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Adele’s ‘Hello’ Hits No. 1 on Adult R&B Songs Chart

Adele's "Hello" hits No. 1 on yet another airplay chart, as the smash single steps 2-1 on Adult R&B Songs (dated Feb. 20). It's up seven percent in spins at the format in the week ending Feb. 7.

Adele’s “Hello” hits No. 1 on yet another airplay chart, as the smash single steps 2-1 on Adult R&B Songs (dated Feb. 20). It’s up 7 percent in spins at the format in the week ending Feb. 7.

It’s Adele’s first charting track on the list, which is populated by core R&B acts like Tyrese (No. 2), Lalah Hathaway (No. 4), Janet Jackson (No. 5) and Kem (No. 8).

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“She tells a story through song that so many people can relate to,” says Terri Thomas, operations manager for adult R&B station KMJQ in Houston. “The fact that she delivers it like a classic R&B power ballad made it an easy decision for us to add it to our playlist.”

The crowning climb adds to a long list of airplay charts that “Hello” has conquered. It previously topped: Pop Songs, Adult Alternative Songs, Adult Contemporary, Adult Pop Songs, Dance/Mix Show Airplay, and the all-format Radio Songs chart.

Gates Gets First No. 1: Kevin Gates bows atop the Rap Albums chart, earning his first No. 1 on the tally, as Islah arrives with 93,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 4, according to Nielsen Music.

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The entrance marks the rapper’s fourth charting album since his 2013 debut, and scores his best sales week yet. Gates also has his best week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, reaching a new chart peak as “2 Phones” hops 20-15. “Really Really” also jumps, rising 27-20, while “Jam,” featuring Trey Songz, Ty Dolla Sign and Jamie Foxx becomes his fourth charting hit — arriving at No. 29.

Rihanna Rules Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Meanwhile, Rihanna claims the Hot Shot Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Anti starts at No. 1 with 124,000 copies sold (while concurrently soaring 27-1 on the Billboard 200 with 166,000 equivalent album units). The wide commercial release on Jan. 29 spurs four album tracks onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. “Needed Me” leads the debuts from the set, entering at No. 27, and with the highest sales logged from the debuts (29,000 downloads). The track is followed by “Sex With Me” (No. 38), “Kiss It Better” (No. 42), and “Consideration” featuring SZA (No. 50), while “Work,” featuring Drake, falls 1-2 in its second charting week.