CHART CHECK: K. Michelle’s ‘V.S.O.P.’ Enters Hot 100, Sevyn Streeter Continues to Climb Charts

In this week’s edition of Chart Check, find out what singer/reality star debuted on the Hot 100 chart, where Lyfe Jennings’ new album opened on the Billboard 200 chart, the top-selling R&B albums and much more.

Dates range from Oct. 10 -17 (Billboard) and Oct.13 – Oct 19 (radio).


Billboard 200

After debuting atop the Billboard 200 last week, Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” was unsuccessful with holding on to the number one spot. The album fell to No.5, selling 69,653 this week with a total of 420,126 units sold since September 30.

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” album tripped 12 slots to No.27, selling 11,644 copies. It has now sold 532,182 since July 30.

John Legend isn’t letting “Love in the Future” be an album fans don’t “Love in the Present.” The album moves from No.29 to No.25.

Tamar Braxton may want to go back to the battlefield known as promotion. Her sophomore effort “Love and War” slips from No.23 to No.34. While it fell to the Top 40 this week, the album has sold 204,349 copies since September 3.

Other notable and un-notable album positions.

Lyfe Jennings – “Lucid” -No.32 – Debut
The Weeknd – “Kiss Land” – No.53
Jaheim – “Appreciation Day” – No.63
TGT – “Three Kings” -No.72
Janelle Monae – “The Electric Lady” – No.75


Billboard Hot 100

Congratulations to K.Michelle. She notched her first-ever Hot 100 entry this week with “V.S.O.P.” at No.90.

John Legend’s heartfelt ballad “All of Me” has re-entered at No.89. The song appears on his chart-topping LP “Love in the Future.”

With the help of radio and the visuals to accompany the single, Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” moves from No. 90 to No. 78.

After debuting at No.72 last week, Jason Derulo’s “Marry Me” skips to No.64.

New Orleans native August Alsina continues to ride high with his hit single “I Luv This Sh*t.” Last week, the record stood at No.56 and now this week it moves to No.53.



Billboard R&B Albums

In their respective order, here are the Top 5 R&B Albums Among R&B Acts:

1. Justin Timberlake – ‘The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
2. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
3. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
4. Lyfe Jennings – “Lucid” (Hot Debut)
5. Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”


Billboard R&B Songs

Sevyn Streeter continues to rise up the R&B songs chart. Her Chris Brown assisted tune “It Won’t Stop” climbs from No.9 to No.8.

K.Michelle finds her rightful place back in the Top 10 this week. Her lead single “V.S.O.P.” moves from No.12 to No.10. The song has peaked at No.9 since its entry.

Newly married singer John Legend re-entered the Top 10 at No.9 with his latest single “All of Me.”

Toni Braxton and BabyFace’s duet “Hurt You” re-enters the entire R&B Songs chart at No.16 this week. Their joint album “Love, Marriage, & Divorce” is set to release November 25 via Motown.

Other notable/un-notable R&B songs performances:
August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – ( No.5 =)
Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – (No.6 =)
R Kelly ft. 2 Chainz – “My Story” – (No.14)
Tamar Braxton – “All The Way Home” – (No.21)



Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Chris Brown and Robin Thicke both move two spots up the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week. Brown’s single “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj now stands at No.7. Thicke’s Kendrick Lamar assisted tune “Give It 2 U” moves to No.9.

Like George and Weezie, K.Michelle , John Legend and Sevyn Streeter are moving on up the charts. “V.S.O.P.” by K. Michelle climbs from No.37 to No.29. “All of Me” by John Legend makes a 15 jump splash to No.28. “It Won’t Stop” by Sevyn Streeter moves from No.33 to No.26.

Other notable/un-notable R&B songs performances
Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell – “Blurred Lines” – (No.3=)
August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – (No.15)



Urban Radio

Last week, Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” ended the week at No.9 2,635 radio spins. Streeter’s smash single closes this week at No.6, spinning over 2,860 radio spins.

