A first for himself and only the thirteenth all time to pull it off, hip hop super star Travis Scott has replaced himself on the Billboard in what can only be an indicator of just how popular he has become.
After all, hip hop as a segment is no stranger to amazing sales stories. And anyone who has followed R&B is well aware of the Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Drake sales figures, but what about Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs that chart from the same guy who happens to overtake himself?
That is quite rare.
In a new track starring the aforementioned Drake, Travis Scott replaces himself with “Sicko Mode,” overcoming efforts by Kodak Black, among others, to take the top spot. Buoyed largely by its strong streaming debut, “Sicko Mode” now rests at the number 2 spot on the R&B/Hip Hop Streaming Songs chart. For the week ending October 25 the title received no less than 38.5 million clicks in the United States alone which represents a 41% lift for the song.
Not one to forget sales, Billboard also pegs “Sicko Mode” at 15,000 download units, more than enough to put it at number 4 on the R&B/Hip Hop Digital Song Sales chart. It also happens to be Travis Scott’s highest charting single so far on the Billboard Hot 100, coming in at number 2.
“Sicko Mode,” released by Epic on August 21, 2018, is the second single from Scott’s third studio album, Astroworld and features guest vocals by Drake, Swae Lee, and Big Hawk. In terms of production, “Sicko Mode” is notable for containing a loop from the BIG track “Gimme the LOOT” which makes the track both a throwback and thoroughly modern at the same time.
A music video from Dave Meyers and Travis Scott, the clip’s release on October 19, 2018 underscored the growing popularity of “Sicko Mode” on the airwaves and is notable for its interesting use of color.
Travis Scott isn’t just doing well on the ‘Net with streaming and downloads, he’s also pushing serious airplay over the radio waves. Coming up 4 spots in the R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart, Scott’s audience for “Sicko Mode” grew some 21 percent to 28.5 million according to Billboard for the week ending October 28.
This move puts Travis Scott in familiar hip hop company as previous artists to replace themselves on the chart include Jay-Z, Nelly, Fifty Cent, and Drake, among others.
Travis Scott’s third full album, Astroworld, went platinum back in September on the strength of its first two singles alone and it isn’t showing any sign of letting up. Featuring a bevy of producers such as Mike Dean, Nav, Frank Dukes, Sonny Digital, WondaGurl, Sheck Wes, Gunna, Wheezy, Don Toliver, Allen Ritter and Amir “Cash” Esmailian, Astroworld is nothing less than a catalog filled with bangers and top-notch production. Easily one of the most important albums of the year so far, we expect that Astroworld isn’t even close to being finished with its rise.