CHART CHECK: Mary J. Blige’s Holiday Album Experiences Sales Increase, Sevyn Streeter’s ‘It Won’t Stop’ Enters Top 10 On R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & More

In this week’s edition of Chart Check, find out why Mary J. Blige’s “A Mary Christmas” is the best-selling album by an R&B act this week, which song from Justin Bieber’s ‘Music Mondays’ series debuted on the Hot 100, which R&B artist are dominating Urban and Urban AC radio and more.

Dates range from Nov. 21 – Nov. 28 on Billboard and Nov.24 – Nov.30 on radio.


Billboard 200

As we say goodbye to Thanksgiving and hello to the Christmas season, the demand for holiday music starts to increase. According to Hits Daily Double, Mary J.Blige’s new album “A Mary Christmas” rising from No.22 to No.13 and selling nearly 31,000 copies this week.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” slips from No.17 to No.22. Meanwhile, “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack climbs from No.32 to No.23.

Jhené Aiko “Sail Out” EP falls to No.30 after debuting at No.8 last week. It sold 12,000 copies, totaling 46,000 copies since November 11.

“Love in the Future” by John Legend stands at No.44. (Last week: No.35).

Ariana Grande’s American Music Awards performance may have helped her debut album “Yours Truly” rise from No.71 to No.56.

Other album positions

Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No.66 (Last week: No.36)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No.74
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No.88


Billboard Hot 100

Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines” falls from No.15 to No.21 this week. (Peak: No.1)

Rihanna’s new single “What Now” continues to climb up the Hot 100, standing at No.25. (Last week: No.39).

“Love More” by Chris Brown slips from No.24 to No.27. (Peak: No.23).

After eight weeks on the Hot 100, Jason Derulo’s latest single “Marry Me” experiences its first setback. It moves from No.30 to No.33.

Ariana Grande’s cover of Wham!’s “Last Christmas” debuts at No.96. Meanwhile, her single “Right There” featuring Big Sean falls from No.90 to No.94.

Other song positions

Sevyn Streeter – “It Won’t Stop” – No.41
Justin Bieber & R.Kelly – “PYD” – No.54 (Debuts)
August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.58.
John Legend’s “All of Me” stands at No.68. (Last week: No.66)



Billboard R&B Albums

In their respective order, here are the Top 5 R&B albums among R&B acts:

1. Mary J.Blige – “A Mary Christmas”
2. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
3. Various R&B Artists – “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack
4. Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP
5. John Legend – “Love in the Future”

Other album positions

Tamar Braxton – “Winter Loversland” – No.9
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No.8
Rihanna – “Unapologetic” – No.10



 Billboard R&B Songs

Justin Bieber’s grown & sexy track with R. Kelly, “PYD,” debuts at No. 6. R.Kelly’s single “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz moves one slot from No.12 to No.11.

“I Luv This Sh*t” by August Alsina trips from No.6 to No.7. (Peak: No.4). Meanwhile, K.Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.” slips from No.8 to No.10.

For the second week, Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” stands at No.15.

Other songs positions

Toni Braxton & BabyFace – “Hurt You” – No.17
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No.21
Robin Thicke ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Give it 2 U” – No.16



Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” rises from No.14 to No.10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It becomes the CBE signee’s first top 10.

“TKO” by Justin Timberlake moves from No.10 to No.9.

Justin Bieber’s “PYD” featuring R.Kelly makes its hot debut at No.13.

August Alsina’s “I Luv This Sh*t” featuring Trinidad Jame remains at No.16 this week.

“All of Me”by John Legend stands at No.20, becoming a top 20 hit the R&B crooner. (Last week: No.22).

Other songs positions

R.Kelly ft. 2 Chainz – “My Story – No.36
Robin Thicke ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Give it 2 U” – No.49



Urban radio

For the second week, Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown ends the week at No.1. While, August Alsina’s “I Luv This Sh*t” climbs from No.4 to No.3. (Peak: No.1).

Chris Brown’s “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj falls from No.5 to No.6. It closes the week with 2,836 radio spins. (Peak: 3,027 radio spins).

