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.

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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

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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)

 

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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

 

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 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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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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Mary J. Blige Talks Golden Globe Nominations: ‘I’m Just So Grateful’

Mary J. Blige has a lot to be proud of. Blige has been nominated for two Golden Globes, including best supporting actress and best original song in the Netflix film Mudbound. 

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul spoke with The Los Angeles Times about how she felt about her nomination, which she found out about while still in bed. “This is different because [acting] is something I’ve always set out to do and I wanted to get it right and do it right,” she said. “The reward that comes with this is this nomination so I’m grateful. It feels good because I’m being nominated for something other than singing. [laughs] I don’t even know what else to say. I’m just so grateful.”

Blige also dished on what she hopes people take away from her character Florence Jackson in the film.”To be humble. To be powerful. To know who we are. Florence is like every woman. She’s the center and holds things together without getting too emotional about it,” Blige said. “She loves her family. So, I hope people know that … you can figure a way out of things. Florence was a quiet, silent power.”

Mudbound follows the story of two men – one white, one black – returning home from WWII to life on the Mississippi Delta. As their families struggle to share the land, they discover what they hold in common is more true than what tears them apart.

Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound’ Film with Tracee Ellis Ross

Mary J. Blige visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night to promote her role in the Netflix film, Mudbound.

The 46-year-old singer shared tons of laughs with guest host Tracee Ellis Ross, as she answered random questions on whether she prefers a window seat or aisle seat on flights, if she ever Googles herself and her favorite superhero.

Following the icebreakers, Blige switched gears and discussed her role in Mudbound. “It’s really a powerful film and there is a happy ending,” she said. “It’s a very relative story to today as well because a lot of people don’t seem to get the memo that we are free. We’re all free. All nationalities. We’re free.”

Blige also talked about the 25th anniversary of her debut album What’s the 411? She recalled her early memories of coming to Hollywood that era. “Then I came back to shoot the “I’m Going Down” video for the My Life album,” said Blige.

Watch the hilarious interview below.

Miguel Performs ‘War & Leisure’ Songs for Vevo

Following the release of his War & Leisure album, Miguel partners with Vevo for an exclusive performance series.

The California native traveled to New York for an intimate performance captured live at Elsewhere in Brooklyn. He performed four songs off the album including the Travis Scott-assisted “Sky Walker,” the J.Cole-assisted “Come Through and Chill,” “Pineapple Skies” and “Told You So.”

“Part of this album’s purpose was finding a balance between being aware of what’s going on and not letting it weigh me down,” he told Vevo.

Vibe to Miguel’s performance below and be sure to check out War & Leisure. 

“Pineapple Skies”

“Sky Walker”

“Told You So”

“Come Through and Chill”

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