The inaugural list is led by “SkeeYee” by Sexyy Red — the St. Louis-born rapper whom Drake recently recruited as an opener for a few nights of his “It’s All a Blur” tour. Red also appears three more times on the TikTok Billboard Top 50 Chart: at No. 19 with “Looking for the Hoes (Ain’t My Fault),” at No. 27 for “Face Down” with McVertt and Ferg and she closes the list at No. 50 with “Mad At Me.”
Additionally in the No. 2 position is Doja Cat’s “Paint the Town Red,” which simultaneously leads the Hot 100 list, and at No. 3 is Taylor Swift’s “August.”
This is the first official chart in the U.S. to monitor music discovery and engagement on the platform. The chart is based on a combination of creations, video views, and user engagement by the U.S. TikTok community, and will be released weekly on Thursdays.
“TikTok is already the world’s most powerful platform for music discovery and promotion, and each week our passionate community of music fans drives songs onto the Billboard charts. It therefore made perfect sense to partner with Billboard to create the TikTok Billboard Top 50 Chart. The chart gives a clear picture of the music that is being listened to on TikTok, and consequently starting to trend on DSPs and other services,” said Ole Obermann, global head of music business development at TikTok.
“We are thrilled to partner on the first Billboard chart on TikTok,” said Mike Van, president of Billboard. “At Billboard, we are constantly evolving our charts to reflect how fans engage with music and connect them more deeply with the artists they love. We see a clear opportunity to recognize the way music discovery on TikTok is shaping popular culture and are proud to offer this tool to the industry, while offering brands a new way to engage with music fans at scale. You’re not no. 1 until you’re no. 1 on Billboard.”
“I am so excited that so many of my songs are charting on TikTok and Billboard’s new chart,” commented Red. “I always knew I would be a No. 1 type of artist, so I want to thank all my fans on TikTok for running my music up! I’m just being me on TikTok and people love it.”