CHART CHECK: Mary J. Blige Scores 12th Top 10 Album, Tamar Braxton’s ‘All The Way Home’ Debuts On The Hot 100

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In this week’s installment of Chart Check, learn which R&B songstress scored her 12th top 10 album on the Billboard 200, how much Sevyn Streeter’s “Call Me Crazy, But…” EP sold in its first week, where Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” debuted at on the Hot 100, which new single by August Alsina entered into Urban radio this week and much more.

Dates range from December 5 – December 12 (Billboard) and December 8 – December 14 (radio).

The Hot 100

Robin Thicke’s smash single “Blurred Lines” holds onto the No.24 position for a second week.

The “Queen of Christmas.” Mariah Carey finds success with her classic rendition of “All I Want For Christmas.” The song re-entered the Hot 100 at No.26 this week.

Chris Brown’s third single “Love More” from his “X” album rests at No.27 (Last week: No.28).

After scoring her first top 40 hit last week, Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” makes its way to the top 30 from No.34 to No.30.

Jason Derulo’s “Marry Me’ stands at No.33 (Last week: No.29).

“All of Me” by John Legend rises 16 spots from No.72 to No.56, the highest position to date for the single. It’s also the only tune from his “Love in the Future” era to enter the Hot 100.

Other song positions

Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – No.47 (Last week: No.36)
August Alsina – “I Luv This Sh*t” ft. Trinidad Jame$ – No.61
Rihanna – “What Now” – No.84
Ariana Grande – “Right There” ft. Big Sean – No.90
Tamar Braxton – “All The Way Home” – No.96 (Debut)



Billboard 200

Sevyn Streeter makes her Billboard 200 debut with her “Call Me Crazy, But…” EP. It debuted at No.30, selling 17,098 copies its first week.

Mary J.Blige reaches a milestone on the Billboard 200 this week. “A Mary Christmas” leaped from No.15 to No.10, which in return helped the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul score her 12th top 10 album on the Billboard 200.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” falls from No.11 to No.24. Meanwhile, its Grammy nominated predecessor, “The 20/20 Experience” dropped down to No.78 (Last week: No.36).

Ariana Grande’s debut album “Yours Truly” falls 30 spots from No.21 to No.51. The album has sold 306,000 copies to date. (released Sept. 3).

Mariah Carey’s multi-platinum album “Merry Christmas” stands at No.49 this week. (Last week: No.84).

Other album positions
Various R&B artists – “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack – No.45
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 57 (Last week: No.24)
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No.60
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No.84 (Last week: No.94)
Tamar Braxton – “Winter Loversland” – No.100 (Last week: No.96)
The Temptations – “Best of the Temptations Christmas” – No.111 (Last week: No.166)


Billboard’s Adult Contemporary

According to Billboard, the Adult Contemporary chart makes up the week’s most popular soft rock songs, ranked by radio airplay detections as measured by Nielsen BDS.

Mary J.Blige’s holiday tunes from “A Mary Christmas” continue to take over the Adult Contemporary chart. Her cover of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” rises from No.8 to No.2. Meanwhile, “My Favorite Things” stands at No.13 (Last week: No.16) and “The First Noel” with The Clark Sisters moves from No.26 to No.22.


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. Sevyn Streeter – “Call Me Crazy, But…” EP (Hot Debut)
4. Various R&B artists – “The Best Man Holiday” Soundtrack
5. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”

Other album positions:
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No.7 (Last week No.4)
Jhene Aiko – “Sail Out” – No.10
K.Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No.12
Ray Charles – “Ray Charles Forever” – No.15 (Last week: No.22)

Billboard R&B Songs

With the help of its accompanying visuals (released last week), Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” soars from No.15 to No.9, becoming its highest peak position since entering the chart eleven weeks ago.

Mack Wilds’ and John Legend’s latest singles rises one slot on Billboard’s R&B Songs chart this week. Legend’s heartwarming ballad “All of Me” moves from No.7 to No.6. Wilds’ “Own It” from his 2014 Grammy nominated album “New York: A Love Story” stands at No.12 (Last week: No.13).

“My Story” by R.Kelly featuring 2 Chainz falls one slot from No. 9 to No.10. His new album “Black Panties” is available in stores and online.

Other song positions:
K.Michelle – “V.S.O.P.” – No.13
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No.14
Toni Braxton and Babyface – “Hurt You” – No.15
Jhene Aiko – “The Worst” – No.24 (Debut)

Billboard Adult R&B Songs

For the second week, “Hurt You” by Toni Braxton and Babyface remains at No.1.

