New mother Cardi B replaces herself in the No. 1 spot on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart as “I Like It,” with Bad Bunny and J. Balvin, replaces “Be Careful.” The new leader scoots 3-1 with a 19 percent increase in airplay in the week ending July 8, according to Nielsen Music.
With her achievement, Cardi B is the first act to topple herself at No. 1 since Rihanna, who completed the feat featured roles on DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” (also featuring Bryson Tiller) and Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty.” The former reigned for nine weeks before ceding pole position to the latter on Sept. 30, 2017.
Among artists in lead roles, the last act to pull a double domination was also Rihanna, back on Christmas Day in 2010. On the chart dated Dec. 25, 2010, her “Only Girl (In the World)” surrendered the top rank to “What’s My Name,” featuring Drake, which rang up the first of nine weeks in charge.
As “Like” ascends, Cardi B claims her fifth No. 1 on the list, following her “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” (four weeks), a featured turn on G-Eazy’s “No Limit” (two weeks), “Finesse,” a collaboration with Bruno Mars (two weeks), and “Careful” (one week).
Bad Bunny, meanwhile, grabs his first No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs, as does J. Balvin, who previously maxed out at No. 2 with “Mi Gente,” alongside Willy William and featuring Beyoncé.