CHART CHECK: Trey Songz Earns Top 20 Single On Adult R&B Songs Chart + Mariah Carey’s New LP Dives Down Billboard 200

In this week’s edition of Chart Check, Michael Jackson’s latest album re-enters the top ten on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey’s Lambs hide under the sheets in shame as her “Elusive Chanteuse” album disappears from the top 20 and appears in the top 40 of the Billboard 200 after only three weeks.

We see Usher’s new retro-soul single “Good Kisser” finally hurdle over No. 70 on the Hot 100 chart. In addition, we alert fans that Trey Songz’ latest mid-tempo single “What’s Best For You” garners him a top 20 single on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. Also, we show where Kindred the Family Soul’s new album “A ‘Couples’ Friends” debuts at on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.

Dates: June 12 — June 19 (Billboard)

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Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” album ends the drought of R&B projects in the top ten this week. With 24,861 album copies sold last week, Jackson’s latest LP rises from No. 12 to No. 9. His second posthumous album has sold 309,133 copies to date.

Pharrell’s “G I R L” album migrates from No. 21 to No. 29, selling 10,722 last week. The album has moved 436,346 units to date.

Oh no! With 8,369 albums sold last week, Mariah Carey’s latest effort “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse” plunges from No. 18 to No. 43 in its third week. Carey’s 14th studio album sales total 82,886 copies sold to date.

Here is a list of other R&B albums in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 chart
Jason Derulo – “Talk Dirty” – No. 35 (last week: No. 28)
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 41 (last week: No. 30)
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 88 (last week: No. 65)
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 95 (last week: No. 73)
Ariana Grande – “Yours Truly” – No. 97 (last week: No. 68)

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Ariana Grande remains a “Problem” with Iggy Azalea at No. 2 for a fourth week.

“Wiggle” by Jason Derulo remains at No. 5 for a second week. Meanwhile, “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz slips to one spot to No. 15. Lastly, “Trumpets” off his “Talk Dirty” album steps backwards one slot to No. 57.

Pharrell’s larger-than-life hit single “Happy” falls two spots to No. 8 this week (peak: No. 1). His latest radio single “Come Get It Bae” off his album “G I R L” drops two positions to No. 80 in its fourth week.

After peaking No. 22, Trey Songz’ lead single “Na Na” off his “Trigga” album spends another week at No. 31.

Tinashe’s breakout single “2 On” jumps eights positions to No. 44 in its sixth week.

Six weeks after debuting at No. 70, Usher’s single “Good Kisser” finds a new home at No. 66 (last week: No. 75).

Here’s a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me” – No. 10 (last week: No. 10)
Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing” – No. 13 (last week: No. 12)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” – No. 21 (last week: No. 24; peak: No. 9)
Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good” – No. 33 (last week: No. 29; peak: 9)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 68 (peak: No. 43)

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In its respective order, here are the top five R&B albums among R&B acts.

1. Michael Jackson – “Xscape”
2. Pharrell – “G I R L”
3. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
4. Mariah Carey – “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse”
5. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard R&B Albums chart
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 10 (last week: No. 13)
Kindred the Family Soul – “A ‘Couple’ Friends – No. 11 (Hot Debut)
Kelly Price – “Sing/Pray/Love/ Vol. 1: Sing” – No. 12 (last week: No. 6 – debut)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No. 13 (last week: No. 16)
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No. 21 (last week: No. 18)
Meshell Ndegeocello – “Comet, Come to Me” – No. 24 (last week: No. 11 – debut)

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While Pharrell’s joyful tune “Happy” remains comfortable at No. 1 for the 13th consecutive week. John Legend’s “All of Me” finds itself dethroned from the No. 2 spot. This week, his hit single comes to a category close as Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” shifts from No. 3 to No. 2. This leaves Legend’s ballad falling to Jackson’s last week position at No. 3.

Kelly Price’s “It’s My Time” hops one slot to No. 4. This feat makes it the uplifting anthem’s highest position to date. Meanwhile, Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” withdraws from No. 4 to No. 5.

In its fourth week on the chart, Robin Thicke’s apologetic ballad “Get Her Back” hurdles four positions to No. 7.

Pendulum Records artist Shaliek’s sophomore single “Ain’t Supposed To Cry” leans back two spots to No. 10 after peaking No. 8.

After debuting at No. 16 last week, Kem’s new groovy jam “It’s You” increases three positions to No. 13. Standing in the rear of Kem’s comeback record is Usher’s single “Good Kisser.” The R&B veteran’s lead single to his forthcoming untitled album jolts from No. 23 to No. 14 in week four.

Ledisi’s brand new single “Like This” falls two spots to No. 17 after enjoying a taste of the No. 15 position last week. Her lead single “I Blame You” off her album “The Truth” stands at No. 8 this week. The mesmerizing jam peaked at No. 3 on this chart.

