CHART CHECK: Mary J. Blige Scores 12th Top 10 Album, Tamar Braxton’s ‘All The Way Home’ Debuts On The Hot 100

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In this week’s installment of Chart Check, learn which R&B songstress scored her 12th top 10 album on the Billboard 200, how much Sevyn Streeter’s “Call Me Crazy, But…” EP sold in its first week, where Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” debuted at on the Hot 100, which new single by August Alsina entered into Urban radio this week and much more.

Dates range from December 5 – December 12 (Billboard) and December 8 – December 14 (radio).

The Hot 100

Robin Thicke’s smash single “Blurred Lines” holds onto the No.24 position for a second week.

The “Queen of Christmas.” Mariah Carey finds success with her classic rendition of “All I Want For Christmas.” The song re-entered the Hot 100 at No.26 this week.

Chris Brown’s third single “Love More” from his “X” album rests at No.27 (Last week: No.28).

After scoring her first top 40 hit last week, Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” makes its way to the top 30 from No.34 to No.30.

Jason Derulo’s “Marry Me’ stands at No.33 (Last week: No.29).

“All of Me” by John Legend rises 16 spots from No.72 to No.56, the highest position to date for the single. It’s also the only tune from his “Love in the Future” era to enter the Hot 100.

Other song positions

Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – No.47 (Last week: No.36)
August Alsina – “I Luv This Sh*t” ft. Trinidad Jame$ – No.61
Rihanna – “What Now” – No.84
Ariana Grande – “Right There” ft. Big Sean – No.90
Tamar Braxton – “All The Way Home” – No.96 (Debut)



Billboard 200

Sevyn Streeter makes her Billboard 200 debut with her “Call Me Crazy, But…” EP. It debuted at No.30, selling 17,098 copies its first week.

Mary J.Blige reaches a milestone on the Billboard 200 this week. “A Mary Christmas” leaped from No.15 to No.10, which in return helped the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul score her 12th top 10 album on the Billboard 200.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” falls from No.11 to No.24. Meanwhile, its Grammy nominated predecessor, “The 20/20 Experience” dropped down to No.78 (Last week: No.36).

Ariana Grande’s debut album “Yours Truly” falls 30 spots from No.21 to No.51. The album has sold 306,000 copies to date. (released Sept. 3).

Mariah Carey’s multi-platinum album “Merry Christmas” stands at No.49 this week. (Last week: No.84).

Other album positions
Various R&B artists – “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack – No.45
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 57 (Last week: No.24)
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No.60
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No.84 (Last week: No.94)
Tamar Braxton – “Winter Loversland” – No.100 (Last week: No.96)
The Temptations – “Best of the Temptations Christmas” – No.111 (Last week: No.166)


Billboard’s Adult Contemporary

According to Billboard, the Adult Contemporary chart makes up the week’s most popular soft rock songs, ranked by radio airplay detections as measured by Nielsen BDS.

Mary J.Blige’s holiday tunes from “A Mary Christmas” continue to take over the Adult Contemporary chart. Her cover of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” rises from No.8 to No.2. Meanwhile, “My Favorite Things” stands at No.13 (Last week: No.16) and “The First Noel” with The Clark Sisters moves from No.26 to No.22.


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. Sevyn Streeter – “Call Me Crazy, But…” EP (Hot Debut)
4. Various R&B artists – “The Best Man Holiday” Soundtrack
5. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”

Other album positions:
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No.7 (Last week No.4)
Jhene Aiko – “Sail Out” – No.10
K.Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No.12
Ray Charles – “Ray Charles Forever” – No.15 (Last week: No.22)

Billboard R&B Songs

With the help of its accompanying visuals (released last week), Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” soars from No.15 to No.9, becoming its highest peak position since entering the chart eleven weeks ago.

Mack Wilds’ and John Legend’s latest singles rises one slot on Billboard’s R&B Songs chart this week. Legend’s heartwarming ballad “All of Me” moves from No.7 to No.6. Wilds’ “Own It” from his 2014 Grammy nominated album “New York: A Love Story” stands at No.12 (Last week: No.13).

“My Story” by R.Kelly featuring 2 Chainz falls one slot from No. 9 to No.10. His new album “Black Panties” is available in stores and online.

Other song positions:
K.Michelle – “V.S.O.P.” – No.13
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No.14
Toni Braxton and Babyface – “Hurt You” – No.15
Jhene Aiko – “The Worst” – No.24 (Debut)

Billboard Adult R&B Songs

For the second week, “Hurt You” by Toni Braxton and Babyface remains at No.1.

“Without Me” by Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott climbs from No.4 to No.2. The ladies anthem is nominated for Best R&B Song at the 56th GRAMMY Awards.

R.Kelly’s “Genius” stands at No.8 this week. (Last week: No.9).

