Megan Thee Stallion scores her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “Hot Girl Summer,” her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, climbs from the runner-up rank on the chart dated Oct. 26. The song ascends despite a 1% drop in plays on the format in the week ending Oct. 20, according to Nielsen Music.
“Summer,” which reaches the summit in its 10th week on the chart, has easily outshone the Houston rapper’s prior entries on Rhythmic Songs: Debut release “Big Ole Freak” notched a No. 21 peak in May, while “Cash Shit,” featuring DaBaby, halted at No. 24 last month.
Ty Dolla $ign, meanwhile, collects his third No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs and first not in a featured role. He previously reigned through guest turns on Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home,” a one-week winner in 2016 and on Post Malone’s “Psycho,” a four-week champ last year.
“Summer” also gives Nicki Minaj her eighth visit to the Rhythmic Songs summit, and with it, she surpasses Mariah Carey for the third-most No. 1s on the chart among female artists since it began in 1992, trailing only Rihanna (17) and Beyoncé (nine).
Here’s a recap of Minaj’s eight No. 1s on the chart:
Song Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1 “Bottoms Up,” (Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj), one, Oct. 30, 2010 “Super Bass,” one, Aug. 6, 2011 “Touchin, Lovin,” (Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj), four, Nov. 22, 2014 “Truffle Butter,” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne, one, March 28, 2015 “Hey Mama” (David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack), one, July 25, 2015 “Rake It Up,” (Yo Gotti featuring Nicki Minaj), one, Nov. 4, 2017) “Big Bank,” (YG featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj), one, Oct. 20, 2018 “Hot Girl Summer,” with Megan Thee Stallion and Ty Dolla $ign, one (to date), Oct. 26, 2019
Beyond its Rhythmic Songs coronation, “Summer” also heats up other radio lists, including an 6-5 improvement on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay through a 1% bump to 20.9 million in audience in the week ending Oct. 20.