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Future’s ‘Wait for U’ Tops Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop and Rhythmic Airplay Charts

The rap titan's hit single becomes his fifth champ on both lists and begins crossing to pop radio.

Future picks up his fifth No. 1 on both Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Airplay charts with “Wait For U,” featuring Drake and Tems. The single rises from the runner-up spot on the former and No. 3 on the latter to lead the lists dated July 2.

“Wait” climbs on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay after a 9% bump in plays on U.S. monitored R&B/hip-hop radio stations in the week ending June 26, according to Luminate. On Rhythmic Airplay, the coronation comes in the wake of an 11% weekly play improvement in the same period.

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Here’s a look at Future’s now five No. 1s on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Future), Weeks at No. 1, Peak Date

  • “Hold You Down,” DJ Khaled featuring Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future & Jeremih, three, Nov. 15, 2014
  • “Jumpman,” with Drake, two, Jan. 16, 2016
  • “Mask Off,” one, May 27, 2017
  • “Way 2 Sexy,” Drake featuring Future & Young Thug, two, Oct. 9, 2021
  • “Wait For U,” featuring Drake & Tems, one (to date), July 2, 2022

And his Rhythmic Airplay champ collection:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Future), Weeks at No. 1, Peak Date

  • “Jumpman,” with Drake, one, Feb. 6, 2016
  • “Mask Off,” one, June 24, 2017
  • “Life Is Good,” featuring Drake, one, March 21, 2020
  • “Way 2 Sexy,” Drake featuring Future & Young Thug, two, Oct. 23, 2021
  • “Wait For U,” featuring Drake & Tems, one (to date), July 2, 2022

For Drake, “Wait” gives the prolific hitmaker a record-extending leader on both counts. For Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, he lifts his total to 42 champs, and banks a 34th visit to the summit on Rhythmic Airplay.

Singer-songwriter Tems, meanwhile, collects her first No. 1 on Rhythmic Airplay, after coming close to the penthouse with her only other appearance, a featured turn on Wizkid’s “Essence,” which peaked at No. 2. On Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, “Wait” secures her second-chart topper; “Essence” reigned for 10 weeks in 2021.

Elsewhere in the radio sector, “Wait” advances 3-2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay to threaten reigning champ Jack Harlow’s “First Class” for a possible takeover soon. In the latest tracking week, “Wait” climbs 9% in weekly audience to 18.6 million. Over on Rap Airplay, “Wait” lands in the runner-up spot for a fourth straight week, though with a 9% weekly improvement in audience.

The song’s crossover appeal is beginning to show, as “Wait” debuts on the Pop Airplay chart at No. 38.

Thanks to strong radio showings across multiple formats, “Wait” ascends 20-15 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart. There, it lifts 12% in weekly audience to reach 31.6 million in the week ending June 24.