“Without Me” by Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott climbs from No.4 to No.2. The ladies anthem is nominated for Best R&B Song at the 56th GRAMMY Awards.

R.Kelly’s “Genius” stands at No.8 this week. (Last week: No.9).

Jennifer Hudson’s “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” featuring T.I. moves two spots from No.15 to No.13.

Other song positions
Eric Benet – “Runnin” – No.14 (Last week: No.11)
Ledisi – “I Blame You” – No.19
Keyshia Cole – “I Choose You” – No.27 (Last week: No.24)

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Robin Thicke, Sevyn Streeter and Chris Brown all have one thing in common this week. Their singles all moved one slot upward on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” ft. T.I. & Pharrell – No.7 (Peak: No.1)

Chris Brown – “Love More” ft. Nicki Minaj – No.8 (Peak: No.7)

Sevyn Streeter “It Won’t Stop” ft. Chris Brown – No.9 (Peak: No.9)

“TKO” by Justin Timberlake makes a dump down to No.13 (Last week: No.11).

John Legend’s powerful love song “All of Me” climb from No.22 to No.16.

Other song positions
Tamar Braxton – “All The Way Home” – No.32 (Last week: No.46)
Mack Wilds – “Own It” – No. 39 (Last week: No.43).


Urban radio

Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” retains its position at No.1 on Urban radio.

New Zealand sensation Lorde surprisingly reaches the top 10 with her breakout single “Royals.” The Grammy nominated track climbs from No.11 to No.7, reaching 2,550 radio spins.

“They Don’t Know” by Rico Love moves from No.13 to No.12 this week. Meanwhile, Mack Wilds’ “Own It” moves two spots from No.17 to No.15.

Omarion’s collaborative track “Know You Better” featuring Fabolous and Pusha T stands at No.34.

August Alsina’s new single “Ghetto” featuring Rich Homie Quan rises from No.53 to No.47, already spinning over 360 radio spins since entering the top 50 six days ago.


Urban AC Radio

Robin Thicke’s soulful cut “For the Rest of My Life”reaches No.3 this week. (Last week: No.5).

“All Of Me” by John Legend moves from No.6 to No.5.

Jennifer Hudson’s funky single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) featuring T.I. sails north from No.16 to No.14.

Kem’s and Mary J.Blige’s latest holiday efforts make an impact this week on Urban AC radio. “Be Mine For Christmas” by Kem jumps from No.32 to No.23. While Blige’s cover of “This Christmas” leaps from No.43 to No.26.

Candice Glover’s new single “Cried” eyes the top 30 of Urban radio at No.31. (Last week: No.36)

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

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Chris Brown Releases Deluxe Version of ‘Heartbreak on a Full Moon’

Seriously, how much music does Chris Brown have on his hard drive? After dropping his 45-track album Heartbreak on a Full Moon on Halloween, the Virginia native returns with a deluxe edition.

The updated version includes 12 new songs (a total of 57 tracks) with guest appearances from Ella Mai, Agnez Mo, Trippie Redd and Solo Lucci.

Brown teased fans on Tuesday night with a cryptic message on Twitter.

Stream the deluxe version of Heartbreak on a Full Moon below.

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.

Stream K. Michelle’s New Album ‘Kimberly: The People I Used to Know’

K. Michelle has released her fourth studio album, Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, on Atlantic Records. The 21-track project features guest appearances from R&B hitmakers Chris Brown and Jeremih.

The Memphis native shared a handful of songs leading up to the album’s release including “Make This Song Cry,” “Birthday,” “Either Way” and “Kim K.” On the latter track, some people assumed K. Michelle was throwing shots at Kim Kardashian. However, she explained the song is about cultural appropriation.

“I see some blogs trying to make My song ‘Kim K’ messy, lord if u only knew how fly I think she is,” K. Michelle tweeted. “People are me would tell u. The statement behind the song is black Women are rarely given credit for our cultural trends and flyness.”

She continued, “Truths can be spoken without a shade tree behind them. For ages Black women have been taught by society that our image isn’t good enough for mainstream or that we need to make changes. I believed them and made those SOME of those changes, only 2 regret it.”

On The People I Used to Know, Michelle takes listeners on a journey through her mind. “The album shows me and all my bipolar-ness so it really shows that and I hit on every single emotion of being a woman and being a growing woman,” she once told Billboard. “So it has, even for a man, a lot of things you can relate to you, a lot of life issues this time not just heartbreak but life in general.”

The People I Used to Know is the follow-up to K. Michelle’s 2016 album, More Issues Than Vogue, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Stream Kimberly: The People I Used to Know below.

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