CHART CHECK: Mary J. Blige Scores No.1 Holiday Album, Tamar Braxton’s ‘Hot Sugar’ Re-Enters Billboard R&B Songs & more

In this week’s installment of Chart Check, find out which R&B artist scored a No.1 holiday album in October, where TLC’s greatest hits album “20” debuted on the Billboard 200, which two R&B acts are moving up the Hot 100 and much more.

Dates range from Oct. 17 – 24 (Billboard) and Oct. 20 – Oct. 26 (radio).


Billboard 200

Some people are already getting into the holiday spirit as they purchased Mary’s new album. “A Mary Christmas” debuted at No.24 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. Without heavy promotion, the festive album managed to push 11,659 copies.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” doesn’t seem to hold the same weight as its predecessor “The 20/20 Experience.” The sequel fell from No.5 to No.11 this week, selling 35,216 copies, totaling 455,342 since September 30.

John Legend’s latest album “Love in the Future” fell from No.25 to No.31. The album has sold 163,959 units since September 3.

Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War'” album slips from No. 34 to No.45, selling 7,784 copies this week. The grand total of US sales is 212,133 copies.

Other album positions.

Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 28
Ariana Grande – “Yours Truly” – No. 52
The Weeknd – “Kiss Land’ – No. 65
TLC – “20” – No. 72 (Debut)
Jaheim – “Appreciation Day” – No. 91
TGT – “Three Kings” – No.94
Janelle Monae – “The Electric Lady” – No. 95
Lyfe Jennings – “Lucid” – No. 110 ( After debuting No.32 last week)



Billboard Hot 100

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” remains in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100. His mega hit “Blurred Lines” only fell one spot to No.10. His other song “Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar moved from No.37 to No.41 this week. The song has peaked at No.25.

“Love More” by Chris Brown featuring Nicki Minaj slowly moves up the chart. After 13 weeks, the song has finally managed to hit No.25.

Def Jam recording artist August Alsina humbly moves to from No.53 to No.51 with “I Luv This Sh*t.”

It’s been three weeks since Sevyn Streeter’s and Jason Derulo’s singles debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. Currently, Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown stands at No.65.

Derulo’s “Marry Me” stands at No. 54.

K.Michelle managed to move one slot to No.89 this week with “V.S.O.P.”

John Legend’s “All of Me” went 11 steps backward to No.100.



Billboard R&B Albums

In their respective order, here are the Top 5 R&B Albums Among R&B Acts:
1. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
2. Mary J.Blige – “A Mary Christmas” ( Hot Debut )
3. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
4. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
5. Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”

Other album positions.
TLC – “20” – No.9 ( Debut)
Janelle Monae – “The Electric Lady” – No.11
Lyfe Jennings – “Lucid” – No.13
K.Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No.14



Billboard Heatseekers Songs  

According to, the Heatseekers Songs chart is the week’s most popular songs across all formats by new or developing acts who have never appeared as lead artist in the Top 50 of the Hot 100. Once the song has reach the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song will then be ineligible to appear on Heatseekers Songs.

New Orleans native August Alsina has the No.1 song with “I Luv This Sh*t” featuring Trinidad Jame$. The song is now No.51 on the Hot 100, therefore, next week he may not appear on this chart if he continues to rise.

Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” went from No.6 to No.3 this week. Her hit single is now No. 65 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Rebel songstress, K.Michelle stands at No.10 with her lead single “V.S.O.P.” from her debut album “Rebellious Soul.” The song has peaked No.9 on this chart.

“The One” by Tamar Braxton went from No.24 to No.23 this week. It has peaked at No. 10.



Billboard R&B Songs 

Toni Braxton’s baby sister, Tamar Braxton re-enters the Billboard R&B Songs chart at No.13.

Sevyn Streeter continues to rise with her hit single “It Won’t Stop.” With the help her mentor Chris Brown, the song has gone from No.8 to No.7 this week.

K.Michelle finds a new home with “V.S.O.P.” It has moved from No. 10 to No.8.

John Legend’s “All of Me” remains at No.9. Meanwhile, “Take Back The Night” by Justin Timberlake climbs two spots from No.12 to No.10.

Other R&B song positions.

R.Kelly – “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz – No.12
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No. 17



Billboard Top Holiday Albums 

Mary J.Blige earns her first No.1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart. Her album “A Mary Christmas” features such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “The First Noel” featuring The Clark Sisters.


Urban Radio 

Last week, Sevyn Streeter stood at No.6, notching 2,861 radio spins with “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown. This week the song remains at No.6 but scores a total of 3,025 radio spins since its entry.

Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” steps out the Top 40 this week, moving two spots to No.28. It has received 747 radio spins since entering over a month ago.

It has been six days since Robin Thicke’s “For The Rest of My Life” entered the Top 50 of the Urban radio. The classic Thicke record pushes 390 radio spins then, standing at No.46.

Ciara’s follow-up single “Overdose” makes its long-awaited entry to Urban radio, closing the week at No.48, spinning 379 after two days.

Other R&B song positions.

August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.2
K.Michelle – “V.S.O.P” – No.8
Chris Brown ft. Nicki Minaj – “Love More” – No.9
R.Kelly ft. 2 Chainz – “My Story” – No.17
Janelle Monae, Miguel – “Primetime” – No.40
Omarion ft. Fabolous & Pusha T – Know You Better” – No.43



Urban AC Radio 

Fantasia continues to rise with her second single “Without Me” from No.5 to No.4.

Robin Thicke’s “For The Rest of My Life” stands at No.5 this week.

Algebra Blessett continues to stay afloat in the Top 20 with “Nobody But You.” The song spent last week at No.17 but closes at No.15 this week, peaking 407 radio spins.

K.Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.” moves 12 spots to No.19 this week.

Jennifer Hudson’s “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) rises 21 slots to No.20.

Robert Glasper’s tune “Calls” with Jill Scott falls from No.24 to No.27 this week.

Jaheim’s “He Don’t Exist” from his latest album “Appreciation Day” slowly climbs up the chart from No.49 to No.42.

Congratulations to Leela James. Her new single “Say That” featuring Anthony Hamilton soars from No.82 to No.50, scoring 72 radio spins.
( Source: Chart News, Billboard, All Access )

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Tank Shares Video for ‘When We’ Remix featuring Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign

Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign are open for business. The video for their “When We (Remix)” has been released.

Directed by J Valentine and BenMarc, the video takes place at their TT&T Auto Body Shop, where they spend the majority of their time mingling with beautiful women.

The original version of Tank’s song “When We,” lifted from his album Savage, is now No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart and has over 20 million streams on Spotify.

Watch the video below.

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Toni Braxton Releases New Song ‘Sex & Cigarettes’

With just a week until her new album Sex & Cigarettes hits stores, Toni Braxton shares the title track.

Over a piano production, a frustrated Braxton confronts her cheating man.”I can’t believe it, we’re going through this again / We’re too old, and I thought you’d outgrown this / This is driving me crazy, I can’t do this no more,” she sings on the raw ballad.

“Sex & Cigarettes” is the third track Braxton has shared from the album. In December, she released “Deadwood” as the lead track, before following up with “Long As I Live.” The latter single is now No. 13 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart and has over 520,000 streams on Spotify.

Sex & Cigarettes will arrive everywhere on March 23 via Def Jam Records.

Listen to “Sex & Cigarettes” below.

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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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