Billboard’s Hot 100 chart has been used as the main indicator of songs’ success in the U.S. for decades, but their brand-new chart is taking things to a new level. The Billboard Global 200 is tracking the most popular songs worldwide, and “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion topped the inaugural chart.
Unlike the Billboard Hot 100, which focuses solely on the U.S., this new chart will be based on weekly global streams and download sales from over 200 territories. According to Billboard’s senior vice president, Silvio Pietroluongo, its main goal is to be “reflective of a world view”.
Billboard’s first Global 200 chart was topped by Cardi B’s viral hit “WAP”. This song also topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week, and we’re expecting overlaps between these two charts will be common in the years to come.
In addition to Global 200, Billboard also introduced Billboard Global Excl. U.S. This new chart focuses on all territories outside the United States, and it was topped by Maluma’s “Hawái” during its inaugural week.