Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

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The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart is the airplay component chart of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It is not the R&B subset of The Hot 100 Airplay, but rather a separate panel of R&B stations in urban markets used for the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It was also used in sister publication R&R, which listed the chart as Urban National Airplay.

Janet Jackson made history in 1993 when her single "That's the Way Love Goes" became the first (and at present time the only) song in history to enter the airplay chart at #1.1

According to Billboard, rapper Lil Wayne broke the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay record by being the first music artist to have six No. 1s on Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip Hop Radio Airplay chart in one calendar year. This is because of Wayne‘s “She Will” single featuring rapper Drake moving from #3 to #1. The other 5 tracks that went #1 in 2011 were: “6 Foot 7 Foot“, “How To Love“, “I’m On One“, “Look At Me Now” and “Motivation“. The previous record holder for this achievement was Usher with four No. 1s in 2004.2 Adorn currently holds the record for longest stay atop the Airplay Charts and is the only song to ever top the chart for 20 or more weeks.3

Chart criteria

There are fifty positions on this chart and it is solely based on radio airplay. 77 R&B and hip-hop radio stations are electronically monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Songs are ranked by a calculation of the total number of spins per week with its audience impression, which is based upon exact times of airplay and each station's Arbitron listener data.

Songs receiving the greatest growth will receive a "bullet", although there are tracks that will also get bullets if the loss in detections does not exceed the percentage of downtime from a monitored station. "Airpower" awards are issued to songs that appear on the top 20 of both the airplay and audience chart for the first time, while the "greatest gainer" award is given to song with the largest increase in detections. A song with six or more spins in its first week is awarded an "airplay add". If a song is tied for the most spins in the same week, the one with the biggest increase that previous week will rank higher, but if both songs show the same amount of spins regardless of detection the song that is being played at more stations is ranked higher. Songs that fall below the top 20 and have been on the chart after 26 weeks are removed and go to recurrent status.


Longest stay at No. 1

Most number ones


  1. ^ "Billboard - Google Boeken". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Chart Juice: Lil Wayne Earns Sixth No. 1 This Year on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop". Billboard. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Miguel 'Adorn's No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay For 20th Week: Weekly Chart Notes". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, Drake, Bastille Score New No. 1s". Billboard. 1992-04-04. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 

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