CHART CHECK: Mary J. Blige’s Holiday Album Experiences Sales Increase, Sevyn Streeter’s ‘It Won’t Stop’ Enters Top 10 On R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & More

In this week’s edition of Chart Check, find out why Mary J. Blige’s “A Mary Christmas” is the best-selling album by an R&B act this week, which song from Justin Bieber’s ‘Music Mondays’ series debuted on the Hot 100, which R&B artist are dominating Urban and Urban AC radio and more.

Dates range from Nov. 21 – Nov. 28 on Billboard and Nov.24 – Nov.30 on radio.


Billboard 200

As we say goodbye to Thanksgiving and hello to the Christmas season, the demand for holiday music starts to increase. According to Hits Daily Double, Mary J.Blige’s new album “A Mary Christmas” rising from No.22 to No.13 and selling nearly 31,000 copies this week.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” slips from No.17 to No.22. Meanwhile, “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack climbs from No.32 to No.23.

Jhené Aiko “Sail Out” EP falls to No.30 after debuting at No.8 last week. It sold 12,000 copies, totaling 46,000 copies since November 11.

“Love in the Future” by John Legend stands at No.44. (Last week: No.35).

Ariana Grande’s American Music Awards performance may have helped her debut album “Yours Truly” rise from No.71 to No.56.

Other album positions

Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No.66 (Last week: No.36)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No.74
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No.88


Billboard Hot 100

Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines” falls from No.15 to No.21 this week. (Peak: No.1)

Rihanna’s new single “What Now” continues to climb up the Hot 100, standing at No.25. (Last week: No.39).

“Love More” by Chris Brown slips from No.24 to No.27. (Peak: No.23).

After eight weeks on the Hot 100, Jason Derulo’s latest single “Marry Me” experiences its first setback. It moves from No.30 to No.33.

Ariana Grande’s cover of Wham!’s “Last Christmas” debuts at No.96. Meanwhile, her single “Right There” featuring Big Sean falls from No.90 to No.94.

Other song positions

Sevyn Streeter – “It Won’t Stop” – No.41
Justin Bieber & R.Kelly – “PYD” – No.54 (Debuts)
August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.58.
John Legend’s “All of Me” stands at No.68. (Last week: No.66)



Billboard R&B Albums

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

1. Mary J.Blige – “A Mary Christmas”
2. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
3. Various R&B Artists – “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack
4. Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP
5. John Legend – “Love in the Future”

Other album positions

Tamar Braxton – “Winter Loversland” – No.9
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No.8
Rihanna – “Unapologetic” – No.10



 Billboard R&B Songs

Justin Bieber’s grown & sexy track with R. Kelly, “PYD,” debuts at No. 6. R.Kelly’s single “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz moves one slot from No.12 to No.11.

“I Luv This Sh*t” by August Alsina trips from No.6 to No.7. (Peak: No.4). Meanwhile, K.Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.” slips from No.8 to No.10.

For the second week, Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” stands at No.15.

Other songs positions

Toni Braxton & BabyFace – “Hurt You” – No.17
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No.21
Robin Thicke ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Give it 2 U” – No.16



Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” rises from No.14 to No.10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It becomes the CBE signee’s first top 10.

“TKO” by Justin Timberlake moves from No.10 to No.9.

Justin Bieber’s “PYD” featuring R.Kelly makes its hot debut at No.13.

August Alsina’s “I Luv This Sh*t” featuring Trinidad Jame remains at No.16 this week.

“All of Me”by John Legend stands at No.20, becoming a top 20 hit the R&B crooner. (Last week: No.22).

Other songs positions

R.Kelly ft. 2 Chainz – “My Story – No.36
Robin Thicke ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Give it 2 U” – No.49



Urban radio

For the second week, Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown ends the week at No.1. While, August Alsina’s “I Luv This Sh*t” climbs from No.4 to No.3. (Peak: No.1).

