Latto Becomes First Rapper To Score No.1 Single On Billboard Hot 100 in 2023

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Latto has become the first rapper to score a No.1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 this year.

The recent collaboration between the Atlanta rapper and BTS star Jung Kook, titled “Seven,” has achieved an impressive feat. Just this month, the song made a grand entrance on the Hot 100, debuting straight at the top spot, claiming the No. 1 position.

According to Billboard, “Seven” reached No. 1 on the charts in its first week, thanks to 21.9 million streams, 6.4 million airplay audience, and 153,000 digital and CD singles sold.

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Both Latto and Jung Kook celebrate their first No. 1 single with “Seven.” Latto’s previous best was “Big Energy” at No. 3 in April 2022, and she also has “Put It On Da Floor Again” with Cardi B at No. 42 on the Hot 100.

Beyond Latto and Jung Kook’s personal accomplishments, “Seven” also brings a notable end to to Hip Hop’s curious lack of a No. 1 single in 2023 despite being the most popular genre of music in the U.S. for the past five years.

By mid-last year, Future and Drake’s “Wait For U” and Jack Harlow’s “First Class” had hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, despite Harry Styles’ impressive 15-week run with “As It Was.”

Until a few weeks ago, Hip Hop faced its longest gap without a No. 1 rap album on the Billboard 200 since 1993. However, Lil Uzi Vert’s “Pink Tape” finally broke the curse and claimed the top spot.

Lil Uzi Vert Pink Tape artwork
Pink Tape

Lil Uzi Vert’s long-awaited third LP debuted at No. 1 on the chart, selling 167,000 equivalent album units in its first week, the biggest sales week for any rap album this year.

Before Latto and Uzi’s recent achievements, Billboard had speculated that Hip Hop’s chart challenges were primarily due to the absence of releases from heavyweight artists such as Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Future, and Kanye West.

In addition to the absence of major releases from prominent artists, Billboard also attributed Hip Hop’s chart struggles to the overall stagnation that has affected the music charts this year. Notably, only five new albums managed to reach the top of the Billboard 200, and a similar pattern was observed on the Hot 100, with just five new songs claiming the No. 1 spot.

With highly anticipated blockbuster releases on the horizon, including Travis Scott’s “Utopia,” Drake’s “For All the Dogs,” Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday 2,” Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter VI,” A$AP Rocky’s “Don’t Be Dumb,” Quavo’s “Rocket Power,” and Future and Metro Boomin’s yet-to-be-announced project, Hip Hop’s recent chart slump may likely be just a temporary blip. The future looks promising for the genre with these big names gearing up to make an impact on the charts.