Megan Thee Stallion's "HISS" Hits No. 1 Amid Nicki Minaj Feud
Megan Thee Stallion's latest track "HISS" has climbed to the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking her first solo No. 1 hit, amid a highly publicized spat with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj. The song's ascent to the top spot comes after a series of strategic releases, including multiple versions of the track on streaming platforms and an online merchandise contest, alongside a notable public dig at Minaj.
"HISS" debuted with impressive numbers, amassing 29.2 million streams, 2.9 million radio airplay impressions, and over 100,000 downloads in its opening week. The release strategy for "HISS" included six alternate versions of the song, such as a clean version, 'chopped & screwed' edits, and instrumental and DJ-edited versions, all aimed at boosting the song's sales figures. This multifaceted approach helped the track secure the top spot on several charts, including Streaming Songs, Digital Song Sales Chart, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Hot Rap Songs.
This achievement marks Megan Thee Stallion's third Hot 100 No. 1, following her collaborations on "WAP" with Cardi B and "Savage" with Beyonce, though "HISS" stands out as her first chart-topper as a solo artist. The song's success has been further fueled by Megan's revived feud with Nicki Minaj, with "HISS" containing veiled references to Minaj's husband, Kenneth Petty.
In celebration of her No. 1 hit, Megan Thee Stallion expressed her gratitude on social media, thanking her fans, her team, and her late mother, known affectionately as MAMA HOLLY. She also highlighted the overwhelming response to her "Cobra" merchandise giveaway, which attracted 3.5 million entries.
Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj's counter-diss track "Big Foot" made a respectable debut at No. 23 on the Hot 100, with only four days of streaming data contributing to its chart position. Despite this, "Big Foot" helped Minaj extend her record for the most Hot 100 entries by a female rapper to 148 and marked her 75th Top 40 hit.
The ongoing exchange between Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj has reignited their rivalry, drawing significant attention to both artists and their latest releases. As the music world watches this feud unfold, Megan Thee Stallion's "HISS" has solidified its place in chart history, while Minaj's "Big Foot" adds another milestone to her illustrious career.