Ella Mai claims her first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay as “Boo’d Up” lifts 2-1 on the chart dated June 23. “Boo’d” bumps with a 6 percent jump in audience impressions to 34 million in the week ending June 17, according to Nielsen Music. The single also hits new highs on two other radio charts: Rhythmic Songs (8-7, up 17 percent in plays for the week) and Adult R&B Songs (11-8, up 23 percent in weekly plays).
Back to R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: As “Boo’d” lifts, it becomes the first R&B song to top the tally in 2018. The last such record to reach the summit was “Wild Thoughts,” by DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, which ruled for five weeks in August-September 2017. In between “Thoughts” and “Boo’d,” rap songs dominated the chart’s top slot for 39 consecutive weeks.
In addition, “Boo’d” scores the first No. 1 by a lead female R&B artist since Rihanna’s “Needed Me” ruled for two weeks in October 2016. Even further, “Boo’d” is the first debut single by a female R&B act to scale the summit since Jhene Aiko’s “The Worst” reigned for three frames in May 2014. (The last debut single by any lead R&B act to reach No. 1 was Tory Lanez's "Say It" on Feb. 16, 2016.)
Mai evicts Drake from the penthouse after a lengthy stay: He governed the chart for 16 straight weeks, courtesy of three different songs: "God’s Plan” (nine weeks), a featured turn on BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive” (two weeks) and “Nice for What” (five weeks).
Drake’s 16-week sprint was the longest any one artist occupied the No. 1 slot since he did it in 2016. That year, his “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, led for nine weeks before ceding to “Controlla,” which logged seven weeks in charge. The last act to reign for more than 16 consecutive frames was Miguel, whose “Adorn” managed 23 successive weeks at the top in 2012-2013, still the record for most weeks at No. 1 among all songs in the chart’s history.