CHART CHECK: Sevyn Streeter Earns First Top 40 on the Hot 100, Mary J.Blige Dominates Adult Contemporary

In the latest edition of Chart Check, learn how Black Friday helped Justin Timberlake’s and Robin Thicke’s 2013 albums rise up the Billboard 200 chart, which female R&B artist scored her first top 40 on the Hot 100, which songs from Mary J.Blige’s “A Mary Christmas” are dominating the Adult Contemporary chart and the latest details on Urban and Urban AC radio airplay.

Dates range from Nov. 28-Dec. 5 (Billboard) and Dec. 1-Dec. 7 (radio).


Billboard 200

Last Friday (Nov.29), Americans rushed into their favorite retail stores for Black Friday sales. With albums being great stocking stuffers, it was not surprise our favorite R&B artists would experience sale increases.

Justin Timberlake was one of the lucky artists as both of his 2013 releases flew up the Billboard 200. His latest album “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” climbs from No.22 to No.11. Meanwhile, his March release “The 20/20 Experience” soars from No.88 to No.36.

“A Mary Christmas” by Mary J.Blige falls from No.13 to No.15. Blige’s first holiday album sold 132,000 copies since October 15.

Ariana Grande’s debut album “Yours Truly” makes a huge leap from No.56 to No.21.

Robin Thicke’s sixth studio album “Blurred Lines” rises 50 slots from No.74 to No.24.

Holiday albums by both Mariah Carey and Tamar Braxton made their ways into buyers shopping carts. MC’s 1994 release “Merry Christmas” moves from No.115 to No.84. Braxton’s “Winter Loversland” sails north from No.127 to No.96.

Other album positions

Various R&B artists – “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack – No.50
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No. 56
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No.94 (Last week: 44)
Rihanna – “Unapologetic” – No.116
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” – No.128 (Last week: 30)


The Hot 100

Shazam’s most played song of 2013 “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke continues to slowly fall on the Hot 100 to No.24. (Last week: No.21).

Chris Brown’s “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj dips one slot to No.28.

Jason Derulo scores a top 30 hit with “Marry Me” as it stands at No.29 this week.

“It Won’t Stop” by Sevyn Streeter makes its way to No.34 this week, becoming the CBE signee’s first top 40 hit on the Hot 100 chart.

Rihanna’s “What Now” plunged to the pits of the Hot 100 from No.25 to No.74.

Other song positions

Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – No.36
August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.56 (Peak: No.48)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No.72
Ariana Grande ft. Big Sean – “Right There” – No. 86


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 has found holiday success on the Adult Contemporary chart this Christmas season. Her rendition of “This Christmas” jumps from No.24 to No.8.

She also had two songs from “A Mary Christmas” to debut this week. “My Favorite Things” debuts at No.16 while “The First Noel” a collaboration with The Clark Sisters opens at No.26.



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”
3. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
4. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”
5. Various R&B artists – “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack

Other album positions

Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 10 (Last week: No.4)
The Weeknd – “Kiss Land” – No.11 (Last week: No.17)
K.Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No.14 (Last week: No.16)



Billboard R&B Songs

Sevyn Streeter’s blazing single “It Won’t Stop” with label head, Chris Brown moves one slot from No.5 to No.4.

“TKO” by Justin Timberlake slips from No.4 to No.5. Meanwhile, Timberlake’s “Drink You Away” re-enters at No.10.

August Alsina’s “I Luv This Sh*t” rises to No.6. (Last week: No.7).

R.Kelly scores his first top 10 solo effort on Billboard’s R&B Songs chart with “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz. The lead single from “Black Panties” stands at No.9. (Last week: No.11).

“Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz debuts at No.14.

Other song positions

Mack Wilds – “Own It” – No.13 (Last week: No.19)
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No.17 (Last week: No.21)



Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s first duet in over 20 years, “Hurt You,” reigns as the No.1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart.

After 17 weeks at No.1, Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines” falls to No.3.

Alicia Keys and Maxwell’s magical duet “Fire We Make” stands at No.2. (Last week: No.3).

R.Kelly’s “Genius” stands at No.9. (Last week: No.10).

For the second week, “I Blame You” by Ledisi remains No.20. The video was released earlier this week.

