Chris Brown Nets His Fastest Rise to No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs Chart With 'No Guidance,' Feat. Drake

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Chris Brown featuring Drake, "No Guidance"

Chris Brown scores his 10th No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “No Guidance,” featuring Drake, lifts 4-1 on the list dated Aug. 3. The single soars with a 21% swell in plays in the week ending July 25, according to Nielsen Music, and secures the chart’s weekly Greatest Gainer award.

With the ascent, Brown becomes only the sixth artist to register a double-digit sum of No. 1s since the chart began in October 1992. His “Guidance” partner, Drake, leads the list as the collaboration nets the 6 God a 25th leader.

Here’s a look at the acts with the most chart-toppers in the Rhythmic Songs archives:

25, Drake
17, Rihanna
13, Usher
11, Bruno Mars
11, Lil Wayne
10, Chris Brown
9, Beyoncé
9, JAY-Z
9, The Weeknd

“Guidance” darts to the No. 1 rank in just its seventh week on the Rhythmic Songs list, marking Brown’s fastest move to the summit. The seven-week sprint outdoes his previous best, “Kiss Kiss,” featuring T-Pain, which needed eight weeks to reach No. 1 in 2007. Drake, on the other hand, has nine tracks, including “Guidance,” that have raced to the penthouse in seven weeks or less. His personal benchmark is last year’s “In My Feelings,” which flew to the top in just four frames.

Furthermore, as “Guidance” reigns, it becomes the eighth different Rhythmic Songs leader in as many weeks on the list, the longest turnover stretch in the chart’s history.  Before “Guidance,” the preceding seven weeks saw Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts,” Lil Baby’s “Close Friends,” Travis Scott’s “Wake Up,” City Girls’ “Act Up,” Khalid’s “Talk," Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, and Mustard and Migos' "Pure Water" all change hands at the summit. "Water" was the most recent track to post consecutive weeks in the penthouse, as it led on both the June 8 and June 15-dated surveys.

In that window, notably, two tracks returned to the summit after having previously reigned. “Road,” rebounded for its third and final nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on June 22, while Khalid's "Talk" led both the May 11 and June 29th-dated rankings.

Beyond its Rhythmic Songs triumph, “Guidance” continues its upward trajectory on other radio charts. The track holds at No. 3 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay but improves 8% in weekly audience to 26.3 million in the week ending July 25.

Genre-specific gains also fuel the single’s climb on the all-genre Radio Songs chart, where “Guidance” steps 17-13. The tune ascends 10% to 47.5 million in audience on that survey in the same tracking period.


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