Chris Brown’s “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj moves only slot to No.9 while Miguel’s Kendrick Lamar assisted tune “How Many Drinks” falls five spots to No.10.

Tamar Braxton is still running into the red lights of the Top 40 as her single “All The Way Home” only moves from No.35 to No.30.

Omarion’s smooth tune “Know You Better” featuring Fabolous & Pusha T flies from No.53 to No.43 this week. The song appears on the Maybach Music Group compilation album “Self Made Vol.3.”

Other notable/un-notable R&B songs performances:

August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.2 =
K.Michelle – “V.S.O.P” – No.7 =
Janelle Monae ft. Miguel – Primetime – No.39
Mario – Fatal Distraction – No.49



Urban AC Radio

Toni Braxton and BabyFace’s “Hurt You” stood at No.4 last week. This week, the hot single has jumped to No.3, notching 1595 radio spins since its entry.

Rock soul diva, Fantasia continues to blaze the charts with her summer anthem “Without Me” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott. It rose from No.8 to No.5 this week.

John Legend scores his first Urban AC Top 10 of the “Love in the Future” era. “All of Me” rises from No.11 to No.10.

Ledisi’s “I Blame You” scores the R&B songstress a Top 30 hit. The single moved from No.38 to No.28.

K.Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.” rises from No.41 to No.31 while R&B legend Charlie Wilson’s “I Still Have You” skyrockets from No.73 to No.39.

Other notable/un-notable R&B songs performances:

Jennifer Hudson ft. T.I. – “I Can’t Describe – No.76 to No.41
Jaheim – “He Don’t Exist” – No.65 to No.49
Keyshia Cole – “I Choose You” – No.24 to No.22
India.Arie – “Just Do You” – No.33 to No.44

(Source: Billboard, All Access, Chart News )

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at

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Traci, Toni, Towanda and Trina Braxton Unite on New Song ‘Broken Things’

Traci Braxton enlists her sisters Toni Braxton, Towanda Braxton and Trina Braxton for her new song titled “Broken Things.”

On the heartfelt tune, which was originally teased on Braxton Family Values in 2016, the sisters sing about putting their pride aside to end the “cold war” that’s going on between them. “Who can fix these broken things? / Who can put us back together now that we’re undone?” they sing.

Last month, Toni released her first album in eight years, Sex & Cigarettes, which included her hit single “Long As I Live.” Meanwhile, Traci is gearing up to release her sophomore album later this year, which will feature “Broken Things.” The album will follow her 2014 project Crash and Burn. 

Listen to “Broken Things” below.

Janelle Monáe Self-Examines On New Song ‘I Like That’

Janelle Monáe has freed up more storage on her Dirty Computer by releasing a new song titled “I Like That.”

Backed by stirring background vocals and a chilled production, the futurist songster takes a look at herself and casts out all doubt from her life. She ignores the simple-minded opinions of others too.

She sings, “Sometimes I’m mystery, sometimes I’m free / Depending on my mood or my attitude / Sometimes I want to roll or stay at home / Walking contradiction guess I’m factual and fiction.”

“I Like That” comes just a week after “PYNK,” an empowering anthem on self-love and pussy power. Both songs along with “Make You Feel” and “Django Jane” will appear on Dirty Computer, due April 27 via Atlantic Records.


Listen to “I Like That” below.

The Weeknd Releases Surreal Visual for ‘Call Out My Name’

The Weeknd captures his dark emotions in the video for “Call Out My Name,” which is lifted from his new project, My Dear Melancholy.

Directed by Grant Singer, the eerie clip opens with The Weeknd walking alone on an empty street. The video takes a strange turn after one-minute of playing. When he belts the chorus, bats fly out of his mouth. The video continues to get creepy as The Weeknd finds himself in an abandoned theater and in the middle of the wilderness.

My Dear Melancholy debuted at No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200, making it his third consecutive number one album. The project follows 2016’s Starboy and 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness.

Fans will be calling out The Weeknd’s name today at Coachella, where he is set to perform. His festival run this summer also includes Panorama in July and Lollapalooza in August.

Watch the video below.

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