When Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, debuted straight in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Aug. 22), it did so in record-breaking fashion. The track scored a massive 93 million U.S. streams in its first week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, breaking the record for the largest streaming debut ever for a song.
But, how did “WAP” become a streaming monster? On the latest Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), the team breaks down how the track debuted at No. 1, why its streaming numbers were so huge, and how “WAP” was able to cut through pop culture noise and a speedy news cycle to become a water-cooler moment single.
In addition to the “WAP” chat, the Pop Shoppers discuss the latest singles and/or videos from Drake (“Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk), Dua Lipa (“Levitating” remix featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott), Miley Cyrus (“Midnight Sky”) and Katy Perry (“Smile”).
Plus, there’s a Chart Stat of the Week dedicated to how Alicia Keys garnered her first No. 1 on the Hot 100 this week back in 2001 with her breakthrough single “Fallin.'” It marked her first of so-far four leaders on the tally.
The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard‘s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard‘s senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and senior director, music, Jason Lipshutz every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)