Charlie Wilson solely regains the record as the male act with the most No. 1s on Billboard‘s Adult R&B Airplay None. 1s like “No Stoppin’ Us,” featuring Baby face, K-Ci Hailey and Johnny Gill, tops the list dated Aug. 7. The all-star collaboration rises from No. 3 after an 11% increase in plays and became the most played song at US adult R&B radio stations for the week ending July 31, according to Luminate.
Wilson breaks from a tie with Kem and Maxwell for the most No. 1s among male acts. On the overall list, he is in third place. Here’s a look at the current position since the chart was launched in 1993:
12, Alicia Keys
11, Toni Braxton
9, Charlie Wilson
7, Bruno Mars
7, Mary J. Blige
7, R. Kelly
In addition to securing Wilson’s ninth Adult R&B Airplay leader, “Stoppin'” gives Babyface his fifth as a performer, a third for Johnny Gill and the first for K-Ci Hailey as a solo artist. The latter led the chart as one half of the duo K-Ci & JoJo when “All My Life” reigned for three weeks in 1998.
“I feel so blessed to have my first No. 1 record as a solo artist,” says Hailey Billboard. “I’m so grateful to be a part of the P Music Group family. We’re just getting started and there’s no stopping us now!”
“Stoppin’,” released on Parandise/P Music, gives the former imprint its first Adult R&B Airplay No. 1, while the latter brand collects its eighth leader. The label’s founder and CEO, Michael Paran, finds particular joy in combining artists on his roster for a collective victory. “The biggest satisfaction for me is that this is the first time I’ve released and promoted a record with four of my clients at the same time,” he says. Billboard. “So to have these legends together and capture a No. 1 is a historic moment for [us].”
The new No. 1 also halts Silk Sonic’s “Love Train” run at the Adult R&B Airplay summit after the latter’s 13 non-consecutive weeks at the top. The combined power of the four legends to produce one of R&B’s hottest tracks is not lost on Wilson. “[The chart] has changed so much over the years that I had to do a double take to see our song on top with Bruno Mars, Beyonce and Lizzo,” Wilson shares Billboard via e-mail. “Despite the odds we showed, there really is no stopping us OG’s!”
The foursome also secured a historic No. 1 spot on the Adult R&B Airplay chart, as “Stoppin'” is the first song with four credited artists to reach No. 1. The previous closest song with four or more credited acts was Kirk Franklin’s “Lean on Me”, featuring Mary J. Blige, Bono, R. Kelly, Crystal Lewis & The Family, which reached No. 2 in 1999.
The reigning champs aren’t the only veterans benefiting from the new No. 1. “Stoppin'” also revives a classic hit in a reimagined form as it interpolates McFadden & Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” which reached No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 1979.
“Home runs in this business are very hard to come by these days, but we did it anyway and slid right in first,” adds Gill. “Thank you to the radio and to our fans for your continued love and support!”
Elsewhere, “Stoppin'” pushes into the top 20 of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with a 23-17 haul. There, it adds 14% in audience to reach 6.3 million listeners in the week ending July 31. The increase sees each of the credited acts return to solo artist status: Wilson logs his 11th visit to the chart’s top 20, Babyface scores his 10th such hit, Johnny Gill gets his fifth and Hailey claims her second.