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Justin Bieber's 'Peaches' Reaches No. 1 on Rhythmic Airplay Chart

Justin Bieber
Rory Kramer

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” ripens quickly on Billboard’s Rhythmic Airplay chart, as the song ascends 3-1 to lead the list dated May 8, its sixth week on the radio ranking. The single, which features R&B acts Daniel Caesar and Giveon, improved 24% in plays in the week ending May 2 to become the radio format’s most-played song of the week, according to MRC Data.

With the new chart champ, Bieber collects his fifth Rhythmic Airplay leader. He first reigned with “As Long as You Love Me,” featuring Big Sean, in 2012, and returned to the mark in 2016 with “Sorry.” His third and fourth No. 1s came as features on DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” and “No Brainer” in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The former also included a star-studded guest roster with Chance The Rapper, Quavo and Lil Wayne, while the later nearly repeated the lineup, with the exception of Lil Wayne.

Daniel Caesar, meanwhile, reaches No. 1 with his first appearance on Rhythmic Airplay. Giveon, too, achieves a first leader with a first showing. Since “Peaches” debuted on the list, though, he’s added a second song on the chart: His sleeper hit “Heartbreak Anniversary” scores its fifth week on the chart and pushes 23-19 on the new ranking.

As “Peaches” completes its journey to No. 1 in six weeks, it logs the fastest trip among Bieber’s five chart-toppers. “I’m the One” previously held the mark in his roster, needing seven weeks before its coronation.

With the Rhythmic dominion conquered, “Peaches” will likely next set its sights on top 40 radio. The collaboration darts 6-2 on the Pop Airplay chart, which measures the most-played tracks at mainstream top 40 stations. There, the song adds 20% more plays in the week ending May 2. Beyond that, the single has made notable impressions on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, where it climbs 25-21 in its fifth week (up 22% in weekly plays) and on Adult Pop Airplay, scene of a 21-20 boost in its fourth frame.

Strong showings at both the rhythmic and pop fronts, combined with the reinforcement of R&B/hip-hop and adult pop, yield benefits on the overall Radio Songs chart, where “Peaches” gains 5-3. The single swells 21% to 61.5 million in audience to become the third most-heard track in the U.S., according to MRC Data. The double-digit percent gain is the largest week-over-week increase among the chart’s 50 songs.

“Peaches” appears on Bieber’s Justice album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in March.