Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” takes the top spot on another Billboard chart, moving to No. 1 on the Adult R&B Airplay list this week (Aug. 27).
The house-inspired track gives the megastar its first leader on this chart in a decade and second overall.
Beyoncé hasn’t soared this high on the Adult R&B chart since “Love On Top” in March 2012. It stayed atop for seven weeks. The Shea Taylor-produced jam appears on her 2011 album 4, which recently gained a certification (4x multi-platinum). The song won Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013.
Before that, Beyoncé last challenged for the summit in January 2008 when Justin Timberlake’s duet version of “Until the End of Time” peaked at No. 2. A few years back, her reworked version of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly’s 1981 classic “Before I Let Go” reached No. 5. It appears on Homecoming: The Live Album, a newly-certified gold project.
“Break My Soul,” co-produced and co-written by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, is the lead single from Beyoncé’s seventh album Renaissance. It claimed the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100, marking her eighth chart-topper and first since the Grammy-winning “Savage (Remix)” with Megan Thee Stallion.
It earned Bey other historic Hot 100 accolades, including her first lone No. 1 single in nearly 14 years, following “Singles Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in December 2008.
“Break My Soul” earned more accolades. This month, it was certified gold by the RIAA for surpassing sales of 500,000 equivalent units. It marked the first certified release from Renaissance and her 70th award gained from the RIAA this month. She collected 69 others for different songs and albums.
“Break My Soul” also scored a nomination for Song of the Summer at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. She’ll battle against big pop stars, including some familiar R&B acts such as Mariah Carey, Khalid and Steve Lacy. Get more information on how to vote for the social media-driven award here.
Excluding Beyoncé’s current Renaissance single, she appears at No. 15 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart with Ronald Isley and The Isley Brothers. It’s for the legendary group’s remake of their 1975 classic “Make Me Say It Again Girl,” which features her.