Chris Brown’s “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj falls from No.5 to No.6. It closes the week with 2,836 radio spins. (Peak: 3,027 radio spins).

R.Kelly’s and Rico Love’s current singles stand in their exact spot from last week. Kells “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz remains No.11. Love’s “They Don’t Know” stands motionless at No.15.

“Royals” by Lorde stands at No.17, totaling 1,712 radio spins. (Last week: 1,336 radio spins).

Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” finds trouble moving forward on Urban radio as goes from No.27 to No.31. (Peak: No.27).

Other song positions

Janelle Monáe & Miguel – “Primetime” – No.32
Omarion ft. Pusha T, Fabolous – “Know You Better” – No.37
Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – No.39
Robin Thicke – “For the Rest of My Life” – No.43
Ciara – “Overdose” – No.45


fantasia-side-effects-of-you-single-coverUrban AC radio

While “All The Way Home” by Tamar Braxton isn’t having great luck on Urban radio, its found success on Urban AC radio. Braxton’s third single from ‘Love and War” stands at No.8 this week. (Last week: No.10).

R.Kelly’s bedroom anthem “Genius” places at No.10 this week. (Last week: No.11).

Ron Isley’s duet with Kem “My Favorite Things” climbs from No.14 to No.12.

Leela James new single “Say That” with Anthony Hamilton moves from No.27 to No.24.

“Side Effects of You,” the title track and third single from Fantasia’s latest album jumps ten spots – No.37 to No.27.

Candice Glover’s heartfelt ballad “Cried” stands at No.35. (Last week: No.58).

Other song positions
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No.1
John Legend – “All of Me” – No.6
Joe & Fantasia – “Love&Sex” – No.18
Bobby V- “Back to Love” – No.30
Raheem DeVaughn – “Ridiculous” – No.45

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

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at

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Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots to Headline Smokin’ Grooves Festival

The performance lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves Festival has been announced. Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots are set to headline the event, which takes plance on June 16 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Other artists on the bill include Jhene Aiko, NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), H.E.R., Majid Jordan, dvsn, Tiara Thomas, Lion Babe, Arin Ray, Ravyn Lenae, Omarion and THEY, to name a few.

While Badu doesn’t have a new project out, fans will be expecting to hear her classic records. Miguel and Jhené Aiko will promote their latest albums. The latter artist released her  sophomore album Trip last September, while Miguel delivered his third album, War & Leisure, in December.

Tickets are on sale now at

See the complete Smokin’ Grooves lineup below.

Janelle Monáe Announces ‘Dirty Computer Tour’

Clear your cache. Janelle Monáe has announced dates for her Dirty Computer Tour with special guest St. Beauty.

The 27-city tour kicks off on June 11 in Seattle and will make stops across North America, including Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York and Tampa. The tour will conclude on August 4 in Monae’s hometown Atlanta.

Presales begin Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. local time. Every online ticket purchase includes a digital copy of Monáe’s new album, Dirty Computer, which releases this Friday, April 27. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Wednesday, May 2 at

Monáe also released a brand new music video today for her previously released single “I Like That.” The song is the follow-up to “Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane” and “PYNK.”

Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer Tour Dates
June 11 — Seattle, WA @ King County’s Marymoor Park
June 12 — Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
June 13 — Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
June 16 — San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
June 20 — San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
June 26 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theater
June 28 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
June 30 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
July 1 — Denver, CO @ The Paramount Theatre
July 3 — Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
July 5 — Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
July 6 — Milwaukee, WI* @ Summerfest*
July 7 — Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
July 9 — Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre Detroit
July 10 — Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
July 11 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
July 13 — Nashville, TN+ @ Ryman Auditorium+
July 14 — Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
July 16 — Toronto, ON @ Rebel
July 18 — New York, NY @ Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
July 20 — Washington, DC* @ The Anthem*
July 21 — Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 23 — Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
July 24 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
July 26 — Tampa, FL @ Jannus Live
July 27 — Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami at Jackie Gleason Theater
July 28 — Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando
Aug 4 — Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

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.

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