Ella Mai's 'Boo'd Up' Nears R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Record, 'Trip' Hits Top 10
Mai is one week shy of matching Mary J. Blige for chart history.
As Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" secures a 14th week atop Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (dated Sept. 22), the single matches the rule of Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" for the second-best showing by a female artist since the chart's inception in 1992.
"Boo'd," Mai's breakout hit, wins a 14th term at the summit despite a 10 percent fall in audience to 32.2 million at the format in the week ending Sept. 16, according to Nielsen Music.
With "Boo'd" now on par with the reign of Carey's "Together," the songs trail only Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" for the longest-running No. 1 by a woman. Among all acts, Miguel's "Adorn" owns the mark with 23 weeks in charge.
Here's an updated look at the longest-running No. 1s by all acts on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
Weeks at No. 1, Song, Artist, Year(s) at No. 1
23, "Adorn," Miguel, 2012-13
15, "Hotline Bling," Drake, 2015-16
15, "Be Without You," Mary J. Blige, 2006
14, "Boo'd Up," Ella Mai, 2018
14, "Hold On, We're Going Home," Drake, 2013-14
14, "Pretty Wings," Maxwell, 2009
14, "Blame It," Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain, 2009
14, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, 2005
13, "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)," The Weeknd, 2015
13, "Can't Be Friends," Trey Songz, 2010-11
13, "You're Makin' Me High," Toni Braxton, 1996
"Boo'd" traces its extended domination to its simultaneous popularity on both adult and mainstream R&B stations. The song logs an 11th week atop the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart and slips 5-9 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, after having previously spent two weeks at No. 1. (R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay ranks songs based on audience impressions on its combined panel of adult and mainstream R&B stations.)
'Trip' to Top 10: While "Boo'd" remains in front on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Mai bookends the top 10 with her new single "Trip," which lifts 15-10 in its sixth chart week. The track jumps into the upper tier thanks to a 29 percent surge to 17.5 million impressions in the tracking week. Mainstream radio is driving the activity, with the song up 15-12 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop with a 28 percent boost in weekly plays.
Radio activity helps "Trip" claim new peaks on the airplay, streaming and sales-based Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (No. 15) and all-genre Billboard Hot 100 (No. 23) charts. "Boo'd" reached Nos. 4 and 5 on the surveys, respectively, in July.