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Queen Naija's 'Medicine' Hits No. 1 On Adult R&B Songs Chart

Queen Naija, "Medicine"
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Queen Naija, "Medicine"

The single extends women’s reign at the top to 27 straight weeks.

Queen Naija earns her first Billboard No. 1 song on any radio chart as “Medicine” tops the Adult R&B Songs airplay ranking dated Dec. 8. The track climbs 3-1 through a 6 percent gain in plays in the week ending Dec. 2, according to Nielsen Music.

The single is from the 23-year-old artist’s self-titled EP, which was released in July and debuted at No. 2 on the Top R&B Albums chart.

“I am very grateful for all God is doing in my life,” Queen Naija tells Billboard in a statement about her new chart champ. “I am so humbled by the success of ‘Medicine’ and everything that’s happened up to this point has exceeded my expectations.”

While the song is now tops in the adult sphere, “Medicine” was already embraced by mainstream audiences. The song reached No. 3 on Hot R&B Songs in August and peaked at No. 7 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart the following month.

On Adult R&B Songs, “Medicine” also gives women -- in either lead or featured roles -- control of the top spot for a 27th straight week, a feat unseen on the chart since 2005-06 when Vivian Green’s two-week leader “Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)”, Alicia Keys’ 11-week champ “Unbreakable” and Mary J. Blige’s 14-week winner “Be Without You” combined for an identical 27-week stretch.

The longest unbroken streak for women in the Adult R&B Songs penthouse remains a staggering 41-week domination in 2000-01 thanks to seven different acts. On the chart dated July 22, 2000, Yolanda Adams began the run with “Open My Heart” and was succeeded, in chronological order, by Whitney Houston and Deborah Cox’s duet “Same Script, Different Cast” (one) Toni Braxton’s “Just Be A Man About It” (two), Avant’s “My First Love,” featuring KeKe Wyatt (11), Tamia’s “Stranger in My House (four) and Jill Scott’s “A Long Walk” (seven). Notably, Cox, Braxton and Scott scored non-consecutive weeks at the top with their songs.

The stretch ended on the chart dated May 5, 2001, when Musiq Soulchild’s “Love” reached No. 1.