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Ava Max Earns First Airplay Chart No. 1 With 'Kings & Queens'

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Brian Ziff

Ava Max

The track tops Adult Pop Songs.

Ava Max's "Kings & Queens" dons the crown on Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, rising to No. 1 on the ranking dated Dec. 12.

The track, released on Max Cut/Artist Partner Group/Atlantic Records, is Max's first No. 1 on any Billboard airplay ranking. She previously charted on Adult Pop Songs with her breakthrough hit "Sweet but Psycho," which reached No. 2 in June 2019.

"Kings & Queens" also holds at its No. 2 high on the Pop Songs airplay chart, where "Sweet but Psycho" hit No. 3 in May 2019.

On Adult Contemporary, "Kings & Queens" has climbed to No. 21. It's currently outpaced by Max's new holiday single, "Christmas Without You," up to No. 16.

Both "Kings & Queens" and "Sweet but Psycho" are on Max's debut LP Heaven & Hell. The set opened at its No. 27 peak on the Billboard 200 dated Oct. 3. "Kings & Queens" has drawn 628 million in all-format radio audience and 152 million on-demand U.S. streams and has sold 127,000 through Dec. 3, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

"It took about a year because we changed the song so many times," Max recently told Billboard. "I wanted to make it about female empowerment and inequality, so I was taking my time with it. I'm a crazy perfectionist; If I don't feel it in my bones, I'm not going to release it. I've been in five different studios for this song in Europe and Los Angeles. I'm happy I was patient."

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