Chris Brown arrives at a historic milestone as his single “Go Crazy,” with Young Thug, leads Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for a 24th week. With the track’s newest week on top, Brown now claims the two songs with the most weeks at No. 1 in the chart’s 28-year history with “Crazy” and “No Guidance.”
“Crazy” reigns for its 24th frame on the list dated March 13. Its latest term comes despite a 5% drop to 21.6 million in audience impressions for the week ending March 7, according to MRC Data. Brown and Young’s single began its extended rule on Aug. 22, interrupted only by a six-week streak for Drake’s “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, in September-October.
With its 24th week, “Crazy” surpasses Miguel’s “Adorn” for the second-best sum in terms of weeks at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. The track only trails another Brown song, “No Guidance,” featuring Drake, which marshaled a record 27 weeks in charge in 2019-20.
As Brown establishes a double domination, here’s a look at the 10 longest leading No. 1s since the chart began in 1992:
27, “No Guidance,” Chris Brown featuring Drake, 2019-20
24, “Go Crazy,” Chris Brown & Young Thug, 2020-21
23, “Adorn,” Miguel, 2012-13
16, “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai, 2018
15, “Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige, 2006
15, “Hotline Bling,” Drake, 2015-16
14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, 2005
14, “Blame It,” Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain, 2009
14, “Pretty Wings,” Maxwell, 2009
14, “Hold On We’re Going Home,” Drake featuring Majid Jordan, 2013-14
Brown’s sway over the chart has been so strong in the past 18 months that he’s controlled the chart’s summit for 62% of the time, 51 of 82 weeks, from Aug. 24, 2019 — the first week “No Guidance” was No. 1, through the latest week, March 13, 2021.
Though his standing in first and second place is assured, will “Crazy” eventually overtake “Guidance” for top status? Current signs suggest its certainly possible, even despite “Crazy” having slipped in audience for seven of the last eight weeks, as its peak’s airplay total had such a gap over all competitors that it could afford to bleed audience and retain its top standing. On the current list, “Crazy” posts 21.6 million in audience, ahead of No. 2, Pop Smoke’s “For the Night,” featuring Lil Baby and DaBaby, at 18.5 million, though that track is essentially even with its audience sum from the prior week and suffered slight losses in the two prior weeks.
The most obvious challenger is H.E.R.’s “Damage,” currently at No. 3 with 17.4 million, up 17% from its prior week sum of 14.9 million. “Damage” has gained as its found concurrent traction on both adult and mainstream-leaning R&B/hip-hop stations, both of which’s audience numbers feed into the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. “Damage” takes over as the most played song on R&B/hip-hop radio as it jumps 4-1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, while it holds at No. 15 on Adult R&B Airplay, though it gains 21% in plays in the week.
The dual combination of adult and mainstream clout was a key factor behind “Go Crazy” and its multi-month supremacy. “Crazy” reigned on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for six weeks, and remained in the top 10 each week from June 13, 2020 to Feb. 20, 2021, while it lead the Adult R&B Airplay ranking for seven nonconsecutive weeks from last December through earlier this month.