Two high-profile collaborations were aiming for the top spot on this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart update, with Doja Cat's Nicki Minaj-assisted "Say So" and Megan Thee Stallion's Beyoncé-featuring "Savage" both vying for No. 1. Now, marking victory in a close-as-hell charts race, the honor goes to "Say So."
Notably, this is both Doja and Nicki's first-ever No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Last week, Kid Cudi earned his first with the top spot debut of his Travis Scott collab "The Scotts."
"Say So" originally appeared on Doja Cat's 2019 album Hot Pink, which also features the blink-182-sampling single "Bottom Bitch." The song was pushed to radio in early 2020 as the album's fifth official single. The Nicki remix, however, didn't pop up until this month.
"Say So" also sees a leap from No. 16 to No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 66,000 downloads sold in the week ending May 7. On the Radio Songs chart, the track leaps one spot to No. 2 and rises to No. 4 on the Streaming Songs chart, with the latter showing an 87 percent jump to 30.3 million U.S. streams for the week. The track is also now No. 1 on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as well as the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot R&B Songs charts.
Earlier this month, Doja Cat urged fans to stream "Say So" by joking about the promo process:
The simp army has risen once again.. there is hope. https://t.co/UHQ7ET7xq2— SAY SO FEAT. NICKI MINAJ OUT NOW! (@DojaCat) May 6, 2020
And after she got to No. 1, Doja made it clear that she wasn't actually showing her breasts.
"Savage," meanwhile, followed a similar path. The original version appears on Megan's Suga project, released in March, with the remix arriving nearly two months later following TikTok virality centered on the song's chorus. The Bey-assisted version lands at No. 2 on this week's chart. The track also jumps to the top spot on the Streaming Songs chart, becoming Megan's first to do so. It holds its No. 2 spot on the Digital Song Sales chart with 50,000 sold.
Both Doja and Megan appeared on the soundtrack companion to the Margot Robbie-starring Birds of Prey, which dropped back in February.
Of course, no matter who charts enthusiasts were pulling for in this week's Billboard update, this would have been a victory either way, as both songs are unequivocal highlights in each respective artist's catalogs.
Elsewhere in charts news, Drake was blocked from a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 by Kenny Chesney. Prior to the Chesney block, Drake had bagged nine consecutive No. 1 debuts on the albums chart. On the new Hot 100 update, Drake and Playboi Carti's long-awaited "Pain 1993" landed at No. 7.