Camila Cabello's 'Havana' Is First Song by a Woman to Top Pop, Rhythmic & Adult Pop Songs Charts Since 1996https://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... hmic-adult
2/26/2018 by Gary Trust
"Havana" does what no song had done since Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men's record smash "One Sweet Day."
Camila Cabello's "Havana," featuring Young Thug, rises 2-1 on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart dated March 3 (which makes for a nice birthday present for Cabello, who was born on that date in 1997).
As "Havana" previously led the Pop Songs chart for seven weeks, beginning Dec. 7, and Rhythmic Songs for three weeks, beginning Jan. 3, the hit is the first by a female artist to simultaneously crown all three airplay tallies in 22 years, since Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day." (Their ballad also ruled the Billboard Hot 100 for 16 weeks, a record matched only by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, last year.)
Among all acts, "Havana" is just the ninth song to have hit No. 1 on the Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs and Adult Pop Songs airplay charts (over the 22 years that all three lists have coexisted). Here's a chronological recap:
"One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, 1995-96
"Livin' La Vida Loca," Ricky Martin, 1999
"Mirrors," Justin Timberlake, 2013
"Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke feat. T.I. + Pharrell, 2013
"Happy," Pharrell Williams, 2014
"All of Me," John Legend, 2014
"Am I Wrong," Nico & Vinz, 2014
"Uptown Funk!," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, 2015
"Havana," Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug, 2017-18
The Pop Songs chart, which began in 1992 (and just celebrated its 25th anniversary), measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of mainstream top 40 stations. Rhythmic Songs (also launched in 1992) reflects airplay on rhythmic stations that span pop to R&B/hip-hop, while Adult Pop Songs (begun in Billboard magazine in 1996) ranks songs on adult top 40 stations.
(Notably, seven of the nine multi-format No. 1s above have joined the exclusive club in the past five years. That could be attributed partly to the adult pop format's lean this decade toward a more mainstream pop sound after years of favoring pop-rock, as such acts as Maroon 5, Katy Perry, P!nk and Taylor Swift have supplanted a host of guitar-based bands.)
Cabello earns her first Adult Pop Songs No. 1. As a member of Fifth Harmony, which she departed in December 2016, she rose as high as No. 18 on the chart with the group's "Work From Home," featuring Ty Dolla $ign, that July.
"Havana" previously topped the all-genre, streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot 100 dated Jan. 27, the same week that her debut solo album Camila debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Meanwhile, "Havana" follow-up "Never Be the Same," which has reached No. 27 on the Hot 100 (Feb. 17), climbs 15-14 on the March 3-dated Pop Songs chart, 24-22 on Rhythmic Songs and 30-28 on Adult Pop Songs.