Chart Beat

Lil Tjay & 6lack Tap 'Phone' for First No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Lil Tjay and 6LACK
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Lil Tjay and 6LACK

Lil Tjay and 6lack each earn a career first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in one of the most impressive ways -- debuting in the top spot. The pair’s collaborative single “Calling My Phone” starts at No. 1 on the list dated Feb. 27.

“Phone” likewise opens at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and posts a No. 3 arrival on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.

As “Phone” evicts Cardi B’s “Up” -- which debuted at No. 1 last week -- from the penthouse, the switch marks the first time a song that has started at the summit has overthrown another such title since October, when Travis Scott’s “Franchise,” featuring Young Thug and M.I.A., arrived to knock out Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, after the pop culture phenom of a single clocked its first seven weeks (of an eventual 10) in charge.

Further, it’s the first time the chart has had No. 1 debuts in consecutive weeks since 2016, when Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake yielded to Drake’s own “Summer Sixteen” that February.

As noted, “Phone” becomes the first leader for both artists on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Lead act Lil Tjay previously achieved a No. 7 high through a featured spot on Polo G’s “Pop Out” in June 2019, while his best run as a lead act was with “F.N,” which rose to No. 23 later that year.

6lack, meanwhile, rewrites his personal best again in a matter of weeks. The singer-rapper’s “Stay Down” collaboration with Lil Durk and Young Thug reached No. 26 in January, at the time securing his strongest placement on the list among six charted entries.

“Phone” traces its high-flying entrance to a mighty streaming total of 34 million in the week ending Feb. 18 according to MRC Data. The sum easily makes it the most-streamed song of that period, more than 10 million streams above the next contenders, Cardi B’s “Up” and Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License,” each hovering near 22.5 million. Robust “Phone” streams prompt No. 1 debuts on the all-genre Streaming Songs chart and, by extension, R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs and Rap Streaming Songs.

Streams power nearly all of the single’s debut, though the song also sold 3,000 downloads in the week ending Feb. 18 to open at No. 13 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart.

Airplay still has much room to grow for the young single but will likely ignite given how listeners’ strong streaming reception shows clear approval. In its first full radio week since the song’s Feb. 12 release, “Phone” registered 818,000 audience impressions on the R&B/hip-hop radio format, below the threshold of the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.