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Future, Metro Boomin & Kendrick Lamar Take ‘Like That’ to No. 1 on Rhythmic Airplay Chart

There’s a lot to like on Billboard’s Rhythmic Airplay chart for Future, Metro Boomin and Kendrick Lamar, whose collaboration “Like That” climbs to No. 1 on the radio ranking list dated May 18. The song rises from No. 3 after a 12% increase in plays made it the most-played song on U.S. monitored rhythmic radio stations in the tracking week of May 3-9, according to Luminate.

Thanks to the 12% surge on already strong airplay, “Like That” wins the Greatest Gainer honor, awarded each week to the song with the largest increase in plays among the chart’s 40 titles. A pair of Texas stations, KBBT-FM in San Antonio and KBFM-FM in McAllen, lead the way with the most “Like That” plays in the latest tracking week, while Fresno, Calif.’s KBOS-FM rounds out the top three.

“Like That” awards Future his sixth Rhythmic Airplay No. 1. Here’s a review of his half-dozen champs, all of which ruled for one week except “Way 2 Sexy,” a two-week occupant of the penthouse.

  • “Jumpman,” with Drake, on the chart dated Feb. 2, 2016
  • “Mask Off,” June 24, 2017
  • “Life Is Good,” featuring Drake, March 21, 2020
  • “Way 2 Sexy,” Drake featuring Future & Young Thug, two, Oct. 23, 2021
  • “Wait for U,” featuring Drake & Tems, July 2, 2022
  • “Like That,” with Metro Boomin & Kendrick Lamar, May 18, 2024

Producer Metro Boomin, meanwhile, picks up his second visit to Rhythmic Airplay’s top slot as a credited artist. His prior leader came with “Creepin’,” a teamup with The Weeknd and 21 Savage that led the list for three frames. As a producer, he’s been behind several more No. 1s at the radio format, including the aforementioned “Jumpman” and “Mask Off,” Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert and The Weeknd’s “Heartless.”

For Kendrick Lamar, “Like That” becomes the MC’s fifth No. 1 on Rhythmic Airplay and first since 2018. The Pulitzer Prize winner’s collection of champs now looks like this:

  • “Humble.,” three weeks at No. 1, beginning June 3, 2017
  • “Loyalty.,” featuring Rihanna, one, Sept. 30, 2017
  • “Love.,” featuring Zacari, one, Dec. 30, 2017
  • “Pray for Me,” with The Weeknd, two, April 14, 2018
  • “Like That,” with Future & Metro Boomin, one (to date), May 18, 2024

Elsewhere, “Like That” extends its Rap Airplay reign to a third week at No. 1, with a 13% gain in audience for the latest tracking week. It repeats at its No. 3 best on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, though it added 14% more plays in the week. Continued progress at the rhythmic and R&B/hip-hop formats pushes “Like That” 20-17 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart. There, it improved to 29.4 million in total audience, up 13% from the prior week.

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