Khalid’s ‘Talk’ Airplay Chart Domination Unmatched Since Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’


“Talk” is first single since “That’s What I Like” to top Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Radio Songs and Adult R&B Songs.

Khalid’s “Talk” expands its radio onslaught as it jumps 3-1 to crown the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart dated Aug. 10. The single scales with a 21% surge in plays in the week ending Aug. 4, enough to seize the weekly Greatest Gainer honor.

“Talk” marks the singer-songwriter’s second No. 1 on the survey. His debut release, “Location,” topped the chart for three weeks in 2017.

As “Talk” takes over Adult R&B Songs, it becomes the fifth radio No. 1 on the track’s Billboard chart resume, a haul that spans both the pop and R&B realms. In addition to its Adult R&B Songs coronation, “Talk” retains the No. 1 slot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for a fourth week despite a 5% slip to 32.1 million in audience. The track also wins an eighth term atop the all-genre Radio Songs list, overcoming a 1% drop to 133 million in audience there.

Beyond its incumbent leaders, “Talk” previously ruled the Rhythmic Songs airplay list for two weeks and logged four frames in charge of the Pop Songs airplay ranking.

How rare is it to claim such a wide spread of pop and R&B radio No. 1s? “Talk” is only the 10th song to top all five aforementioned airplay rankings, and the first since Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” in 2017.

Here’s the full list of the 10 tracks, dating to 1993, the first year that all five charts existed:

Song Title, Artist, Year
“I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men, 1994
“On Bended Knee,” Boyz II Men, 1994
“We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, 2005
“Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige, 2007
“No One,” Alicia Keys, 2007-08
“Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell, 2013
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams, 2014
“Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” The Weeknd, 2015
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars, 2017
“Talk,” Khalid, 2019