Cardi B is Breaking Billboard Records with “Up”

Cardi B in the front row at Marc Jacobs show at New York Fashion Week in 2018. Photo by Swan Gallet/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (9375970e)

Cardi B’s “Up” is breaking Billboard records. “Up” landed the No. 1 spot on the chart dated February 20, after “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, debuted on top last August, dominating it for 10 weeks. This makes the rapper the second artist and first female and lead artist to post two straight No. 1 debuts on the charts. Drake was the first to do so from a feature spot in Rihanna’s “Work” and his single “Summer Sixteen” in 2016.

“Up” is the singer’s sixth No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Cardi had had at least one song hit the top spot in the past five years. The other songs to reach the spot were “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves”, “Finesse” with Bruno Mars, “I Like It”, “Please Me”, and “WAP”.

On the all-genre Hot 100, “Up” reached the No. 2 spot, behind Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License”. This achievement hasn’t been seen in over two decades—no woman has debuted higher on the Hot 100 with a song with no other billed artist. The song also debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

The track was released on February 5 and in the week ending in February 11, it registered 31.2 million U.S. streams.

Listen to “Up” below.