The rapper Desiigner roars to No. 1 with his first chart entry, marking, among other feats, the first leader by an American act after a record 41-week drought.
Desiigner’s debut hit “Panda” pounces to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 7). The Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York rapper halts the nine-week reign of Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, and brings an American act to No. 1 on the Hot 100 after a record 41-week streak of leaders by foreign artists.
“Panda,” released on imprint G.O.O.D. Music (founded by Kanye West) and label Def Jam, darts from #2 to the top spot on the Hot 100. It also spends a second week atop the Streaming Songs chart, with 35 million overall U.S. streams (up 23 percent), in the week ending April 21, according to Nielsen Music. Approximately two-thirds of the track’s Hot 100 points are from streaming, with the highest share (43 percent) of its streams from non-Vevo YouTube views, as no official video for the track has yet been released; an official clip is in the works, according to Def Jam.