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Cardi B’s ‘Be Careful’ Extends Perfect Top 10 Streak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Cardi B posts her sixth top 10 in as many visits to Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Be Careful" blasts in at No. 10 on the April 14-dated ranking.

Cardi B posts her sixth top 10 in as many visits to Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as “Be Careful” blasts in at No. 10 on the April 14-dated ranking.

The entrance derives largely from streams: the track collected 20.6 million U.S. clicks in the week ending April 5, according to Nielsen Music, and also opens at No. 12 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs.


With the start, the rapper has now sent her first six chart entries to the top 10. Her first release, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” ruled for six weeks beginning Sept. 16, 2017; she followed with a featured turn on G-Eazy‘s “No Limit” (No. 2); on “Motorsport,” with Migos and Nicki Minaj (No. 3); her own “Bartier Cardi,” featuring 21 Savage (No. 7); and with Bruno Mars on “Finesse” (No. 1, one week).

Cardi B is the 25th artist to crack open a career-starting six-pack of top 10s or more on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs without missing the region (dating to the chart’s 1958 inception). The Jackson 5/Jacksons own the best mark, with a whopping 17 straight, beginning with their debut smash “I Want You Back” (No. 1 for four weeks in 1970) and running through 1975’s “Forever Came Today” (No. 6). The streak ended with their following release, “All I Do Is Think of You,” which stalled at No. 50.

Here’s a look at every act that began its Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart career with at least six straight top 10 smashes, ranked by the most such hits:

17, The Jackson 5/Jacksons
13, Lionel Richie
12, The Stylistics
11, Keith Sweat
11, Toni Braxton
11, Whitney Houston
10, Mase
9, Freddie Jackson
9, Barry White
9, Jackie Wilson
8, Natalie Cole
8, The Drifters
8, Tony Toni Tone
7, Brandy
7, Mariah Carey
7, Dru Hill
7, Monica
7, Tavares
7, Vanessa Williams
6, Bell Biv Devoe
6, Chris Brown
6, Cardi B 
6, En Vogue
6, Gerald Levert
6, Puff Daddy

“Careful,” “Bartier” and “Bodak” are all from the Bronx native’s debut album, Invasion of Privacy, a strong contender to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts dated April 21.

The odds of Cardi B upping her top 10 starting streak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs are slim, however. Many of Privacy‘s tracks are aiming to debut on the chart next week as fans stream the album, but a typical lack of radio airplay for non-singles should hinder their chances of reaching the top 10.