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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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.

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.

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