Queen Naija once again reigns atop Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart as “Hate Our Love,” her collaboration with Big Sean, ascends from No. 2 to lead the list dated Sept. 17. The single was the most-played song on U.S. monitored adult R&B radio stations for the week of Sept. 5-11, according to Luminate, and registered an 8% increase in plays compared with the previous week.
“Hate” gives Queen Naija her fourth No. 1 on Adult R&B Airplay among five chart appearances. She previously ruled the list with “Medicine” for five weeks in 2018-19, “Karma” for one week in 2019 and “Butterflies Pt. 2” for one week in 2020. Her only chart entry to miss the top spot was “Pack Lite,” which reached No. 11 in 2021.
Also, the new champ secures the first Adult R&B Airplay No. 1 for rapper Big Sean, through his first showing on the list.
The collaboration between the two Detroit-bred acts ousts another pairing, Summer Walker and Ari Lennox’s “Unloyal,” after the latter’s sole week in charge.
“Hate,” released on Queen Naija/Capitol Records, started its radio campaign at the mainstream R&B/hip-hop format before crossing to adult stations. The track debuted on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart a few weeks after its Feb. 4 release and peaked at No. 3 for three nonconsecutive weeks chart, becoming Queen Naija’s highest-peaking song on the list and Big Sean’s best showing since “Bounce Back” reached No. 2 in 2017. On the latest chart, their new collab slides 6-10.
Following the mainstream reception, the song was promoted to adult R&B radio and debuted on Adult R&B Airplay in May. “Hate” crowns in its 14th week on the chart.
Thanks to its dual success on the adult and mainstream radio stations, “Hate” posted strong results on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, which ranks by audience at both formats. There, the single peaked at No. 6 beginning in May.