The bow of "Hurt" is the year's second-best on Adult R&B. So far in 2013, only Jaheim's "Age Ain't a Factor" debuted higher, logging a No. 14 entry in May (on its way to a No. 2 peak). "Hurt" marks Babyface's best debut, eclipsing the No. 22 entrance of 1994's "Where Is My Love?" It's Braxton's second-highest arrival, following the No. 16-starting (and eventual 13-week No. 1) "You're Makin' Me High" in 1996.
It had been over three years since either artist last graced Adult R&B, with Braxton's 2010 hit "Hands Tied" peaking at No. 6 and Babyface's 2009 single "I Need a Love Song" reaching No. 16. In their careers, Braxton has tallied 14 Adult R&B top 10s, including six No. 1s, while Babyface has notched 13 and four, respectively.
The Babyface-produced "Hurt You" is the first single off his and Braxton's duets album "Love, Marriage & Divorce," slated for a Dec. 3 release on Motown/Island Def Jam. Braxton picked up her fourth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 2010's "Pulse," while Babyface's last studio set was 2007's "Playlist" which debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the survey.
All charts, including Adult R&B, which appears exclusively on Billboard.biz, will refresh Thursday (Aug. 29) on Billboard.com and Billboard.biz.