R.Kelly’s and Rico Love’s current singles stand in their exact spot from last week. Kells “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz remains No.11. Love’s “They Don’t Know” stands motionless at No.15.

“Royals” by Lorde stands at No.17, totaling 1,712 radio spins. (Last week: 1,336 radio spins).

Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” finds trouble moving forward on Urban radio as goes from No.27 to No.31. (Peak: No.27).

Other song positions

Janelle Monáe & Miguel – “Primetime” – No.32
Omarion ft. Pusha T, Fabolous – “Know You Better” – No.37
Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – No.39
Robin Thicke – “For the Rest of My Life” – No.43
Ciara – “Overdose” – No.45


fantasia-side-effects-of-you-single-coverUrban AC radio

While “All The Way Home” by Tamar Braxton isn’t having great luck on Urban radio, its found success on Urban AC radio. Braxton’s third single from ‘Love and War” stands at No.8 this week. (Last week: No.10).

R.Kelly’s bedroom anthem “Genius” places at No.10 this week. (Last week: No.11).

Ron Isley’s duet with Kem “My Favorite Things” climbs from No.14 to No.12.

Leela James new single “Say That” with Anthony Hamilton moves from No.27 to No.24.

“Side Effects of You,” the title track and third single from Fantasia’s latest album jumps ten spots – No.37 to No.27.

Candice Glover’s heartfelt ballad “Cried” stands at No.35. (Last week: No.58).

Other song positions
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No.1
John Legend – “All of Me” – No.6
Joe & Fantasia – “Love&Sex” – No.18
Bobby V- “Back to Love” – No.30
Raheem DeVaughn – “Ridiculous” – No.45

(Source: All Access, Billboard, Chart News, Hits Daily Double)

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Miguel’s ‘Sky Walker’ Reaches No. 1 on Urban Radio

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Miguel’s single “Sky Walker” featuring Travis Scott has secured the number one spot on urban radio.

Totaling 4,690 radio spins, the worry-free track floats from No. 2 to No.1 (Feb. 10), after N.E.R.D and Rihanna’s “Lemon” had a decline in radio spins. “Sky Walker,” which has over 106 million streams on Spotify, has spent nearly five months on the urban radio chart since debuting at No. 50 last September.

This is Miguel’s first time in five years of landing a number one single on urban radio as the lead artist. Before War & Leisure’s “Sky Walker,” Miguel commanded the chart with his 2012 hit “Adorn” from Kaleidoscope Dream. Before that, his other number one singles were “Quickie” and “Sure Thing” from his debut album, All I Want Is You.

Miguel will take the stage at the 2018 Broccoli City Festival along with Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.

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Toni Braxton Sets Release Date for New Album ‘Sex & Cigarettes’

Just hours after releasing “Long As I Live,” Toni Braxton reveals the official release date for her new album.

Scheduled to arrive on March 23, Sex & Cigarettes, will release on Def Jam Recordings. Braxton told Essence last fall, “Sex & Cigarettes is more about me feeling sexy, independent, and expressing my feelings. I think for a long time I felt I had to make certain records, but now I want to just be free! I don’t want to be censored, I just want to focus on being an artist and creating good quality music that people can relate to.”

Braxton dropped the record’s first single “Deadwood” last summer and followed-up with another song “Heart Away” featuring alleged boyfriend Birdman early this year. The latter track is not expected to appear on Sex & Cigarettes. 

Sex & Cigarettes is Braxton’s first solo album since Pulse in 2010.

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Toni Braxton Releases New Single ‘Long As I Live’

After dropping “Deadwood” late last year, Toni Braxton reemerges with a new song titled “Long As I Live.”  Arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day, the heartfelt track finds Braxton having trouble getting over a past relationship and seeing her ex with another woman.

“Long as I live / I’ll never get over / It’s killing me / I’ll never get over,” Braxton sings. “If you can’t be with the one you love / It’s okay.”

“Long As I Live” and “Deadwood” will appear on Braxton’s next album, Sex & Cigarettes, which is expected to release some time this year.

Listen to “Long As I Live” below.

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