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Silk Sonic's 'Leave the Door Open' Unlocks No. 1 Spot on Adult R&B Airplay & Chart Record

Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars
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Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars are Silk Sonic

The song flies to No. 1 in four weeks, the shortest time needed by male artists in the chart's history.

Just a month into their public debut, Silk Sonic are already making record moves on the Billboard charts. The duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak see their first single, “Leave the Door Open,” leap to No. 1 on the Adult R&B Airplay chart in the fastest run to the top by male artists in the chart’s history.

“Door,” released on Aftermath/Atlantic Records, jumps from No. 3 to crown the list dated April 3. It rocketed 14% in plays in the week ending March 28 to become the most-played song at the adult R&B radio format in that period, according to MRC Data.

With the new chart champ, Bruno Mars captures his fifth No. 1. Here’s a look at his previous leaders:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Bruno Mars), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, three, April 25, 2015
“24K Magic,” three, March 11, 2017
“That’s What I Like,” six, July 8, 2017
“Finesse,” with Cardi B, three, April 28, 2018
“Leave the Door Open,” with Anderson .Paak, one (to date), April 3, 2021

Anderson .Paak, meanwhile, picks up his first No. 1. He previously topped out with his track “Make It Better,” featuring Smokey Robinson, which rose to No. 2 in October 2019.

“Door” also sprints to No. 1 in just four weeks, the fastest time clocked by any song in nearly five years and one of only five songs to make it to the summit in under a month since the chart began in September 1993. Notably, as the collab is billed to Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak), and contributes to the individual chart histories of both artists, the dash makes the quickest push to No. 1 on Adult R&B among solo male acts.

To recap all those tracks:

Weeks to No. 1, Song Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
2, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” Whitney Houston, Nov. 11, 1995
3, “Anniversary,” Tony Toni Tone, Oct. 16, 1993
3, “Body & Soul,” Anita Baker, Sept. 10, 1994
4, “Thick of It,” Mary J. Blige, Nov. 12, 2016
4, “Leave the Door Open,” Silk Sonic, April 3, 2021

Beyond its Adult R&B coronation, “Door” continues its climb on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, where it rises 10-9. There, it improved 23% to 14.2 million in audience in the week ending March 28. Potential further radio top 10s loom with Rhythmic Airplay, where “Door” skips 16-11 thanks to a 33% boost in plays in the tracking week, and Pop Airplay, where, despite repeating at No. 16, the song picked up 23% in plays.

Gains across the radio sectors push “Door” into the top 10 of the all-genre Radio Songs chart. In its third week on the ranking, the single lifts 12-8. With the move, the track completes the fastest run to the region since Justin Bieber’s “Yummy” cracked the barrier in its second week, in January 2020.