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Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" is saying goodbye to its No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, thanks to Cardi B, whose debut single, "Bodak Yellow," will top the chart dated October 7, Billboard announced Monday. Swift's highly anticipated single from her upcoming Reputation album remained No.1 in the country for just three weeks, while Cardi B is making history in her quick rise to the top.
"Bodak Yellow" marks only the second-ever time in history a song performed by an unaccompanied female rapper hit No.1 on the Hot 100 chart. The first and last song to do so was Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" in 1998. Only three other female rappers besides Cardi B and Lauryn Hill have earned the No.1 spot with collaborators: Lil’ Kim alongside Christina Aguilera, Mya, and P!nk with “Lady Marmalade” in 2001; Shawnna on Ludacris’s “Stand Up” in 2003; and Iggy Azalea alongside Charli XCX with “Fancy” in 2014.
Cardi B signed with Atlantic Records early in 2017 and released "Bodak Yellow," her debut commercial single, in June. A New York Times profile of the Bronx-born-and-raised rapper declared the song "the rap anthem of the summer." In that same profile, Cardi B's publicist, Patientce Foster, predicted the No.1 victory.
Fans are celebrating the historic feat for Cardi B as well as the dethroning of Swift, whose single dropped to No. 3, behind Post Malone and 21 Savage’s “Rockstar."
Swift's previous No.1 hits reigned longer than "Look What You Made Me Do": "Blank Space" lasted six weeks at No.1 in 2014. Whether this chart shift says more about Swift's new single or Cardi B's is debatable, but either way, it's refreshing to see two women top the charts.
This summer's top artists on the Hot 100 have been overwhelmingly male until now, with the coveted "song of the summer" conversation dominated by Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and Khaled’s “I’m the One.” Beyond that, the gender disparity in No.1 hits in 2017 has been glaring. Last month, the Billboard Hot 100 chart had gone a whole year without a woman-led No. 1. Cardi B's success with "Bodak Yellow" could indicate a shift in that trend. But one thing is for sure: Cardi B has secured her legacy in rapper history....Read more