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Alicia Keys Reclaims No. 1 on Adult R&B Airplay Chart

Alicia Keys
Milan Zrnic

Alicia Keys

The singer-songwriter regains her mark after Toni Braxton tied it just two weeks ago.

Just two weeks after Toni Braxton forced Alicia Keys to share the record for the most No. 1 songs on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart, the latter again re-establishes herself as leader of the pack. Keys ascends 2-1 on the list dated March 13 with “So Done,” featuring Khalid, which rises 8% in plays and becomes the most played track on the adult R&B format’s monitored stations in the week ending March 7, according to MRC Data.

“Done” gives R&B veteran Keys her 12th No. 1 on Adult R&B Airplay, the most of any act since the chart began in 1993. As she reclaims top dog status, here’s a look at the updated count for the most chart champs:

12, Alicia Keys
11, Toni Braxton
8, Charlie Wilson
7, Kem
7, Maxwell
7, R. Kelly

Behind Keys and Braxton, Mary J. Blige and Whitney Houston are tied for the next highest sum among women, with six each.

In addition, “Done” secures Keys’ 92nd week atop Adult R&B Airplay, furthering her record in that category, too. Maxwell ranks second thanks to 73 weeks at the summit, while Braxton lands in third place with 50 frames.

Let’s recap the spread of Keys’ 92 weeks in charge across her dozen leaders:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Alicia Keys), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Fallin,” five, Aug. 4, 2001
“A Woman’s Worth,” three, Jan. 26, 2002
“You Don’t Know My Name,” 10, Jan. 3, 2004
“If I Ain’t Got You,” 10, April 24, 2004
“Diary,” featuring Tony! Toni! Tone!, 12, Sept. 25, 2004
“Unbreakable,” 11, Nov. 19, 2005
“No One,” 11, Nov. 10, 2007
“Like You’ll Never See Me Again,” seven, Jan. 26, 2008
“Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)” 10, June 12, 2010
“Fire We Make,” with Maxwell, seven, June 22, 2013
“Show Me Love,” featuring Miguel, five, Dec. 14, 2019
“So Done,” featuring Khalid, one (to date), March 13, 2021

Plus, with “Show Me Love” and “So Done” both appearing on Keys’ seventh studio album, Alicia, the set is her first to produce multiple chart-toppers since her third, As I Am. That album, released in 2007, housed “No One” and “Like You’ll Never See Me Again.”

Featured artist Khalid, meanwhile, picks up his third No. 1 on Adult R&B Airplay, following his singles “Location,” which reigned for three weeks in 2017 and “Talk,” which racked up 12 frames in charge in 2019.

As that trio makes for his entire Adult R&B Airplay chart history, the young talent is the first act to have his first three entries each reach No. 1 since Daniel Caesar sent “Get You,” featuring Kali Uchis, “Best Part,” featuring H.E.R., and “Love Again” with Brandy in 2018-19 before “Japanese Denim” broke the streak when it peaked at No. 13 last May.