DaBaby Shocks By Nabbing His First UK No. 1 with ‘Rockstar’

DaBaby was one of the artists to release a new album during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The album has spawned a hit single that has achieved a new feat for the rapper in the United Kingdom.

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DaBaby released his most recent album in April

After entering 2020 as one of the biggest new artists of 2019, DaBaby released his first album of the year in April with Blame it on Baby. Even though the album was preceded by the lead single, “Find My Way,” it was mostly considered a surprise release.

The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s top 200 albums chart, becoming his second straight No. 1 and his third straight top 10 album release. Ahead of this release, some fans began accused DaBaby overutilizing his signature flow in most of his music.

These accusations became even louder with the release of Blame it on Baby, despite the fact that he switches it up on his latest album, even singing a bit on the album.

In an interview with The Breakfast Club, he responded to the people saying that he has the same flow on all his songs. Directly addressing his detractors, he said, “As far as switching the flow, I have no problem rapping circles around any one of these n***as. I couldn’t find myself entertaining that. I could joke about it just like I joke about everything else. … I’ll make a conscious album right now, I’ll record the whole s**t today. On some J. Cole vibes. Joyner Lucas. I can get in there too.”

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The single ‘Rockstar’ is a hit in the UK

DaBaby’s latest single, “Rockstar” (featuring Roddy Ricch) which is taken from Blame it on Baby, is his second top 10 single as a lead artist in the United States, reaching No. 9 so far on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song is an even bigger hit in the UK, where it has landed DaBaby his very first No. 1 single on the UK’s Billboard Hot 100 equivalent, the UK Singles Chart, which is from the Official Charts Company. It wasn’t anticipated to land at the top, which was surprising.

Not only is the song DaBaby’s first No. 1 in the UK, but it is also his first entry in the top 10. Prior to this, his highest-charting lead single in the country was “Find My Way” at No. 46. This is also Roddy Ricch’s first UK No.1. His single, “The Box,” was very close, landing at No. 2 on the chart.

DaBaby has yet to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with his 2019 single, “Suge,” reaching No. 7.