Ella Mai Takes a 'Trip' to the Top Of the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

Ella Mai
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Ella Mai photographed on Sept. 24, 2018 at The Paramour Estate in Los Angeles.

The singer-songwriter logs the most time at No. 1 among women in any year since 2004.

Just three weeks after Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” vacated the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, the singer-songwriter returns with new single “Trip,” which steps 2-1 on the chart dated Nov. 3. The track advances thanks to a 6 percent gain in audience to 29.7 million in the week ending Oct. 28, according to Nielsen Music.

Between “Boo’d,” which landed a 16-week stay earlier this year, the most for any song by a woman, and “Trip,” Mai has amassed 17 weeks in the chart’s penthouse in 2018. Her sum is the best calendar-year showing by any woman since Alicia Keys likewise led for 17 weeks in 2004. Then, Keys linked her streak with “You Don’t Know My Name,” which spent the first seven weeks of the year at No. 1 after beginning its reign in 2003, “If I Ain’t Got You” (six weeks), and “My Boo,” a duet with Usher (four).

Among all women, Ashanti posted the last longer domination, with 18 weeks at No. 1 in 2002. She achieved the feat via a featured role on Ja Rule’s “Always on Time” and her own “Foolish,” both of which posted nine weeks at the summit.

Furthermore, as “Boo’d” and “Trip” both hail from the Mai’s eponymous debut full-length album, Ella Mai becomes the first album by a woman to spin off two R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart leaders since Rihanna’s ANTI in 2016. That year, the superstar’s Drake-assisted “Work” ruled for 11 frames from March through May, while “Needed Me” later nabbed two terms in October.

Radio strength helps “Trip” maintain its No. 1 standing on the Hot R&B Songs chart, which combines airplay, sales and streaming, for a fourth consecutive week.

“Trip” also improves on other Billboard radio charts: It nears the top 10 of the Rhythmic Songs (12-11) and climbs 30-25 on Adult R&B Songs.


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