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Beyonce's 'Break My Soul' Soars to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Klaudia//August 9, 2022
Beyoncé‘s “Break My Soul” bounds to No. 1, from No. 6, on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The song marks the superstar’s eighth solo leader on the list. The track, which debuted at No. 15 six weeks earlier, is from her new LP Renaissance, which launches as her seventh No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

“Break My Soul,” released on Parkwood/Columbia Records, becomes the 1,140th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 64-year history.

Airplay, sales & streams: “Soul” drew 61.7 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 8%) and 18.9 million streams (up 114%) and sold 13,000 downloads (up 113%) in the July 29-Aug. 4 tracking week, according to Luminate, as the song claims dual top Streaming and Sales Gainer honors on the Hot 100.

The track vaults 25-3 on Streaming Songs and holds at its No. 4 high on the Radio Songs chart.

In addition to its original version on Renaissance, “Soul” was available in six alternate forms during the tracking week: its Honey Dijon, Terry Hunter and remixes; its Nita Aviance club mix; and a cappella and instrumental versions. (Its “The Queens Remix,” with Madonna and which shouts out a host of influential Black female entertainers, arrived Aug. 5, the first day of the tracking week for next week’s Billboard charts, dated Aug. 20.)

Beyoncé’s eighth solo Hot 100 No. 1: Beyoncé lands her eighth Hot 100 No. 1 as a soloist. Here’s a recap:

“Crazy in Love,” feat. Jay-Z, eight weeks at No. 1, beginning July 12, 2003
“Baby Boy,” feat. Sean Paul, nine, Oct. 4, 2003
“Check on It,” feat. Slim Thug, five, Feb. 4, 2006
“Irreplaceable,” 10, Dec. 16, 2006
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” four, Dec. 13, 2008
“Perfect” (Ed Sheeran duet with Beyoncé), five (on which she was credited; the song led for six weeks total), Dec. 23, 2017
“Savage” (Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé), one, May 30, 2020
“Break My Soul,” one week to-date, Aug. 13, 2022

Additionally, Destiny’s Child, with Beyoncé as a member, notched four Hot 100 No. 1s: “Bills, Bills, Bills” (for one week in 1999); “Say My Name” (three weeks, 2000); “Independent Women (Part 1)” (11, 2000-01); and “Bootylicious” (two, 2001).

Beyoncé’s 19-year span of solo Hot 100 No. 1s: From the first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for “Crazy in Love” through, now, the coronation of “Soul,” Beyoncé spans 19 years and one month of appearing atop the chart – the ninth-best mark in the ranking’s archives.

Longest Spans of Hot 100 No. 1s:
Mariah Carey – 31 years, five months, one week (Aug. 4, 1990-Jan. 8, 2022)
Cher – 28 years, five months (Nov. 6, 1971-April 3, 1999)
Elton John – 24 years, 11 months, one week (Feb. 3, 1973-Jan. 10, 1998)
Beach Boys – 24 years, four months (July 4, 1964-Nov. 5, 1988)
Michael Jackson – 22 years, 10 months, three weeks (Oct. 14, 1972-Sept. 2, 1995)
Stevie Wonder – 22 years, six months (Aug. 10, 1963-Feb. 8, 1986)
Rod Stewart – 22 years, four months (Oct. 2, 1971-Feb. 5, 1994)
Aretha Franklin – 19 years, 10 months, two weeks (June 3, 1967-April 18, 1987)
Beyoncé – 19 years, one month (July 12, 2003-Aug. 13, 2022)
George Harrison – 17 years, three weeks (Dec. 26, 1970-Jan. 16, 1988)
Madonna – 15 years, nine months, one week (Dec. 22, 1984-Oct. 7, 2000)

Notably, in looking at acts’ group and solo careers combined, Beyoncé’s span of appearing atop the Hot 100 stretches over 23 years and three weeks, from the first week at No. 1 for Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” (July 17, 1999) through this week’s takeover on top for “Soul.”

Meanwhile (as first noted when Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, hit No. 1), Beyoncé and Mariah Carey are the only acts to place atop the Hot 100 in four distinct decades – the 1990s, 2000s, ’10s & ’20s for both – thanks to the former’s runs at No. 1 with Destiny’s Child in the ’90s and solo in the ’00s-’20s, and Carey’s reigns in each decade, including in the ’10s and ’20s with “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

Beyoncé’s wait between Hot 100 No. 1s in lead roles: With “Soul,” Beyoncé scores her first Hot 100 No. 1 in a lead role in 13 years and seven months, since “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in 2009. That gap marks the longest among acts with lead billing on both bookending leaders since Cher, whose “Believe” ascended to the top of the chart in March 1999, a record 10 days shy of 25 years since she’d last led with “Dark Lady” in March 1974.

Seventh-most weeks at No. 1: Beyoncé boasts the seventh-most weeks spent atop the Hot 100, as “Soul” ups her count to 43 in her solo career.

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100:
87, Mariah Carey
60, Rihanna
59, The Beatles
54, Drake
50, Boyz II Men
47, Usher
43, Beyoncé
37, Michael Jackson
34, Adele
34, Elton John
34, Bruno Mars

Further, Destiny’s Child spent 17 weeks at No. 1 among their four Hot 100 leaders, making for 60 weeks at the summit for Beyoncé if we were to combine her solo and the group’s songs.

A No. 1 ‘Show’-ing: “Break” indirectly brings a house classic to No. 1 on the Hot 100, as it contains elements of Robin S.’s “Show Me Love,” co-written by Allen George and Fred McFarlane. The latter two talents receive songwriting credit on “Break” and rank atop the chart as writers for the first time. “Show Me Love” hit No. 5 in June 1993.

Beyoncé is among the eight credited writers and four billed producers on “Break.”

‘Break’-ing down ‘Soul’ music at No. 1: Beyoncé’s new Hot 100 No. 1 marks the latest with the words “break” or “soul” in a song title. Here’s a recap of each:

“Don’t Break the Heart That Loves You,” Connie Francis, 1962
“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” Neil Sedaka, 1962
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton John & Kiki Dee, 1976
“Un-Break My Heart,” Toni Braxton, 1996-97
“Heartbreaker,” Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z, 1999
“Break Your Heart,” Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris, 2010
“Break My Soul,” Beyoncé, 2022

(Beyoncé joins husband Jay-Z for the distinction.)

“(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” The Righteous Brothers, 1966
“Crank That (Soulja Boy),” Soulja Boy Tell’em, 2007
“Break My Soul,” Beyoncé, 2022

(Beyoncé is, thus, the … sole … woman with a Hot 100 No. 1 with “soul” in its title, with all due … respect … to the Queen of Soul.)

No. 1 Hot 100, R&B/hip-hop, R&B & dance: As it reaches No. 1 on the Hot 100, “Soul” concurrently climbs to the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot R&B Songs charts, which use the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100. Beyoncé adds her 10th No. 1 on the former and her third on the latter (which began in October 2012). The track also tops the multi-metric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a sixth week. “Soul” makes history as the first song to lead all four lists (dating to start of the youngest survey among them, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, in January 2013).