Beating out Britney Spears & Elton John's 'Hold Me Closer' and reigning champ LF System's 'Afraid to Feel', The Official Chart Company confirmed this evening (September 2) that 'B.O.T.A' has officially captured the top spot.
The achievement makes Eliza the first UK female DJ to hit the #1 spot in 20 years spot in 20 years, being the first to do so since Sonique's 'Feel So Good' in 2002.
The summer club anthem entered the UK Singles Chart three weeks ago at #96 but in the following weeks has jumped all the way to the very top overtaking Beyoncé’s ‘Break My Soul’, David Guetta’s ‘What Love Can Do’, Central Cee’s ‘Doja’ literally making it, ‘The Baddest Of Them All’
Produced by Interplanetary Criminal, 'B.O.T.A.' includes a sample of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's 1991 anthem ‘Let The Beat Hit 'Em (LL W:Love rc Mix)’ mixed together with the empowering vocals of Eliza singing: “She's the baddest of them all.”
In a clip posted by The Offical Singles Chart, Eliza showed off her new #1 trophy, saying: "Thank you to everyone who streamed, downloaded and listened — it's the people's rhythm and I feel like we came together to get it to Number 1. So thank you so much!"
With B.O.T.A, @ElizaRosemuzik is the first female DJ to go Number 1 in 20 years!— Official Charts (@officialcharts) September 2, 2022
She joins dance legend @officialsonique as the second of the 21st century 👑
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‘B.O.T.A.’'s meteoric rise to the top has been marked with an upsurge in popularity on TikTok — with everything from clips of cars being crushed to a grandma unable to sleep due to the heatwave soundtracked by the track.
This week Eliza and Interplanetary Criminal spoke to Mixmag about how they plan to celebrate if 'B.O.T.A' managed to hit #1. Interplanetary said: “[I'm going to] meet up with Eliza and all her team, and celebrate with an expresso martini.” Eliza on the other hand — who is playing at Dimensions festival this weekend — said she will be "will be living it large up there Kevin and Perry style."
When asked about the impact of 'B.O.T.A.' on women in dance music Eliza explains: “Hopefully [‘B.O.T.A.’] inspires other young women to get into electronic music and see it as a credible career, a space that they have access to. I want it to be more accessible and more mainstream. I want to see more women doing the crossover of underground and mainstream and getting respect. Maybe we’ll get the next Calvin Harris.”
Watch Eliza play 'B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)' in her set at The Lab LDN below or read our interview with both Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal on the success of ‘B.O.T.A.’ here.
Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Video and Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter