Tyla’s “Water” Knocks off 58-Week Reign of Rema & Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down” on U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart

Tyla’s “Water” Knocks off 58-Week Reign of Rema & Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down” on U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart

Tyla, the talented South African singer, has marked a significant milestone in her budding career as her hit track, “Water,” surges to claim the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart for the week dated Oct. 21. This remarkable achievement brings an end to the astounding 58-week domination held by Rema and Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down,” which had maintained the chart’s zenith since September 10, 2022. Furthermore, this prestigious achievement signifies Tyla’s inaugural No. 1 rank on any Billboard chart, solidifying her place in the musical spotlight.

“Water,” released through FAX Records/Epic Records, accomplished this feat by witnessing a surge in both streaming and sales—two vital factors influencing the U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart. In the streaming category, “Water” recorded an impressive 8.3 million official U.S. streams during the tracking week of October 6-12, signifying a notable 29% increase compared to the previous week, as reported by Luminate. Additionally, sales experienced a double-digit percentage boost, with 1,500 downloads sold in the U.S. over the same period, marking a substantial 26% week-over-week growth. It’s worth noting that the release of the official music video for “Water” on October 6 injected further momentum into the track’s rise.

The success story of “Water” extends to U.S. radio as well. The single made significant strides on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, leaping from No. 39 to No. 26 and enjoying a remarkable 64% increase in plays during the tracking week. A similar trend is witnessed on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, where “Water” catapulted from No. 47 to No. 29, accumulating 2.9 million in audience, marking an impressive 91% increase from the previous week. Furthermore, “Water” makes its debut on the Rhythmic Airplay chart at No. 38, following a substantial 127% rise in plays over the past week. The track is now within reach of securing a spot on the prestigious Pop Airplay list, hovering near the 40th position.

The collective surge in all these metrics has propelled “Water” to excel on multiple multi-metric U.S. Billboard charts. Notably, it has made significant headway on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart. Despite the arrival of 22 tracks from Drake’s latest album, “For All the Dogs,” which triggered a downward shift for many songs on the list, “Water” has shown resilience, ascending from No. 67 to No. 63 in only its second week on the chart—a remarkable achievement.

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