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 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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Janet Jackson and The Weeknd to Headline Panorama 2018

Festival season is quickly approaching. The lineup for Panorama 2018 has been announced. Music icon Janet Jackson and platinum-selling singer The Weeknd will headline the three-day festival, which takes place July 27-29 at Randall’s Island Park in New York City.

The Weeknd will take on the first night with supporting acts Jhené Aiko, Daniel Caesar, Sabrina Claudio Migos and more. Jackson will take control of the stage on night two with other artists including SZA, Cardi B, Gucci Mane and Kalin White, to name a few.

Jackson will also headline the Essence Festival in early July. Caesar is also set to perform at Essence and the Broccoli Festival.

Tickets for Panorama 2018 go on sale this Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m ET. See the full lineup below.

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