N.E.R.D. and Rihanna's “Lemon” darts 4-1 on Billboard's Rhythmic Songs airplay chart (dated Feb. 10) to command the list for the first time. The collaboration leaps to the top with an 8 percent hike in plays in the week ending Feb. 4, according to Nielsen Music.
With “Lemon,” N.E.R.D. squeezes out its first trip to the summit with its first entry on the chart.
Rihanna logs her 17th No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, extending her mark for the most among women and pulling within two chart-toppers tying Drake's record 19. (Notably, Drake could challenge for another No. 1 soon, as “God's Plan” races 16-12 with a mighty 57 percent gain in plays for the week and takes the Greatest Gainer prize.)
Here's a look at the acts with the most No. 1s on Rhythmic Songs since the list's inception on Oct. 3, 1992:
11, Lil Wayne
9, Chris Brown
'Finesse' Flies: While “Lemon” rules Rhythmic Songs, Bruno Mars and Cardi B's “Finesse” flies into the top 10, springing 11-5.
The collab scores a 23 percent jump in plays for the week and received an extra publicity boost from the pair's first live performance the song on the 60th annual Grammy Awards, which aired Jan. 28 on CBS. “Finesse” was one many highlights for Mars that evening, who walked away with the three biggest trophies the night: album (24K Magic), record (“24K Magic”) and song the year (“That's What I Like”).
The flight “Finesse” gives Mars his 15th top 10 on Rhythmic Songs, among 20 total entries to date. Or, phrased another way, an impressive 75 percent his songs that have reached the 40-position chart have eventually settled in the upper tier, dating to his first appearance as a featured artist on B.o.B's “Nothin' on You” in 2010. (That tune eventually held the No. 1 rank for seven weeks, still Mars' longest run at No. 1 among eight leaders.)
Cardi B, meanwhile, secures her fourth Rhythmic Songs top 10 in just over five months. Her first, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” climbed 16-10 on Sept. 9, 2017. She's since banked top 10s with a featured turn on G-Eazy's “No Limit,” a two-week leader in December, and “MotorSport,” her collaboration with Migos and Nicki Minaj that hits a new high No. 6 this week, spurred by a 3 percent lift in plays.
“Finesse” also makes headway on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with a 13-7 surge, as it draws a 25 percent growth to 18 million audience impressions. The progress pushes Mars to a fifth top 10 hit on the ranking, while Cardi B snags her fourth.