Cardi B brings “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, to No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as it jumps from No. 5 to lead the list dated Sept. 26. The pop-culture phenom single becomes the most-played tune at the Rhythmic radio format through a 20 percent surge in plays in the week ending Sept. 20, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
The 5-1 jump makes “WAP” one of only 10 songs to rise directly to No. 1 from No. 5 or lower since the Rhythmic Songs chart began in 1992, and the first since Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” went 5-1 in July 2019.
“WAP” gives Cardi her seventh Rhythmic Songs leader. Here’s a full rundown of her collection to date:
Song Title, Artist (if other than Cardi B), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” four, Oct. 7, 2017
“No Limit,” G-Eazy featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B, two, Dec. 16, 2017
“Finesse,” with Bruno Mars, two, Feb. 17, 2018
“Be Careful,” one, July 7, 2018
“I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, four, July 14, 2018
“Please Me,” with Bruno Mars, April 13, 2018
“WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, one (to date), Sept. 26, 2020
Megan Thee Stallion, meanwhile, nabs her third No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, following “Hot Girl Summer,” her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, which ruled for one week in 2019, and “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, a two-week leader earlier this year.
Beyond its Rhythmic radio victory, “WAP” darts 6-2 on Rap Airplay thanks to a 22 percent hike in audience in the week ending Sept. 20 and pushes 10-5 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay as it picks up a 23 percent burst to 16.5 million in format audience in the same period.
Airplay gains at the rhythmic and R&B/hip-hop formats help “WAP” climb 27-21 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart. There, it improves to 32.6 million in audience impressions, up 21 percent from the prior frame.