Kenya Grace Goes No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart With ‘Strangers’

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Newcomer Kenya Grace rises to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, dated Oct. 21, with her breakthrough hit, “Strangers.”

Concurrently, “Strangers” tops the Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales charts for a fifth and third week, respectively. It rose 4% in weekly official U.S. streams in the week ending Oct. 12, according to Luminate.

The track, on Major/Warner Records, debuted on the Sept. 16-dated survey at No. 5 and then ranked at No. 2 for the last four weeks. It displaces David Guetta & Bebe Rexha’s “I’m Good (Blue)” after 55 total and consecutive weeks at No. 1. That’s the second-longest reign in the list’s decade-long history, trailing only Marshmello & Bastille’s “Happier” (69 weeks, 2018-20).

Notably, “Strangers” is the first Hot Dance/Electronic Songs No. 1 solely written, produced and sung by a woman. Among all acts, and 50 leaders so far, it joins Calvin Harris’ “Summer” as the only songs written, produced and sung by a single talent.

Not only does “Strangers” crown Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, but Grace builds upon her momentum with a debut, as her “Only In My Mind” enters at No. 35.

“Strangers” also bounds to the Dance/Mix Show Airplay top 10 (15-6), up 48% in plays as the chart’s Greatest Gainer. The song, which has achieved prominence on TikTok, has also become her first entry on the Billboard Hot 100.

Beyond U.S.-only based charts, “Strangers” has become a worldwite hit for Grace, who was born in South Africa and raised in the U.K. It has reached No. 3 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. tally, and No. 5 on the Billboard Global 200. It has also hit the top 10 on 19 of Billboard’s Hits of the World Charts, topping lists in the U.K. and Austria. It also rises to the top of the latest Official UK Singles Chart.

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