Jennifer Hudson’s “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” featuring T.I. moves two spots from No.15 to No.13.

Other song positions
Eric Benet – “Runnin” – No.14 (Last week: No.11)
Ledisi – “I Blame You” – No.19
Keyshia Cole – “I Choose You” – No.27 (Last week: No.24)

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Robin Thicke, Sevyn Streeter and Chris Brown all have one thing in common this week. Their singles all moved one slot upward on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” ft. T.I. & Pharrell – No.7 (Peak: No.1)

Chris Brown – “Love More” ft. Nicki Minaj – No.8 (Peak: No.7)

Sevyn Streeter “It Won’t Stop” ft. Chris Brown – No.9 (Peak: No.9)

“TKO” by Justin Timberlake makes a dump down to No.13 (Last week: No.11).

John Legend’s powerful love song “All of Me” climb from No.22 to No.16.

Other song positions
Tamar Braxton – “All The Way Home” – No.32 (Last week: No.46)
Mack Wilds – “Own It” – No. 39 (Last week: No.43).


Urban radio

Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” retains its position at No.1 on Urban radio.

New Zealand sensation Lorde surprisingly reaches the top 10 with her breakout single “Royals.” The Grammy nominated track climbs from No.11 to No.7, reaching 2,550 radio spins.

“They Don’t Know” by Rico Love moves from No.13 to No.12 this week. Meanwhile, Mack Wilds’ “Own It” moves two spots from No.17 to No.15.

Omarion’s collaborative track “Know You Better” featuring Fabolous and Pusha T stands at No.34.

August Alsina’s new single “Ghetto” featuring Rich Homie Quan rises from No.53 to No.47, already spinning over 360 radio spins since entering the top 50 six days ago.


Urban AC Radio

Robin Thicke’s soulful cut “For the Rest of My Life”reaches No.3 this week. (Last week: No.5).

“All Of Me” by John Legend moves from No.6 to No.5.

Jennifer Hudson’s funky single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) featuring T.I. sails north from No.16 to No.14.

Kem’s and Mary J.Blige’s latest holiday efforts make an impact this week on Urban AC radio. “Be Mine For Christmas” by Kem jumps from No.32 to No.23. While Blige’s cover of “This Christmas” leaps from No.43 to No.26.

Candice Glover’s new single “Cried” eyes the top 30 of Urban radio at No.31. (Last week: No.36)

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

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at

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4 Songs from Mariah Carey’s ‘E=MC²’ That Should Have Been Number One

Ten years ago, Mariah Carey’s faithful Lambs across the world were pulling out their TI-89 calculators to solve the equation E=MC², the title of her 11th studio album.

The album came three years after The Emancipation of Mimi, Carey’s comeback album and the best-selling album of 2005. The legendary diva won many awards for her 10th studio album, including three Grammy Awards. The accolades that probably meant the most to Carey were her two number one singles: “We Belong Together” and “Don’t Forget About Us.”

The latter tune helped Carey bag her 17th Hot 100 chart-topper, tying her with Elvis Presley for the most number one singles by a solo artist. She beat the rock and roll king’s record two months before the release of E=MC² with her sexually fantasizing single “Touch My Body.”

Speaking to the Associated Press in 2008, Carey praised herself for surpassing Presley.”For me, in my mind the accomplishment is just that much sweeter,” she said. “In terms of my ethnicity, always feeling like an outsider, always feeling different … for me it’s about saying, ‘Thank you Lord, for giving me the faith to believe in myself when other people had written me off.'”

What’s baffling though is that following the commercial success of “Body,” the five-octave Chanteuse pumped out three more singles (“Bye Bye,” “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time,” and “I Stay in Love”) but none were fortunate enough to be inducted into Carey’s hall of fame of No. 1’s.

Yes, an artist’s name alone isn’t enough to sell a single. Without backing from radio stations and proper promotion, the chances of a single swimming versus sinking are slimmer than Carey’s ‘90s waistline.

But in all fairness: Carey’s E=MC² album potentially had the right formula to equate her 19th number-one single on the Hot 100 and continue her reign as the undisputed queen of the No. 1’s.

Now as we playback E=MC² (and mimic her iconic finger twinkle) on its 10th anniversary, here are four songs that should have topped the Hot 100.

1. “I’m that Chick”

Credits: Mariah Carey / Johnta Austin / Mikkel Storleer Eriksen / Tor Erik Hermansen / Rod Temperton (Writers); Carey and Stargate (Producers)

Who’s to blame for Carey’s dreamy number, “I’m That Chick” not being worked as a single and skating to the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100?

Revisiting the disco era and Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall,” the confident singer tiptoed on the dance floor to enjoy nightlife. Like Usher, Carey found love in the club and used some of the best metaphors to let him know she is everything and more. She also referenced two hip-hop legends Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. to get her point across.

