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Mavis Staples Scores First Solo No. 1 Song as Hozier Collaboration 'Nina Cried Power' Tops Adult Alt Songs

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Mavis Staples and Hozier perform at Electric Picnic 2018 at Stradbally Hall Estate on Sept. 1, 2018 in Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland. 

Staples previously led Billboard charts as part of The Staple Singers.

Hozier lands his second No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, as "Nina Cried Power," featuring Mavis Staples, rises 3-1 on the Oct. 20-dated tally.

The Irish singer-songwriter returns to the top of the chart for the first time since 2014's "Take Me to Church," his first title to reach the ranking, ruled for one week (Aug. 16, 2014). It became Hozier's first No. 1 song on a Billboard chart and rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 that December.

Thus, Staples scores her first solo No. 1 song on a Billboard chart thanks to her featured credit on "Nina." She first placed a solo song on a survey ("I Have Learned to Do Without You") in 1970. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame enshrinee has also celebrated multiple chart-toppers as part of The Staple Singers.

Although "Power" is Staples' first No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs, it's not her first appearance on the list, with each of her four charting titles logged as a featured artist. First was Natalie Merchant's "Build a Levee" (No. 17, April 13, 2002), followed by Arcade Fire's "I Give You Power" (No. 18, March 4, 2017) and Benjamin Booker's "Witness" (No. 29, May 20, 2017).

In a meta musical moment, Staples is one of multiple musicians named in the "Nina" chorus, alongside Nina Simone (the song's namesake artist), Billie Holiday, Curtis Mayfield and other legends.

The song concurrently reaches a new peak on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, lifting 29-28 with 2.3 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music. It also ranks at No. 33 on Alternative Songs.

"Nina" is the lead single from Hozier's EP of the same name, released Sept. 7.