, 2022-10-03 23:42:49,
Sam Smith and Kim Petras have been favorites among LGBTQ music lovers for years now, and both have also managed to reach audiences outside of that community, but this week marks a new high for both of them.
In fact, the two superstars made history with their new duet, which ended up being even bigger upon its arrival than anyone could have imagined.
Billboard announced a short time ago that “Unholy,” the first collaboration between Smith and Petras, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200.
For those who don’t know, that’s a weekly ranking arranged by Billboard of the 200 most-consumed songs in the world. Competition is incredibly fierce on the tally, as it takes into account sales and streams from all platforms in every territory to compile a look at what billions are listening to.
This week, the No. 1 song in the world is a duet between a nonbinary artist and an openly transgender woman.
It’s impossible to ignore the importance of this moment, as before “Unholy” arrived, no nonbinary or trans performers had conquered the chart.
Now, two barriers have been pulled down in spectacular fashion. The fact that they were demolished simultaneously makes this immediate showing that much more impressive.
According to Billboard, “Unholy” opened at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 thanks to 76.7 million streams and 20,000 downloads sold.
That sales sum isn’t massive (many other…
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