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.”