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Oliver Anthony Music’s hit song “Rich Men North of Richmond” is spending its second week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. A week earlier, the song soared to the top, making the singer-songwriter the first artist ever to top the poll without any prior charting record in any way. It has now become the most streamed song of the week, continuing to be the best-selling single and gaining more radio airplay.
Additionally, Doja Cat’s “Paint the Town Red” jumped from number 15 to number 5 on the Hot 100, making it the seventh top 10 of her career.
The Hot 100 mixes all types of US airplay (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data, the latter metric reflecting purchases of physical singles and digital tracks from full-service digital music retailers; Digital individual sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites are excluded from the scheme’s calculations. All charts (dated September 2, 2023) will be updated on Billboard.com tomorrow (August 29). For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both X, formerly known as Twitter, and Instagram.
“Rich Men North of Richmond” drew 22.9 million streams (up 31%) and sold 117,000 downloads (down 20%) in the tracking week of August 18-24, according to Luminate. Not syndicated on radio, the song also achieved 2.3 million broadcast audience impressions (up 310%).
The song logged a second week at number one on the Digital Song Sales chart and climbed 4-1 on the Streaming Songs chart. Notably, it achieves a rare second-week gain in streams for a debuting Hot 100 song: Of the 34 songs that debuted atop the Hot 100 this decade, it’s the second increase in streams (17.5 million to 22.9 million) in its second week. , after Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” (43.2 million to 62.7 million) on the charts dated May 29 – June 5, 2021 – and Rodrigo’s success was boosted by her debut album reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200. , sour.
As previously mentioned, “Richmond” also debuted on Country Airplay at No. 45, with 90% of the total airplay (2 million out of 2.3 million on hand) from Billboard reporting stations on the chart.
“Richmond” has become a hotbed of interest on both the political right and left since its official release on Aug. 11, even spurring the opening talking point of the first GOP presidential primary debate last Wednesday, Aug. 23. “What bothers me is seeing people get involved in the politics of this,” Anthony replied in a YouTube clip.)
Written by the singer-songwriter and former Farmville, Va., factory worker Christopher Anthony Lunsford (whose stage name honors his grandfather, Oliver Anthony), the song created an online sensation for the first time, including on TikTok, where it has 2.1 million followers (up from 1.5 million a week ago), before it was posted on August 11 on the radiowv YouTube account, which highlights unsigned Americana and country acts in the Virginia/West Virginia area.
Richmond is leading at the same time paintingThe Hot Country Songs chart, which uses the same methodology as the Hot 100, fell for a second week.
The song also, unsurprisingly, sparked the curiosity of chart-topping fans. Writing in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, Jesper Tan noted that Oliver Anthony Music’s second act to have “Music” to its name topped the Hot 100, following C+C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” in 1991. Tan also shouted out at No. 1 with the word “music” in their titles: “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry in 1976 and “Music” by Madonna in 2000.
Additionally, Jeff Lerner notes that “Richmond” is the eighth Hot 100 No. 1 to name an American city in its title (two of which are odes to Philadelphia), and the first since 1985:
- Rich Men North Richmond, Oliver Anthony Music (2023)
- “Theme of Miami Vice” Jan Hammer (1985)
- “Philadelphia Freedom” Elton John (1975)
- The Night Chicago Died (Paper Lace) (1974)
- “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” MFSB (1974)
- El Paso, Marty Robbins (1960)
- “The Battle of New Orleans” Johnny Horton (1959)
- Kansas City, Wilbert Harrison (1959)
(Lerner adds that The Monkees’ “Last Train to Clarksville”, from 1966, “is not on this list as lyricist Bobby Hart insists he wrote the song about a fictional town, not the real Clarksville, fig.”) Baauer’s 2013 “Harlem Shake” also doesn’t count, since Harlem is a borough of New York City. The last city ever named to headline the Hot 100 #1 before “Richmond”? The capital of Cuba, as Camila’s “Havana” Cabello, featuring Young Thug, in 2018.)
Luke Combs’ cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” marked its seventh week at number two on the Hot 100, staying steady at the number, and Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” held onto the number three spot, after 16 weeks at number one. Most of all for non-cooperation. Thanks to “Richmond,” “Fast Car,” and “Last Night,” country hits (as defined by those hits on Hot Country Songs) hit the top three on the Hot 100 in one week for only the third time, after The same. The songs released a week ago, Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town,” “Last Night” and “Fast Car” were at No. 1, 2, and 3, respectively, on the Hot 100 on August 5.
Meanwhile, the movie “Last Night” is leading. paintingSummer Songs chart for its thirteenth week, having topped it every week since the listing’s return.
Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” maintained its fourth position on the Hot 100, after reaching number three.
Doja Cat’s “Paint the Town Red” debuted at No. 15-5 on the Hot 100, with 22.6 million viewers live (up 37%), 21.1 million streams (up 49%), and 5,000 copies sold (up 81%). ), ranking first broadcast honors and sales gainer.
The song, which debuted at No. 15 on the Hot 100 two weeks ago and has since gone viral on TikTok, became Doja Cat’s seventh top 10 hit, behind “Vegas” (peak No. 10, Oct. 2022); Post Malone’s “I Like You (A Happier Song)” (#3, Oct. 2022); “The Woman” (No. 7, May 2022); “Need to Know” (No. 8, November 2021); “Kiss Me More” featuring SZA (#3, July 2021); and “Say It” featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 1, 1 week, May 2020).
Meanwhile, “Paint the Town Red” samples Dionne Warwick’s record-breaking hit “Walk on By,” which reached No. 6 on the Hot 100 in 1964. With its inclusion, legendary late songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David appeared on chart in the Hot 100. For the first time since Twista’s “Slow Jamz”, featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, which ran for a week in 2004; This song samples Luther Vandross’s cover of fellow Warwick colleague’s 1964 release “A Home Ain’t a Home”.
Bacharach, who passed away on February 8, wrote seven of the Top 100 No. 1 hits, which dominated four distinct decades (the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 2000s). David passed away in 2012. Notably, the Songwriters Hall of Fame presents annually (this year to Post Malone) the Hal David Starlight Award, which, according to the organization, is given to “talented young songwriters who are making a significant impact in music”. Industry with their original songs.
“Paint the Town Red” concurrently atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (5-1) and Hot Rap Songs (4-1) multi-metric charts. Doja Cat earned her second at the top of the list, after “Say So”, and her first at the latter.
After reaching number three on the Hot 100, “Calm Down” by Rima and Selena Gomez fell 5-6, charting at number ten on the Radio Songs chart (83.5 million, down 3%). It topped the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs chart for a fifty-second week, extending the ranking’s longest since the rating began over a year ago.
Gunna’s “Fukumean” repeated at number seven on the Hot 100, having reached number four, and Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire” slipped 6-8, after debuting at number one for the third time in July.
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10 are two hits from the soundtrack Barbie: The Album: Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night” fell 8-9, after reaching number seven, despite winning the chart’s highest Airplay Gainer (57.7 million, up 16%), and Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice’s “Barbie World”. , with Aqua. , going down from 9-10, also after climbing to No. 7.
Again, for all the chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on Twitter and Instagram and all charts (dated Sept. 2), including the entire Hot 100, will be updated on Billboard.com tomorrow (August 29). .
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