CHART CHECK: Jhené Aiko’s ‘Sail Out’ EP Rises On Billboard 200, Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’ Hits Big On Hot 100

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It’s the second week of 2014 and R&B artists are starting the year off on the Billboard and radio charts.

This week’s Chart Check highlights which Disney soundtrack knocked Beyoncé’s new album from No.1 spot. Also, we see how high Jhené Aiko’s “Sail Out” EP leaped on the Billboard 200, why Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” could be his next big hit and which hit maker scored his second best charted song on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as a lead artist.

We also get the latest updates on Urban and Urban Adult Contemporary radio.

Dates range: January 3 – January 9 (Billboard) and January 5 – January 11 (radio).

jhene-aiko-sail-out-ep Billboard 200

Beyoncé started 2014 on a good note as her self-titled visual album broke a few Billboard records, including becoming the first album to three weeks at No.2 since Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.” However, ‘Yoncé’s reign at No.1 on the Billboard 200 was shut down by Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack, which bumped her album to No.2.

Nonetheless, her self-titled album surpassed her last album’s, “4,” total sales this week. “Beyoncé” has sold 1,431,882, while “4” has only sold 1,388,000 units to date.

The second highest R&B album position on the Billboard 200 this week comes from R. Kelly’s “Black Panties.” His twelfth album rose from No.17 to No.11, selling 31,000 copies, totaling 269,000 sold in four weeks. According to Hits Daily Double, the album is expected to sell between 15,000-17,000 next week.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” fell from No.13 to No.17. It sold 20,000 copies this week, totaling 801,000 copies sold to date. His previous 2013 release “The 20/20 Experience” stands at No.39 and sold 9,000 copies this week. The prequel grand total is now 2,436,000 copies.

Ariana Grande’s debut album “Your’s Truly” tripped from No.24 to No.32. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” climbed from No.59 to No.45.

Salute to Jhené Aiko! Her debut EP “Sail Out” mounted from No.146 to No.49 this week.

Here is a list of other R&B album positions within the top 100:
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No.54
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No.79

Jason_Derulo_-_Talk_DirtyHot 100

After debuting at No.12 and then falling to No.17 last week, “Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé now stands at No.15. In addition to her latter tune rising on the chart, her controversial record “XO” jumped from No.73 to No.54.

Apparently fans can’t get enough of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. The song has re-entered the top 20 from No.28 to No.19. The summer jam of 2013 spent 12 weeks atop the Hot 100.

In three weeks, Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz made its way to No.49. The single leaped from its last position at No.85. His previous single, “Marry Me” which peaked No.26, now stands at No.55 (Last week: No.39).

Pharrell’s new single “Happy” debuts at No.98.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Hot 100
Chris Brown featuring Nicki Minaj – “Love More” – No.41
Sevyn Streeter featuring Chris Brown – “It Won’t Stop” – No.47
John Legend – “All of Me” – No.60
August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.72
Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – No.74

beyonce-cover-albumBillboard R&B Albums

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

1. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
2. R. Kelly – “Black Panties”
3. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
4. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”
5. Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines”

Here is list of other R&B albums positions on the R&B album chart.
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 6
Sevyn Streeter – “Call Me Crazy, But…” – No.10 (Last week: No.14)
K. Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No. 14 (Last week: No.17)
TLC – “20” – No. 15 (Last week: No.18)

toni-braxton-babyface-hurt-you-ratedrnbBillboard Adult R&B Songs

Robin Thicke’s “4 The Rest of My Life” secures its position at No.1 for a second week. Meanwhile, “Hurt You” by Toni Braxton and Babyface stays at No.2.

Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” eyes the top 10 (Peak: No.9) again as her third single off her second album “Love and War,” stands at No.11.

Algebra Blessett’s latest single “Nobody But You” re-enters at No.14 this week. The love ballad has peaked at No.11 on this chart.

Beyoncé’s Jay Z assisted-single “Drunk In Love” debuts at No.30.

beyonce-drunk-in-loveBillboard Hot R&B Songs

For the last three weeks, ‘Yoncé and Drake have been battling for the number one spot. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drizzy stood tall last week, after knocking “Drunk In Love” from No.1 the week prior. However, Bey’s joint tune with Jay Z comes back for a second time atop the chart pushing Drake to No.2.Bey’s NASA sampled track “XO” fell from No.8 to No.7. Her Drake-assisted tune “Mine” fell from No.10 to No.15.

Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” with 2 Chainz makes one the biggest leap from No.21 to No. 6.

With the help of his commercial for Beats by Dre, Pharrell’s “Happy” single entered the chart at No.13 this week. The song marks his first appearance on the chart as a lead artist.

Grammy nominated singer Mack Wilds’ hit single “Own It” climbed from No. 23 to No.18.

chris-brown-loyalUrban Radio

Reported earlier this week, Rico Love’s new single “They Don’t Know” entered in the top 5.

Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” moves from No.10 to No.6 this week and now totals 2,759 since entering less than a month ago.

August Alsina’s “Ghetto” featuring Rich Homie Quan moved seven spots upward to No.27.

“Cookie” by R. Kelly travels north and has already reached No.38 in eight days (Last week: No.50). The tasty single marks Kellz second track from “Black Panties” to enter Urban radio as a lead artist.

Along with his Nicki Minaj-assisted track “Love More” (No.7) on the radio chart, Chris Brown’s latest track “Loyal” with Lil’ Wayne now enters. The song now stands at No.46 after rising from No.54 last week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the Urban Radio chart:
Sevyn Streeter featuring Chris Brown – “It Won’t Stop” – No. 2
Mack Wilds – “Own It” – No.14
John Legend – “All of Me”- No. 25

john-legend-love-in-the-future-cover-400x400.jpgUrban Adult Contemporary Radio

John Legend’s heartfelt ballad “All of Me” rose from No.5 to No.4.

Ledisi’s beautiful track “I Blame You” moved up four slots to No.13. The single serves as the lead single to her new album “The Truth.”

Sebastian Mikael’s “Last Night” featuring Wale made an incredible jump from last week’s position. The song now stands at No.38 (Last week: No.50).

Michelle Williams “If We Had Your Eyes” jumped ten spots from No.49 to No.39. Meanwhile, India.Arie’s “Just Do You” dipped from No.42 to No.50.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on Urban AC radio.
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest of My Life” – No. 1
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No.2
Joe & Fantasia – “Love&Sex” – No.18
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love” – No.28

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

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Tamar Braxton Debuts Shaved Head

Tamar Braxton is trying out a new look this season. The Grammy-nominated artist went to Instagram to share her new haircut.

While it may be just a haircut to some people, it’s a special moment for Braxton.

“I’m over feeling captive to a wig, weave, people, people’s comments & opinions hell…even my OWN feelings,” she wrote. “WE can choose to stop these things from having the power and victory over us!! And for me, that starts TODAY.”

✂️ finally free

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Beyoncé and JAY-Z Announce ‘On the Run II’ Stadium Tour

Get your coins ready! Beyoncé and JAY-Z have announced the North American leg of their On the Run II stadium tour.

The first leg of the tour will run through Europe beginning on June 6. The North American leg starts on July 25 at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland and will hit major cities including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, before closing out in Vancouver.

On The Run II is the follow-up to the power couple’s 2014 tour, which generated $95 million.

OTR II European Tour Dates
June 6 Cardiff, UK @ Principality Stadium
June 9 Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
June 13 Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
June 15 London, UK @ London Stadium
June 19 Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Arena
June 23 Copenhagen, DK @ Parken Stadium
June 25 Stockholm, SW @ Friends Arena
June 28 Berlin, DE @ Olympiastadion
June 30 Warsaw, PL @ Stadion Narodowy
July 3 Cologne, DE @ RheinEnergieStadion
July 6 Milan, IT @ San Siro
July 8 Rome, IT @ Stadio Olimpico
July 11 Barcelona, ES @ Olympic Stadium
July 14 Paris, FR @ Stade de France
July 17 Nice, FR @ Allianz Riviera

OTR II North American Tour Dates
July 25 – Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium
July 28 – Washington, DC @ FedEx Field
July 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
August 2 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
August 5 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
August 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ US Bank Stadium
August 10 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
August 13 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
August 18 – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
August 23 – Nashville, TN @ Vanderbilt Stadium
August 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Mercedes Benz Stadium
August 29 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
August 31 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
September 11 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium
September 13 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
September 15 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
September 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium
September 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
September 27 – San Diego, CA @ SDCCU Stadium
September 29 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium
October 2 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place

Tickets will be available for pre-sale on March 14. Get the details on Beyoncé’s official website.

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Chloe x Halle Announce Debut Album ‘The Kids Are Alright’

Chloe x Halle New Album The Kids Are Alright

It’s album time! Chloe x Halle have announced that their debut album The Kids Are Alright will be released on March 23.

The duo, which consists of sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey, announced their new album via social media on Wednesday. The album features writing credits from Tayla Parx, Kari Faux, and Wynter Gordon. Also featured on the album will be their Wrinkle in Time soundtrack contribution “Warrior,” and previously released singles “Drop” and “Fall” from their 2016 EP Sugar Symphony.

The darling duo signed to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment in 2013, and have stayed in the public eye thanks to gigs at SXSW, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and opening act spots on Andra Day’s Cheers to the Fall Tour and the European leg of the Formation World Tour.

Chloe x Halle have also been consistent with their television and movie contributions. In addition to their newest Wrinkle in Time track, they’ve also supplied the theme song for Freeform’s grown-ish (which they also star in) and “Bougie Party” for the first season of Netflix’s Dear White People.

Watch the video for Chloe x Halle’s title track “The Kids Are Alright” below.


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