Beyonce has her first solo Hot 100 #1 in 14 years with “Break My Soul.”

Beyoncé was no stranger to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, but in recent years that has been thanks to appearances on songs co-hosted by Megan Thee Stallion and Ed Sheeran. But she’s returned to dominating the charts as a solo artist with “Break My Soul,” which climbed to No. 1 after first hitting the Hot 100 six weeks ago. It hits that peak in the same chart week that their album Renaissance debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The last time Beyoncé topped the song charts alone was in 2008, when “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” dominated the Hot 100 for four weeks.

She has since shared the number one spot with Sheeran for five weeks with her 2017 duet on “Perfect,” and recaptured it with a single week in 2020, when she and Megan topped the list with a remix of the latter’s “Savage.” artist.

Prior to these collaborations, she had owned five No. 1 races alone between 2003 and 2008. The artist, who appears in the more recent collaborations, now has her eight number one hits, up from the four she had in 1999-2001 as a member of Destiny’s Child. It’s now 23 years and three weeks since their first #1, DC’s Bills, Bills, Bills.

The release of “Renaissance” on July 29 was obviously a major factor in increasing consumption of “Break My Soul” and propelling it to #1. Billboard reported that Luminate’s data for the week showed streams up 114% to last at 18.9 million frames and downloads up 113% to land at 13,000. But another significant factor is how the song’s airplay has gradually increased over the past six weeks, and this week has jumped another 8% to 61.7 million airplay impressions.

Despite the continued increase in airplay, the song remains at #4 on the overall Radio Songs chart, but “Break My Soul” makes a big jump on the Streaming Songs chart, going from #25 to #3.

It’s possible the song could see another spike in consumption next week, as the current chart period doesn’t include the release of “The Queens Remix,” which features old Madonna material, including snippets from “Vogue,” in “Break My.” Soul.” The remix drew a lot of attention from the black female artists, whom Beyoncé refers to as influences or heroes in freshly added verses.

News of Beyoncé’s return to the top of the Hot 100 comes on the heels of her triumph at the top of the Billboard 200, where “Renaissance” debuted at No. 1 with 332,000 album-equivalent units, her first time at that spot since her last solo studio The album “Lemonade” was released in 2016.

Overall, Billboard reports that Beyonce spent 60 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart between her group and solo efforts, indicating the kind of multi-week runs some of those 12 songs had at the top.

Beyoncé’s rise means that Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” had to vacate the top spot after two weeks of landing. Previously, Harry Styles’ “As It Was” had seemed indomitable with a 10-week reign.

This week, Lizzo jumped to #2, which catapulted Styles to #3. But one crowning position Lizzo hasn’t vacated is the No. 1 spot on the radio song chart. With a slight 3% increase in airplay, “About Damn Time” maintained its radio dominance with 93.9 million viewer airplay impressions, still well ahead of the 61.7 million for “Break My Soul.”

Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” was also knocked out by one spot on the Hot 10, slipping from its previous No. 3 peak to No. 4. The “Stranger Things” fueled oldie still topped three Billboard airplay charts: Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, Hot Rock Songs, and Hot Alternative Songs.

Three songs crashed into the top 10 on the Hot 100 for the first time. Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” jumped five spots to number 7. Lacy was a fixture on both the Rock/Alternative and R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. And Nicky Youre and Dazy’s collaboration, “Sunroof,” moved up three positions to No. 9.

Other holdovers in the top 10 include tracks by Future featuring Drake and Tems, Jack Harlow, the pairing of Bad Bunny and Chencho Corleone, and a second hit by Styles (“Late Night Talking”).

Beyoncé had more to celebrate in the Hot 100 news this week, with all 16 tracks from “Renaissance” charting. After “Break My Soul”, “Cuff It” at No. 13 and “Alien Superstar” at No. 19 were the other two songs in the top 20. With these songs, she has now had 81 songs appear in the Hots 100 in her career after Destiny’s Child.

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/beyonce-break-my-soul-number-one-hot-100-single-1235336290/ Beyonce has her first solo Hot 100 #1 in 14 years with “Break My Soul.”

Charles Jones

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