Kendrick Lamar claims his first No. 1 as a lead artist on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (dated Jan. 6), as "Love.," featuring Zacari, zips 2-1. The rapper previously reigned in a featured role on A$AP Rocky’s "F**kin Problems" in 2013."Love." tops the list with 31 million in format airplay audience (up 1 percent) in the week ending Dec. 31, according to Nielsen Music.The collaboration also secures Lamar’s first leader on the list from his album DAMN., after "Humble." and the Rihanna-assisted "Loyalty." each halted at the runner-up spot. Another tune from DAMN., "DNA.," peaked at No. 28.
The coronation of "Love." on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay follows the Dec. 21 arrival of the song's official video, which sparked its 22-11 vault on the latest Billboard Hot 100, driven by the track's 53 percent surge to 19.2 million U.S. streams in the tracking week.
Meanwhile, a new No. 1 hit is just the beginning of what looks to be a busy stretch for Lamar. The rapper will become the first artist to perform during halftime at the College Football Playoff national championship game on Jan. 8 and is nominated for seven prizes at the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 28, including album of the year for 2016’s DAMN. and record of the year for "Humble."
Plus, Disney has confirmed that Lamar will write, produce and curate the soundtrack for the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther, due in theaters Feb. 18. The set’s first offering, a Lamar collaboration with SZA titled "All My Stars," was released Jan. 4.