Plus, moves by Gucci Mane and Yo Gotti, while Mary J. Blige ties a top 10 record!
Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty.,” featuring Rihanna, lifts 2-1 on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart (dated Sept. 30). The collaboration gains by 5 percent in spins in the week ending Sept. 17, according to Nielsen Music.
With the move, Kendrick collects his second No. 1 hit on the chart among 17 entries to date. His previous leader also came this year, with “Humble.” leading for three weeks in June.
Rihanna, meanwhile, knocks herself out of No. 1 as “Loyalty.” unseats DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” which features the superstar alongside Bryson Tiller, after an eight-week command. Ironically, the last self-replacement at the pinnacle, which occurred a little more than one year ago, also involved Rihanna and DJ Khaled. On Sept. 10, 2016, Drake’s “Too Good,” featuring Rihanna, began the first of six ruling frames by bumping DJ Khaled’s “For Free,” which featured Drake, from the penthouse after three weeks. That move completed a triple play for Drake, whose “Controlla” led for the two weeks immediately preceding “For Free.”
One last Rihanna-Drake connection: “Loyalty.” gives Rihanna her 16th No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, second only to Drake’s 19 among all acts.
Mary J. Ties Top 10 Record: Over on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart, Mary J. Blige scores a record-tying 22nd top 10 hit with “Set Me Free,” which moves 11-10 with a 17 percent spike in spins for the week. Blige’s total now equals Gerald Levert’s sum for the most top 10 songs among all acts since the chart began in 1993.
Blige, whose career slightly predates the chart’s inception, earned her first top 10 on the tally with 1994’s “Be Happy,” which climbed to No. 8. She’s earned six No. 1 hits on the list: “Not Gon’ Cry” (six weeks in 1996), “Be Without You” (14 weeks, 2006), “Take Me As I Am” (one week, 2007), “Ifuleave” (eight weeks, 2009), “Thick of It” (16 weeks, 2016-17) and “U + Me (Love Lesson)” (three weeks, 2017).
Gucci ‘Bags’ A Hit: Gucci Mane scores his first top 10 as a lead artist on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since 2009 as “I Get The Bag,” featuring Migos, jumps 13-9. He last visited the tier as a lead act when “Wasted,” featuring Plies or OJ Da Juiceman rocketed to No. 3 that fall.
The move gives Gucci his fourth top 10 overall. In addition to “Wasted,” he’s reached the region twice as a featured act, on Mario’s “Break Up” (No. 2, 2009) and assisting Rae Sremmurd on “Black Beatles,” which ruled the list for seven weeks from November 2016 to January 2017.
“Bag” rises with a 2 percent weekly gain in U.S. streams to 21.9 million in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen Music, generating an 8-6 hike on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs. Radio audience surges to 55 million for the week ending Sept. 17, up 30 percent, and boosts the track 39-36 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.