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Robin Thicke's 'Look Easy' Goes to No. 1 on Adult R&B Airplay Chart

Robin Thicke
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Robin Thicke

R&B hitmaker Robin Thicke collects his sixth No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart as “Look Easy” advances from No. 3 to lead the list dated Aug. 21. The single surged by 21% in weekly plays -- the largest percentage gain among the chart’s 30 titles -- to become the most played-song on monitored U.S. adult R&B radio stations in the week ending Aug. 15, according to MRC Data.

Thicke’s latest champ arrives at the summit in its 26th week on the list. The tune debuted on the chart dated Feb. 27 and began a gradual but consistent trek toward the top slot. Prior to its coronation week, “Easy” had logged nearly half its chart journey -- 12 weeks -- within the top 10.

As Thicke nets his sixth leader, here’s a recap of his half-dozen No. 1s on Adult R&B Airplay:

Song Title, Artist (if other than Robin Thicke), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1:
“Lost Without U,” 15, Feb. 3, 2007
“Love After War,” three, Feb. 11, 2012
“For the Rest of My Life,” five, Jan. 11, 2014
“Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. + Pharrell, 17, Aug. 17, 2013
“That’s What Love Can Do,” three, July 6, 2019
“Look Easy,” one (to date), Aug. 21, 2021

Plus, as “That’s What Love Can Do” and “Easy” both surface from Thicke’s On Earth, and in Heaven album, the set, released in February, becomes the first Thicke LP to generate multiple No. 1s on the chart.

“Easy” also represents a return to form for Thicke after his previous single, “When You Love Somebody,” peaked at No. 15 on the Adult R&B Airplay chart and broke a run of seven consecutive top 10 successes.

Thanks to growing airplay from the adult R&B sector, “Easy” climbs on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, which measures audience listenership across both adult-oriented and mainstream-leaning stations. There, the single registered a 24% surge to 11.6 million in audience in the week ending Aug. 15 to advance 16-13 on the list and give Thicke his best showing in eight years, since “Blurred Lines” dominated for 12 weeks at No. 1 in 2013.