Khalid's 'Better' Hits No. 1 on Hot R&B Songs Chart



After 10 weeks in the runner-up spot, Khalid’s “Better” finally ascends to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart with a 2-1 climb on the ranking dated Jan. 19. The song dethrones Ella Mai’s “Trip” after the latter’s 14-week domination.

“Better” secures the 20-year-old singer’s second leader there. He previously topped the chart with “Young, Dumb & Broke” for 11 weeks in 2017-18.

The song scales the summit largely thanks to its streaming prowess. “Better” leads the R&B Streaming Songs chart for a second straight week and pulled 17.1 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 10, according to Nielsen Music, a week-over-week gain of 19 percent.

It also slides 1-2 on the R&B Digital Song Sales chart with a 1 percent slip to 9,000 downloads sold in the same week.

Though “Better” has yet to find traction on R&B radio, the track has strong reception at the pop format. It retains its No. 19 peak on the Pop Songs airplay chart and posted a 6 percent bump in plays in the week ending Jan. 13, according to Nielsen Music.

In addition to its Hot R&B Songs coronation, “Better” also rebounds 19-12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart to match its original peak first achieved six weeks ago, on the ranking dated Dec. 8, 2018.

Beyond “Better,” Khalid claims three more hits on the current Hot R&B Songs chart. “Saturday Nights” slips 8-9, after having previously reached No. 4, while his collaboration and former No. 6 hit “OTW,” alongside Ty Dolla $ign and 6lack climbs 11-10. “Suncity,” featuring Empress Of, meanwhile, dips 24-25.

“Better,” “Nights” and “Suncity” all feature on Khalid’s most recent EP, Suncity, which was released in October. The set opened at No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart the following month and has ranked in the top 10 for its first 12 weeks on the chart.


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