CHART CHECK: Robin Thicke Remains Atop Charts, India.Arie Makes Comeback on Billboard 200

Not every week will R&B artist live life golden on Billboard or the radio charts. This week there was only one true star shining bright. His name is Robin Thicke. Find out where the “Feel Good” singer landed and why he is having the best week ever. Dates range from August 1 – August 8 (Billboard) and August 4 – August 10 (radio).



Billboard Hot 100

Yes – we know Robin Thicke is No.1 on just about every chart known to man. But let’s talk about a few notable and not so notable tunes making some noise on the Hot 100.

Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” holds down the Top 20 this week. At No.14, the Timbaland-produced track has been on the Hot 100 for 25 weeks, peaking No.2.

Ciara’s “Body Party” isn’t over as it remains at No.30 this week, while her follow-up single “I’m Out”  is seeing its way out the Top 100. The Nicki Minaj-assisted single was No.93 last week, which isn’t anything to twerk about but the single falls six more spots this week to No.99. C’mon Ci Ci. Let’s step up the promotion and show Rihanna you can book a performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

No I didn’t go to school for witchery or sorcery but it doesn’t take crystal ball to let me know Chris Brown’s little publicly stunt didn’t work.  After debuting at No.56 last week, his new album’s third single “Love More” fell down the Hot 100 (Now: No.90) faster than the little old lady on the Life Alert commercial. “Someone help, I’ve fallen and can’t I can’t get up.”

On a lighter note, Justin Timberlake storms his way through the Hot 100 and leaps from No.52 to No.33 with his latest offering “Take Back The Night.”



 Billboard 200

Let’s tip our hats to Robin Thicke. He came back stronger than ever with his sixth album “Blurred Lines.” It marks his  first-ever No.1 album on the Billboard 200. With 177,000 units sold, the album is his highest first-week sales ever.

Justin Timberlake holds tight to the Top 20 as “The 20/20 Experience” lands at No. 17 (Last week: No. 10) with 16,610 units sold this week.

Baby, in our best Mo’Nique voice.  India.Arie rose from the ashes of the Billboard 200 with her latest project “SongVersation.” Last week the LP was No.83 but it flew back up the chart to No.53.

It seems the marketing consultants in both Ciara and Kelly Rowland’s camp haven’t grasped the concept of strategic planning. If they did, these ladies albums wouldn’t be drowning on the charts. Four words of advice – step it up…fast.

By a show of hands, how many people knew R&B/pop star Jay Sean had an album dropping this month? We didn’t and judging by his opening numbers, neither did the few hundred of followers Cash Money didn’t purchase. Landing at No.116, “Neon” sold a ‘flopping’ 3,608 its first-week. In the words of Beyonce – “somebody’s getting fired.”  We just hope it isn’t Jay Sean on the chopping block.

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Radio Airplay)

Week after week, rock soul-diva Fantasia continues to ask Billboard “Where would you be ‘Without Me?” The ladies’ anthem jumps another spot from No. 7 to No. 6.

New Orleans native August Alsina’s Trinidad Jame$-assisted single “I Luv This Sh*t”  finds a new home in the Top 30 at No.26 after leaping from No.32.

After four weeks, K.Michelle nails her first Top 30 hit with “V.S.O.P,” the lead single from her debut album “Rebellious Soul,” due August 13.

R&B veteran R. Kelly’s autobiographical track “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz debuts in the Top 50 at No.43.

Congratulations are in order for Pendulum recording artist Shaliek . His heartfelt single “The Past” notches the No.48 position. The song becomes his first entry on the chart.


R&B Songs

As “Blurred Lines” relaxes and remains at No.1 on the R&B songs chart, Robin Thicke’s “Give It 2 U” gets cozy in the Top 10.  After only four weeks, the Kendrick Lamar-assisted single skyrocketed from No.25 to No.10.

Chris Brown’s third single “Love More” from the upcoming album “X” showed up and showed out last week its huge debut. However, the single forgot you’re supposed to go up forward on the charts – not backwards.  The single went from No.5 to No. 8. Hopefully Brown’s press release or “Twit-release” on early retirement gets fans requesting the single.

Remember Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” or are you listening to “Blurred Lines”? Well the “Until The End of Time” singer’s lead single doesn’t want to be forgotten. The chart-topping single continues to rise back up the charts and lands at No.5 (Last week: 6).

Ciara is still rocking at No.2 with “Body Party,” while Timberlake’s “Take Back The Night” stays still at No.3.



