Ne-Yo and Jeremih‘s “U 2 Luv” takes over atop Billboard‘s Adult R&B Songs airplay chart as the duet rises from No. 3 on the list dated Oct. 31. The pair ascends with a 20 percent surge in plays in the week ending Oct. 25, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
“Luv” secures Ne-Yo his second No. 1 on the list, after “Good Man” reigned for three weeks in 2018. Jeremih collects his first leader with his third entry. He logged his previous personal best as featured on Wale‘s “On Chill,” which peaked at No. 2 for three weeks this April.
The new No. 1 is also the first co-billed duet to lead the Adult R&B Songs chart since 2014, when Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake‘s “Love Never Felt So Good” won eight terms at the summit. (Since the Jackson/Timberlake combo, three other dual male pairings have topped the chart, although with lead-plus-featuring billings: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars on “Uptown Funk!,” in 2015; Charlie Wilson featuring T.I. on “I’m Blessed,” in 2017; and Chris Brown featuring Drake on “No Guidance,” this year.)
“Luv” is among a handful of songs of late to find favor with both adult and mainstream R&B programmers and audiences. It enters the top 10 of the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart with an 11-10 gain (up 3 percent in plays) to become only the second Adult R&B Songs No. 1 of 2020 to make it to the upper tier of the mainstream airplay chart. Brown and Drake’s “No Guidance,” led Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop for 10 weeks in 2019 before crossing over for an 11-week domination on Adult R&B Songs beginning this January.
Simultaneous strong results at both formats help “Luv” on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, which combines the audiences of both the mainstream and adult-oriented formats. There, “Luv” ranks at its No. 4 high for a third consecutive week, with a 6 percent weekly improvement to 17.4 million in audience.
“Luv” is Jeremih’s 11th top five hit on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. For Ne-Yo, “Luv” marks his 12th top five success on the list and highest rank since his featured spot on Young Jeezy‘s No. 3-peaking “Leave You Alone” in 2012.