R&B music lovers continue to show their support for genre of R&B music this week. Justin Timberlake makes an incredible comeback to the Top 10, while his sophomore effort makes it back in the Top 100 of the Billboard 200. Also you find out how TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine Tank) remained in the Top 10 and why Marques Houston’s last project “Famous” made him look – irrelevant.
Find out the headlines on Billboard and radio among R&B acts in this week’s installment of Chart Check. Dates range in this post range from August 29-September 5 (Billboard) and September 1-September 7 (radio).
Justin Timberlake’s amazing MTV Video Music Awards performance must have taken a week in a half to settle into the minds of fans because his album “The 20/20 Experience” rises from the Top 30 back to the Top 10. Last week, the album sat at No. 22 but this week it moves 16 slots to No.6, selling 37,017 units. The album now totals 2,217,980 copies sold since its release.
Nearly seven years since the release of Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” the LP finds its way back into the top 100. Last week, it was No.159 (due to the memory lane of hits at the VMA’s) but now it moves to No.79. The album featured such hits like “Until The End of Time,” “My Love” and “SexyBack.”
While the men of TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank) had a great debut last week at No.3, their first collaborative effort did fall from the top of the chart. However, pushing a little over 27,000 units in its second week, the album stays afloat in the top 10. According to Hits Daily Double, the “Three Kings” is expected to sell between 21,000-25,000 units next week.
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” album moves one spot up from No.6 to No.5 this week. It has sold 55,183 copies, totaling 391,808 since its release.
“The Right One” songstress K.Michelle makes a stumble from No.14 to No.28 with “Rebellious Soul.” However, the album did push over 100,000 units. In fact it has sold 106,504.
Riddle me this – Who and what has entered the top 200 but only 20 spots from exiting? The answer is Marques Houston and his new album “Famous.” The album debuted at No.180 on the Billboard 200. There is no telling how much the album sold since both Chart News or Hits Daily Double failed to mention its sales.
Billboard Hot 100
The run was cute while it lasted. Robin Thicke has been finally over throne by pop counterpart Katy Perry and her latest single on the Hot 100. His single “Blurred Lines” has spent 11-weeks atop the chart.
No worries though, with only two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, Thicke’s latter tune “Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar flies from No.83 to No.25 this week. However, only heaven knows if it will reach the success of “Blurred Lines.”
Finally R&B fans have registered the fact Justin Timberlake has a new single titled “Take Back The Night.” It had us worried the last few weeks as it failed to move up the chart but it has managed to rise from No.44 to No.29. It marks his first Top 30 hit from the upcoming album “The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2).”
Ariana Grande’s Mac Miller assisted-track “The Way” falls from No.26 to No.32 while Chris Brown’s “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj remains at No.52 this week.
Bruno Mars debuts No.60 with “Gorilla” lifted off his latest project “Unorthodox Jukebox.”
Billboard R&B Albums
In their respective order, here is the Top 5 R&B Albums Among R&B Acts:
1. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” (Last week: No. 2)
2. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” (Last week: No. 4)
3. TGT- “Three Kings” (Last Week: No.1)
4. K.Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” (Last week: No.3)
5. Ciara – “Ciara” (Last week: No.6)
Other notable/un-notable acts
9. Alicia Keys – “Girl on Fire” (Last week: No.20)
14.Marques Houston – “Famous” (Debut)
15. August Alsina – “Downtown: Life Under The Gun” (EP) (Last week: No.5)
Billboard R&B Songs
Robin Thicke remains No.1 with “Blurred Lines” while his follow-up tune “Give It 2 U” trails behind at No.3, after moving from No.8 last week.
Apparently the clubs aren’t requesting Chris Brown’s “Love More.” It keep cozy at No.5 again this week.
August Alsina finally enters the Top 10 with “I Luv This Sh*T.” It now peaks No.8, after spending 13 weeks on the chart.
Fantasia jumps over K.Michelle’s “V.S.O.P” with “Without Me” from No.13 to No.11.
John Legend’s heartfelt tune “All of Me” moves from No.24-to-No.14 this week. His new album “Love in the Future” is available now in stores and online. Check out our review here.
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
Kudos to Toni Braxton and BabyFace. Their duet “Hurt You” from the upcoming album “Love, Marriage and Divorce,” debuted at No.34 this week.
August Alsina moves one spot this week with “I Luv This Sh*T” featuring Trinidad Jame$ from No.18 to No.17, while K.Michelle moves out the Top 20 with “V.S.O.P” from No.22-to-No.18.
R&B crooner Jaheim falls from No.21 to No.23 with his ladies anthem “Age Ain’t A Factor” while Chris Brown moves two spots from No.27-to-No.25 with “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj.
Salute to August Alsina! Last week, his latest single “I Luv This Sh*T” closed the at No.12 but now ends the week at No.9, totaling 2,452 radio spins.
K.Michelle’s lead single “V.S.O.P” continues spins on the radio. It closes the week at No.13 with 1,988 radio spins since its entry.
Chris Brown’s third single “Love More” from his upcoming album “X” moves only one slot from last week (No.21 to No.20). It has totaled 1,486 in radio spins since charting nearly two months ago.
The remix to Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown seems to be helping the tune. Before it was going now where fast but the song has now peaked No.28, becoming a Top 30 hit for the singer/songwriter.
Guess no one is interested in R-Kelly’s story. The comeback track “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz ends the week again at No.33, rewinding in radio spins (673) but still more spins than last week (657).
Urban AC Radio
TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank) close the week with the most new spins (+49) with their latest single “I Need.” It now peaks No.13. The accompanying video is here.
Toni Braxton and BabyFace comeback single “Hurt You” has been getting such a great response from R&B fans. So good, the single has jumped five more spots this week (No.15 to No.10). It has spun over 800 radio spins since its release only 18 days ago.
#SheDidThat songstress Tamar Braxton earns a Top 20 hit with her latest single “All The Way Home” lifted off her sophomore album “Love and War” in stores and iTunes now.
R&B heartthrob Joe and rock-soul diva Fantasia’s duet “Love&Sex” becomes a Top 30 for the duo, after reaching No.29 this week.
Chrisette Michele stroms the Urban AC radio with her new single “Love Won’t Leave Me Out.” After only six days, the song reaches No.33, becoming a Top 40 radio hit. She released the accompanying video earlier this week.
R&B veteran Prince new song “Breakfast Can Wait” enters at No.50 this week., totaling 59 radio spins.
( Source: Billboard, All Access, Hits Daily Double)