Ella Mai’s ‘Boo’d Up’ sets chart record

The single is now in second place for most weeks at No. 1 by any song.

Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” breaks the record for the most weeks at number 1 of any song by a woman on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as it captures a 16th week in the top slot on the chart dated 6 October. The song surpasses the 15-week stay of Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You” in 2006.

With 16 weeks at the helm, “Boo’d” leapfrogs the runs of Blige’s “You” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” from 2015-16, to claim sole possession of second place among the longest-running number 1s of all time on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Only Miguel’s “Adorn,” which clocked an unprecedented 23-week domination in 2012-13, has posted a longer reign.

As “Boo’d” snatches the silver medal, here’s an updated rundown of the leaderboard for songs with the most weeks atop R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay since the chart began in 1992:

Weeks at Number 1, Song, Artist, Year(s) at Number 1:

23, “Adorn,” Miguel, 2012-13

16, “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai, 2018

15, “Hotline Bling,” Drake, 2015-16

15, “Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige, 2006

14, “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Drake, 2013-14

14, “Pretty Wings,” Maxwell, 2009

14, “Blame It,” Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain, 2009

14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, 2005

13, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” The Weeknd, 2015

13, “Can’t Be Friends,” Trey Songz, 2010-11

13, “You’re Makin’ Me High,” Toni Braxton, 1996

“Boo’d” traces its outstanding longevity to its simultaneous popularity on both adult-leaning and mainstream-oriented R&B stations.

The single slips to number 2 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart after a 13-week run at number 1, while it previously ruled the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay tally for two weeks. (R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay ranks songs based on audience impressions from a combined panel of adult and mainstream R&B stations.)

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: ellamai

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