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Cardi B Replaces Herself Atop Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Chart as Pardison Fontaine’s ‘Backin It Up’ Hits No. 1

Cardi B becomes only the second woman to replace herself at No. 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart as Pardison Fontaine’s “Backin’ It Up,” on which she features, knocks her single “Money” from the summit on the chart dated March 9.   

Plus, as City Girls’ “Twerk,” which also boasts a guest appearance from Cardi B, bumps 5-3, the Bronx-born superstar becomes the first woman and only third act – behind Drake and Lil Wayne – to claim the chart’s top three positions at the same time.  

“Up” ascends with a 9 percent boost in plays in the week ending March 3, according to Nielsen Music. “Money” had reigned for the five previous frames.  

As the exchange at No. 1 occurs, Cardi B is just the second woman to pull off the switch, following Nicki Minaj in 2015. That year, Minaj’s “Truffle Butter,” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne was dethroned by Rae Sremmurd’s “Throw Some Mo,” featuring Minaj and Young Thug.

Among all acts, Cardi B is the 10th individual to achieve the feat since the chart began in 1993. Nelly inaugurated the club in August 2002, when “Hot in Herre” wrapped a six-week stay at No. 1 and ceded the throne to “Dilemma,” featuring Kelly Rowland, for the first of its nine-week term.

Here’s a full rundown of all 19 instances in which an act claimed successive No. 1s on the chart. Drake boasts the most self-replacements, with six.

Nelly, Aug. 24, 2002:
“Hot in Herre” replaced by “Dilemma,” featuring Kelly Rowland

Usher, May 1, 2004:
“Yeah!,” featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris replaced by “Burn”

50 Cent, May 19, 2005:
“How We Do” (The Game featuring 50 Cent) replaced by “Candy Shop,” featuring Olivia

50 Cent, April 23, 2005:
“Candy Shop,” featuring Olivia replaced by “Hate It or Love It” (The Game featuring 50 Cent)   

Bow Wow, Sept. 3, 2005:
“Let Me Hold You,” featuring Omarion replaced by “Like You,” featuring Ciara

Lil Wayne, April 2, 2011:
“6 Foot 7 Foot,” featuring Cory Gunz replaced by “Look At Me Now” (Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)

Lil Wayne, July 23, 2011:
“Motivation” (Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne) replaced by “I’m on One” (DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)

Lil Wayne, Sept. 3, 2011:
“I’m on One” (DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne) replaced by “How to Love”

Drake, Feb. 25, 2012:
“Make Me Proud,” featuring Nicki Minaj replaced by “The Motto,” featuring Lil Wayne

Kendrick Lamar, Feb. 9, 2013:
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” replaced by “F**kin Problems” (A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)

Lil Wayne, July 19, 2014:
“Loyal” (Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & French Montana or Too $hort or Tyga) replaced by “Believe Me,” featuring Drake

Chris Brown, Nov. 15, 2014:
“New Flame,” featuring Usher & Rick Ross replaced by “Hold You Down” (DJ Khaled featuring Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future & Jeremih)

Drake, Jan. 10, 2015:
“Tuesday” (I LOVE MAKONNEN featuring Drake) replaced by “Only” (Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown)

Nicki Minaj, April 11, 2015:
“Truffle Butter,” featuring Drake & Lil Wayne replaced by “Throw Sum Mo” (Rae Sremmurd featuring Nicki Minaj & Young Thug)

Drake, Aug. 27, 2016:
“For Free” (DJ Khaled featuring Drake) replaced by “Controlla”

Drake, April 28, 2018:
“God’s Plan” replaced by “Look Alive” (BlocBoy JB featuring Drake)

Drake, May 19, 2018:
“Look Alive” (BlocBoy JB featuring Drake) replaced by “Nice for What”

Drake, Aug. 25, 2018:
“In My Feelings” replaced by “Yes Indeed,” with Lil Baby

Cardi B, March 9, 2019:
“Money” replaced by “Backin’ It Up” (Pardison Fontaine featuring Cardi B)

Special mention applies to three of the aforementioned acts – 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Drake – who completed the feat twice-in-a-row by linking three uninterrupted chart leaders. 50 Cent scored the hat trick in 2005, while Lil Wayne managed it in 2011 via “Motivation,” “I’m on One” and “How to Love.” Drake, meanwhile, accomplished the deed in 2018 through “God’s Plan,” “Look Alive” and “Nice for What.”

In other “Up” news, Fontaine and Cardi B’s collaboration steps 4-3 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, a new peak. The track gains 10 percent in audience to 23 million in the week ending March 3, per Nielsen Music.