CHART CHECK: Beyoncé’s New Album Breaks More Records, Robin Thicke Lands Another No. 1 Song

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Happy New Year!

On Friday, January 03, Billboard magazine released its holiday edition of chart positions. It features all the most recent updates for each individual Billboard chart.

In this week’s installment, find out which records Beyoncé’s self-titled visual album broke already for 2014 on the Billboard 200 album chart, which R&B artist starts 2014 at No.1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart, which R&B artist has two albums in the top 5 of Billboard R&B Albums chart and what’s happening on Urban and Urban AC radio.

Dates range from December 26 to January 3 (Billboard) and December 29 to January 4 (radio).


Billboard 200

Bringing in the New Year right, ‘Yoncé’s scores another week at No.1 with “Beyoncé.” According to Billboard, with three weeks atop the Billboard 200, her self-titled album becomes the first album to spend three weeks at No.1 since Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (April 6-20, 2013).

Her fifth studio album also marks the first album by a woman to have her album stay at No.1 for three weeks since Taylor Swift’s “Red” album. “Beyoncé” is the first album since 2009’s “I Dreamed a Dream” by Susan Boyle to sell more than 300,000 copies in each of its three weeks.

Since December 13, “Beyoncé” has sold 1.3 million copies, making it the fastest-selling album by a female artist since Swift’s “Red” album, which racked in 1.6 million units sold in its first two weeks.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” begins 2014 at No.13. Last week, the sequel to “The 20/20 Experience” landed at No.19. With 55,000 units sold this week, the “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” totaled 781,000 copies since its release on September 30.

Its prequel “The 20/20 Experience” rose from No. 49 to No. 28 this week, selling 20,000 copies. Timberlake’s March 2013 release has sold nearly 2,480,000 copies in the United States.

Even with all the media drama, R. Kelly’s twelfth studio effort “Black Panties” falls to No. 17 (Last week: No.15) with 44,000 copies. However, in three weeks, the sequel to his 1993 album “12 Play” has pushed 238,000 units in the US.

Mary J. Blige ends the holiday season with 30,000 copies of “A Mary Christmas” sold last week, totaling 328,000 since October 15, 2013.

Ariana Grande’s debut album “Yours Truly” climbs from No. 48 to No. 24 this week.

Here is a list of other R&B album positions within the top 100.
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 59
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No. 64
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 78


The Hot 100

Beyoncé commanded the Hot 100 last week when three songs from her self-titled visual album made its welcome to the singles chart. “Drunk In Love” with Jay Z debuted at No.12 but fell to No. 17 this week. Her NASA sampled tune “XO” entered at No. 66 but now stands at No. 73. Lastly, her collaborative joint “Mine” featuring Drake rises from No. 99 to No. 82.

2013’s top selling song (6.5 million digital copies) “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke remains in the top 30 for first week of 2014. The song moves down from No. 27 to No. 28.

After reaching No. 26 on the Hot 100, “Marry Me” by Jason Derulo stands at No. 39 after falling to No. 41 last week. Meanwhile, Chris Brown’s club banger “Love More” featuring rapstress, Nicki Minaj dips from No. 32 to No. 44. (Peak: No. 23).

Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown descends from No. 36 to No. 49. (Peak: No.30).

Justin Timberlake’s single “TKO” off part 2 of “The 20/20 Experience” jumps from No. 74 to No. 60.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Hot 100
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 68
August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ – No. 76
Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty” – No. 85



Billboard R&B Albums

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

1. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
2. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
3. R. Kelly – “Black Panties”
4. Mary J. Blige – “A Mary Christmas”
5. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”

Here is a list of other R&B albums positions on the R&B album chart.
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 10
The Weeknd – “Kiss Land” – No. 13 (Last week: No.18)



Billboard Adult R&B Songs

Robin Thicke kicks off 2014 with his romantic ballad “4 The Rest of My Life” at No.1. The tune dedicated to his wife, Paula Patton, rises from No. 3 to No. 1 knocking “Hurt You” by Toni Braxton and Babyface to No. 1.

R. Kelly’s “Genius” lifted from “Black Panties” moves from No. 8 to No. 7.

The carefree jam “I Blame You” by Ledisi glides up from No. 19 to No. 16. “I Blame You” is the lead single to Ledisi’s “The Truth” which arrives in March.

“Look Up” by UK’s Daley makes its entrance into the top 20 at No. 20. (Last week: No. 22).



Billboard R&B Songs

After debuting No. 1 last week, Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love,” drops one spot to No. 2. Other singles from the self-titled visual album such as “XO” stays stationary at No. 8. Meanwhile, “Mine” featuring Drake breaks into the top 10 at No. 10 (Last week: No. 13). “Pretty Hurts” climbs from No. 23 to No. 15. Lastly, the racy tune “Partition” enters the top 20 at No. 19. (Last week: No. 24).

The damage by the impact of Beyoncé’s singles has caused many songs to move down on the charts. For instance, Rico Love’s “They Don’t Know” slips down from No. 15 to No. 17. While, Mack Wilds’ “Own It” slopes from No. 19 to No. 23. Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” drops from No. 16 to No. 20.

Luckily, “TKO” by Justin Timberlake did not caught in Beyoncé’s rapture. It jumps from No. 10 to No. 6 (Peak: No. 4).


Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

While Beyoncé‘s “Drunk in Love” debuted at No.2 last week, it was not successful in reaching the No. 1 spot. In fact, it fell to No. 4. ‘Yonce’s “XO” slips from No. 19 to No. 23. However, her single “Mine” featuring Drake rises from No. 32 to No. 25 in its second week.

“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke remains at No. 7.

