CHART CHECK: John Legend Scores First Top Ten On Hot 100, Candice Glover’s ‘Music Speaks’ Debuts In Top 20

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In this week’s edition of Chart Check highlights the good and bad R&B moments on the Billboard chart including where Candice Glover’s debut album “Music Speaks” landed in its opening week on the Billboard 200. It also reveals which male R&B singer scored his first top ten song on the Hot 100 chart, which R&B heartthrob scored his first top ten record on the Hot R&B Songs chart and where Mariah Carey’s new single “You’re Mine (Eternal)” landed in its second week on that chart.

Date Range: February 20 – February 27 (Billboard)

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Billboard 200

Even with 35,472 copies sold last week, Beyoncé’s self-titled album still dips down one spot to No. 5. The album now totals 1,790,680 copies sold to date.

Bruno Mars’ sophomore effort “Unorthodox Jukebox” moves down three spots to No. 8, selling 23,000 copies last week, totaling 2,121,000 copies sold to date. His debut album “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” falls from No. 28 to No. 41.

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s “Love, Marriage & Divorce” album manages another week in the top ten. The album shifts down from No. 8 to No.10, selling 21,000 copies last week. The musical couple’s duets album now totals 121,000 copies since February 4.

John Legend’s “Love in the Future” rises from No. 17 to No. 16 this week. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2” prepares to re-enter the top 20 at No. 21.

With her debut album “Souled Out” coming in May, Jhené Aiko continues to find success with her “Sail Out” EP. It stands at No. 32 this week after rising from last week’s position at No. 41.

K. Michelle’s “Rebellious Soul” album leaps from No. 72 to No. 48 this week.

Here is a list of other R&B album positions on the Billboard 200 chart.
R. Kelly – “Black Panties” – No. 28 (Last week: No. 23)
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No. 47 (Last week: No. 55)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 84 (Last week: No. 56)

Billboard 200 Debuts
Candice Glover – “Music Speaks” – No. 14

Photo Credit: GQ Magazine 2013
Photo Credit: GQ Magazine 2013

Hot 100

We followed the race between Beyoncé, Jason Derulo and Pharrell for the No. 1 position on the Hot 100 for three weeks. Now in week four, an artist has been declared the winner and his name is Pharrell Williams. As reported earlier this week, the producer-turned-singer scored his first No. 1 as a solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, he becomes the first African-American artist to have a No. 1 song on that chart since Rihanna’s “Diamonds” in December 2012.

Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” stands motionless in the Hot 100 traffic as his 2 Chainz-assisted tune spends its third consecutive week at No. 3.

While Pharrell earns his first number-one as a lead artist, R&B musician John Legend earns first top ten single with “All of Me.” The soulful love ballad bounces from No. 11 to No. 4 this week.

Beyoncé’s blazing single “Drunk In Love” featuring JAY Z bows at No. 5 for a second week.

Yoncé’s other current Hot 100 song positions.
Beyoncé – “XO” – No. 90
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No.97

Down highway top 50 on the Hot 100, Chris Brown’s “Loyal” featuring French Montana and Lil’ Wayne travels six spots upward to No. 48. Meanwhile, Trey Songz’s “Na Na” climbs from No. 69 to No. 55 in its fifth week.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Hot 100 chart.
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell – “Blurred Lines” – No. 42
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 74 (Last week: No. 87)
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 87 (Last week: No. 89)

Billboard Hot 100 Re-entered songs
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 95 (Peak so far: No. 94)

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Photo Credit: iTunes

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

1. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
2. Toni Braxton, Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce”
3. Candice Glover – “Music Speaks” – (Hot Debut)
4. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
5. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”

Here is a list of R&B album positions on the R&B Albums chart.
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 7 (Last week: No. 6)
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No. 8 (Last week: No. 7)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 11 (Last week: No. 8)
Janelle Monaé – “The Electric Lady” – No. 14 (Last week: No. 19)
Daley – “Days & Nights” – No. 24 (Last week: No. 12 – Debut)

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Photo Credit: YouTube

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

Beyoncé’s new fan-favorite record “Drunk In Love” spends its sixth week in a row at No. 1. Her E-40 inspired track “Partition” rises from No. 26 to No. 21.

‘Yoncé may want to hold on to her wig because it might get snatched next week by Pharrell. His feel-good groove “Happy” rises from No. 9 to No. 2.

Trey Songz’s and Jhené Aiko’s latest singles rise two spots this week. Songz’s buzz single “Na Na” stands at No. 12. Aiko’s “The Worst” shifts upward to No. 16.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 5
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 8
Chris Brown featuring French Montana and Lil’ Wayne – “Loyal” – No. 17
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 18

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Photo Credit: iTunes

Billboard Hot R&B Songs

Pharrell’s Oscar-nominated single “Happy” remains at No.1 for a third week.

Oh no he didn’t! John Legend’s love ballad “All Of Me” knocks Beyoncé’s Detail-produced cut “Drunk In Love” from No. 3 to No.4.

Trey Songz scores his first top ten on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart with “Na Na.” It rises from No. 11 to No. 9 in its fifth week.

Jhené Aiko’s and Rico Love’s top 20 singles rise two slots this week. Aiko’s “The Worst” climbs from No. 14 to No. 12. The “Turn the Lights On” producer’s “They Don’t Know” moves up to No. 14.

After debuting at No. 15 last week, Mariah Carey’s Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins produced song “You’re Mine (Eternal)” drops to No. 22.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Hot R&B Songs chart.
Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty” – No. 2
Chris Brown featuring French Montana & Lil’ Wayne – “Loyal” – No. 8
Beyoncé – “XO” – No. 15
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 16
Janelle Monaé & Miguel – “PrimeTime” – No. 19

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Photo Credit: vervemusicgroup.com

Billboard Adult R&B Songs

Salute to John Legend. His romantic ballad “All of Me” stays atop the chart for its fourth week in a row.

