Daniel Caesar & H.E.R.'s 'Best Part' Hits No. 1 On Adult R&B Songs Chart

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H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar perform onstage at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles. 

Caesar becomes the first male artist to claim two No. 1s out of the gate.

Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. each claim a second leader on the Adult R&B Songs chart as “Best Part” (credited to Caesar featuring H.E.R.) darts 4-1 on the list dated Oct. 20, thanks to a 13 percent surge in plays in the week ending Oct. 14, according to Nielsen Music.

The song gives Caesar his second No. 1 on the chart, following “Get You,” featuring Kali Uchis, which led for one week in February. With “You” and “Part,” he becomes the first male artist to send his first two chart entries straight to the top.

H.E.R., too, joins that club this week: Before “Part,” her lone other Adult R&B Songs entry, “Focus,” reached the pinnacle two weeks ago. She is the fifth female soloist to achieve the feat, following Anita Baker, Toni Braxton, Heather Headley and Alicia Keys.

In total, seven acts have now sent their first two Adult R&B Songs entries to No. 1 since the chart’s inception on Sept. 18, 1993. Here’s a rundown in chronological order, from first achieved to most recent.

Toni Braxton, 1993: “Another Sad Love Song” (four weeks at No. 1) and “Breathe Again” (two)

Anita Baker, 1994-95: “Body & Soul” (five) and “I Apologize” (six)

Brownstone, 1995: “If You Love Me” (one) and “Grapevyne” (one)

Alicia Keys, 2001-02: “Fallin’” (five) and “A Woman’s Worth” (three)

Heather Headley, 2003: “He Is” (two) and “I Wish I Wasn’t” (nine)

Daniel Caesar, 2018: “Get You,” featuring Kali Uchis (one) and “Best Part,” featuring H.E.R. (one to date)

H.E.R., 2018: “Focus” (one) and “Best Part” (Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R.; one to date)

Plus, H.E.R. adds another achievement to her ledger with the new chart champion. As the singer’s “Focus” reigned only two weeks ago, she claims the quickest chain of No. 1s since Maxwell went one step further and replaced himself atop the chart when “Bad Habits” succeeded “Pretty Wings” in October 2009.

Among women, H.E.R. makes the fastest return to No. 1 with a new song in more than a decade. The last swifter instance occurred in January 2008, when Alicia Keys replaced herself at the summit as “No One” ceded its standing to “Like You’ll Never See Me Again.”

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