Chris Brown’s and Sevyn Streeter’s current singles fall three spots this week. Brown’s “Love More” descends from No. 10 to No. 13. Streeter’s collaborative joint “It Won’t Stop” with Breezy stumbles to No. 15.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – No. 17
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 43
R. Kelly – “My Story” – No. 41


Urban Radio

R. Kelly’s tasty single “Cookie” cracks into the top 50 of Urban radio. It moves two spots from No. 52 to No. 50, totaling 240 radio spins. (Last week: 194 radio spins)

Kelly’s lead single “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz hangs tight in the top 20 at No. 19 after falling from last week’s position – No. 18.

August Alsina’s new single “Ghetto” featuring Rich Homie Quan remains still at No.34 for a second week. Alsina’s “I Luv This Sh*t” falls two spots in the top 10 from No. 3 to No.5. (Peak: No. 1)

“Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé with her husband Jay Z quickly made its way to the top 10. Produced by Detail, the lovemaking tune clawed its way through the hottest hip-hop and R&B songs in 20 days and now sits at No. 10 (Last week: No. 11).

“Royals” by Lorde moves from No.5 to No. 4. Meanwhile, singles by Chris Brown and Sevyn Streeter stand in their exact spots from last week. Brown’s “Love More” rests at No. 6. Streeter’s “It’s Won’t Stop” stands motionless at No.2.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on Urban radio.
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 9
Mack Wilds – “Own It” – No. 15
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 31
Tamar Braxton – “All The Way Home” – No. 36


Urban Adult Contemporary (AC) radio

Earlier this week, Robin Thicke’s “For The Rest of My Life” became the No. 1 on Urban AC radio. The lovestruck single closes the week atop the chart, keeping “Hurt You” by Toni Braxton and Babyface at No. 2.

“My Favorite Things” by R&B legend Ron Isley and Kem jumps from No. 10 to No. 8 this week. In a week, the dynamic duet collects 189 new spins, totaling 1,054 radio spins since entering the chart on October 7, 2013.

Fantasia’s “Side Effects of You,” the title-track to her Grammy nominated album, leaps from No. 31 to No. 23, closing at 248 total radio spins. (Last week: 173)

Mario’s “Fatal Distraction” resides at No. 40 this week. (Last week: No. 57)

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on Urban AC radio.
Tamar Braxton – “All The Way Home” – No. 12
Algebra Blessett – “Nobody But You” – No. 16
Joe & Fantasia – “Love&Sex” – No. 20
Candice Glover – “Cried” – No. 28
Bobby V – “Back to Love” – No. 29
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z – “Drunk in Love” – No. 35
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts” – No.41

( 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.

5 R&B Artists Who Should’ve Been Nominated for a 2018 Grammy

Nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and as predicted Bruno Mars led the R&B pack with six nods including Best R&B Album for 24k Magic. Childish Gambino, Khalid and SZA followed with five nominations each.

As artists thanked the Recording Academy for their consideration, some fans and critics called out the Academy for snubbing certain artists. Many fans were in shock when artists like Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton did not receive any nominations.

Although nothing can be changed at this point, here are five artists who should’ve been nominated for a 2018 Grammy.

Best R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.)

“Before I Do” — Sevyn Streeter

It is safe to say the Recording Academy missed the mark by not nominating “Before I Do” by Sevyn Streeter. Lifted from her long-overdue debut album, Girl Disrupted, the guitar-led tune helped Sevyn claim her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. The slow jam had the singer-songwriter proclaiming her readiness for love. Feeling considered that her man of interest is already taken, she asked valid questions before she made a decision with her heart. Along with daunting lyrics, Streeter’s silky voice meshed well behind the elements of “At Your Best (You Are Love)” by the Isley Brothers and covered by the late Aaliyah.

Best Traditional R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.)

“Blind” by Tamar Braxton

It is obvious that Tamar Braxton’s team and other music industry leaders overlooked the Bluebird of Happiness ballad “Blind” for this ideal category. Containing an interpolation of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James, the emotionally charged song includes the needed qualities – instrumental traditional R&B recordings – to justify a worthy nomination.

Best R&B Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

“U + Me (Love Lesson)” — Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge, Charles “Prince Charlez” Hinshaw and David D. Brown & Mary J. Blige, songwriters (Mary J. Blige)

Even though Mary J. Blige’s “Thick of It” remained atop the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart for 16 weeks, it was her follow-up single “U + Me (Love Lesson)” that caused a frenzy. Co-written by Blige, Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge, Charles “Prince Charlez” Hinshaw and David D. Brown, the honest tune is arguably one of the most underrated R&B songs of the year. The well-composed jam recounts Blige’s gut feelings after filing for divorce from her manager-husband of 12 years. Must’ve been crazy to think that you loved me / I saw all the signs but I just couldn’t say nothing,” she sings.

Best Urban Contemporary Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

Savage — Tank

Tank’s music deserves more love from the Grammys – especially his newly released album, Savage. With eight solo projects – dating back to 2001’s Force of Nature – under his belt, it is a shame that his 2007 Sex, Love & Pain release is his only full-length project nominated for Grammy. Tank’s latest single “When We” is currently commanding urban adult contemporary radio. It also cracked the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 92 this week, making him one of the first solo R&B artists to achieve this feat this year.

Best R&B Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.)

Back 2 Life — LeToya Luckett

After a six-year hiatus from music, LeToya Luckett made a comeback with her third album, Back 2 Life.The singer-actress blessed fans with a 13-track LP filled with fresh quality material. From the album’s introductory track “I’m Ready” to its lead single “B2L,” which reached No. 6 on urban adult contemporary radio, the modern release warranted more RESPECK.

The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 on CBS.

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