'Savage' Surges to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100
"Savage," released on 1501 Certified/300 Entertainment, is the 1,102nd No. 1 in the Hot 100's 61-year history.
Here's a deeper look at the song's Hot 100 coronation.
No. 1 in sales: "Savage" concurrently climbs 4-1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, up 55% to 30,000 downloads sold in the week ending May 21, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, good for the Hot 100's top Sales Gainer award.
The song was on sale in a variety of physical/digital combination offerings during the tracking week, including autographed CD and vinyl copies put up for purchase in Megan Thee Stallion's webstore beginning May 15. Consumers could purchase CD and vinyl singles, each with a digital download; the download would be sent to consumers upon purchase, with physical versions due to arrive at a later date.
Megan Thee Stallion earns her first Digital Song Sales No. 1, while Beyoncé adds her eighth (the eighth-best total in the chart's archives).
"Savage" holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs with 30.5 million U.S. streams, down 8%, in the week ending May 21. The track led the list dated May 16, after its Beyoncé remix arrived April 29; contributing to its latest weekly total, a new animated video for the song premiered May 21.
The track rises 11-8 on the Radio Songs chart with 53.7 million audience impressions in the week ending May 24, becoming Megan Thee Stallion's first top 10 and Beyoncé's 18th (breaking her out of a seven-way tie for the fifth-most top 10s in the chart's history).
Beyoncé No. 1 in the '00s, '10s & '20s: Beyoncé is the second artist to have topped the Hot 100 in the 2000s, '10s and '20s, following Mariah Carey, who, with "All I Want for Christmas Is You" in January, became the first artist to have ranked at No. 1 in four distinct decades (1990s, 2000s, '10s and '20s).
Beyoncé becomes the 21st artist with at least seven Hot 100 No. 1s. Here is a recap of her leaders:
Title, Date Reached No. 1
"Crazy in Love," feat. Jay-Z, July 12, 2003
"Baby Boy," feat. Sean Paul, Oct. 4, 2003
"Check On It," feat. Slim Thug, Feb. 4, 2006
"Irreplaceable," Dec. 16, 2006
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Dec. 13, 2008
"Perfect," Ed Sheeran feat. Beyoncé, Dec. 23, 2017
"Savage," Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé, May 30, 2020
Of course, Beyoncé also appeared at No. 1 on the Hot 100 as a member of Destiny's Child, which notched four leaders in 1999-2001: "Bills, Bills, Bills" (1999); "Say My Name" (2000); "Independent Women Part I" (2000); and "Bootylicious" (2001).
Looking at both group and solo chart appearances, Beyoncé is the only act other than Carey to have ranked at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in four separate decades.
No. 1 Hip-Hop, Rap: "Savage" hits No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and returns for a second week atop Hot Rap Songs, both of which employ the same multi-metric formula as the Hot 100.
Megan Thee Stallion scores her first Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 and Beyoncé banks her ninth, and first since "7/11" in December 2014.