leads Radio Songs for an 11th week, with 74.3 million in audience (down 2%), and the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart for a 14th frame.

Doja Cat’s former one-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Say So” slips 4-6; Bieber’s “Intentions,” featuring Quavo, descends to No. 7 from its No. 5 high; SAINt JHN’s “Roses” retreats to No. 8 from its No. 7 peak, while crowning Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for an eighth week; Lady Gaga and Grande’s “Rain on Me” rebounds 10-9, following its introduction at No. 1 three weeks ago; and Roddy Ricch’s former 11-week leader “The Box” backtracks 9-10.

For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (June 23), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.

Per: BIllboard

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