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Ledisi Lands First Adult R&B Songs No. 1 With ‘Anything For You’: ‘Always Embrace the Journey’

Ledisi achieves her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs radio airplay chart, as “Anything for You” rises 2-1 in its 25th week on the survey.

She earns her first leader after over 15 years of appearing on the chart.

“I am beyond elated at the support for ‘Anything for You,’ ” Ledisi tells Billboard, calling the ballad, released on her own Listen Back Entertainment label and BMG, “a song created to honor our loved ones.”

She further marvels, “My very first No. 1, and on my record label. It means everything. The best part is sharing this moment with my co-writers, Rex Rideout and Jairus Mozee. Watching its steady climb up the charts has taught me to always embrace the journey.”

Ledisi first ranked on Adult R&B Songs in January 2005 with “My Sensitivity (Gets in the Way),” featuring Boney James, and has logged 17 total entries on the tally. In that span, only Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, Alicia Keys and Jill Scott have tallied more entries among solo women.

Before “Anything for You,” Ledisi had climbed as high as No. 2 with “Pieces of Me” in 2011. Next up among her seven top 10s, “I Blame You” reached No. 3 in 2014.

“Anything For You” is also Ledisi’s highest-charting entry, having hit No. 16, on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (which measures audience on the genre’s mainstream and adult radio formats). It drew a new weekly-best 8.3 million impressions, up 3%, in the week ending Oct. 4, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

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