The coronation complements her No. 1 debut atop the Billboard 200 with her first solo album, “Camila.”
The song was released on SYCO/Epic Records and is the 1,070th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s history, which dates to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception.
As we do every Monday, let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 23).
No. 1 in streaming, No. 2 in sales & airplay: As on the Hot 100, “Havana” becomes both Cabello and Young Thug’s first No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, jumping from No. 5 with a 34 percent gain to 44.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 18, according to Nielsen Music.
The track charges 4-2 on Digital Song Sales (which it led for two weeks), up 57 percent to 80,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 18, aided by a 69-cent iTunes Store sale price. It claims the Hot 100’s top gains in both streaming and sales.
On Radio Songs (which it topped for four frames), “Havana” holds at No. 2, with 131 million in all-format airplay audience (down 5 percent) in the week ending Jan. 21.
Prior peaks: Cabello had previously peaked as high as No. 4 on the Hot 100 both as a soloist and a member of vocal group Fifth Harmony, which she departed in December 2016. Her own “Bad Things,” with Machine Gun Kelly, hit No. 4 on Feb. 11, 2017, while 5H’s “Work From Home,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, reached the same rank on June 11, 2016.
Young Thug (born Jeffery Lamar Williams) had previously hit No. 16 on the Hot 100 as featured, with Rich Homie Quan, on Rich Gang’s “Lifestyle” (Nov. 15, 2014).
Seven-week wait at No. 2: “Havana” spent seven (nonconsecutive) weeks at No. 2 before topping the Hot 100. That’s the most time for a song at the runner-up spot before hitting No. 1 since Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” logged a record-tying eight weeks at No. 2 in 2015-16 prior to leading for three weeks beginning Jan. 23, 2016.
23 total weeks to No. 1, tying the record among women: “Havana” hits No. 1 in its 23rd week on the Hot 100, equaling the longest rise to the summit for a song by a female artist in the Hot 100’s history. It matches Sia‘s “Cheap Thrills,” featuring Sean Paul, in 2016, and Patti Austin’s “Baby, Come to Me,” with James Ingram, in 1982-83.
Only six songs overall have taken more scenic routes to No. 1 than those three, led by Los Del Rio’s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)”: 33 weeks in 1995-96.
Camila, Beyoncé & Britney: Cabello scores her first week atop the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 concurrently, thanks to “Havana” and Camila, respectively. The last artist to earn both firsts as a soloist simultaneously? Beyoncé, with “Crazy in Love,” featuring JAY-Z, and Dangerously in Love, on July 12, 2003.
Still, Beyoncé had previously topped both charts as a member of Destiny’s Child. Counting purely first weeks at No. 1 on the tallies at all, Cabello is the first artist to notch both simultaneously since Britney Spears, whose “…Baby One More Time” ascended to No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated Jan. 30, 1999, the same week that her debut album of the same name launched atop the Billboard 200.
Camila & Zayn: In just under two years, two soloists formerly in arguably the most prominent boy band and girl group this decade, respectively, have now topped the Hot 100 on their own, after narrowly missing the top spot while in those acts.
As noted above, Cabello reached a No. 4 best with Fifth Harmony on “Work From Home.” As a member of One Direction, which he left in 2015, Zayn rose as high as No. 2 with the group’s “Best Song Ever” in 2013. On the Hot 100 dated Feb. 20, 2016, he debuted at No. 1 and led for two total weeks with his solo debut, “Pillowtalk.”
Thus, One Direction and Fifth Harmony each began as quintets and lost a member that went on to do what each group hasn’t: hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Both 1D and 5H formed on singing competition The X Factor, the former on the British version in 2010 and the latter on the U.S. edition in 2012, and both signed to X Factor creator Simon Cowell’s SYCO imprint.
Go-going solo, and to No. 1: Cabello is the first artist to chart a top five Hot 100 hit, but not a No. 1, in a group and then lead solo since Zayn.
Among women, she’s the first to make such a progression since Gwen Stefani, whose “Hollaback Girl” led for four weeks in 2005. As a member of No Doubt, she reached a No. 3 high with the group’s “Underneath It All” in 2002. (No Doubt might’ve topped the Hot 100 with “Don’t Speak,” but the smash was not released as a commercial single and, per chart rules at the time, was ineligible to appear on the Hot 100; it ruled Radio Songs for 16 weeks in 1996-97.)
Before Stefani, the last woman to have hit the top five, but fallen shy of No. 1, with a group and then led as a soloist? Belinda Carlisle. In the Go-Go’s, she marched to No. 2 with “We Got the Beat” in 1982. As a soloist, she ascended to No. 1 with “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” in 1987.
Speaking of places on Earth …
World news: “Havana” is the first Hot 100 No. 1 whose title includes a city since Fergie‘s “London Bridge,” which led for three weeks beginning Aug. 19, 2006. (Both Havana and London are capital cities, of course, of Cuba and England/the United Kingdom, respectively.)
Two other Hot 100 No. 1s since Fergie’s have included geographic locales in their titles: “California Gurls,” by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg (six weeks at No. 1, 2010), and “Harlem Shake,” by Baauer (five weeks, 2013).
Women’s resurgence at No. 1: Female artists in lead roles went over a year between topping the Hot 100 from Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” (last week at No. 1: Aug. 27, 2016) to Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do” (first week at No. 1: Sept. 16, 2017).
However, since the first of three weeks on top for Swift’s song, women in lead roles have now appeared on four of the last five No. 1s. Following “Look,” Cardi Bdominated for three weeks with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).” The all-male “Rockstar,” by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, then reigned for eight weeks and, before “Havana,” Ed Sheeran‘s “Perfect” led for six weeks; for five of those frames, Beyoncé was credited as the co-lead.
Top 40 follow-up: As “Havana” reaches No. 1 on the Hot 100, Cabello’s follow-up single from Camila, “Never Be the Same,” enters the top 40, surging 65-30. It’s her fourth solo top 40 Hot 100 hit (matching her total as a member of Fifth Harmony, which has tallied all four of its top 40 entries to date in 2015-16 while Cabello was in the group).