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Megan Thee Stallion's 'Cry Baby' Tops Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion
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DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 at Cobb Energy Center on Oct. 5, 2019 in Atlanta.

Megan Thee Stallion’s winning streak on radio keeps rolling as the rapper’s latest single “Cry Baby,” featuring DaBaby, tops Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart to become the format’s most-played song of the week. The track ascends 4-1 to lead the list dated April 17.

“Cry Baby” bounds with a 12% boost in plays in the week ending April 11, according to MRC Data. The double-digit percentage growth also secures the song greatest gain honor, awarded each week to the song with the largest percentage jump among the chart’s 40 titles.

The new leader gives Megan Thee Stallion a third No. 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop tally. The Houston rapper first led with “Savage,” featuring Beyonce, for four weeks last year and followed with the one-week champ “Body” in February.

Featured artist DaBaby, meanwhile, scores his sixth chart-topper on the radio ranking as “Cry Baby” joins the below crew:

Song Title, Artist (if other than DaBaby), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Suge,” six, June 22, 2019
“BOP,” four, Jan. 25, 2020
“What’s Poppin,” Jack Harlow featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne, two, Aug. 15, 2020
“Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, three, July 25, 2020
“For the Night,” Pop Smoke featuring DaBaby & Lil Baby, four, Jan. 23, 2021
“Cry Baby,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring DaBaby, one, April 17, 2021

“Cry Baby” also atones for a near-miss for the rappers too. Their previous collaboration, “Cash Shit,” stopped at No. 2 in 2019.

Beyond Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, “Cry Baby” reaches a new peak of No. 3 on both the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rap Airplay charts. On the former, which ranks songs by audience impressions from both mainstream and adult stations at the format, the single jumps from No. 7 thanks to a 9% bump to 17.9 million in audience in the week. On the latter, “Cry Baby” climbs 6-3 through an 8% improvement in audience.

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