It took more than 25 years, but Kenny Lattimore returns to the peak of Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart and earns his second No. 1 with “Take a Dose.” The single, released on SoNo, advances from No. 2 to lead the list dated Feb. 11 after a 12% surge in plays that made it the most-played song on U.S. monitored adult R&B stations in the week ending Feb. 2, according to Luminate.
“Dose” gives the R&B singer his second champ on Adult R&B Airplay, following “For You” in 1997. The prior champ reigned for 17 weeks that year, and at the time, was the song with the most weeks at No. 1 in the chart’s history, from its 1993 launch. Now, it still ranks in the top-five longest runs at the summit:
Weeks at No. 1, Song Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1 18, “Fortunate,” Maxwell, May 22, 1999 18, “So in Love,” Jill Scott featuring Anthony Hamilton, July 2, 2011 17, “For You,” Kenny Lattimore, April 19, 1997 17, “Adorn,” Miguel, Nov. 17, 2012 17, “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell, Aug. 17, 2013
Between his two chart-topping singles, Lattimore landed four top 10s: “Days Like This” (No. 4, 1998); “If I Lose My Woman” (No. 10, 1999); “Love Me Back” (No. 8, 2015) and “Stay on Your Mind” (No. 7, 2018). In addition, he scored an additional top 10 with his debut entry on the list, “Never Too Busy,” which peaked at No. 2 in 1996.
“We did it!,” Lattimore wrote in a Twitter post. “Thanks to UAC [urban AC] radio, streaming media and fans who have supported my new album #HereToStay and this journey to “Take A Dose” reaching #1. I’m grateful for all the love and support!”
Elsewhere, “Dose” jumps 23-19 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, which ranks songs based on combined audience totals from adult R&B and mainstream R&B/hip-hop radio stations. There, the four-spot rise comes through a 14% weekly increase to 6.1 million in audience in the week ending Feb. 2. As “Dose” cracks the top 20, it becomes Lattimore’s second song among 15 entries to reach the mark. No surprise – “For You” is the other, as it reached a No. 10 best in May 1997.
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