CHART CHECK: Mary J. Blige Scores No.1 Holiday Album, Tamar Braxton’s ‘Hot Sugar’ Re-Enters Billboard R&B Songs & more

In this week’s installment of Chart Check, find out which R&B artist scored a No.1 holiday album in October, where TLC’s greatest hits album “20” debuted on the Billboard 200, which two R&B acts are moving up the Hot 100 and much more.

Dates range from Oct. 17 – 24 (Billboard) and Oct. 20 – Oct. 26 (radio).


Billboard 200

Some people are already getting into the holiday spirit as they purchased Mary’s new album. “A Mary Christmas” debuted at No.24 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. Without heavy promotion, the festive album managed to push 11,659 copies.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” doesn’t seem to hold the same weight as its predecessor “The 20/20 Experience.” The sequel fell from No.5 to No.11 this week, selling 35,216 copies, totaling 455,342 since September 30.

John Legend’s latest album “Love in the Future” fell from No.25 to No.31. The album has sold 163,959 units since September 3.

Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War'” album slips from No. 34 to No.45, selling 7,784 copies this week. The grand total of US sales is 212,133 copies.

Other album positions.

Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 28
Ariana Grande – “Yours Truly” – No. 52
The Weeknd – “Kiss Land’ – No. 65
TLC – “20” – No. 72 (Debut)
Jaheim – “Appreciation Day” – No. 91
TGT – “Three Kings” – No.94
Janelle Monae – “The Electric Lady” – No. 95
Lyfe Jennings – “Lucid” – No. 110 ( After debuting No.32 last week)



Billboard Hot 100

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” remains in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100. His mega hit “Blurred Lines” only fell one spot to No.10. His other song “Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar moved from No.37 to No.41 this week. The song has peaked at No.25.

“Love More” by Chris Brown featuring Nicki Minaj slowly moves up the chart. After 13 weeks, the song has finally managed to hit No.25.

Def Jam recording artist August Alsina humbly moves to from No.53 to No.51 with “I Luv This Sh*t.”

It’s been three weeks since Sevyn Streeter’s and Jason Derulo’s singles debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. Currently, Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown stands at No.65.

Derulo’s “Marry Me” stands at No. 54.

K.Michelle managed to move one slot to No.89 this week with “V.S.O.P.”

John Legend’s “All of Me” went 11 steps backward to No.100.



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. Mary J.Blige – “A Mary Christmas” ( Hot Debut )
3. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
4. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
5. Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”

Other album positions.
TLC – “20” – No.9 ( Debut)
Janelle Monae – “The Electric Lady” – No.11
Lyfe Jennings – “Lucid” – No.13
K.Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No.14



Billboard Heatseekers Songs  

According to, the Heatseekers Songs chart is the week’s most popular songs across all formats by new or developing acts who have never appeared as lead artist in the Top 50 of the Hot 100. Once the song has reach the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song will then be ineligible to appear on Heatseekers Songs.

New Orleans native August Alsina has the No.1 song with “I Luv This Sh*t” featuring Trinidad Jame$. The song is now No.51 on the Hot 100, therefore, next week he may not appear on this chart if he continues to rise.

Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” went from No.6 to No.3 this week. Her hit single is now No. 65 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Rebel songstress, K.Michelle stands at No.10 with her lead single “V.S.O.P.” from her debut album “Rebellious Soul.” The song has peaked No.9 on this chart.

“The One” by Tamar Braxton went from No.24 to No.23 this week. It has peaked at No. 10.



Billboard R&B Songs 

Toni Braxton’s baby sister, Tamar Braxton re-enters the Billboard R&B Songs chart at No.13.

Sevyn Streeter continues to rise with her hit single “It Won’t Stop.” With the help her mentor Chris Brown, the song has gone from No.8 to No.7 this week.

K.Michelle finds a new home with “V.S.O.P.” It has moved from No. 10 to No.8.

John Legend’s “All of Me” remains at No.9. Meanwhile, “Take Back The Night” by Justin Timberlake climbs two spots from No.12 to No.10.

Other R&B song positions.

R.Kelly – “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz – No.12
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No. 17



Billboard Top Holiday Albums 

Mary J.Blige earns her first No.1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart. Her album “A Mary Christmas” features such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “The First Noel” featuring The Clark Sisters.


Urban Radio 

Last week, Sevyn Streeter stood at No.6, notching 2,861 radio spins with “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown. This week the song remains at No.6 but scores a total of 3,025 radio spins since its entry.

Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” steps out the Top 40 this week, moving two spots to No.28. It has received 747 radio spins since entering over a month ago.

