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Chart Analysis April 4, 2022

The Kid Laroi’s ‘Stay’ Is Officially a Record-Setter In the U.S.

Senior Journalist, B2B
The Kid Laroi’s ‘Stay’ Is Officially a Record-Setter In the U.S.

The Kid LAROI and his buddy Justin Bieber had a world-conquering hit with “Stay,” a song that has locked-in more time at or near the U.S. summit than any recording in chart history.

And he wants to do it all again.

Speaking on the red carpet at the 2022 Grammy Awards, where he was nominated for the newcomer trophy, Laroi admitted he’s keen to reunite with Bieber for another hitmaking ride.

“I definitely didn’t expect it to be this big and its really cool and everything’s kinda moving fast now, so I’m just trying to figure out what the f— I do now,” he told Billboard’s Carl Lamarre.

“Yeah, sure I would love to do a part two.”

The Gadigal-born singer and rapper with Kamilaroi roots has the world at his feet.

During a bust-out 2021, the Kid (real name Charlton Howard) won ARIA and APRA Awards, and hit No. 1 on the singles and albums charts in the U.S. and Australia, setting records along the way.

“Stay” has logged seven weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s all-genre Hot 100 singles chart, and a further 13 non-consecutive weeks at No. 2, more than any other song.

Those 20 weeks (and counting) in the Top 2 spots are also a chart record.

The Los Angeles-based rising star also saw his evolving mixtapeF*ck Love climb to the top of the Billboard 200 chart in 2021, making him the first Australian act to get there since AC/DC in 2020 (with Power Up), the first solo Australian since Sia debuted at No. 1 in July 2014 with1000 Forms of Fear, and the first indigenous male Australian solo artist to do it.

The wait for new music should be shorter than you think.

“I just shot two music videos,” he said from the Grammys red carpet.

“They’re about to come out really soon. I’ve just got to figure out which one I’m going to put out first. The album is almost finished.”

“Stay” was one of the biggest hits on the planet last year.

The track recently dropped at No. 2 on the IFPI’s Global Digital Single list for 2021, with 2.07 billion “streaming equivalent” unit, a feat bettered only by the Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” (2.17 billion units).


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