Travis Scott and Kid Cudi’s “The Scotts” has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, dethroning The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” according to Billboard. The track, which debuted during Travis Scott’s record-breaking Fortnite event, immediately landed at the No. 1 spot on Spotify’s global streaming chart when it was released.
The song counts as Kid Cudi’s first-ever chart-topping song on the Hot 100. During its first week of release, the song garnered 42.2 million U.S. streams and also hit No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 67,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 30. That’s the third-highest figure for any song so far in 2020, coming just behind BTS’ “On” and Justin Bieber’s “Yummy.” Before the release of “The Scotts,” Cudi’s highest-charting single was his 2009 breakthrough, “Day N’ Nite” at No. 3. As Billboard pointed out, La Flame and Cudder under The Scotts collaborative duo name have put an end to a 35-week stretch of solo No. 1s on the chart, which is the longest streak in over two decades.
Travis Scott and Kid Cudi have continually highlighted their chemistry on tracks together, with Scott previously calling Cudi his “favorite artist.” During an interview on Beats 1 back in 2018, Scott said that Cudi “created a world for kids like me, who wasn’t just like, the ultimate like drug dealer.” He added, “He created that vibe and that planet, where you can mack on bitches and still be smooth, and still feel like you’re the king scientist.” The pair have already previewed a new song together, which will likely come under The Scotts moniker, too.