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Charlie Wilson Is Still Number 1 in Adult R&B Songs Chart after Three Decades

Gracious Egedegbe
May 08, 2020
07:30 P.M.
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Charlie Wilson is one of the top R&B performers of this generation. However, the music maestro has been ruling the charts for even much longer.
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Earlier this week, Billboard confirmed that Charlie has now topped the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart for three decades. The news medium confirmed that his latest song, "Forever Valentine," has jumped from the #3 spot to #1 for this week.

As Billboard confirmed, the song is Charlie's 7th #1 song on the R&B chart. It also makes Charlie on the same level with R. Kelly and Maxwell as one of the male artists with the most #1 songs on the chart.

Charlie Wilson performs onstage at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on March 5, 2015 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

Charlie Wilson performs onstage at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on March 5, 2015 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

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"Forever Valentine" is Charlie's 2020 smash hit, which he recorded to celebrate the season of love. The song comes with additional vocals from Bruno Mars.

Bruno also lent his skills as a writer and a producer on the track too. Charlie went on to thank his partner on the song. In part, he said:

"Bruno had the vision, and we always wanted to work together musically..."

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On his impressive feat, Charlie Wilson expressed his glee at being able to still release a chart-topper after 20 years as a musician.

He also spoke on the theme for the song, calling it an "Anti-Valentine's Day" song. As he clarified, the purpose is for people to celebrate love every day — not just on February 14th.

Charlie's music career started in the church, and he formed a band with his brothers.

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Charlie's musical journey has been an inspiration for many. He's stayed relevant over the years, with tunes like "There Goes My Baby" and "Early in the Morning."

However, like many other artists, Charlie also had some humble beginnings. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and he had to work hard before he made it big. In an interview, he explained:

"From that to this, I cried when they told me I had a Grammy nomination...because so many doors have been shut on me so many times."

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Charlie's music career started in the church, and he formed a band with his brothers, Ronnie and Robert. Known as the Gap Band, the three stayed together until they disbanded a decade ago.

His solo career has also been impressive. In addition to topping charts, he has received two NAACP Image Awards and a BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

Charlie Wilson also has 13 Grammy nominations and a Soul Train Icon Award. This is one man who has done it all.

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