Pharrell’s carefree song “Happy” gallops uphill from last week’s position at No. 7 to No. 4 this week. Meanwhile, Fantasia’s “Without Me” dips out the top five from No. 4 to No. 6. The Grammy-nominated record peaked No. 2 on the chart.

Ron Isley’s grown-and-sexy song “My Favorite Thing” featuring Kem shifts four spots down to No. 10.

Ledisi’s “I Blame You” tries its luck again to break into the top ten as it rises from No. 12 to No. 11 this week.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Adult R&B Songs chart.
Beyoncé featuring JAY Z – “Drunk In Love” – No. 9
Leela James & Anthony Hamilton – “Say That” – No. 14
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Where Did We Wrong?” – No. 17
Noel Gourdin – “Heaven Knows” – No. 23

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

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John Legend and Wife Chrissy Teigen Go Viral to Announce Second Child

John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen happily announced they are pregnant with their second child.

In an adorable Instagram video, captioning “It’s John,” the meme queen positions the camera at her stomach and asks their first born Luna Simone, “Luna, What’s in here?” She replies, “Baby” then proceeds to rub her mamas belly in excitement.

While followers congratulated the couple in Teigen’s comment section, John hilariously commented, “Maury will have the final word on this.”

There is no word on the sex of the child.

Check out the beautiful announcement below.

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Miguel Travels Through ‘Pineapple Skies’ in New Song

Miguel will not let his music fall on deaf ears. He has premiered a new track called “Pineapple Skies” ahead of the release of his new album War & Leisure that drops on December 1.

On the optimistic track, the Wildheart singer echos the hopeful lyrics, “Everything gon’ be alright,” to his love interest.

Miguel told Billboard, “With my albums, I always try to take a picture of what’s going on in my life,” he said. “War & Leisure has political undertones, because that’s what life feels like right now. This album is intentionally about the ethos right now, that we are right in the middle of all this. We’re trying to flourish in the middle of all this.”

Already, Miguel has dropped “Told You So,” “Shockandawe,” and “Sky Walker” featuring Travis Scott. The latter track rests at No. 13 on urban radio, totaling more than 2,300 radio spins since its release.

Listen to “Pineapple Skies” below.

Chart Check: Lyrica Anderson and A1 Heat Up Urban Radio, K. Michelle Lands on Urban AC

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Welcome back to another edition of Chart Check! Each week, Rated R&B provides detailed insight to the chart movements of your favorite R&B artists and R&B songs. In this updated format, we will discuss Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs (Urban AC) and Nielsen’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay (Urban) charts extensively. Read below for more information on the week of November 25, 2017:

Urban Radio

Cassie has officially returned with her new single “Love a Loser.” The song, which features rapper G-Eazy, received 14 adds on urban radio formats in the latest tracking week. This is Cassie’s first single since “The Boys” with Nicki Minaj, which was released in 2012.

Married musicians and Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood” stars Lyrica Anderson and Floyd “A1” Bentley have been working behind the scenes writing and producing songs for other artists for years, but 2017 is looking to be the year for their own work to finally take off. This week, A1’s SWV-sampled single “Always” landed on the official urban radio chart at No. 40. The song, which features Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign, gained a 213 spin increase since last week. Meanwhile, Lyrica is floating four spots under with her tune “Don’t Take it Personal,” which is the lead single from her recently released album Adia. The song was spun 496 times and picked up one add at urban radio in the latest tracking week.

N.E.R.D. and Rihanna are two of the music industry’s most elusive acts, but they may have a hit on their hands with their new collaboration “Lemon.” After being released just a few short weeks ago, the bouncy banger has officially landed on the Urban radio chart at No. 39. The song garnered a whopping 420 spin increase at urban formats, the third-most in the latest tracking week.

Urban AC Radio

dvsn is ready to multiply their recent success by sending their first single to radio. That’s right: “Mood” has been selected as the first radio single from their latest album Morning After, which was released on Oct. 13. The single received eight adds on R&B radio formats, which is the most for the latest tracking week.

MAJOR. has returned to the R&B scene with his new single “Honest,” which leapt onto the Urban AC chart at No. 17 last week. The momentum continues this week as the piano driven ballad skips 17-16, garnering a 60 spin increase since last week. The song also received six more adds at R&B radio formats.

With her first charting single, K. Michelle’s new era has officially begun! This week, “Make This Song Cry” landed at No. 27 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart, thanks to a 51 spin increase since last week. This is the first radio single from the Memphis-bred singer’s upcoming fourth studio album Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, which is set for a Dec. 8 release date.

Quick Notes

And in quick notes: Miguel’s War & Leisure lead single “Sky Walker” is picking up speed as it rises 16-14 on this week’s Urban radio chart. The single received a 282 spin increase and has crossed the 10 million mark in urban radio audience; Rapper DeJ Loaf and singer Jacquees’ new single “At The Club” continues to rise on urban radio, sitting just 3 spots below the official chart. The song received four adds in the latest tracking week; John Legend’s newest Darkness & Light single “Penthouse Floor” debuts at No. 26 on this week’s Urban AC chart. The song, which features Chance the Rapper, was the highest debut of the week; and finally, Kenny Lattimore has finally made a “Push” right onto the Urban AC chart, as he is the last of the three debuts this week. His new single, from his new album Vulnerable, landed at No. 28 with a total of 211 spins at R&B radio and formats.

What about you? Are you feeling Lyrica and A1’s new singles? How well do you think Cassie’s new song will do? Did you enjoy this week’s Chart Check? Let us know how you feel in the comment section below!