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Jack Harlow’s ‘Whats Poppin’ Hops Into No. 1 Slot on Rhythmic Songs Chart

Its rise makes DaBaby the latest act to replace himself at the summit.

Jack Harlow collects his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs airplay chart (dated July 18) as “Whats Poppin,” featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne, ascends from the second-place spot. The song, boosted by a remix released June 24 that added the guest-star trio, climbed 12% in plays at the radio format in the week ending July 12, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Notably, “Poppin” evicts DaBaby’s own “Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, from the Rhythmic Songs summit after the latter’s two-week reign. With the switch, DaBaby becomes the first artist to string successive No. 1s since Cardi B’s “Be Careful” ceded the throne to “I Like It,” her collaboration with Bad Bunny and J Balvin, in 2018.

Beyond the two recent champs, DaBaby owns a third career No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs through a featured turn on Post Malone’s “Enemies.” The single, from Post’s Hollywood’s Bleeding album, led for two weeks in 2019.

Tory Lanez, meanwhile, returns to the Rhythmic Songs perch for the first time since his breakthrough hit, “Say It,” scored a two-week run at No. 1 in February 2016. He nearly returned to the top later that year, when “Luv” climbed to No. 2 that September.

For Lil Wayne, “Poppin” makes for an even dozen leaders on Rhythmic, and his first to capture the flag since he, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo assisted on DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One,” a four-week champ in 2017.

With his newest leader, Lil Wayne breaks from a tie with Bruno Mars and Chris Brown to claim fourth place for the most Rhythmic No. 1s among all acts. Here’s a look at the updated leaderboard since the chart began in 1992:

28, Drake
17, Rihanna
13, Usher
12, Lil Wayne
11, Bruno Mars
11, Chris Brown
10, Beyoncé
10, The Weeknd

Elsewhere, “Poppin” continues strong showings in the R&B/hip-hop realm. It retains its No. 3 rank on Rap Airplay for a second straight week, though it improves by 13% in audience for the week ending July 12. The single similarly doubles down in the No. 4 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, gaining 10% to 16.9 million in audience.

The track, too, registers in the pop world for the first time, with a No. 33 debut on the Pop Songs airplay chart. Gains at all the aforementioned sectors push “Poppin” 23-20 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart, where it counts 34.7 million in total audience reach, a 15% boost from the prior week.