R&B Albums

In their respective order, here is the Top 5 R&B Albums Among R&B Acts:

1. Robin Thicke -“Blurred Lines” [Debut]
2. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”
3. India.Arie – “SongVersation”
4. Ciara – “Ciara”
5. Motown 25

Other notable acts:
14. Chante Moore – “Moore Is More” [Debut]


Urban Radio 

The self-proclaimed King of R&B R. Kelly may have another hit to add to his resume. His new single “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz has only been on the charts seven days but has managed garner 430 radio spins since its entry.

It may be time for Tamar Braxton to move to the next single as “The One” starts moving backwards on the Urban radio. The Notorious B.I.G sampled track currently stands at No.17, only peaking at No.12 with reaching over 2,000 radio spins. Maybe a remix is in order but hopefully it finds its way back up the chart.

Chris Brown and Ciara battle it out as both Nicki Minaj-assisted tracks reside in the Top 30. After only 16 days, Brown’s “Love More” reaches 929 radio spins while “I’m Out” by Ciara has the upper-hand by only one spin (930).

Marques Houston comeback single “Give Your Love A Try” re-enters Urban radio at No.50 with 285 total spins.

Urban AC Radio 

Robin Thicke takes his “Blurred Lines” success and tops the Urban Adult Contemporary radio after only 82 days. The single has reach over 1,950 in radio spins.

Jaheim’s “Age Ain’t A Factor” falls from No.1 to No.2 this week but remains rather close with nearly 1,880 radio spins. Its peak spins total 1882 since entering the chart 95 days ago.

Fantasia re-enters the top 10 with her latest single “Without Me.” Followed by her lead single “Lose To Win” (No.11) from her comeback album “Side Effects of You.”

Another track from Thicke’s new album is starting to grow legs on the chart. “4 The Rest of My Life,” closes the week with the most new spins (+68), totaling 827 since entering the chart 79 days ago.

Atlanta native Algebra Blessett commands the Top 30 at No. 26 with the love struck tune “Nobody But You,” the first single from her upcoming album “Recovery.” The song has only been on the chart less than a month and has the potential to grow with airplay.

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Tamar Braxton Debuts Shaved Head

Tamar Braxton is trying out a new look this season. The Grammy-nominated artist went to Instagram to share her new haircut.

While it may be just a haircut to some people, it’s a special moment for Braxton.

“I’m over feeling captive to a wig, weave, people, people’s comments & opinions hell…even my OWN feelings,” she wrote. “WE can choose to stop these things from having the power and victory over us!! And for me, that starts TODAY.”

✂️ finally free

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Ciara Named Brand Ambassador for Pandora Jewelry

Ciara’s resume just got brighter. The 32-year-old entertainer has been named brand ambassador for Pandora Jewelry. She will serve as the face of the Pandora Shine collection, which features 18k gold-plated sterling silver jewelry.

“I’m looking forward to so many things about this partnership,” Ciara told WWD. “For starters, I feel like I’m making history with the brand, being that it’s the first time they’re introducing the 18-karat gold-plated jewelry. I think that’s amazing and special and I love gold, and I love the movement. It’s all about inspiring women to express themselves creatively and to shine bright. I’m looking forward to sharing this message with more women and girls around the world.”

In other news, Ciara has been hard at work on her next album that will release on Warner Bros. Records. While there aren’t many details available on the new project, Ciara can’t hide her excitement. “When I first started my first record, there was this giddy feeling that I had and I have that feeling again, so it feels really good,” she said.

Watch Ciara’s ad campaign video below.

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Listen to August Alsina’s ‘Don’t Matter (Remix)’ featuring Zayn

August Alsina teams with Zayn for a stirring remix to his track “Don’t Matter,” which originally dropped last June.

The track, which includes a steamy verse from Zayn, is actually a leak that surfaced online. The former One Direction member went to Twitter to address the leak. “This was not a song I intended to put out, but due to unprofessionalism has been leaked by someone and my fans mean more to me than a stupid leak, so here it is free for you to enjoy, before my music drops,” he said.

Alsina responded to Zayn’s tweet with, “Zayn, I’m sending an abundance of love to you! You are my brother, I am yours. I don’t know how this happened but WAY TO MAKE LEMONS INTO LEMONADE. (& a great batch, might I add) 😂😭🙏🏽 we do great work together.”

Although the remix wasn’t meant to be released, it definitely serves as a nice treat to Alsina’s fans, especially with the delay of his third album. Last November, Alsina blasted his label for holding his new album “hostage.”

“I would love to put my album out but DEF JAM is holding it/me hostage because the system is not up & running until next year so they basically dont exist,” Alsina tweeted. “The label is just TRASH .. I will release free music soon but that has been the hold up. Tell Them to FREE ME 🗣& the Album🗣”

Listen to August Alsina and Zayn’s “Don’t Matter” remix below.

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