Trey Songz’ tender ballad “What’s Best For You” debuted at No. 25 last week. In its second week, the song moves seven spots to No. 18, becoming a top-20 R&B single for his “Trigga” album.

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart
Joe & Kelly Rowland – “Love & Sex (Part 2)” – No. 6 (last week: No. 6)
Tank – “You’re My Star” – No. 9 (last week: No. 9)
John Legend – “You & I (Nobody in the World)” – No. 15 (last week: No. 14)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Roller Coaster” – No. 22 (last week: No. 21)
Jennifer Hudson – “Walk It Out” featuring Timbaland – No. 25 (last week: No. 24)
Leela James – “Fall For You” – No. 26 (last week: No. 28)

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Justin Timberlake’s latest radio single “Not A Bad Thing” moves one spot to No. 4 this week.

Meanwhile, Jason Derulo’s infectious new single “Wiggle” featuring Snoop Dogg takes over Timberlake’s last week position after climbing from No. 7.

Breakout single “2 On” by Tinashe featuring ScHoolBoy Q skips three steps to No. 7.

Last week, Chris Brown’s relatable single “Loyal” reverses from No. 6 to No. 9. During his time behind bars, the Nic-Nac produced track peaked No. 1 on this chart.

In its fourth week, Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae” sails five places upward to No. 20. Standing three spots behind is August Alsina’s B.o.B and Yo Gotti assisted track “Numb” at No. 23 (last week: No. 28).

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart
Ariana Grande – “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea – No. 2 (last week: No. 2)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 6 (last week: No. 4; peak: No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 11 (last week: No. 9; peak: No. 9)
Usher – “Good Kisser” – No. 15 (last week: No. 14)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 21 (last week: No. 18; peak: No. 7)

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For four consecutive weeks, “Loyal” by Chris Brown remains atop of the chart. While, Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” lingers at No. 2 for another week.

“Good Kisser” by Usher shoots from No. 7 to No. 4 in its sixth week.

Emerging artist Tinashe’s “2 On” continues to achieve top ten single success on the Billboard charts. Two weeks ago, the ScHoolBoy Q assisted single entered the top ten of the Hot R&B Songs chart. Last week, it squeezed into the top ten of the Rhythmic Songs chart. Now, the song makes its entrance into the top ten of the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart at No. 10 (last week: No. 12).

Tank’s mid-tempo groove “You’re My Star” enters the top 30 at No. 27 after spending last week at No. 33. On the other hand, “Get Her Back” by Robin Thicke rests at No. 34 after bouncing from No. 42 in its second week.

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 6 (last week: No. 4; peak: No. 3)
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 9 (last week: No. 8; peak: No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 11 (last week: No. 11; peak: No. 3)
Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good” – No. 14 (last week: No. 14; peak: No. 12)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 19 (last week: No. 17; peak: No. 9)
Kelly Price – “It’s My Time” – No. 23 (last week: No. 26)
Ne-Yo – ‘Money Can’t Buy” – No. 36 (last week: No. 42)

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

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En Vogue Releases New Single ‘Rocket’

Legendary R&B group En Vogue is back with a brand new song called “Rocket.” The infectious tune was penned by Ne-Yo and was produced by Curtis ‘Sauce’ Wilson (Brandy, K. Michelle, Celine Dion).

“This summer we had the pleasure of touring with Ne-Yo in Australia and he’s truly a singer’s songwriter,” En Vogue said in a press release. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to put our signature sound on a song from one of the most talented artists and composers today.”

“Rocket” is lifted from En Vogue’s comeback album, Electric Cafe, which is set to release on March 30, 2018 via Entertainment One. The highly-awaited album will include production from Raphael Saadiq, Dem Jointz, and longtime En Vogue producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy.

Listen to “Rocket” 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.

Tell us your thoughts on the Grammy nominations below! 

Ledisi Releases Video for ‘Add To Me’

Ledisi is quite the party host in her video for “Add To Me.”

Directed by Ron T. Young, the jazzy vocalist invites friends to an underground tavern for a night of dancing and laughter. After making her rounds to greet partygoers, Ledisi falls into the arms of a male guest, played by Queen Sugar actor Timon Kyle Durrett.

Family Matters star Darius McCrary gets his swerve on in the video too.

The New Orleans native is up for three Grammy nominations, including Best R&B Album for Let Love Rule. She shared her appreciation to The Recording Academy in an Instagram post. “Wow, what a way to wake up,” she captioned. “Smh… Speechless…THANK YOU. @recordingacademy (a proper thank U later.).”

Watch Ledisi’s “Add To Me” video below.

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