Sia Notches Her First No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 Hit with ‘Cheap Thrills’
Sia might have swung awfully close to that No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with global smashes like "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" over the past few years, but it took some "Cheap Thrills" to finally get her up to the top.
The song, featuring an assist from Sean Paul (his first No. 1 in over a decade — the Sean Paul revival is real!), successfully ousted Drake after his 10-week No. 1 "One Dance" reign on the Billboard Hot 100 charts this week, according to the official chart company today (July 25).
Sia's "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul, crowns the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Aug. 6), rising 3-1 to become Sia's first Hot 100 No. 1 as an artist, while Paul earns his fourth topper and first in more than 10 years. The song unseats Drake's "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla, which led the Hot 100 for 10 weeks, marking both the longest-leading No. 1 of 2016 and of Drake's career.
The No. 1 win isn't just a major win for the This Is Acting Aussie-bred singer-songwriter herself, but a historic victory for older artists within what is an otherwise youth-driven market.
According to an especially chart-conscious Billboard reader, it's the first time a woman over 40 hit the top spot since Madonna, then 42 years old, released "Music" in 2000 — yes, a full 16 years ago.
"As Sia was born Dec. 18, 1975, she's just past 40 years and seven months of age," the site confirms.
And, after hitting No. 1 after 23 weeks on the Hot 100 charts, "Cheap Thrills" also makes its mark by tying another (even earlier!) historic run: "The rise to No. 1 on the Hot 100 for 'Thrills' is record-tying: it matches the 23-week ascent of Patti Austin's 'Baby, Come to Me,' with James Ingram, which hit No. 1 on Feb. 19, 1983."
"Cheap Thrills," as was first reported when the song was released late last year, was originally meant for Rihanna. Rihanna's team ultimately passed on the track. (Evidently, it worked out just fine in the end.)
"We did actually send it to her, but they passed on it, and then I just couldn't stop listening to it in the car. For some reason, I really liked listening to it which makes me feel masturbatory, but I wouldn't normally be just jamming out to my own tunes," Sia explained to Rolling Stone.
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