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20 April 2022

Jack Harlow Tops The US Hot 100 With ‘First Class’

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Jack Harlow has topped the US Hot 100 for the first time with his latest single, First Class.

Harlow has technically had a song claim the top spot on the Hot 100 before, because he was featured on Lil Nas X’s smash hit Industry Baby, but this is his first chart-topper as a solo artist. Harlow’s previous solo high was at No 2 for What’s Poppin’ in 2020.

First Class – which interpolates Fergie’s 2007 hit Glamorous, featuring Ludacris – enjoyed the biggest streaming week of the year in US.

First Class was released 8 April on Generation Now/Atlantic Records, after Harlow initially teased it on his Instagram account on 31 March. The song, which also went viral on TikTok ahead of its official release, previews the 24-year-old Louisville, Ky.-born rapper’s second full-length, Come Home The Kids Miss You, due 6 May. The set follows his LP That’s What They All Say, which debuted and peaked at No 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in December 2020, as well as his seven-song release Sweet Action, which reached No. 20 in July 2020.

Harlow is also set to star in a remake of the 1992 sports comedy White Men Can’t Jump, in the role originally portrayed by Woody Harrelson. “We got a classic to do justice to,” Harlow told Billboard of the film at the Grammy Awards on 3 April.

Harlow recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the sessions for Come Home The Kids Miss You, “People were excited to show up every day. They say, ‘We’ve never had sessions like this, because everyone is just taking beats out of packs right now.’ They don’t want to create right there with you. Everybody’s picking beats out of packs or spending the whole session vibing and nothing ever happens. We go to work. I just have never been more addicted to the process of what I’m doing. I used to dread the studio a little more, because there’s a pressure attached to it. Now I literally crave getting into the studio.”

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