‘Savage’ Expands Radio Reach, Hits No. 1 on Rhythmic Chart

Megan Thee Stallion scores her second No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “Savage,” featuring Beyoncé, steps to the summit on the list dated May 30. The single ascends from the runner-up spot thanks to a 7% jump in plays in the week ending May 25, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

“Savage” dethrones Drake’s “Toosie Slide” after the latter’s three-week run.

Before “Savage,” Megan Thee Stallion led the Rhythmic Songs list for one week with “Hot Girl Summer,” her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign last October.

The coronation also brings favorable news for the track’s producer, Anthony “J. White Did It” White, who takes his first Rhythmic Songs leader as the sole producer. He previously visited the summit twice as a co-producer on two Cardi B tracks: “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” for four weeks in 2017 and the following year’s “I Like It,” a team-up with Bad Bunny and J Balvin that also won four terms on top.

Beyoncé, meanwhile, adds a 10th Rhythmic No. 1 to her files and her first since she and husband Jay-Z featured on DJ Khaled’s “Shining” in 2017. Here’s a full recap as the superstar adds to her count:

Song, Additional Artists (if any), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” (Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé Knowles), three, Jan. 4, 2003
“Crazy in Love,” featuring Jay-Z, one, Aug. 9, 2003
“Baby Boy,” featuring Sean Paul, seven, Sept. 27, 2003
“Naughty Girl,” one, May 22, 2004
“Check on It,” featuring Slim Thug, one, March 4, 2006
“Irreplaceable,” seven, Dec. 30, 2006
“Sweet Dreams,” one, Nov. 28, 2009
“Drunk in Love,” featuring Jay-Z, three, March 1, 2014
“Shining” (DJ Khaled featuring Beyoncé & Jay-Z), one, March 13, 2017
“Savage” (Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé), one to date, May 30, 2020

Plus, a 10th Rhythmic chart-topper makes Beyoncé the eighth act to break the double-digit barrier since the airplay ranking began in 1992. Notably, she’s only the second woman to do so, following Rihanna. Here’s an updated look at the leaderboard for the most No. 1s:

28, Drake
17, Rihanna
13, Usher
11, Bruno Mars
11, Chris Brown
11, Lil Wayne
10, Beyoncé
10, The Weeknd
9, Jay-Z
9, Nicki Minaj

With the Rhythmic sector secured, “Savage” extends its success story at radio. The single retains its No. 1 standing on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rap Airplay charts for a second week each and busts into the top 10 on the all-genre Radio Songs ranking with an 11-8 climb.

Pop radio, too, becomes welcome territory as “Savage” lifts 27-24 in its fifth week on the Pop Songs airplay chart. There, it picks up 27% in plays in the week ending May 25.

Radio gains across the board, along with a boost in sales, help the song win the race for No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts for the first time. “Savage” also rebounds for a second nonconsecutive stint atop Hot Rap Songs after ceding the summit to 6ix9ine’s “Gooba” last week.