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Usher's 'No Limit' Rises to No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

Usher and Young Thug in the video for "No Limit."
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Usher and Young Thug in the video for "No Limit."

Also, Rae Sremmurd’s "Black Beatles" leaps up the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart & Danny Brown’s album arrives.

Usher earns his 15th No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Oct. 15 dated chart) as “No Limit,” featuring Young Thug, hops 4-1 with a 7 percent hike to 25 million audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 2 (according to Nielsen Music).

Young Thug picks up his third chart-topper with the climb. Usher extends his lead for second-most No. 1s in the chart’s 23-year history. Drake claims the most, with 20.

Here are Usher’s 15 No. 1s on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart:
Title, Weeks at No. 1, Peak Date
“You Make Me Wanna…,” 12 weeks, Sept. 6, 1997
“Nice & Slow,” three weeks, Jan. 24, 1998
“U Got It Bad,” eight weeks, Nov. 10, 2001
“Yeah!,” seven weeks, March 13, 2004
“Burn,” four weeks, June 5, 2004
“Confessions Part II,” two weeks, July 10, 2004
“My Boo” (with Alicia Keys), four weeks, Oct. 23, 2004
“Lovers & Friends” (Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz featuring Usher & Ludacris), one week, Feb. 26, 2005
“Love In This Club,” four weeks, April 12, 2008
“Papers,” two weeks, Dec. 12, 2009
“There Goes My Baby,” four weeks, Aug. 14, 2010
“Climax,” 11 weeks, April 28, 2012
“Good Kisser,” one week, July 19, 2014
“New Flame” (Chris Brown featuring Usher & Rick Ross), four weeks, Oct. 25, 2014
“No Limit,” one week (so far), Oct. 15, 2016

The latest single became Usher’s 55th charting entry when it bowed at No. 44 on the June 25-dated list. His first dates back to Oct. 9, 1993 when the then 15-year-old singer first arrived with “Call Me A Mack.” His first No. 1 came nearly four years later when “You Make Me Wanna…” topped the Sept. 6, 1997 chart where it spent an uninterrupted 12 crowning weeks.

Over on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, “No Limit” gives Usher his 16th No. 1, stepping 2-1 in its 16th charting week (up 8 percent in spins). Among acts with the most No. 1s on the list, Usher pulls ahead of Chris Brown (with 15), while Lil Wayne holds 18, and Drake leads with 27.

You may be wondering what the difference is between the similarly named R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio-based charts. The former combines Adult R&B and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop format stations, providing a broader audience-based weekly tally, while the latter excludes Adult R&B stations and is a plays-based ranking.

Rae Sremmurd Rise: Elsewhere on the charts, Rae Sremmurd soars 26-14 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Black Beatles,” featuring Gucci Mane. The climb is aided in part by the release of a music video for the track on Sept. 22. Overall domestic weekly streams grow 43 percent, to 8.2 million, with 44 percent coming from YouTube views. Increased digital sales also trigger the rise, with 12,000 downloads sold in the tracking week ending Sept. 29 (up 79 percent). It jumps 15-5 jump on the Rap Digital Songs chart.

Danny Brown Tops Album Debuts: Detroit rapper Danny Brown scores the highest entry on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, bowing at No. 5 with Atrocity Exhibition (6,000 copies sold in the week ending Sept. 29). It’s the third charting album for the eccentric emcee, who first arrived in 2011 (No. 74 peak) and followed up with Old in 2013 (No. 4 peak).