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Moneybagg Yo Scores First R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay No. 1 With 'Wockesha'

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M Harris

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The new champ dethrones Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open” after an 18-week domination.

Moneybagg Yo caps a steady radio rise in the past year with his first No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as “Wockesha” advances from No. 3 to lead the list dated Aug. 28. The single becomes the format’s most-heard song in the week ending Aug. 22, according to MRC Data, through an 18.6 million audience total, an 8% improvement from the prior week.

In addition to its meaning for Moneybagg Yo’s career, “Wockesha” also completes a feat that’s proven impossible in the past four months: overtaking Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open.” That release, the debut offering of the Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak duo, had reigned for the previous 18 consecutive weeks, the fourth-longest stretch since the chart began in 1992. “Door” falls to the runner-up slot for the first time since the chart dated April 17 as it slips 5% to 17.5 million in audience.

Moneybagg Yo ousting Silk Sonic also gets revenge for the Memphis rapper, after his previous single “Time Today” stalled at No. 2 for two weeks behind “Door” last month. On the current list, “Time” exits the top 10 after 12 weeks in the region and dips to No. 12.

With “Wockesha,” Moneybagg Yo cements his status as one of the hottest acts on R&B/hip-hop radio in the past year. After none of his first five entries on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as a lead act reached the top 20, the rapper has scored four consecutive top 10s: “1 2 3,” featuring Blac Youngsta (No. 6), “Said Sum” (No. 5), “Time Today” and “Wockesha.”

In tandem with its R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay coronation, “Wockesha” also climbs 2-1 to rule the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, which measures the most-played songs at the radio format each week. There, the single picks up 7% more plays in the week ending Aug. 22 to succeed Roddy Ricch’s “Late at Night,” which slides to second place.

Elsewhere, “Wockesha” steps 4-3 on the Rap Airplay chart and rises 29-26 in its third week on Rhythmic Airplay.

“Wockesha” and “Time Today” appear on the rapper’s latest album, A Gangsta’s Pain. The set, released in April, marked Moneybagg Yo’s first No. 1 project on both the all-genre Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.