In a remarkable feat, Florida-born trap-soul artist Rod Wave has solidified his status as a chart-topping sensation, securing his third consecutive No. 1 album with the release of “Nostalgia.” This achievement comes on the heels of his previous chart-toppers, “SoulFly” in 2021 and “Beautiful Mind” in 2022. Despite being considered an underdog in the hip-hop scene, Rod Wave’s consistency and raw talent have earned him a dedicated following.
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“Nostalgia,” a 18-track introspective journey exploring themes of love and loss, includes a standout collaboration with 21 Savage on the track “Turks & Caicos.” The album logged an impressive equivalent of 137,000 album units sold, primarily driven by an astounding 187 million streams. Billboard notes that this marks the third-largest debut streaming week for an R&B/hip-hop album in 2023, solidifying Rod Wave’s place as a streaming powerhouse.
In a highly competitive music landscape, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Guts” slipped to No. 2 in its second week, with 134,000 units sold, while Zach Bryan’s self-titled album maintained its position at No. 3 with 79,000 units. Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing at a Time” and SZA’s “SOS” claimed the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. Travis Scott’s “Utopia” secured the No. 6 position, with Peso Pluma’s “Génesis” following at No. 7. Taylor Swift’s chart-topping “Midnights” remained steady at No. 8, and Morgan Wallen returned to the top 10 with his former No. 1 album, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” at No. 9. Rounding out the top 10 is the “Barbie” soundtrack.
SZA Dominates the Hot 100 with Drake Collaboration
On the Hot 100 chart, SZA made a resounding statement, not once but twice, as she claimed the No. 1 spot with her collaboration with Drake on “Slime You Out,” garnering an impressive 32.6 million streams. This marks SZA’s second-ever No. 1 song, following her earlier hit “SOS,” which led the chart in April.
Additionally, SZA’s solo single “Snooze” climbed to No. 3 on the Hot 100, thanks in part to a new remix featuring Justin Bieber. “Snooze” made a strong debut with 21.4 million streams, with all versions of the song contributing to its chart position.
The Hot 100 chart reflects a dominance of R&B and hip-hop-leaning singles in the top three, with Doja Cat’s “Paint the Town Red” maintaining its grip at No. 2, boasting nearly 45 million in radio reach and 27 million streams. This comes just two weeks after the single ascended to No. 1 on the songs chart. Doja Cat’s “Scarlet” album, released on September 22, is expected to impact the Billboard 200 in the coming week.
The remainder of the Hot 100 features familiar hits, including country artist Luke Combs’ rendition of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” at No. 4, and Zach Bryan’s “I Remember Everything” featuring Kacey Musgraves at No. 5. Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” takes the No. 6 spot, with Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire” sliding to No. 7. Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” holds steady at No. 8, while Gunna’s “Fukumean” remains at No. 9. Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night” rounds out the top 10 singles in its 17th week on the chart.
In a music landscape marked by rapid changes and fierce competition, these chart achievements stand as a testament to the enduring talent and evolving tastes of both artists and listeners alike. As the music industry continues to evolve, fans can expect more exciting developments and chart battles in the weeks and months to come.