It has been six days since Robin Thicke’s “For The Rest of My Life” entered the Top 50 of the Urban radio. The classic Thicke record pushes 390 radio spins then, standing at No.46.

Ciara’s follow-up single “Overdose” makes its long-awaited entry to Urban radio, closing the week at No.48, spinning 379 after two days.

Other R&B song positions.

August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.2
K.Michelle – “V.S.O.P” – No.8
Chris Brown ft. Nicki Minaj – “Love More” – No.9
R.Kelly ft. 2 Chainz – “My Story” – No.17
Janelle Monae, Miguel – “Primetime” – No.40
Omarion ft. Fabolous & Pusha T – Know You Better” – No.43



Urban AC Radio 

Fantasia continues to rise with her second single “Without Me” from No.5 to No.4.

Robin Thicke’s “For The Rest of My Life” stands at No.5 this week.

Algebra Blessett continues to stay afloat in the Top 20 with “Nobody But You.” The song spent last week at No.17 but closes at No.15 this week, peaking 407 radio spins.

K.Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.” moves 12 spots to No.19 this week.

Jennifer Hudson’s “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) rises 21 slots to No.20.

Robert Glasper’s tune “Calls” with Jill Scott falls from No.24 to No.27 this week.

Jaheim’s “He Don’t Exist” from his latest album “Appreciation Day” slowly climbs up the chart from No.49 to No.42.

Congratulations to Leela James. Her new single “Say That” featuring Anthony Hamilton soars from No.82 to No.50, scoring 72 radio spins.
( Source: Chart News, Billboard, All Access )

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at

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15 Times Missy Elliott Brought ‘FIYAH’ To R&B Music

Let’s be clear, Missy Elliott is and will always be universally relevant in the world of music.

Misdemeanor Elliott has been an unstoppable force since establishing herself as a trailblazer for R&B and hip-hop music and its culture in the early 90s. Some people, such as myself, may say they first heard Elliott and her iconic “hee-hee-hee-hee-how” line on Gina Thompson’s hit “The Things I Do.” Others may remember Elliott’s artistic expression in a large black trash bag from her 1997 video “The Rain.”

What remains consistent with those possible introductions to Ms. Elliott is R&B has been the meeting place. For instance, the chorus on “The Rain” samples “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by ‘70s soul diva Ann Peebles. Missy Elliott not only lent her rap talents to the remix of Thompson’s lead single – she co-penned the track too, which is one of the reasons why we’re here.

For the past few months, Elliott has been on Twitter sharing memories of writing and producing R&B songs for past and present artists. Rated R&B has compiled a list of Elliott’s top 15 R&B hits that she either produced, wrote or was featured on, along with a reason why they are absolute FIYAH (as Elliott would say).

Aaliyah – “One in a Million”

Written by: Melissa “Missy” Elliott & Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley
Produced by: Timbaland

“One in a Million” is FIYAH because it helped shift the direction of R&B and way we heard it with its advanced melting pot of melody and rhythmic. From Kanye West and BJ the Chicago Kid to Jay Z and Tink, the cultural impact of this record is undeniable. The song spent six weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

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Mary J. Blige Flaunts Freedom on ‘Stronger Than I Ever Was’ From ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Soundtrack

Mary J. Blige isn’t letting heartbreak keep her down on “Stronger Than I Ever Was,” lifted from the Sherlock Gnomes soundtrack.

Penned by Sir Elton John, the R&B singer gives her former lover a piece of her mind after discovering her strength. “It’s out there, poster sign / It’s no secret you’re no prize,” she sings. “Sister-child, I’m here to say / I never really liked you anyway.”

Blige stars in Sherlock Gnomes as Irene Adler, who was engaged to Sherlock. John shared he “never wrote a song like this before” but drew inspiration from Irene and Blige’s recent love tales for the song’s dynamic lyrics.

Hear Blige reclaim her power on “Stronger Than I Ever Was” below.

Jennifer Hudson Shares ‘I’ll Fight’ from ‘RBG’ Documentary

Jennifer Hudson lends her powerful voice to the CNN Films’ documentary RBG with a moving anthem called “I’ll Fight.”

Penned by legendary songwriter Diane Warren, Hudson doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty if it means fighting for what’s right. She sings, “I’ll fight / Fight that war for you / I’ll fight / Stand and defend you / Take your side / That’s what I’m here to do.”

According to a press release, RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ‘s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Back in December 2017, Hudson released a new song “Burden Down.” She has also been selected to portray Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul in a biopic.

RBG is now playing in select theaters.

Listen to “I’ll Fight” below.

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