The singer reclaims her mark with “Gotta Move On,” featuring H.E.R., and praises her young collaborator: “From one star to another… she just got shine!”
Toni Braxton expands her recent winning streak on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart and ties for the most No. 1s in the chart’s history as her track, “Gotta Move On,” featuring H.E.R., ascends from the runner-up spot on the chart dated Feb. 20. The single climbs with a 12% burst in plays in the week at the radio format ending Feb. 14, according to MRC Data, the largest gain among the chart’s 30 songs.
With “Move,” Braxton secures an 11th No. 1 and ties Alicia Keys for the most champs since the Adult R&B Airplay list began in 1993. Braxton’s return to the winner’s circle is a long time coming: She previously led or shared the rank among all artists for most No. 1s from 1996 until Keys surpassed her in 2008 and retained sole possession of the feat until now.
Here’s a look at the current standings for most No. 1s on Adult R&B Airplay:
11, Toni Braxton
11, Alicia Keys
8, Charlie Wilson
7, R. Kelly
After Keys and Braxton, the next women in line are Mary J. Blige and the late Whitney Houston, each with six No. 1s.
Braxton herself was the chart’s inaugural leader, as her “Another Sad Love Song” topped the first Adult R&B Airplay iteration on Sept. 18, 1993.
Here’s a rundown of Braxton’s No. 1 collection as she steps back into the winner’s circle:
Title, Artist (if other than Toni Braxton), Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
“Another Sad Love Song,” four, Sept. 18, 1993
“Breathe Again,” two, Nov. 20, 1993
“Seven Whole Days,” six, Feb. 5, 1994
“You Mean The World to Me,” seven, May 7, 1994
“You’re Makin’ Me High / Let It Flow,” 13, June 22, 1996
“Just Be a Man About It,” two, Sept. 9, 2000
“Hurt You,” with Babyface, four, Dec. 14, 2013
“Long As I Live,” five, June 9, 2018
“Do It,” three, Aug. 15, 2020
“Live out Your Love,” Kem featuring Toni Braxton, two, Jan. 2, 2021
“Gotta Move On,” featuring H.E.R., one (to date), Feb. 20, 2021
With the combination of “Live out Your Love” and “Move,” Braxton also logs two leaders in one year for the third time, after a pair of chart-toppers each in 1993 and 1994.
Braxton was highly complimentary of the young talent. “H.E.R. is an incredible talent who sings, writes, plays several instruments, produces and competes with no one but H.E.R.self,” the R&B legend tells Billboard exclusively. “She represents her generation with the cool factor that only an indigenous superstar possesses. From one star to another… she just got shine!”
H.E.R., too, adds to a consistently expanding No. 1 count. “Move” yields a fifth No. 1 on Adult R&B Airplay. She previously led the list with her debut entry, “Focus,” in October 2018 and claimed a second leader that same month through a featured turn on Daniel Caesar’s “Best Part,” which reigned for four weeks. Her third and fourth leaders also came through guest spots, on Skip Marley’s “Slow Down” and Lonr.’s “Make the Most,” respectively, last year.