CHART CHECK: Jhené Aiko’s ‘Sail Out’ EP Rises On Billboard 200, Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’ Hits Big On Hot 100

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It’s the second week of 2014 and R&B artists are starting the year off on the Billboard and radio charts.

This week’s Chart Check highlights which Disney soundtrack knocked Beyoncé’s new album from No.1 spot. Also, we see how high Jhené Aiko’s “Sail Out” EP leaped on the Billboard 200, why Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” could be his next big hit and which hit maker scored his second best charted song on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as a lead artist.

We also get the latest updates on Urban and Urban Adult Contemporary radio.

Dates range: January 3 – January 9 (Billboard) and January 5 – January 11 (radio).

jhene-aiko-sail-out-ep Billboard 200

Beyoncé started 2014 on a good note as her self-titled visual album broke a few Billboard records, including becoming the first album to three weeks at No.2 since Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.” However, ‘Yoncé’s reign at No.1 on the Billboard 200 was shut down by Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack, which bumped her album to No.2.

Nonetheless, her self-titled album surpassed her last album’s, “4,” total sales this week. “Beyoncé” has sold 1,431,882, while “4” has only sold 1,388,000 units to date.

The second highest R&B album position on the Billboard 200 this week comes from R. Kelly’s “Black Panties.” His twelfth album rose from No.17 to No.11, selling 31,000 copies, totaling 269,000 sold in four weeks. According to Hits Daily Double, the album is expected to sell between 15,000-17,000 next week.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” fell from No.13 to No.17. It sold 20,000 copies this week, totaling 801,000 copies sold to date. His previous 2013 release “The 20/20 Experience” stands at No.39 and sold 9,000 copies this week. The prequel grand total is now 2,436,000 copies.

Ariana Grande’s debut album “Your’s Truly” tripped from No.24 to No.32. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” climbed from No.59 to No.45.

Salute to Jhené Aiko! Her debut EP “Sail Out” mounted from No.146 to No.49 this week.

Here is a list of other R&B album positions within the top 100:
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No.54
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No.79

Jason_Derulo_-_Talk_DirtyHot 100

After debuting at No.12 and then falling to No.17 last week, “Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé now stands at No.15. In addition to her latter tune rising on the chart, her controversial record “XO” jumped from No.73 to No.54.

Apparently fans can’t get enough of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. The song has re-entered the top 20 from No.28 to No.19. The summer jam of 2013 spent 12 weeks atop the Hot 100.

In three weeks, Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz made its way to No.49. The single leaped from its last position at No.85. His previous single, “Marry Me” which peaked No.26, now stands at No.55 (Last week: No.39).

Pharrell’s new single “Happy” debuts at No.98.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Hot 100
Chris Brown featuring Nicki Minaj – “Love More” – No.41
Sevyn Streeter featuring Chris Brown – “It Won’t Stop” – No.47
John Legend – “All of Me” – No.60
August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.72
Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – No.74

beyonce-cover-albumBillboard R&B Albums

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

1. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
2. R. Kelly – “Black Panties”
3. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
4. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”
5. Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines”

Here is list of other R&B albums positions on the R&B album chart.
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 6
Sevyn Streeter – “Call Me Crazy, But…” – No.10 (Last week: No.14)
K. Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No. 14 (Last week: No.17)
TLC – “20” – No. 15 (Last week: No.18)

toni-braxton-babyface-hurt-you-ratedrnbBillboard Adult R&B Songs

Robin Thicke’s “4 The Rest of My Life” secures its position at No.1 for a second week. Meanwhile, “Hurt You” by Toni Braxton and Babyface stays at No.2.

Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” eyes the top 10 (Peak: No.9) again as her third single off her second album “Love and War,” stands at No.11.

Algebra Blessett’s latest single “Nobody But You” re-enters at No.14 this week. The love ballad has peaked at No.11 on this chart.

Beyoncé’s Jay Z assisted-single “Drunk In Love” debuts at No.30.

beyonce-drunk-in-loveBillboard Hot R&B Songs

For the last three weeks, ‘Yoncé and Drake have been battling for the number one spot. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drizzy stood tall last week, after knocking “Drunk In Love” from No.1 the week prior. However, Bey’s joint tune with Jay Z comes back for a second time atop the chart pushing Drake to No.2.Bey’s NASA sampled track “XO” fell from No.8 to No.7. Her Drake-assisted tune “Mine” fell from No.10 to No.15.

Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” with 2 Chainz makes one the biggest leap from No.21 to No. 6.

With the help of his commercial for Beats by Dre, Pharrell’s “Happy” single entered the chart at No.13 this week. The song marks his first appearance on the chart as a lead artist.

Grammy nominated singer Mack Wilds’ hit single “Own It” climbed from No. 23 to No.18.

chris-brown-loyalUrban Radio

Reported earlier this week, Rico Love’s new single “They Don’t Know” entered in the top 5.

Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” moves from No.10 to No.6 this week and now totals 2,759 since entering less than a month ago.

August Alsina’s “Ghetto” featuring Rich Homie Quan moved seven spots upward to No.27.

“Cookie” by R. Kelly travels north and has already reached No.38 in eight days (Last week: No.50). The tasty single marks Kellz second track from “Black Panties” to enter Urban radio as a lead artist.

Along with his Nicki Minaj-assisted track “Love More” (No.7) on the radio chart, Chris Brown’s latest track “Loyal” with Lil’ Wayne now enters. The song now stands at No.46 after rising from No.54 last week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the Urban Radio chart:
Sevyn Streeter featuring Chris Brown – “It Won’t Stop” – No. 2
Mack Wilds – “Own It” – No.14
John Legend – “All of Me”- No. 25

john-legend-love-in-the-future-cover-400x400.jpgUrban Adult Contemporary Radio

John Legend’s heartfelt ballad “All of Me” rose from No.5 to No.4.

Ledisi’s beautiful track “I Blame You” moved up four slots to No.13. The single serves as the lead single to her new album “The Truth.”

Sebastian Mikael’s “Last Night” featuring Wale made an incredible jump from last week’s position. The song now stands at No.38 (Last week: No.50).

Michelle Williams “If We Had Your Eyes” jumped ten spots from No.49 to No.39. Meanwhile, India.Arie’s “Just Do You” dipped from No.42 to No.50.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on Urban AC radio.
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest of My Life” – No. 1
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No.2
Joe & Fantasia – “Love&Sex” – No.18
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love” – No.28

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

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at

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Mack Wilds to Star in TV One Original Film ‘Dinner for Two’

TV One has another original film on the agenda and it will star singer/actor Mack Wilds.

The film, Dinner for Two, is a complicated love story about life and sacrifice that details a solution to healing a broken heart. Wilds plays Chris, a character who is preparing for his “last supper” by recreating a favorite dish he shared with former lover Angela (Chaley Rose). After several drinks, Chris starts reminiscing about their romance and feels remorseful about their split. He even contemplates taking his own life while Angela wants nothing to do him or his alcoholic antics.

Written and directed by Orlando Bishop and produced by Nicole Dow, Bishop’s producing partner, as well as and Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick, and Darien Baldwin for Swirl Films, Dinner for Two has already started production in Atlanta. The film is expected to premiere on TV One this summer.

Landing this new role will be light work for Wilds, who had a pretty consistent acting schedule in 2017. He starred in VH1’s The Breaks and Fox’s Shots Fired.

In addition to his reoccurring roles, Wilds found time to release AfterHours, a 12-track offering with guest appearances from Wale, Tink and Cam Wallace.

(Source: Shadow and Act)

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.

Beyoncé Extends HBCU Scholarship for Second Year

Beyoncé continues schoolin’ life. After saluting historical black marching bands during her history-making Coachella performance on Saturday, the mother-of-three has extended her BeyGOOD Initiative’s Homecoming Scholars Award program (previously named Formation Scholars Award program) for a second year.

The program will award $25,000 to one student from Historically Black Universities and Colleges: Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University and Bethune-Cookman University for the 2018-2019 school year.

Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment, which houses BeyGOOD, shared, “We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”

Beyoncé launched the scholarship program in April 2017 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of 2016’s Lemonade, her second visual album. This year’s award program is open to all qualifying students at the four universities. The attached disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African-American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. The universities will determine the finalists and winners, with receivers announced this summer.

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