Jack Harlow’s Single ‘First Class’ Debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Jack Harlow released his newest single “First Class” on April 8. The song quickly became a viral TikTok sound, and on April 18, Billboard announced that “First Class” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This marks Harlow’s second No. 1 song on the Hot 100 and his first time having his music debut at the top spot on the chart.

Jack Harlow attends the 2022 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards
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Jack Harlow’s song ‘First Class’ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Each week, the Billboard Hot 100 tracks the top songs in the U.S. through sales, streaming, and radio play. On April 18, Billboard released the newest ranking of the Hot 100.

Harlow’s song “First Class” debuted at No. 1 on the chart, beating out Harry Styles’ single “As It Was” and Glass Animals’ powerhouse song “Heat Waves.”

Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 23):

  1. “First Class,” Jack Harlow
  2. “As It Was,” Harry Styles
  3. “Heat Waves,” Glass Animals
  4. “Big Energy,” Latto
  5. “Enemy,” Imagine Dragons X JID
  6. “Stay,” The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber
  7. “Super Gremlin,” Kodak Black
  8. “Woman,” Doja Cat
  9. “Ghost,” Justin Bieber
  10. “Thats What I Want,” Lil Nas X

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A look at the numbers behind ‘First Class’

After announcing the most recent Hot 100 ranking, Billboard went in-depth about how Harlow’s “First Class” reached No. 1 on the chart.

According to Billboard, the single achieved “54.6 million streams, 4.1 million radio airplay audience impressions and 10,600 downloads sold in the April 8-14 tracking week.”

Billboard’s report continues:

“The track opens at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, where it’s Harlow’s second leader (after ‘Industry Baby,’ for two weeks last August and October), with the best streaming week achieved in 2022…

‘First Class’ also bows at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, marking Harlow’s second leader (again, after ‘Industry Baby,’ for a week last October), while bubbling under Radio Songs. (It enters the Rap Airplay chart at No. 21, Rhythmic Airplay at No. 23 and Pop Airplay at No. 35.)”

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Jack Harlow’s song ‘First Class’ interpolates Fergie’s song ‘Glamorous’

“First Class” went viral for its chorus before it was officially released. The chorus of the single interpolates Fergie’s popular song “Glamorous.” In the chorus of the song, Harlow raps around Fergie‘s original lyrics.

The chorus goes: “I been a (G), throw up the (L), sex in the (A.M.), uh-huh /(O-R-O-U-S, yeah) /And I can put you in (First class, up in the sky).”

According to Billboard, “‘First Class’ is the first Hot 100 No. 1 to rework another song – as well as a former leader – since Drake’s ‘Way 2 Sexy,’ which ruled the Sept. 18, 2021, chart in its debut week; the latter reimagines Right Said Fred’s ‘I’m Too Sexy,’ which reigned for three weeks in February 1992.”

On May 6, Harlow will release an album called Come Home the Kids Miss You.

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