DJ Khaled & Drake’s ‘Popstar’ Powers to No. 1 on Rhythmic Airplay Chart

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Drake and DJ Khaled attend the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas.

DJ Khaled’s “Popstar,” featuring Drake, conquers its first Billboard radio chart as it climbs 2-1 to lead the Rhythmic Songs list dated Sept. 19. The frequent collaborators’ latest single ascends through a 6% boost in plays at the format in the week ending Sept. 13.

The coronation gives Khaled his sixth No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs. He first visited the summit thanks to another partnership with Drake, “For Free,” which reigned for three weeks in 2016. The hitmaking producer then followed with “Shining,” featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z (one week, 2017), “I’m The One,” featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne (four weeks, 2017), “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (eight weeks, 2017) and “No Brainer,” featuring Bieber, Quavo and Chance the Rapper (one week, 2018).

For Drake, “Popstar” secures his unprecedented 29th No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, the most of any act since the chart began in 1992. Here’s a look at the updated leaderboard:

29, Drake
17, Rihanna
13, Usher
12, Chris Brown
12, Lil Wayne
11, Bruno Mars
10, Beyoncé
10, The Weeknd

Elsewhere in the radio landscape, “Popstar” climbs 9-6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay through a 23% surge to 16.8 million in format audience in the week. It also lifts 4-2 on Rap Airplay (gaining 16% in weekly audience) and 30-28 on Pop Songs (up 13% in plays).

Beyond the radio rewards, “Popstar” also earns a boost across several Billboard charts thanks to the infusion of new streams from its official music video, which arrived Sept. 4. In the clip, Drake, unable to cross the U.S.-Canada border amid the COVID-19 pandemic, satisfies Khaled’s incessant requests to film a video by recruiting Justin Bieber, who performs Drake’s vocals.

The clip’s premiere spurs “Popstar” to 19.6 million U.S. streams in the week ending Sept. 10, up 107% from the prior week, prompting a 36-7 surge on the all-genre Streaming Songs chart.

That streaming boost, in turn, sends “Popstar” flying 24-10 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it revisits the top 10 for the first time since debuted at No. 3 on Aug. 1, and 10-6 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

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