Meek Mill's 'Going Bad' and 'What's Free' Debut in Top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Miller Mobley
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Meek Mill claims his first two top 10 debuts on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (dated Dec. 15) as “Going Bad,” featuring Drake and “What’s Free,” featuring Rick Ross & JAY-Z start in the region. The Philly native becomes the sixth act to post at least 16 songs on the chart at once.

“Bad” opens at No. 2, helped by its identical second-place starts on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales and R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs. On the former, “Bad” pulls 17,000 downloads in the week ending Dec. 6, according to Nielsen Music, while it begins with 36.1 million U.S. clicks on the latter in the same period.

On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, “Bad” ties for Meek Mill’s best career showing among 65 chart entries. The rapper previously reached the runner-up spot with his guest turn on Wale’s “Bag of Money,” also featuring Rick Ross & T-Pain, in 2012. “Bad” thus also becomes his highest peak as a lead act on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, ironically passing another Meek featuring Drake effort, 2012’s “Amen,” which reached No. 5 that August.

“Bad” secures Drake’s 23rd top 10 debut on the ranking and his sixth to begin in the top two. He previously snagged a silver-medal start for “Nonstop” in June, while the remaining four titles – a feature on Rihanna’s “Work,” “Summer Sixteen,” and “God’s Plan,” and “Nice for What” – all launched at No. 1.

“What’s Free” concurrently opens at No. 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The track traces its start to a No. 3 entrance on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales (14,000 downloads) and a No. 6 kickoff on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs (23.4 million).

“Free” also locks in Rick Ross’ first top 10 debut, while JAY-Z nets a fourth following featured turns on Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love” (2014) and Drake’s “Pop Style” (2016), and his own “The Story of O.J” (2017).

Both new Meek Mill-led tracks appear on the MC's latest studio album, Championships, which starts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums charts.

In addition to “Bad” and “Free,” Meek Mill posts 11 more Championship debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs:

No. 13, “On Me,” featuring Cardi B
No. 17, “Uptown Vibes,” featuring Fabolous & Anuel AA
No. 25, “24/7,” featuring Ella Mai
No. 26, “Intro”
No. 27, “Respect The Game”
No. 30, “Trauma”
No. 36, “Championship”
No. 37, “Tic Tac Toe,” featuring Kodak Black
No. 38, “Almost Slipped”
No. 42, “Splash Warning,” featuring Future, Roddy Ricch & Young Thug
No. 43, “Pay You Back,” featuring 21 Savage
No. 49, “Oodles O’ Noodles Babies”

Plus, previous Championships release “Dangerous,” featuring Jeremih & PnB Rock, climbs to a new peak with an 18-14 ascent.

And here’s one more: Meek gets one more debut by assisting Lil Baby on “Time,” which arrives at No. 31. The tune is on Lil Baby’s Street Gossip, which opens at No. 2 on Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums, behind Meek Mill.

In total, Meek Mill lands 16 songs on the current Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ranking. He’s only the sixth artist to post at least that many simultaneous entries since the chart’s inception in 1958, following Drake, Lil Wayne, Post Malone, Travis Scott and The Weeknd. Drake leads all contenders’ sums with 26 titles in the same week, on the chart dated July 14, 2018.


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