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Streaming Rebound Sends Chris Brown’s ‘Influence’ to Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

The song, first released in 2019, also debuts inside the Hot 100's top 40.

Chris Brown’s “Under the Influence” revives itself as a bonafide hit as the three-year-old track ascends into the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song climbs 14-10 on the list dated Sept. 24 following its resurgence on TikTok and subsequently across major streaming services.

With his new success, Brown captures his 41st top 10 hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and breaks from a tie with Ye to stand alone in seventh place for the most top 10 hits on the chart since it became an all-encompassing genre ranking in 1958. Here’s the updated leaderboard:


  • 107, Drake
  • 57, James Brown
  • 52, Aretha Franklin
  • 51, Lil Wayne
  • 48, Stevie Wonder
  • 43, The Temptations
  • 41, Chris Brown
  • 40, Ye

The “Influence” spreads its impact onto other charts. It repeats at No. 4 on Hot R&B Songs for a second week, while it debuts at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 for Brown’s 51st top 40 hit.

“Influence” pushed to 10.7 million official U.S. on-demand streams in the week ending Sept. 15, according to Luminate, a 22% boost from the prior week. The influx thrusts the track 4-2 on R&B Streaming Songs list, 12-5 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs, and 30-14 on the overall Streaming Songs chart. On all three rankings, the rebounding success beats all the other charting titles for the weekly Greatest Gainer honor.

While streaming contributes nearly all the “Influence” chart activity, sales are notably climbing alongside the song’s breakout moment. The tune sold 2,000 downloads in the week ending Sept. 15, up 18% from the prior week, and lifts 9-6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart.

“Influence” is from Indigo (Extended), a deluxe version of Brown’s 2019 album, Indigo, released that same year. Though the album cut was not released as a single at the time, its recent streaming success has led to Brown’s label, RCA, officially sending the track for play on U.S. rhythmic radio stations as of Sept. 20.