Kid Cudi earned the first No. 1 song of his career with help of Travis Scott. The duo’s single “The Scotts” debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated May 9, 2020.
“The Scotts” racked up 42.2 million U.S. streams and sold 67,000 digital downloads in its first week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Cudi and Scott’s collaboration dethroned The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” which has been dominating the Hot 100 for much of the year. Weeknd’s popular cut slipped to No. 2 as it approaches its 25th week on the chart later this month.
While “The Scotts” marks Cudi’s first time at No. 1, the track is Scott’s third entry to reach the pinnacle of the Hot 100.
The Cactus Jack founder hit No. 1 twice, accomplishing the feat with “Sicko Mode” in 2018 and “Highest In The Room” in 2019. Cudi’s previous peak was No. 3, which he attained with “Day ‘N’ Nite” in 2009.
Cudder and LaFlame’s collaborative cut premiered at the latter’s Fortnite virtual concert on April 23. The digital performance broke a record for the video game with an estimated 12.3 million players participating in the event.
The two artists have had a close relationship since Travis entered the industry. The Houston-bred artist has consistently listed Cudi as one of the main sources of his musical inspiration, and even went so far as to say that he could not release his debut album until Kid Cudi was a part of the project. Travis admitted to crying when he first met the Cleveland rapper as he was overcome with emotions. Today, the two are sitting at the top of the charts together.
Stream Cudi’s first chart-topping single below.