Ella Mai Is First Woman to Top Three R&B/Hip-Hop Radio Charts Since Beyonce in 2012
Ella Mai reaches the top of the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart as “Boo’d Up” advances 2-1. The tune climbs five percent in plays in the week ending July 15, according to Nielsen Music.
With the coronation, Mai is the first woman billed in a lead role to top the chart in 2018. Before this week, Cardi Bsported the last No. 1 for a woman in a lead role when “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” ruled for nine frames in September to November 2017.
“Boo’d” also holds at No. 1 on Adult R&B Songs and R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for a second and fifth week, respectively. Adult R&B Songs ranks titles according to their number of plays across monitored adult-leaning stations, while R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay ranks songs according to audience impressions from both monitored mainstream-oriented and adult-leaning stations.
As “Boo’d” now governs all three charts, it is the first track to earn that triple crown since Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” last year. “Like” dominated for six weeks on Adult R&B Songs, one week on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop and 12 weeks atop R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.
Among songs by women, “Boo’d” ends a six-year drought: Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” was the last tune by a woman – in either a lead of featured role – to hit No. 1 on all three charts, in 2012. “Top,” fittingly, was tops on Adult R&B Songs and R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for seven frames each and earned a lone week in charge of Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop.