Beyoncé, Nicki Mianaj And Drake Land New Top 10 Hits On This Week’s Hot 100

Nicki Minaj at 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
Nicki Minaj at 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

Philip Nelson

The race to No. 1 on the Hot 100was a very tight one this time around, and now a brand new winner has been named. Newcomer Doja Cat jumps from sixth place to first with her breakout smash “Say So,” which is one of two tunes that rocket up the ranking thanks to newly-released remixes that feature superstars.

“Say So,” originally just a Doja Cat cut, now also credits Nicki Minaj as it lifts to the top spot on the Hot 100. The song is the first top 10 and No. 1 for the former, but the latter has reached the highest tier many, many times before. Minaj scores her first leader with her eighteenth top 10 hit. The musician has also pushed more than 100 tracks onto the all-genre list.

Doja Cat and Minaj were battling with another powerful pairing, Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé, for the No. 1 rung on the Hot 100, and the latter two are forced to settle for second place. Last week, Stallion alone was credited on her single “Savage,” which bolted into the top 10 for the first time, giving the rapper her first such placement in the region.

“Savage” rises to the runner-up rung, and now Beyoncé is also properly featured on the popular release. The song is the twenty-ninth top 10 for the Queen, who has now reached the uppermost arena 19 times as a soloist and 10 times as a member of Destiny’s Child.

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” falls from the top spot to No. 3, pushed down by the surging “Say So” and “Savage,” and Drake’s one-week ruler “Toosie Slide” also slips by just one rung. Behind those two sliding tracks, Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” keeps at No. 5 and Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” advances from No. 7 to No. 6.

Drake debuts his new track “Pain 1993” at No. 7, making it the second top 10 hit from his new surprise mixtapeDark Lane Demo Tapes

(following “Toosie Slide”), which itself debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The tune gives the rapper his thirty-eighth appearance in the field, while featured act Playboi Carti lands his first.

The last three spots inside the top 10 are occupied by Post Malone’s “Circles” at No. 8, DaBaby and Roddy Ricch’s “Rockstar” (which returns to its high point) at No. 9 and Justin Bieber and Quavo’s “Intentions” at No. 10.

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