CHART CHECK: Sevyn Streeter Earns First Top 40 on the Hot 100, Mary J.Blige Dominates Adult Contemporary

In the latest edition of Chart Check, learn how Black Friday helped Justin Timberlake’s and Robin Thicke’s 2013 albums rise up the Billboard 200 chart, which female R&B artist scored her first top 40 on the Hot 100, which songs from Mary J.Blige’s “A Mary Christmas” are dominating the Adult Contemporary chart and the latest details on Urban and Urban AC radio airplay.

Dates range from Nov. 28-Dec. 5 (Billboard) and Dec. 1-Dec. 7 (radio).

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Billboard 200

Last Friday (Nov.29), Americans rushed into their favorite retail stores for Black Friday sales. With albums being great stocking stuffers, it was not surprise our favorite R&B artists would experience sale increases.

Justin Timberlake was one of the lucky artists as both of his 2013 releases flew up the Billboard 200. His latest album “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” climbs from No.22 to No.11. Meanwhile, his March release “The 20/20 Experience” soars from No.88 to No.36.

“A Mary Christmas” by Mary J.Blige falls from No.13 to No.15. Blige’s first holiday album sold 132,000 copies since October 15.

Ariana Grande’s debut album “Yours Truly” makes a huge leap from No.56 to No.21.

Robin Thicke’s sixth studio album “Blurred Lines” rises 50 slots from No.74 to No.24.

Holiday albums by both Mariah Carey and Tamar Braxton made their ways into buyers shopping carts. MC’s 1994 release “Merry Christmas” moves from No.115 to No.84. Braxton’s “Winter Loversland” sails north from No.127 to No.96.

Other album positions

Various R&B artists – “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack – No.50
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No. 56
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No.94 (Last week: 44)
Rihanna – “Unapologetic” – No.116
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” – No.128 (Last week: 30)

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The Hot 100

Shazam’s most played song of 2013 “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke continues to slowly fall on the Hot 100 to No.24. (Last week: No.21).

Chris Brown’s “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj dips one slot to No.28.

Jason Derulo scores a top 30 hit with “Marry Me” as it stands at No.29 this week.

“It Won’t Stop” by Sevyn Streeter makes its way to No.34 this week, becoming the CBE signee’s first top 40 hit on the Hot 100 chart.

Rihanna’s “What Now” plunged to the pits of the Hot 100 from No.25 to No.74.

Other song positions

Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – No.36
August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.56 (Peak: No.48)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No.72
Ariana Grande ft. Big Sean – “Right There” – No. 86

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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 has found holiday success on the Adult Contemporary chart this Christmas season. Her rendition of “This Christmas” jumps from No.24 to No.8.

She also had two songs from “A Mary Christmas” to debut this week. “My Favorite Things” debuts at No.16 while “The First Noel” a collaboration with The Clark Sisters opens at No.26.

 

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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”
3. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
4. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”
5. Various R&B artists – “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack

Other album positions

Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 10 (Last week: No.4)
The Weeknd – “Kiss Land” – No.11 (Last week: No.17)
K.Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No.14 (Last week: No.16)

 

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Billboard R&B Songs

Sevyn Streeter’s blazing single “It Won’t Stop” with label head, Chris Brown moves one slot from No.5 to No.4.

“TKO” by Justin Timberlake slips from No.4 to No.5. Meanwhile, Timberlake’s “Drink You Away” re-enters at No.10.

August Alsina’s “I Luv This Sh*t” rises to No.6. (Last week: No.7).

R.Kelly scores his first top 10 solo effort on Billboard’s R&B Songs chart with “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz. The lead single from “Black Panties” stands at No.9. (Last week: No.11).

“Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz debuts at No.14.

Other song positions

Mack Wilds – “Own It” – No.13 (Last week: No.19)
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No.17 (Last week: No.21)

 

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Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s first duet in over 20 years, “Hurt You,” reigns as the No.1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart.

After 17 weeks at No.1, Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines” falls to No.3.

Alicia Keys and Maxwell’s magical duet “Fire We Make” stands at No.2. (Last week: No.3).

R.Kelly’s “Genius” stands at No.9. (Last week: No.10).

For the second week, “I Blame You” by Ledisi remains No.20. The video was released earlier this week.

Fantasia’s new single “Side Effects of You” title track to her latest album rest at No.25. (Last week: No.30).

 

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Urban Radio

It’s been three weeks and Sevyn Streeter’s “It Won’t Stop” closes the week atop the Urban radio chart.

“I Luv This Sh*t” by August Alsina climbs from No.3 to No.2. Meanwhile, Chris Brown’s “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj remains No.6. The song has peaked No.5.

Lorde’s Joel Little produced single “Royals” moves from No.17 to No.11, totaling 2,074 radio spins since its release to radio.

John Legend’s “All Of Me” stands at No. 47. (Last week: No.52).

Other song positions

R.Kelly ft. 2 Chainz – “My Story” – No.12
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No.13
Mack Wilds – “Own It” – No.17
Tamar Braxton – “All The Way Home” – No.33
Robin Thicke – “For The Rest of My Life” – No.46

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Urban AC radio

R.Kelly’s latest bedroom anthem “Genius” slides to No.8 this week. (Last week: No.10). While his festive effort “Christmas I’ll Be Steppin” jumps from No.58 to No.25.

Fantasia’s emotional song “Side Effects of You” falls from No.27 to No.29. Her holiday tune “What Christmas Means To Me” flies from No.696 to No.41 this week.

“Be Mine For Christmas” by Kem featuring Ledisi stands at No.32. (Last week: No.76). The song appears on the Nashville native’s 2012 release “What Christmas Means.”

Mary J.Blige’s “This Christmas” stands at No.43, totaling 85 radio spins to end the week.

Other song positions

Jennifer Hudson – “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) ft. T.I. – No.16
Ledisi – “I Blame You” – No.21
Jaheim – “He Don’t Exist” – No. 31
Candice Glover – “Cried” – No.36
August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.37

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

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

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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.

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.

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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