*British singer Ella Mai has reached the top of the mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart as her single “Boo’d Up” advances 2-1. The tune climbs five percent in plays in the week ending July 15, according to Nielsen Music, per

According to the news outlet, “Mai is the first woman billed in a lead role to top the chart in 2018. Before this week, Cardi B sported the last No. 1 for a woman in a lead role when “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” ruled for nine frames in September to November 2017.”

The last UK artist to reach number one on the U.S. R&B chart was Lisa Stansfield, with “All Woman.”

“Boo’d” also holds at No. 1 on Adult R&B Songs and R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for a second and fifth week, respectively.

Mai theorized to Vulture about the song’s slow burn in her home country: “I think it’s harder for R&B to break in England because the radio and labels don’t really know what to do with R&B music. It’s changing because it’s changing in America, but that doesn’t mean there’s nobody doing it, especially young females bringing it back.”

She told the BBC, “There’s a lot of young females doing R&B in England who are extremely talented and deserve more light on their stories.” She added: “It’s on the up here and I think we’ll get there eventually. I’m proud to be from England and doing so well in America so I can fly the flag.”

Meanwhile, Ella Mai is readying the release of her new single “Trip” and she’s promised an album will follow.

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