Lil Duval, Snoop Dogg & Ball Greezy's 'Smile' Hits No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart
Lil Duval earns his first No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as “Smile (Livin’ My Best Life)” jumps 3-1 on the list dated Oct. 13.
“Smile” is the first Billboard chart hit for Lil Duval, the stage name of comedian Richard Powell.
For Ball Greezy, the collaboration gives him his second appearance on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. He previously reached No. 27 with “Nice & Slow,” featuring Lil Dred, in March.
Snoop Dogg, meanwhile, picks up his second No. 1 on the chart, following the Pharrell-assisted “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” a six-week champion in 2004. “Smile” is the veteran MC’s 65th career title on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, a mark that ties Nicki Minaj for 11th place among all acts since the chart began in 1992. Lil Wayne, with 126 songs on his resume, heads the class.
“Smile” ascends to the top of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay with its dual popularity among both mainstream and adult audiences. The collaboration maintains its No. 1 post for a third straight week on the plays-based Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart with a 1 percent gain in spins in the week ending Oct. 7, while it debuts at No. 29 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart through a 24 percent improvement in weekly plays. (The R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart ranks songs based on audience impressions from a combined panel of adult and mainstream R&B stations.)
In addition, “Smile” continues to shine across additional radio charts. The track wins a second term at No. 1 on the Rap Airplay chart and crosses into the top 10 on Rhythmic Songs for the first time (11-9), with an 11 percent boost in weekly plays.