Queen Naija's "Medicine" rises in popularity.
This week, YouTuber-turned-rising star Queen Naija reached new heights with her breakout "Medicine" track, climbing to No. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart after a 6 percent gain in plays this week according to Nielsen Music. The track can be found on the singer's self-titled EP, which debuted at No. 2 on the Top R&B Albums chart in July.
“I am very grateful for all God is doing in my life,” Queen tells Billboard about the new accomplishment. “I am so humbled by the success of ‘Medicine’ and everything that’s happened up to this point has exceeded my expectations.”
This new movement also marks a record-breaking week for women in music, as it denotes the 27th straight week that women have held a No. 1 spot on the Adult R&B Songs chart, in either lead or featured roles. The last time this 27-week stretch happened was in 2005-06 when Vivian Green held on for two weeks with "Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired), before Alicia Keys' "Unbreakable" went No. 1 for 11 weeks and Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" stretched for 14 weeks.
This new win also arrives in the midst of a controversy for another viral track of Queen Naija's as she has been accused of swiping the melody found on her "Karma" track from a popular gospel song originally performed by Pastor John P. Kee. Kee alleges that Queen took the same melody found on his 2012 "Life & Favor (You Don't Know My Story)," and according to tweets from Queen Naija, he has assumably moved forward with a formal lawsuit this week revolved around the similar hooks found on the songs.
This story is still developing.