The pairing of Kem and Toni Braxton pays off as their collaboration “Live Out Your Love” rises 2-1 to lead Billboard magazine’s Adult R&B Songs chart dated Jan. 2, 2021. The track, billed to Kem featuring Toni Braxton, ascends despite suffering a 7% drop in plays in the week ending Dec. 27, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The new champ dethrones Chris Brown and Young Thug’s “Crazy”, which slips to No. 2 after one week in charge. “Live Out Your Love” secures Kem’s seventh No. 1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart and gives the singer/songwriter his second consecutive leader, after “Lie To Me” reigned for seven weeks in June-August. The combo No. 1s makes for Kem’s second time posting back to back chart champs, following his double play of “It’s You” (four weeks in 2014) and “Nobody” (nine weeks, 2015). Plus, with seven No. 1’s, Kem matches the totals of R. Kelly and Maxwell for the second-most among male artists since the chart began in 1992. The trio trail only Charlie Wilson in that count, who owns eight. Alicia Keys leads the pack for all artists, with 11 No. 1s on the radio ranking. But she also has competition. “Live Out Your Love” earns Toni Braxton her 10th leader on the Adult R&B Songs chart, moving within one of Keys’ record. Here a look at the full leaderboard:

11, Alicia Keys
10, Toni Braxton
8, Charlie Wilson
7, R. Kelly
7, Kem
7, Maxwell
6, Mary J. Blige
6, Whitney Houston
6, Brian McKnight
6, Usher
6, Luther Vandross