“Take this seriously / Like Pac, all eyes on me / That’s right you are intrigued (I’m that chick you like),” she sings lightly. “I do’s it naturally / Hypnotize like Biggie / But you ain’t havin’ dreams / I’m that chick you like.”

“I’m That Chick” had just the right amount of attitude to dance its way to number one.

2. “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time”

Credits: Mariah Carey / Aldrin Davis / Mark DeBarge / Crystal Johnson / Etterlene Jordan (Writers); Carey and DJ Toomp (Producers)

It goes without saying that Carey’s flirty single “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time” was shamefully robbed from basking in number one glory — and this was long before T.I. was enlisted for the remix.

Borrowing remnants of DeBarge’s “Stay With Me” for the hook and playful production, the jaunty love song heard Carey reassuring her then-husband Nick Cannon that it’s not a game and she’s here to stay.

From its timely release just ahead of summer to its proper video treatment and catchy lyrics, the cutesy tune had many qualifications to become a hit on the Hot 100. However, DJ Toomp co-produced ditty didn’t get close the top slot. It only reached No. 58.

3. “For the Record”

Credits: Mariah Carey / Bryan-Michael Cox / Adonis Shropshire (Writers); Carey and Cox (Producers)

Tell me one good reason “For the Record” wasn’t released as a single?

Bridging the sounds of a beautiful violin and a meek keyboard, Carey wanted to rewrite history with a former mate who foolishly let her go. Even though he’s moved on, she decided to let his mistake of leaving her sink in more by reminding him of how far her love went for him.

“For the record / You’ll always be a part of me, no matter what you do / And for the record / Can’t nobody say I didn’t give my all to you,” she sang.

As history shows, the New York native has an impressive track record with slow to mid-tempo songs (“Dreamlover,” “Always Be My Baby” and “Don’t Forget About Us”) leading the Hot 100. “For the Record” would have been in good company — just saying.

4. “Side Effects” featuring Jeezy

Credits: Mariah Carey / Jay Jenkins / Crystal Johnson / Scott Storch (Writers); Carey and Storch (Producers)

Carey has been fully capable rocketing herself to the top slot of the Hot 100 without any guest appearances. Out of her 18 number-one singles, she has 13 without a featured artist(s). But for her E=MC² era, we’re sure Mimi’s Lambs wouldn’t have minded her calling on hip-hop’s Snowman to release their blazing collaboration.

Blended with a knocking beat and techno effects, Carey had taken her final dose of torture from her unruly lover. Although she finished her prescribed bottle of heartache and pain, she still had to deal with the aftermath of the dissolved love affair.

“I kept my tears inside ’cause I knew if I / Started I’d keep cryin’ for the rest of my / Life with you I finally built up the strength / To walk away don’t regret it / But I still live with the side effects,” she sings.

Chris Brown, SZA, Ne-Yo and more to Perform at 2018 BET Experience

The 6th annual BET Experience is just around the corner, and the lineup of performers has been announced.

Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, SZA and Ella Mai will represent for R&B during the four-night concert event, which kicks off on June 21 and ends on June 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Breezy performed at last year’s festival along with Bryson Tiller, Keyshia Cole, Jhené Aiko and Khalid.

Aside from music, the BET Fan Fest will include a celebrity basketball and dodgeball game, BETX house of fashion and beauty, Genius Talks, Kicksperience and other activities.

The four-day festival ties in with the 2018 BET Awards, which takes place on Sunday, June 24 at the Microsoft Theater. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting on Monday, April 16, while general tickets will be available on Wednesday, April 18 at 10 a.m. PST.

BET Experience Concert Itinerary

Thursday, June 21
LL Cool J feat. DJ Z-Trip

Friday, June 22
Chris Brown
Ella Mai

Saturday, June 23
Rae Sremmurd
Nipsey Hussle
Playboi Carti

Sunday, June 24
BET Awards at Microsoft Theater

Mary J. Blige Covers Elton John’s ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’

Mary J. Blige loves her some Elton John. As part of his newly released tribute album, Revamp: The Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin, the R&B legend rendered her bluesy interpretation of his 70s song “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.”

Speaking to Billboard, Blige explained why she covered this tear-jerker from the Rocket Man’s discography. “I specifically chose to sing ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’ because of how beautiful and sad the song is and it was also so cathartic for me to sing,” she said. “Elton and Bernie’s songs, so inspiring and powerful, will continue to stand the test of time.”

This isn’t Blige’s first time covering “Sorry.” She recorded the song for 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason soundtrack, as well as performed it for John at the 2004 MOBO Awards where singer Brandy was shown in her feelings.

Listen to Blige’s updated version of “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” below.

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