Rapper has more Top 10’s on the chart than any artist this year
Grade A Productions/Interscope Records artist Juice WRLD’s powerful legacy continues to reverberate around the world as latest track “Smile” with The Weeknd becomes the sixth song from Legends Never Die to debut within the Top 10 of Hot 100 chart landing at No. 8. With “Smile”, Juice WRLD has more top 10’s on the Billboard Hot 100 than any artist this year. “Smile” marks Juice’s seventh song to debut in the Billboard Hot 100 this year, and his ninth overall across his career.
Previously, five songs from Legends Never Die debuted in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart, including “Come & Go” (No. 2); “Wishing Well” (No. 5); “Conversations” (No. 7), “Life’s a Mess” (No. 9); and “Hate The Other Side” (No. 10); making Juice WRLD the third artist to claim five of the Top 10 slots in a single week, following Drake and The Beatles. Released on July 10th, the record-shattering posthumous album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and scored the biggest streaming week of 2020 eclipsing The Weeknd’s After Hours. Legends Never Die makes history as the most successful posthumous debut since Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death (690K) and Tupac’s R U Still Down (549K) in 1997.
Legends Never Die has also garnered critical acclaim from Rolling Stone (who noted that the album “solidifies his legacy”), Pitchfork (who hailed it as “bleak and beautiful”), and Variety (who praised Legends Never Die as “positively lush” with moments of “pure magnificence”).
“The overwhelming love that millions of music fans clearly have for Jarad reminds us how much his poetic words, creativity, and bright light continues to shine throughout the world,” says Jarad “Juice WRLD” Higgins’ mother Carmela Wallace and his Grade A family. “This first collection of songs is a poignant reminder of his great artistic talent and emotional honesty. Music was his passion and recording gave him the outlet to share everything he was going through. In addition to his music, Jarad’s legacy will continue to provide help to young people through his Live Free 999 Foundation. We are incredibly grateful to the fans who continue to uplift him every single day and our hope is that his words touch your life in a way that helps you through any challenges you may be facing.”
In April, Juice’s mother Carmela Wallace announced the establishment of the Live Free 999 Foundation, which will receive additional support via Grade A and Interscope Records. The Live Free 999 Fund will honor the legacy of her son by supporting young people in their battles and to do so with love, joy, and emotional honesty.