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Janelle Monae's 'I Like That' Hits No. 1 On Adult R&B Songs

Janelle Monáe, "I Like That"
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Janelle Monáe, "I Like That"

Meanwhile, Lil Duval and India.Arie land new top 10s.

Janelle Monae claims her first No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs airplay chart as “I Like That” steps 3-1 on the list dated Nov. 17.

The tune tops the ranking in its 23rd chart week thanks to an 11 percent boost in plays in the week ending Nov. 11, according to Nielsen Music.

“Like” is Monae’s third career entry on Adult R&B Songs. The singer -- who will be honored at Billboard''s 2018 Women in Music event with the trailblazer award -- previously charted with “Primetime,” featuring Miguel, which reached No. 29 in 2014 and with 2018’s “Make Me Feel,” a No. 30 hit in April.

Both “Feel” and “Like” feature on the singer-songwriter’s third studio album, Dirty Computer, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart in May.

“Like” also crosses a milestone on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as it reaches 10 million in format audience for the first time, a gain of 5 percent, in the week ending Nov. 11, despite suffering a 24-20 dip on the chart. The track has peaked at No. 19 and is Monae’s best showing on the chart, following “Primetime” (No. 22 in 2014) and the Jidenna-assisted “Yoga” (No. 29, 2015).

Lil Duval’s "Smile" Shines: Meanwhile on Adult R&B Songs, Lil Duval’s “Smile (Living My Best Life)” cracks the top-10 barrier with an 11-9 move. The track, which features Snoop Dogg and Ball Greezy, ascends with an 18 percent surge in plays in the week ending Nov. 11.

While “Smile” is the first top 10 for both Lil Duval and Ball Greezy, it marks Snoop Dogg’s second time in the tier, after his feature on TLC’s “Way Back,” a No. 8 hit in August 2017.

“Smile” crosses into the adult R&B market after its proven success with mainstream listeners. The collaboration ruled the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart for four weeks in September-October and was a two-week champ on Rap Airplay.

In addition, its mainstream acceptance helped it land a three-week stay at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, which measures audience from a combined set of adult and mainstream stations.

India’s "Magic" Touch: Directly underneath “Smile,” India.Arie earns her seventh top 10, and first since 2009, as “That Magic” lifts 12-10 in its eighth chart week. The song rallied with a 15 percent jump in plays in the week ending Nov. 11.

“Magic” ends an eight-year break between top 10s for the singer-songwriter. She last appeared in the region with 2009’s “Chocolate High,” featuring Musiq Soulchild, which peaked at No. 3 that April. In addition, she’s collected top 10s with debut hit “Video” (No. 6 in 2001), “Brown Skin” (No. 9, 2001), “Little Things” (No. 3, 2002), “Purify Me” (No. 5, 2005) and “There’s Hope” (No. 5, 2006).

“Magic” is expected on India.Arie’s forthcoming studio album, Worthy, due in 2019.