Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" Sets New Record On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Charts

Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” has officially sat atop the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Charts for the 13th week in a row, becoming the longest-running No. 1 by a female artist this decade. Previously, Alicia Keys held the esteem with 2010’s “Unthinkable” which held on for 12 consecutive weeks.

It also marks the longest run by a woman since Mary J. Blige‘s “Be Without You” reigned at No. 1 for 15 weeks back in 2006–still the longest record for a woman since the chart first began in 1992. Right now, Ella sits at third place among female artists, tying with Toni Braxton’s 1996 “You’re Makin’ Me High.” The two women sit directly behind Mariah Carey‘s “We Belong Together,” which topped at 14 weeks back in 2005.

With the momentum that Ella’s been gaining though, its likely that she could very well surpass that number in the coming week. According to Billboard, “Boo’d Up” still managed to reel in a 4 percent gain to earn an audience of 37 million in the week ending Sept. 9th despite its lengthy chart life.

Only time will tell if it has the potential to host the record for the longest run of all time (male or female). While Ms. Blige and Drake are currently tied at No. 2 with 15 weeks for “You,” and “Hotline Bling,” respectively, the top spot is met with a gap of eight weeks with Miguel‘s “Adorn” boasting 23 weeks atop the chart. 

Weeks at No. 1, Song, Artist, Year(s) at No. 1
23, “Adorn,” Miguel, 2012-13
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 featuring T-Pain, 2009
14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, 2005
13, “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai, 2018
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