Who says Pandas cant fly.
Desiigner has clinched the number 1 position of the Billboard 100 with “Panda” toppling Rihanna’s 9 weeks at the top with “Work”.
And this is not just any normal chart topper.
This smash hit with a $200 beat delivers a huge lesson for music producers and beat makers as well as rappers.
“Panda” has no doubt broken the mould of what’s been holding rap back from the chart-topping game. Something even Drake is dreaming about with his now top 5 single, “One Dance” and likely with more singles from this week’s Views release.
Desiigner is the first rapper to hit no. 1 with a debut chart entry since Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX in 2014.
And he is the first male chart topper and lead rapper with a debut entry since Wiz Khalifa, with “Black and Yellow” in 2011.
He is also the first rapper from New York to top the list since Jay Z with “Empire State of Mind” in 2009.
“Panda” also makes him the first American-born to lead the pack since July 25, 2015 when Wiz Khalifa reigned with “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth.
Desiigner is currently 18 years and 11 months old. This makes him the youngest male artists to hit number 1 since Chris Brown with “Kiss Kiss”, featuring T-Pain in 2007.
Considering Lorde was only 16 when her hit “Royals” got to number 1, Desiigner becomes the youngest since 2013.
“Panda,” released on imprint G.O.O.D. Music (founded by Kanye West) and label Def Jam, darts 2-1 on the Hot 100. It 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.
“Panda” pushes 4-2 on Digital Songs (113,000, up 30 percent) and 32-27 on Radio Songs (43 million, up 26 percent). It spends a third week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart and rises 2-1 to top Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. billboard.com
Now let’s see how long he can hold that position.