H.E.R.'s 'Focus' Hits No. 1 on Adult R&B Songs Chart

ISSUE 21 2018 - DO NOT USE - MAGAZINE OUT SEPT. 13, 2018
Micaiah Carter
H.E.R. photographed on Aug. 13, 2018 at White Balance Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y.

H.E.R. achieves her first No. 1 on a Billboard songs chart as “Focus” tops the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart dated Oct. 6. The song advances from the runner-up spot to dethrone Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” after its 13-week domination. “Focus” remains essentially even in plays in the week ending Sept. 30 compared with the prior frame, according to Nielsen Music.

The 21-year-old singer, born Gabriella Wilson, previously appeared on Adult R&B Songs once, as a featured act on Daniel Caesar’s “Best Part,” which reached its No. 4 high last month and remains in the spot for a fifth nonconsecutive week.

As “Focus” finishes its trek to No. 1 in its 25th week on the chart, it ties for the third-longest wait to the top among women with Kali Uchis, as a featured artist on Daniel Caesar’s “Get You.” Above the pair, Vivian Green’s “Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)” completed a 27-week march to the top in 2005, while Avery Sunshine needed 28 weeks to lead with “Call My Name” in 2014.

Among all acts, R. Kelly holds the slowest-climb-to-No. 1 record, with a 34-frame wait for “Step in the Name of Love,” which finally claimed the crown in November 2003.

The airplay boost for “Focus” helps the song secure a new No. 7 peak on the Hot R&B Songs chart.