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Avery*Sunshine Scores First No. 1 Single With 'Call My Name'

Tracy Allison

Meanwhile, I Love Makonnen reaches a new No. 1 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums welcomes six top 10 debuts.

Avery*Sunshine captures her first No. 1 single on a Billboard chart as her graceful ballad "Call My Name" rises 2-1 on Adult R&B Songs in its 28th week on the list.

K. Michelle Debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums Chart

"This is so surreal. My breath has been taken away," says the artist. "What a great way to celebrate this holiday season. Thanks to my fans for believing in us. The best is yet to come." She adds, "This song was derived from a very honest space. I believe that when you work from a place of truth, the music finds a way to connect."

With the slow rise to the top of the airplay chart, it's one of only 10 singles to take as long to reach No. 1. (The slowest ascent to No. 1? R. Kelly's "Step in the Name of Love" took a leisurely 34-week stroll to the top.)

"Call My Name" is the second charting single for the singer/songwriter, whose 2013 song "Ugly Part of Me" peaked at No. 16. (The artist has also achieved two charting albums on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.) "Call" climbs 8 percent in weekly spins on Adult R&B Songs in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. It concurrently hops 22-21 on Hot R&B Songs, where it peaked at No. 20 on Dec. 6.

I Love Makonnen Tops Rhythmic Chart: Over on Rhythmic Songs, I Love Makonnen rises 4-1 with "Tuesday," featuring Drake, claiming the former's first Rhythmic chart-topper. Airplay rose by 22 percent in spins at the format during the tracking week, vaulting the track to No. 1.

Johnny Gill Grabs Seventh Top 10 Album: Six albums debuted in the top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week, led by J. Cole at No. 1 (354,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen), and K. Michelle at No. 2 (84,000). R&B singer Johnny Gill takes the third highest debut, arriving at No. 6 with latest set Game Changer (15,000). The entrance marks the seventh top 10 for the chart veteran, who first landed a top 10 with his self-titled album in 1990 (it went on to spend three weeks at No. 1).

PRhyme Takes a Bow: Rounding out the top debuts on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the hip-hop duo PRhyme (comprised of rapper Royce Da 5'9" and producer DJ Premier) comes in at No. 7, shifting 14,000 first week units.  It’s the first set as a collaborative pair, and was released through their own label, PRhyme Records.  E-40 lands at No. 8 on the list with Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corners 1 (12,000), while rapper Ghostface Killah grabs the No. 10 spot with 36 Seasons (10,000).