Taylor Swift Replaces Herself Atop Billboard Hot 100 With “Cruel Summer”

Taylor Swift at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2023
Taylor Swift at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2023. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock (14095570bb)

Taylor Swift’s “Is It Over Now?” debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 just last week, but it didn’t stay there for too long. Swift managed to replace herself at No. 1 just a week later and returned to the top spot on the Hot 100 chart with “Cruel Summer”.

“Cruel Summer” attracted 77.8 million radio airplay audience impressions, 13.8 million streams, and sold 4,000 downloads during its latest week on the Hot 100. It marks its third week at No. 1 this year, which is quite an achievement considering this song was released as a part of Swift’s 2019 album Lover and experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to The Eras Tour.

“Cruel Summer” replaces Swift’s own “Is It Over Now?” atop the Billboard Hot 100, making her the only artist apart from the K-pop band BTS to replace herself atop the No. 1 only to directly return to the top spot with the first chart leader one week later.

Swift was in pretty good company on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, with several amazing songs debuting in the top 10. Jung Kook’s “Standing Next to You” debuted at No. 5, while The Beatless scored their record-extending 35th top ten singles as “Now and Then” entered the chart at No. 7.