Doja Cat Scores First No. 1 Rap Song For 2023 With “Paint The Town Red”
The streak is over. Doja Cat’s “Paint The Town Red” became the first rap release to earn the honor of being the most popular song in America this year.
“Paint The Town Red” rose two spots to No. 1 on the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart. Doja Cat ended the longest break for a rap song to top the weekly rankings in over two decades.
Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” was the last rap song to lead the Hot 100 in August 2022. That 54-week gap between chart-toppers for the genre was the lengthiest since a 79-week interval in 2001.
“Paint The Town Red” also gave Doja Cat her second Hot 100 leader. She previously reached the pinnacle of the chart with 2020’s “Say So” featuring Nicki Minaj. That single had a one-week reign.
In addition, Doja Cat added her name to a very exclusive list of female rappers to have multiple Number Ones on the Billboard Hot 100. Only Megan Thee Stallion (2), Nicki Minaj (3), and Cardi B (5) have also reached that feat.
Doja also joined Megan, Cardi, and Latto as the only female rappers to have a No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. Latto had the most popular song in the world for seven weeks in 2023 as a feature on “Seven” by Jung Kook.