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Beyoncé Ties No. 1 Record as Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Savage’ Tops R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

Beyonce ties Alicia Keys' record for the most R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay No. 1s among women as "Savage," her collab with Megan Thee Stallion, rises to No. 1. The rapper, meanwhile, nabs her first leader.

Megan Thee Stallion locks up the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, rises from the runner-up rank on the list dated May 23. The duo takes over thanks to a 5 percent boost to 27.3 million in audience in the week ending May 17, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

With their ascent, the Houston natives return female artists to the chart summit for the first time in nearly a year. The last woman at No. 1 was Cardi B, who posted the last of 20 straight weeks in charge through “Money” (nine weeks) and then “Please Me,” (11) a collaboration with Bruno Mars, on the June 15, 2019, list.

“Savage” gives Megan Thee Stallion her first leader on the chart, after a trio of prior top five showings. Her debut hit, “Big Ole Freak,” reached No. 5 in May 2019, while two later hits both went to No. 3: “Cash S–t,” featuring DaBaby last September, and “Hot Girl Summer,” a collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, in November.

Beyoncé nabs her eighth visit to the penthouse to tie Alicia Keys for the most No. 1s among women since the chart began in 1993. The superstar also ends a five-year drought from the summit, having last topped R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay with “7/11” in February 2015. Between the two chart champs, Bey logged eight other entries, with six entering the top 10. Lemonade single “Sorry” was the most successful, climbing to No. 3 in July 2016.

Here’s a full count of Beyoncé’s eight leaders:

Song Title, Additional Artists (if any), Weeks at No. 1, Peak Date
“Crazy in Love,” featuring Jay-Z, four, July 19, 2003
“Baby Boy,” featuring Sean Paul, five, Sept. 27, 2003
“Irreplaceable,” nine, Dec. 2, 2006
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” 12, Nov. 29, 2008
“Love on Top,” seven, March 10, 2012
“Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay-Z, eight, Feb. 1, 2014
“7/11,” five, Feb. 14, 2015
“Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé, one to date, May 23, 2020


As mentioned, Beyoncé ties Keys’ record for the most R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart-toppers among female acts with an eighth No. 1. On the overall list, the artists land in a five-way tie for fourth place since the chart began in 1993. Here’s the refreshed standings:

26, Drake
15, Usher
12, Lil Wayne
8, Alicia Keys
8, Beyoncé
8, Chris Brown
8, Jay-Z
8, R. Kelly