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Miguel ‘Adorn’s No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay For 20th Week: Weekly Chart Notes

A look at other songs to rule Billboard radio charts for at least 20 frames, as well as what makes Miguel's smash so durable.

Miguel’s “Adorn” joins an elite group of hits to have led a Billboard airplay ranking for a whopping 20 weeks or more, as his smooth ballad tops R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay for a 20th frame this week.

While the track is the first to log 20 weeks or more atop R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, a select set of songs have reached the milestone on other Nielsen BDS-based Billboard radio airplay tallies (dating to the early ’90s advent of BDS’ electronically-monitored data).

Here’s a look at the choice smashes to notch such commands (and the years in which they reached No. 1):

Adult Contemporary
28 weeks at No. 1, “Drift Away,” Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray, 2003
22, “Hey, Soul Sister,” Train, 2010
21, “Breakaway,” Kelly Clarkson, 2005 
21, “A New Day Has Come,” Celine Dion, 2002
20, “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars, 2011

Adult Pop Songs
25, “Smooth,” Santana featuring Rob Thomas, 1999
23, “Wherever You Will Go,” the Calling, 2001

R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
20, “Adorn, Miguel, 2012

Rock Airplay
20, “Rope,” Foo Fighters, 2011

Mainstream Rock
21, “Loser,” 3 Doors Down, 2000
20, “It’s Been Awhile,” Staind, 2001

Heritage Rock
26, “When I’m Gone,” 3 Doors Down, 2002
21, “I Don’t Wanna Stop,” Ozzy Osbourne, 2007

Latin Airplay
25, “La Tortura,” Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz, 2005
20, “Te Quiero,” Flex, 2008
20, “Me Enamora,” Juanes, 2007
20, “A Puro Dolor,” Son By Four, 2000

Latin Pop Airplay
30, “No Me Doy Por Vencido,” Luis Fonsi, 2008
21, “Me Enamora, ” Juanes, 2007
20, “Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor,” Juanes, 2004

Latin Rhythm Airplay
29, “Danza Kuduro, ” Don Omar & Lucenzo, 2010
22, “Taboo,” Don Omar, 2011

Regional Mexican Airplay
31, “No Me Conoces Aun,” Palomo, 2001 (the longest reign on any Nielsen BDS-based Billboard airplay chart)
21, “Necesito Decirte,” Conjunto Primavera, 1999

How has Miguel managed a first on an R&B radio chart? The R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay reporting panel is a mixture of mainstream and adult R&B stations, a benefit for him, as, according to radio programmers, his appeal is wide-ranging. “Miguel is one of those rare artists who’s able to bridge the gap between 25-34 and 35-54-year-old listeners,” says Skip Dillard, operations manager at adult R&B WBLS New York. “His appeal to both mainstream and adult R&B was solidified with his first hit, [2010’s] ‘All I Want Is You.’ Now, ‘Adorn’ is his second single to be big for us.”

Dillard isn’t too surprised about the RCA singer’s rise, considering the station’s investment in him from the start. “Miguel was an early find for us due to his participation in a free summer concert series we produced just after he signed his record deal. He’s a unique and talented artist.”

“The ladies just can’t get enough of Miguel’s silky voice over a song with lyrics that are truly sensual,” echoes Jeff Anderson, OM of mainstream R&B/hip-hop WCDX Richmond, Va., which has played “Adorn” more than 2,000 times. “Ask any female aged 18-34 about Miguel and they almost lose it.

“Some artists only come around once in awhile that truly make an emotional connection with the audience. Miguel is one of those artists.”

51 = 1: An interview on the Billboard Hot 100 page in the new issue of the newly-redesigned Billboard magazine reveals an interesting fact about Wanz, the featured artist who sings the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” which crowns the chart with a 2-1 advance.

The rapper’s age? 51.

Macklemore and Lewis were looking for “a guy that sounds like Nate Dogg and, for a decade, I’ve been known as the Nate Dogg of the North End in Seattle,” Wanz says. Now the singer on a No. 1 hit, Wanz plans to release an EP, as he marvels at his sudden widespread success. “At 51 years old, what are the odds that this will ever happen again? Pretty slim.”

At 51, Wanz, aka, Michael Wansley, is the senior-most artist to top the Hot 100 since Carlos Santana, who was 52 years, 10 months and three weeks old when his second and most recent leader, “Maria Maria,” featuring the Product G&B, wrapped a 10-week reign the week of June 10, 2000.

Louis Armstrong holds the record as the oldest artist to crown the Hot 100. The late jazz legend was 62 years and nine months old when his “Hello, Dolly!” topped the May 9, 1964, chart.

REUNITED: As “Thrift Shop” surges to the top of the Hot 100, Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay Z, roars 84-4, setting up a notable reunion in the chart’s top 10. With Britney Spears at No. 6 (along with on “Scream Shout,” the former Mickey Mouse Club members – and boyfriend and girlfriend – share space in the top 10.

(As Jay Z notches his 19th top 10, has breaks a tie with Ludacris (18) for the most top 10s among rappers. Lil Wayne follows with 17.)

Perhaps surprisingly, Spears and Timberlake (as a soloist) had never before ranked in the Hot 100’s top 10 simultaneously. They did double up, however, including Timberlake’s time in ‘N Sync. The weeks of Feb. 27 and March 6, 1999, Spears’ career-opening No. 1 “…Baby One More Time” placed at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, while ‘N Sync’s first top 10 “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You” logged its lone two weeks in the top tier at No. 8.

Honorable mention to Timberlake’s No. 3-peaking 2003 hit “Cry Me a River,” which is widely believed to be about Spears and the aftermath of the pair’s breakup. Timberlake has never publicly confirmed the lyrics’ target, however. “I’m not going to specifically say if any song is about anybody,” he said at the time of the song’s chart run. “I will say writing a couple of songs on [his debut solo album ‘Justified’] helped me deal with a couple of things.

“To me, songs are songs. They can stem from things that completely happened to you personally or they can stem from ideas that you think could happen to you.”