6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 last week with their new single “TROLLZ.” It became the fifth song to debut atop the Hot 100 in 2020, the most of any year in the chart’s history. This week, the rap duo’s collaborative hit breaks another chart record—though perhaps not one either artist would be eager to claim.
“TROLLZ” plummets to No. 34 on the Hot 100 in its second week, marking the biggest fall for a No. 1 debut in Hot 100 history. The Weekend previously set the record with chart-topping After Hours single “Heartless,” which dropped to No. 15 in its second week in December.
The Hot 100 free-fall for “TROLLZ” can be partially attributed to the song’s reliance on physical sales in its first week. The track sold 116,000 copies in its first week, the biggest weekly haul since Taylor Swift’s “ME!” in May 2019, bolstered by a slew of music/merchandise bundles and a discounted iTunes download price of 69 cents. This emphasis on physical/digital bundles has become increasingly common for artists looking to inflate the first-week numbers of a new single, but it often results in a precipitous week-two drop.