Meek Mill earns his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “Going Bad” climbs 2-1 on the ranking dated March 30. The song, which features Drake, rises 4 percent in plays in the week ending March 24, according to Nielsen Music.
Before “Going Bad,” the Philadelphia native previously reached as high as No. 11, which he achieved with “All Eyes on You,” featuring Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj in 2015. In total, Meek Mill has logged 10 songs on the list, dating to his first, “Ima Boss,” featuring T.I., Birdman, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Swizz Beatz. The stacked collaboration peaked at No. 40 in 2011.
“Bad” also seals Drake’s record-extending 24th leader since the chart began in 1992. The superstar claimed his 23rd on his last visit to Rhythmic Songs through a guest spot on Bad Bunny’s “MIA,” which led for the final chart week of 2018 and the first ranking of 2019. Thanks to “MIA” and “Bad,” Drake sports a pair of consecutive No. 1 chart entries for the fourth time in his career, after the following pairs, all in 2016:
- “Jumpman,” with Future (one week at No. 1) and Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake (six)
- “One Dance,” featuring WizKid & Kyla (six) and “Controlla” (two)
- DJ Khaled’s “For Free,” featuring Drake (three) and “Too Good,” featuring Rihanna (six)
In addition to its Rhythmic Songs coronation, “Bad” steps 2-1 on the Rap Airplay chart to lead for the first time despite a 3 percent drop in plays in the week. The single becomes Meek Mill’s first leader there, too, on his 17th try. His previous best peak showing was at No. 3, achieved by Wale’s “Bag of Money,” on which Meek Mill featured alongside Rick Ross and T-Pain (2012), “All Eyes on You” (2012) and “Dangerous,” featuring Jeremih and PnB Rock last November.
Drake extends his No. 1 record on Rap Airplay to 32 leaders, more than twice as many as second-place act Lil Wayne, with 13.
“Bad” sustains its strong showings on other radio formats: It holds atop Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop for a third straight week and keeps at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for a second frame.
Steady airplay helps the collaboration return to the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 after a 14-week absence. The track, which debuted at No. 6 in December, lifts 14-10 on the latest ranking.