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Sam Smith and Kim Petras makes LGBTQ historical past on Billboard’s Scorching 100 chart : NPR


Kim Petras and Sam Smith carry out onstage through the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Pageant at T-Cellular Area in September in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Kim Petras and Sam Smith carry out onstage through the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Pageant at T-Cellular Area in September in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Photographs for iHeartRadio

Sam Smith and Kim Petras grew to become the primary brazenly non-binary solo artist and first brazenly transgender solo artist, respectively, to ascend to No. 1 on Billboard’s Scorching 100 track chart.

Their track “Unholy” debuted at No. 3 on Oct. 8 and spent two weeks at No. 2 earlier than surpassing Steve Lacy’s “Unhealthy Behavior” on Monday. The track earned each artists their first No. 1 spot on the Scorching 100, with Smith’s “Stick with Me” reaching No. 2 in 2014.

“I simply actually do not need to be the final,” Petras advised Billboard final week about her then-No. 2 spot on the Scorching 100 chart. “There’s at all times been unbelievable and proficient trans artists.”

She pointed to trans artist SOPHIE, who helped usher in a brand new period of digital pop music, and others equivalent to Amanda Lear and Ayesha Erotica who she regarded as much as.

“That very same story simply retains repeating again and again for trans ladies who’ve been making distinctive music and have been pushed below the rug whereas another person takes credit score from them,” she stated. “I am simply blissful that Sam gave me the prospect to shine right here. I hope I can assist break the cycle — it appears like individuals are lastly prepared for us to succeed, and that fills me with a number of pleasure.”

“Unholy” is the German artist’s first entry on the Scorching 100. Petras has additionally toured with Camila Cabello, Charli XCX, and Rita Ora.

Smith has had six different songs attain the prime 10 on the Scorching 100 chart, together with “Too Good at Goodbyes,” “I am Not the Solely One,” and “Dancing with a Stranger” with Normani.

Songs on the Billboard’s Scorching 100 chart are decided primarily based on a combination of information together with streaming, gross sales, and radio airplay.

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