Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" knocked Taylor Swift out of the number one slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Courtesy Photo)

Cardi B first solo female rapper to top Hot 100 in nearly 20 years

For the first time in nearly 20 years, a solo woman rapper is topping the charts: It’s Cardi B.

The Bronx native’s anthem “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, Billboard announced Monday. The last time a female rapper was in the spot (without being attached to another credited act) was Lauryn Hill in 1998 with “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

On Monday, the rapper posted a video thanking fans and radio pros for downloading the song. “I loveee you all each and everybody contributed for this,” she wrote on Instagram. “Ya made it happen for me !!!!! The number 1 WAY!!”

Other female rap chart toppers have included Lil’ Kim (along with Christina Aguilera, Mya and Pink for “Lady Marmalade”), Shawnaa (on Ludacris’ “Stand Up”) and Iggy Azalea (with Charli XCX for “Fancy”).
Cardi B also took down Taylor Swift, who had the No. 1 spot for three weeks with “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Although the pop star broke streaming records with the hyped single, her reign was more short-lived than expected, according to the Huffington Post.

INVEST IN EMINEM
Former Eminem producers Jeff and Mark Bass — who once took a chance on a little known rapper named Marshall Mather — are selling a portion of their interest in Eminem’s valuable catalog to Royalty Flow, a company that will offer investors the opportunity to purchase shares of songs on an exchange similar to the stock market.
Rolling Stone, which clarifies that Eminem personally is not involved in the deal and has no connection to this company, adds that an affiliated concern already has sold shares of music by Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande and Lil Wayne as part of investment packages.

LOCAL LEE SISTERS
Among the many virtuosos appearing in the fantastic, free 10th SF Music Day 2017 (sponsored by InterMusic SF, which promotes individuals and small ensembles playing classical, new music and jazz ) Sunday at the Veterans Building in The City was The Lee Trio.
Sisters Angela Lee (cello), Melinda Lee (piano) and Lisa Lee (violin) played excerpts from Stravinsky’s “Firebird” arranged by Stephen Prutsman to an appreciative audience, including a service Chihuahua, who politely barked exactly when the audience applauded following the number.

QUICK TAKES
Kylie Jenner is expecting her first child, a girl, with rapper boyfriend Travis Scott in February. … Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle made their first public appearance at the Invictus Games for wounded veterans in Toronto on Monday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Tennis player Serena Williams is 36. … Music producer Dr. Luke is 44. … Singer Tracey Thorn of Everything But the Girl is 55. … Novelist Jane Smiley is 68. …Singer Olivia Newton-John is 69. … Singer Bryan Ferry is 72.

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