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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Sabrina Carpenter’s “Please Please Please” hits no. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

This milestone marks Carpenter's first-ever No. 1 hit on the chart, a significant accomplishment in her decade-long career.

Sabrina Carpenter’s latest single, “Please Please Please,” has skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, achieving the No. 1 spot just one week after its debut at No. 2. This milestone marks Carpenter’s first-ever No. 1 hit on the chart, a significant accomplishment in her decade-long career. Released by Island Records and promoted by Republic Corps, the song has garnered 50.9 million official streams, marking the highest streaming week of Carpenter’s career.

Radio Airplay and Sales Performance

In addition to its streaming success, “Please Please Please” has also achieved impressive radio airplay, with 3.2 million audience impressions—a 502% increase from the previous week. The single sold 7,000 units in the U.S. during the tracking week of June 14-20, according to Luminate, despite a 10% decrease in sales. The track remains at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart for the second consecutive week and holds the No. 7 position on the Digital Song Sales chart.

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Music Video and Promotional Efforts

The official music video for “Please Please Please,” featuring Carpenter’s partner, Oscar-nominated actor Barry Keoghan, was released on June 7. Carpenter performed the song live at New York’s Governors Ball the following day, further boosting its popularity. On June 18, various versions of the song, including acoustic, a cappella, instrumental, sped-up, and slowed-down, were released, broadening its appeal.

Tour Announcement and Upcoming Album

On June 20, Carpenter announced her 29-date Short n’ Sweet Tour, set to begin on September 23 in Columbus, Ohio. This tour follows her stint as the opening act for Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour in South America, Australia, and Singapore. “Please Please Please” is one of the lead singles from Carpenter’s upcoming album “Short n’ Sweet,” scheduled for release on August 23. Another track from the album, “Espresso,” is currently at No. 4 on the Hot 100 after peaking at No. 3.

Responding to Critics

Carpenter has also made headlines for her skillful response to online criticism. After reaching the No. 1 spot, she shared screenshots of the chart rankings alongside a negative comment from a critic who had belittled her music. The critic had posted, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone fumble a second single this hard. My goodness.” Carpenter replied with the rankings and a playful message: “ohhhh I’m a grateful grateful grateful girl.”

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The success of “Please Please Please” has been further bolstered by celebrity endorsements. Joey King, star of “The Kissing Booth,” praised the song in an interview with People magazine, saying, “I’m so happy for her and I just can’t stop singing ‘Please Please Please.’ It’s so rude of her to make a hit like that.”