Charlie Wilson Ties Brian McKnight & Luther Vandross for Third-Most No. 1s on Adult R&B Songs Chart

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Charlie Wilson performs onstage during the Grammy Salute to Music Legends at Beacon Theatre on July 11, 2017 in New York City.

Charlie Wilson claims his sixth No. 1 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart (dated March 31) as “Chills” creeps 3-1 in its 26th week. The song ascends with an 11 percent gain in plays in the week ending March 25, according to Nielsen Music.

The R&B veteran, who fronted The Gap Band from the 1970s until 2010, first scaled the summit with “Charlie Last Name: Wilson,” which led for six weeks in 2005. He returned to the perch with “There Goes My Baby” (nine weeks, 2009), “You Are” (13 weeks, 2010-11), “My Love Is All I Have” (five weeks, 2013) and the T.I.-assisted “I’m Blessed,” (two weeks, 2017).

Wilson’s six leaders now match the totals of Brian McKnight and Luther Vandross for the third-best sum since the chart began in 1993. The trio trail only Alicia Keys, with 10 toppers, and Maxwell and R. Kelly, who have each banked seven No. 1s.

With “Chills,” Wilson also attains two No. 1s on Adult R&B Songs from the same album for the first time in his career. The current champ and “Blessed” both appear on his 2017 album, In It to Win It, which became his sixth top 10 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart upon its No. 6 debut in March of last year.

Notably, “Chills” also gains on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, which measures audience detections for the genre’s adult and mainstream stations. There, the song darts 27-22 and sports a 20 percent bump to 10 million in audience in the week ending March 25.

Happy News for XXX’s “Sad!”: Meanwhile, XXXTentacion checks off a career first by reaching the top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with “Sad!” The tune soars 12-4 as the divisive rapper’s new album ? debuts atop the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts with 131,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 22.

As many fans streamed the artist's new material, “Sad!” proved the main beneficiary. The track drew 34.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 22, a surge of 48 percent above the prior frame. The bump pushes the song 5-2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs.

In addition to his two other songs that were already on the list ("Sad!" at No. 2 and "Changes," moving 27-18), seven ? tracks debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week:

“Moonlight” (No. 17)
“The Remedy For A Broke Heart (Why Am I So In Love),” [No. 30]
“Infinity (888)", featuring Joey Bada$$ [No. 36]
“Going Down!” (No. 41)
“Hope” (No. 44)
“$$$,” with Matt Ox (No. 45)
“Alone, Part 3” (No. 50)

Rich Reaps Rewards: Elsewhere, Rich the Kid nets his first top 10 hit on Hot Rap Songs as “Plug Walk” lifts 12-10. The song concurrently hits the top tier on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with an 11-9 move, spurred by its 21.4 million U.S. streams for the week, up 9 percent.

The rapper also celebrates another breakthrough this week, as his other current release, the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “New Freezer,” struts into the top 10 of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. The collaboration ascends 11-8 and gains 10 percent in weekly audience to 16 million in the week ending March 25.

Both tracks appear on Rich the Kid’s debut studio album, The World Is Yours, released Friday (March 30).

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