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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Mary J. Blige Releases New Uplifting Track ‘Bounce Back’

In celebration of her 47th birthday (Jan. 11), Mary J. Blige released a brand new track titled “Bounce Back.” On the uplifting track, Blige sings about how she pulls through during the difficult times in her life.

“What I been through (yeah) / All I the suffering and the fighting but I still pull through (yeah) / Still we rise and we fall every time,” Blige sings. “You I know I always bounce back / Never turn back / Love is like that,” she continues.

“Bounce Back” appears to be a treat to Blige’s fans. The song is currently only available to stream on Soundcloud.

This is been an eventful week for Blige. On her birthday, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I’m so grateful for this star right now because I’ve earned it probably three times,” she said. “I say that with confidence and not arrogance. I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means.”

Justin Timberlake Announces ‘The Man of the Woods Tour’

Justin Timberlake is starting the new year with a bang. After announcing his first album in five years, Man of the Woods, the “Suit & Tie” singer has shared the itinerary for his supporting tour. The North American leg will begin on March 13 in Toronto and will hit major cities including D.C., New York, Chicago, Las Vegas an Dallas, before wrapping up in his hometown Memphis.

Man of the Woods will release on February 2 via RCA Records. According to a press release, the album will give a self-reflective look at his journey into fatherhood, and offer up personal insight into his layered life experiences.

In a promotional trailer for the tour, Timberlake gave more insight on how the tour will tie in with the album. “The outdoors was the inspiration for a lot of these songs,” he said. “The tour will be able to bring the outside in. I want people to see the inspiration for how it ended up sounding. I’ve never seen that done before. Bring the outside in.”

Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Members of The Tennessee Kids Fan Club are also eligible for pre-sale ticket purchases starting Wednesday, Jan. 10. For complete The Man Of The Woods Tour VIP packages information or to purchase, visit

Man of the Woods will consist of 16 tracks, including the lead single “Filfthy,” which was co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland and Danja. The album will also feature appearances from Alicia Keys and Chris Stapleton.

On Feb. 4, Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show.

The Man of the Woods Tour Dates

March 13 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
March 18 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
March 21 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
March 25 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
March 27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
March 31 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
April 2 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
April 4 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
April 8 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
April 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
April 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
April 24 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
April 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
May 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
May 5 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
May 7 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
May 9 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
May 14 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 15 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
May 18 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
May 19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
May 23 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
May 27 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
May 30 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum

Man of the Woods Track List
1. Filthy
2. Midnight Summer Jam
3. Sauce
4. Man of the Woods
5. Higher Higher
6. Wave
7. Supplies
8. Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys)
9. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton)
10. Hers (interlude)
11. Flannel
12. Montana
13. Breeze of the Pond
14. Livin’ off the Land
15. The Hard Stuff
16. Young Man

The Weeknd Cuts Ties with H&M Following Racist Ad

The Weeknd has ended his partnership with clothing store H&M, after a controversial ad featuring a black child wearing a hoodie that read “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” appeared on the company’s website.

“Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. I’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore,” The Weeknd tweeted on Monday afternoon.

After feeling the burn from all the backlash, the retailer released a cookie cutter statement. “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top,” H&M said. “The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

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