Cardi B and Bruno Mars’ “Please Me” jumps to No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart dated April 6. The collaboration surges with a 17 percent jump to 24.4 million in audience in the week ending March 31, according to Nielsen Music.
As “Please” lifts 5-1, it evicts Cardi B’s “Money,” which ruled for nine straight weeks and falls 1-4. With the switch, the Bronx native completes the first self-replacement by an artist since Drake’s “Nice for What” toppled BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive,” which features Drake, last May.
In limiting the search to women in leading roles, Cardi B is the first to directly succeed herself at the summit in more than a decade. Alicia Keys last achieved the feat, as “No One” yielded to “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” in January 2008.
2×4: With “Please” at the summit, Bruno Mars earns his second No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. His previous leader, “That’s What I Like,” reigned for 12 weeks in 2017 on its way to being that year’s No. 1 tune on the chart’s year-end ranking.
Cardi B, meanwhile, collects her fourth No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. She previously checked into the penthouse with the 10-week champ “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” in 2017, the aforementioned “Money” and through a featured turn on G-Eazy’s “No Limit,” which also featured A$AP Rocky, which reigned for six frames in 2017-18.
Notably, as “Please” leaps to No. 1, it outdoes the peak of the pair’s previous collaboration, “Finesse.” The track, a remixed single of a cut from Mars’ 2016 album 24K Magic, topped out at No. 2 in March 2018.
‘Please’ Rise: In addition to the “Please” takeover on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, the collaboration nears the top spot on other radio rankings thanks to these improvements in the tracking week ending March 31:
- 4-2 on Rap Airplay thanks to a 17 percent spike in audience
- 6-3 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop with a 14 percent burst in format plays
- 5-4 on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as weekly plays at the format climb 11 percent
- 8-6 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart, with a 10 percent gain to 69.7 million in audience