This week is turning out to be an incredible one for Kendrick Lamar, who has now scored a charting double here in the U.S. “Humble.” has just been named the new No. 1 song in the country, finally toppling Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” after the latter ruled the ranking for weeks on end. “Humble.” made waves from the moment it was released, and it was immediately a crowd pleaser.
The song debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100, initially unable to break through and beat Sheeran’s powerful pop smash. In its second week on the tally, the track slipped to third place, losing ground to Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” but it seems that glory was intended for Lamar, as it only took three frames to make it all the way to the top.
This week marks the hip-hop star’s second turn at the top of the Hot 100, but his first as a lead artist. He hit the summit of the all-encompassing singles tally for the first time as a featured guest on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” which bolted to the top and only remained there for one week thanks to its explosive accompanying video. He has also broken into the top 10 on two other occasions, with both of them being thanks to the power of other artists. He hit No. 8 alongside Drake and 2 Chainz as a featured guest on A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems” in 2012, and then again last year with Maroon 5’s “Don’t Wanna Know.”
“Humble.” serves as the lead single off of Lamar’s most recent album DAMN., which is currently at the top of the Billboard 200. The record, his third to top the important chart, begins with the largest opening frame of 2017 thus far. –FORBES