Thursday, October 6, 2022

I Can Get ‘Em Both: Cardi B Notches Rare Billboard Milestone with First 2 Singles

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Cardi B attends the MOBO Awards at First Direct Arena Leeds on November 29, 2017 in Leeds, England.
Cardi B attends the MOBO Awards at First Direct Arena Leeds on November 29, 2017 in Leeds, England.

*Cardi B has joined a select group of female emcees on Billboard, thanks to her single “Bodak Yellow” and her feature alongside A$AP Rocky on G-Eazy’s “No Limit.”

On the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Dec. 16), “No Limit” jumps 11-8, entering the top 10 for the first time, giving Cardi B her second consecutive top 10.

Only three other female rappers have sent their first two Hot 100 entries to the top 10.

Cardi’s former three-week No. 1 hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” sits right one spot above “No Limit” at No. 7.

Billboard dug through the crates. “We looked at every female rapper that has appeared in the top 10 and found that it’s rare for such an artist’s first two charted songs to reach the region, and even more uncommon for their first two to chart in the top 10 at the same time,” writer Xander Zellner noted.

More details below, via Billboard:

Cardi B is just the fourth female rapper to launch her first two Hot 100 hits to the top 10. Neneh Cherry first achieved the feat in 1989, as her breakthrough “Buffalo Stance” reached No. 3 and follow-up “Kisses on the Wind” climbed to No. 8.

Lil Mama followed, as her debut hit “Lil Gloss” climbed to No. 10 in 2007 and her second and so-far final entry, “Shawty Get Loose,” featuring Chris Brown and T-Pain, also peaked at No. 10 almost a year later.

Iggy Azalea became the third female rapper to the achieve the feat, and the last before Cardi B, as her debut smash “Fancy” (featuring Charli XCX) spent seven weeks at No. 1 in 2014. Her second hit, Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” featuring Azalea, reached No. 2. Iggy and Cardi B are the only female rappers to chart their first two Hot 100 hits in the top 10 together, as “Fancy” and “Problem” shared space in the tier for 16 weeks, first peaking at Nos. 1 and 2 on June 7, 2014 (placing her in the fab company of The Beatles as the only acts ever to claim the chart’s top two spots concurrently with their first two charted songs).

There’s still time for Cardi B to make even more Hot 100 history. If “No Limit” hits No. 1, she would become the first female rapper with back-to-back No. 1 hits, and the first with more than one at all. She would also become just the fifth female soloist to top the Hot 100 on her first two tries; currently, only Tiffany, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga hold that distinction.

Further, if Cardi B’s third Hot 100 entry, “Motorsport,” with Migos and Nicki Minaj (at No. 17 this week after debuting at its No. 14 high on the Nov. 18 chart), hits the top 10, she would become the first female rapper to send her first three Hot 100 entries to the top 10.




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