Fantasia’s new single “Side Effects of You” title track to her latest album rest at No.25. (Last week: No.30).




Urban Radio

It’s been three weeks and Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” closes the week atop the Urban radio chart.

“I Luv This Sh*t” by August Alsina climbs from No.3 to No.2. Meanwhile, Chris Brown’s “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj remains No.6. The song has peaked No.5.

Lorde’s Joel Little produced single “Royals” moves from No.17 to No.11, totaling 2,074 radio spins since its release to radio.

John Legend’s “All Of Me” stands at No. 47. (Last week: No.52).

Other song positions

R.Kelly ft. 2 Chainz – “My Story” – No.12
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No.13
Mack Wilds – “Own It” – No.17
Tamar Braxton – “All The Way Home” – No.33
Robin Thicke – “For The Rest of My Life” – No.46


Urban AC radio

R.Kelly’s latest bedroom anthem “Genius” slides to No.8 this week. (Last week: No.10). While his festive effort “Christmas I’ll Be Steppin” jumps from No.58 to No.25.

Fantasia’s emotional song “Side Effects of You” falls from No.27 to No.29. Her holiday tune “What Christmas Means To Me” flies from No.696 to No.41 this week.

“Be Mine For Christmas” by Kem featuring Ledisi stands at No.32. (Last week: No.76). The song appears on the Nashville native’s 2012 release “What Christmas Means.”

Mary J.Blige’s “This Christmas” stands at No.43, totaling 85 radio spins to end the week.

Other song positions

Jennifer Hudson – “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) ft. T.I. – No.16
Ledisi – “I Blame You” – No.21
Jaheim – “He Don’t Exist” – No. 31
Candice Glover – “Cried” – No.36
August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.37

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

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K. Michelle Shares ‘Crazy Like You’ Video

Don’t mess with K. Michelle or you’ll come up missing. The versatile artist reveals her plans for revenge to her therapist Annabelle in the video for “Crazy Like You.”

The eerie picture starts with K. Michelle and several look-a-likes strutting around an abandoned warehouse in a revealing black outfit. The camera flashes to more women, one holding a tank of gasoline, who seem to be ready to set fire to the rain. Going back to K, sporting a platinum blonde ponytail, an over-sized dress and plaid boots, she gets comfy on a vintage sofa to share her plot for vengeance to a red-headed doll.

“Crazy Like You” is lifted from K. Michelle’s latest album, Kimberly: The People I Used To Know.

See how K. Michelle and her bandits get even with their mate below.

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Mary J. Blige to Perform at 2018 Oscars

R&B legend Mary J. Blige is not only a two-time Oscar nominee this year, she is a performer, too. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will perform her Oscar-nominated song “Mighty River” at the 90th Academy Awards.

While discussing her Oscar attire and how she celebrated her double nods news with Diddy and friends, Blige tells Entertainment Tonight that she intends performing the powerful ballad from the Mudbound film. “This is all beautiful. This is the thing we dream about,” she says.

Blige made history as the first person ever to score nods for a performance and original song in the same year, for the same film. “My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming. And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 90th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar Release New Song ‘Pray For Me’

Two of music’s biggest names The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar join forces for a powerful new track called “Pray For Me.”

“Who gon’ pray for me? / Take my pain for me? / Save my soul for me? / ‘Cause I’m alone, you see / If I’m gon’ die for you / If I’m gon’ kill for you / Then I’ll spill this blood for you,” The Weeknd sings on the chorus.

Kendrick delivers a masterful verse, “Life a livin’ hell, puddles of blood in the streets / Shooters on top of the building, government ain’t relief / Earthquake, the body drop, the ground breaks / The poor one with smoke lungs and Scarface.”

“Pray For Me” is lifted from Marvel’s Black Panther soundtrack, which arrives on February 9 via Interscope Records. The album, curated by Top Dawn Entertainment, will also include contributions from R&B stars SZA, Khalid, Anderson.Paak and Jorja Smith.

This is The Weeknd and Kendrick’s second time collaborating on a song. They first worked together on The Weeknd’s “Sidewalks” off his Grammy-winning album, Starboy

Black Panther hits theaters on February 16.

Listen to “Pray For Me” below.

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