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Bruno Mars Passes Usher for Most Radio Songs No. 1s Among Males, Thanks to ‘Finesse’ With Cardi B

The collab becomes Mars' eighth No. 1 & Cardi B's first.

Bruno Mars and Cardi B‘s “Finesse” rises from No. 2 to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Radio Songs chart (dated March 17), granting Mars a record: He earns his eighth Radio Songs leader, passing Usher for the most No. 1s among male acts in the chart’s 27-year history.

Radio Songs measures all-format weekly audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music, on more than 1,200 U.S. radio stations. “Finesse” tops the tally with a 3 percent gain to 133 million in audience in the week ending March 8.


Among all acts, Rihanna leads with 13 Radio Songs No. 1s. Mariah Carey ranks second with 11, followed by Mars (eight), Katy Perry and Usher (each with seven) and Beyoncé, Ludacris, Taylor Swift and Kanye West (six each).

Here’s a recap of Mars’ eight Radio Songs No. 1s:

“Nothin’ On You,” B.O.B feat. Mars, beginning May, 22, 2010 (three weeks at No. 1)
“Just the Way You Are,” Oct. 23, 2010 (seven)
“Grenade,” Feb. 26, 2011 (three)
“Locked Out of Heaven,” Jan. 5, 2013 (seven)
“When I Was Your Man,” April 6, 2013 (five)
“Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Mars, Feb. 7, 2015 (12)
“That’s What I Like,” May 20, 2017 (nine)
“Finesse,” Mars & Cardi B, March 17, 2018 (one to date)

With “Finesse,” Cardi B collects her first Radio Songs No. 1. She reached a prior No. 10 peak with her debut hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” last October.

As previously reported, “Finesse” returns to its No. 3 high on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100. All charts will update Tuesday (March 13) on Billboard.com.