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The Charts: Lizzo’s two-year journey to the top of the Hot 100

Billboard Charts August 2019
  • Lizzo finally earned her first No. 1 song as “Truth Hurts” reached the top of the Hot 100 Chart two years after it was released. The song first appeared on the chart back in May and has steadily been climbing ever since. This week, it jumped from the No. 3 position, making this the third straight week that a new No. 1 has appeared on the chart.
  • The surge to No. 1 was propelled by two major Lizzo performances, first on Today and then on the VMAs. She also released two remixes, one with DJ CID and another with DaBaby. Lizzo and DaBaby even performed their remix together this past weekend at Jay-Z‘s Made In America Festival.
Top songs of summer 2019
  • Billboard released the final version of its Songs of the Summer chart this week, a list of the top-performing songs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Of course, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Old Town Road” topped this year’s list, with Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” also appearing in the top 5.
  • Post Malone had two songs on the list, led by the Swae Lee assisted “Sunflower” at No. 8, and including his solo hit “Wow.” Both songs will be on his new album Hollywood’s Bleeding, which drops this Friday. Drake also appeared twice, including his feature on Chris Brown’s “No Guidance” and his song “Money In The Grave” that features Rick Ross.
  • Perhaps the biggest accomplishment was Polo G and Lil Tjay’s “Pop Out” making the list at No. 18. The young rappers saw their breakout hit perform well this summer and earned them some much-deserved attention. With both artists signed to Columbia Records, the two are sure to collaborate again.
Ginger first week sales
  • Boy band Brockhampton debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts this week. Their new album Ginger sold just short of 78,000 units and continues to build their fan base. The album trailed only Taylor Swift and Young Thug, who took the top two spots.
  • A pair of veteran rappers had strong first weeks for their respective projects. Jeezy’s TM104: The Legend of the Snowman sold 53,800 in its first week, good enough for No. 4. Missy Elliott, riding the success of receiving the lifetime achievement award at the VMAs, claimed the No. 24 spot with her new EP Iconology, which sold 17,000 this week.
  • SAINt JHN’s second album, Ghetto Lenny’s Love Songs, debuts at No. 39 with over 14,000 units. Led by features from Lil Baby and Meek Mill, the album has been gaining attention as the young artist finds his place in the hip-hop world. And not to be overlooked, Rapsody achieved her highest-charting album with Eve, which debuts at No. 76.