Is Travis Scott’s New Single About To Debut At No. 1?

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Just one week ago, Travis Scott released his latest single “Highest in the Room,” which appears to be the first sample of what his upcoming fourth solo album will sound like. Despite a number of tunes fronted by other acts trickling out over the past several months featuring verses by the superstar, his latest drop is his first proper solo cut in about half a year, and fans could not have been more excited to receive the tune.

While the data hasn’t been tabulated just yet, Scott’s new single may be headed straight for the top of the Hot 100, which remains a relatively rare feat, especially for hip-hop smashes.

When it first arrived, “Highest in the Room” earned the largest debut of 2019 on Spotify. The track was played just under four million times in the U.S. alone in its first day of availability, and it racked up eight million plays worldwide. Apple Music doesn’t share its numbers, but it also topped charts on that similarly popular streaming platform, so it's safe to assume it also collected several million streams in just its first day.

Expanding its proven popularity into a full introductory week, “Highest in the Room” should begin with a massive streaming sum, combining all audio platforms and YouTube, where the official video is also already out.

Including all video and audio streams and what could be extremely healthy sales (though that count is tougher to predict), Hits Daily Double suggests that “Highest in the Room” might launch with well over 400,000 equivalent units shifted. That’s an enormous first-week sum, and it might help Scott score not just another No. 1 hit, but his first chart-topping debut.

Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 earleir this year with about 500,000 equivalent units moved in one frame, and that was easily enough to grant her the top spot. Considering that at the moment, Scott only needs to compete with Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita,” which currently rank at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, his win seems like a safe bet. It’s not that those tracks aren’t popular or performing well, it’s just that they’ve both been present at the top for months now, and they don’t stand much of a chance against something as massive as “Highest in the Room” appears to already be.

Billboard should announce where “Highest in the Room” debuts on Monday, October 14, though due to the holiday, the news could come later than it typically does.

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Just one week ago, Travis Scott released his latest single “Highest in the Room,” which appears to be the first sample of what his upcoming fourth solo album will sound like. Despite a number of tunes fronted by other acts trickling out over the past several months featuring verses by the superstar, his latest drop is his first proper solo cut in about half a year, and fans could not have been more excited to receive the tune.

While the data hasn’t been tabulated just yet, Scott’s new single may be headed straight for the top of the Hot 100, which remains a relatively rare feat, especially for hip-hop smashes.

When it first arrived, “Highest in the Room” earned the largest debut of 2019 on Spotify. The track was played just under four million times in the U.S. alone in its first day of availability, and it racked up eight million plays worldwide. Apple Music doesn’t share its numbers, but it also topped charts on that similarly popular streaming platform, so it's safe to assume it also collected several million streams in just its first day.

Expanding its proven popularity into a full introductory week, “Highest in the Room” should begin with a massive streaming sum, combining all audio platforms and YouTube, where the official video is also already out.

Including all video and audio streams and what could be extremely healthy sales (though that count is tougher to predict), Hits Daily Double suggests that “Highest in the Room” might launch with well over 400,000 equivalent units shifted. That’s an enormous first-week sum, and it might help Scott score not just another No. 1 hit, but his first chart-topping debut.

Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 earleir this year with about 500,000 equivalent units moved in one frame, and that was easily enough to grant her the top spot. Considering that at the moment, Scott only needs to compete with Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita,” which currently rank at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, his win seems like a safe bet. It’s not that those tracks aren’t popular or performing well, it’s just that they’ve both been present at the top for months now, and they don’t stand much of a chance against something as massive as “Highest in the Room” appears to already be.

Billboard should announce where “Highest in the Room” debuts on Monday, October 14, though due to the holiday, the news could come later than it typically does.

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