Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” One Week Short of Breaking Rap Record

It was announced on Oct. 17 that Lizzo was just one week short of breaking the record of the longest female rap single at number one. Iggy Azaela’s 2014 hit “Fancy” holds the current record at seven weeks. 

After years of trying to find her place in the music industry, the Michigan born rap/soul sensation had finally hit the charts with the iconic “Truth Hurts” in May of 2019. The hit song has been sitting on the Billboard Top 100 for twenty-three weeks straight, including six weeks at number one. 

Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” started gaining popularity two years after its initial release off of the singer’s third studio album, “Cuz I Love You”. Fans using their favorite lyrics from the song as Instagram captions and to occasionally take shots at their ex-lovers. But yesterday, Travis Scott’s “Highest in the Room” knocked “Truth Hurts” to number two. 

Travis Scott’s record-breaking tour - Astroworld: Wish You Were Here- concluded in March, and even after its six-month run, he hasn’t stopped for a break. The tour bringing in over $34.3 million in revenue in its first three months. So naturally, “Highest in the Room” hit number one minutes after its release, returning “Sicko Mode” fans awaiting the arrival of Scott’s new single. Instantly it was added to playlists and commercials everywhere climbing to the top of the charts. 

Though men have dominated the rap charts in the past, there have been breakthrough female artists who have been just as successful, such as Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and now, Lizzo. With her flamboyant personality, relatable lyrics and passion for promoting positive body image, Lizzo has successfully made her way to the top and won’t be slowing down soon.   

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