Cabello joins the club thanks to “Havana” & “Camila.”
Camila Cabello takes over atop Billboard‘s signature song and album charts for the first time this week, marking a rare double domination for a first-time leader on each list.
As previously reported, Cabello earns her first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Jan. 27), as “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, rises from No. 2 to No. 1. The former Fifth Harmony member concurrently debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her first solo set, Camila (which houses “Havana”).
Cabello, thus, scores her first week atop the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 concurrently.
The last artist to earn both firsts as a soloist simultaneously? Beyoncé, with “Crazy in Love,” featuring JAY-Z, and Dangerously in Love, on July 12, 2003. The song began an eight-week Hot 100 reign the same week that her first solo album apart from Destiny’s Child (and including “Crazy”) launched at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Still, Beyoncé had previously topped both charts as a member of Destiny’s Child.
Counting purely first weeks at No. 1 on the tallies overall, Cabello is the first artist to earn both firsts in the same week since Britney Spears, whose “…Baby One More Time” ascended to No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated Jan. 30, 1999, the week that her debut album of the same name opened atop the Billboard 200.
(“First Time Out, Spears Mints Twin Hits,” Fred Bronson wrote in that week’s Chart Beat column. Bronson also noted that “Time” marked Max Martin’s first Hot 100 No. 1 as a writer. He’s since upped his count to 22 No. 1s, trailing only Paul McCartney, with 32, and John Lennon, with 26.)
Meanwhile, between Beyoncé in 2003 and Cabello this week, one other star earned his first week atop the Billboard 200 the same week that he first led the Hot 100 as a lead artist. On Sept. 17, 2005, Kanye West crowned the Billboard 200 for the first time with Late Registration, which entered at No. 1. On the Hot 100 that week, the set’s “Gold Digger,” featuring Jamie Foxx, vaulted 19-1 for its first of 10 weeks at the summit, marking West’s first week atop the Hot 100 as a lead act.
West had previously led the Hot 100, however, in a featured role (with Foxx), on Twista’s “Slow Jamz.” The track topped the Hot 100 for a week (Feb. 21, 2004).