The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” is again the biggest song in the world, as it posts a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart and a fifth frame atop the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. list.
Meanwhile, Drake claims a weekly-record eight songs in the Global 200’s top 10, all debuts from his new album Certified Lover Boy, led by “Way 2 Sexy,” featuring Future and Young Thug, at No. 2. Drake also sends three songs from the set into the Global Excl. U.S. top 10.
Billboard’s two global charts (the latest of which are dated Sept. 18) began in September 2020 and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data, and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.
Chart ranks are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.
‘Stay’ No. 1, Drake Has 8 in Top 10 on Global 200
“Stay” by The Kid LAROI, from Australia, and Justin Bieber, from Canada, notches a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200. The song drew 119.8 million streams and sold 23,400 downloads (down 5% in each metric) worldwide in the Sept. 3-9 tracking week.
“Stay” is the first track in 2021 to log as many as five weeks of over 100 million global streams, after tallying 125.7 million (Sept. 11), 124.9 million (Sept. 4), 123.7 million (Aug. 28) and 108.5 million (Aug. 21).
Meanwhile, Drake blasts in with a weekly-best eight simultaneous Global 200 top 10s, led by “Way 2 Sexy” at No. 2 (96.9 million streams, 8,500 sold globally). The song is followed in the top 10 by the Toronto native’s “Girls Want Girls,” featuring Lil Baby (No. 3); “Fair Trade,” featuring Travis Scott (No. 4); “Champagne Poetry” (No. 5); “Knife Talk,” featuring 21 Savage and Project Pat (No. 6); “Papi’s Home” (No. 8); “In the Bible,” featuring Lil Durk and Giveon (No. 9); and “Love All,” featuring JAY-Z (No. 10).
Drake ups his total to a record 13 top 10s since the Global 200 began.
As for the other song in the Global 200’s top 10, Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” drops from No. 2 to No. 7, after spending a week atop the chart.
‘Stay’ Still No. 1 Outside U.S.
The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” adds a fifth week atop the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart, with 94.3 million streams (down 3%) and 11,600 sold (down 1%) in territories outside the U.S. in the Sept. 3-9 tracking week.
Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” repeats at No. 2 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, after five weeks at No. 1, and Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” rebounds from No. 4 to its No. 3 best.
Plus, Drake charts three songs new to the Global Excl. U.S. survey in the top 10: “Girls Want Girls,” at No. 4 (35 million streams, 1,100 sold outside the U.S.); “Fair Trade,” at No. 5; and “Way 2 Sexy,” at No. 9. The tracks mark his first top 10s since the tally started; he reached a prior No. 11 best with “What’s Next” in March.
The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated Sept. 18) will update on Billboard.com Tuesday (Sept. 14). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard’s subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
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