Chloe has no mercy for the competition on Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as her single, “Have Mercy,” races to No. 1 on the list dated Dec. 18. The song advances 5-1 thanks to a 12% surge in plays in the week ending Dec. 9, according to MRC Data, and becomes the week’s most-played song at U.S. monitored R&B/hip-hop radio stations.
“Mercy,” released on Parkwood/Columbia Records, is the debut solo single from Chloe Bailey, who performs under the mononym Chloe. She’s previously made a chart impact as one-half of the sibling duo, Chloe x Halle, with her sister, Halle.
In addition to the artist credit, “Mercy” yields a No. 1 for Bailey as both a songwriter and a producer, as she sports co-credits in both realms. Notably, the song also gives producer Murda Beatz a second champ on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, following his work on Drake’s “Nice for What,” which reigned for nine weeks in 2018.
Elsewhere, “Mercy” moves into the runner-up slot on the Rhythmic Airplay chart, pushing 3-2 on the new list. There, it added 5% more plays in the week ending Dec. 9, compared with the previous week. Another top five showing occurs on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, where the single improves 6-4 and picked up 9% in weekly audience to 15.9 million in the same tracking period. With the gain, Chloe surpasses the No. 6 peak of Chloe x Halle’s “Do It” to achieve her best showing on the list in any capacity.
Outside of the song’s core genre format, “Mercy” continues to make inroads on pop radio. Despite a modest one-spot rise on Pop Airplay to a new peak of No. 28, the track registered a 14% increase in weekly plays.
Gains across the R&B/hip-hop, rhythmic and pop sectors help “Mercy” leap 27-22 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart. There, it grew 6% in audience to 27.4 million in the latest tracking week.