Doja Cat’s “Paint The Town Red” Dominates Hot 100, But “Scarlet” Falls Short on Albums Chart
In a week filled with musical expectations, Doja Cat’s latest album, “Scarlet,” managed to secure the top spot on the Hot 100 with her lead single, “Paint The Town Red.” However, the album itself failed to make a splash on the albums chart, debuting at a surprising No. 4. Let’s delve into the details of this intriguing development in the music industry.
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A Lukewarm Debut for “Scarlet”
Despite “Paint The Town Red” reigning supreme on the Hot 100 for a second consecutive week, with a remarkable 53 million radio impressions in the past week, “Scarlet” struggled to make its mark on the albums chart. Debuting at No. 4, the album managed to sell a modest 72,000 copies in the United States. This performance left many industry observers baffled, especially considering the absence of any major, competing releases on the updated chart.
A Rollercoaster Rollout
Several factors contributed to the unexpected chart placement of “Scarlet.” Doja Cat had been in the spotlight leading up to the album’s release, including prime-time appearances at the MTV Video Music Awards and performances during “The Victoria’s Secret World Tour.” However, a rocky album rollout may have hindered its success. The singer faced criticism in the months leading up to “Scarlet’s” release due to her downplaying of her previous records and controversial posts aimed at her fans, which have since been deleted.
Doja’s Billboard History
Despite her undeniable talent and success in the music industry, Doja Cat has yet to clinch a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Her previous LP, “Planet Her,” made an impressive debut at No. 2 in 2021, selling 109,000 units. Unfortunately, it was thwarted from reaching the top spot by Tyler, the Creator’s blockbuster release, “Call Me If You Get Lost.”
Other Noteworthy Chart Entries
Amidst the underwhelming debut of “Scarlet,” the albums chart did see one other new entry in the top 10. Zach Bryan’s five-song EP, “Boys of Faith,” secured the No. 8 spot with 43,500 album units sold and an impressive 50 million audio and video streams. This follows his No. 1 debut with his self-titled release, which currently claims the No. 5 position on the chart.
Rod Wave’s Continued Reign
Florida-born trap-soul rapper Rod Wave continues to dominate the albums chart, securing the No. 1 position for a second consecutive week. His fifth studio LP, “Nostalgia,” earned 88,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 28, with a majority of that total stemming from an astounding 124 million streams of the album’s 18 songs.
The Top 3 Contenders
Olivia Rodrigo’s “Guts” closely trails behind Rod Wave at No. 2, earning 87,500 units. Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing at a Time” returns to the top 3, landing at No. 3 with 73,000 units. SZA’s “SOS” takes the No. 6 spot, while Travis Scott’s “Utopia” and Peso Pluma’s “Génesis” round out the top 10 at No. 7 and No. 9, respectively. Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” secures the No. 10 position.
Steady Singles Chart
The singles chart remains relatively stable compared to the previous week. SZA’s “Snooze” climbs to No. 2 for a new Hot 100 peak, boasting 73 million airplay impressions. Luke Combs’ rendition of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” maintains its No. 3 position, while Swift’s “Cruel Summer” sits comfortably at No. 4. Zach Bryan’s “I Remember Everything,” featuring Kacey Musgraves, retains its No. 5 position.
Records and Reshuffles
Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” claims the No. 6 spot after spending an impressive 16 weeks at No. 1, setting a new record for a non-collaboration track. Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire” secures the No. 7 position, with Gunna’s “Fukumean” inching up one spot to No. 8. Lastly, Rema and Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down” re-enters the top 10 at No. 9, and Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night” rounds off the list at No. 10.