Chart Watch Extra: Four-Way Collabos
"Mercy" by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz jumps to #1 on this week's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. While the charts these days are studded with collaborations, four-way collabos are still relatively rare. And four-way collabos that make it all the way to #1 are extremely rare. This is just the eighth recording involving four or more artists to reach #1 on the R&B chart in its nearly 70-year history.
There have been even fewer #1 hits on the pop and country charts which involve four or more artists. There have been four on the Hot 100 and just one on Hot Country Songs.
Two songs that involved four or more artists reached #1 on both the pop and R&B charts. They are USA for Africa's 1985 smash "We Are The World" and Dionne & Friends' 1986 smash "That's What Friends Are For." Both were charity recordings that raised money for famine relief and AIDS, respectively. Both won multiple Grammys, including Song of the Year. "We Are The World" featured dozens of top artists, including Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, who co-wrote the song. Dionne Warwick was joined on "That's What Friends Are For" by Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder.
The song with the most individually billed collaborators to reach #1 on the R&B chart was "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" by Quincy Jones featuring Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge and Barry White. The five-way collabo, from Jones' Grammy-winning Back On The Block album topped the R&B chart for one week in March 1990. It reached #31 on the Hot 100.
Here are the five other songs which involved four collaborators that hit #1 on the R&B chart: