CHART CHECK: John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’ Gets Grammy Boost, Trey Songz & Rico Love Debut On Hot 100

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In this week’s edition of Chart Check, see which male R&B singer bumped Beyoncé from the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. Also, find out how last Sundays Grammy Awards helped albums and singles by John Legend and Rihanna, where “They Don’t Know” and “NaNa” debuted at on the Hot 100 and more.

Dates range: January 23 – January 30 (Billboard).

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Seven weeks after the release of Beyoncé has self-titled visual album, it still holds a position in the top-10. The platinum-selling album remains at No. 4 for the second week.

R. Kelly’s “Black Panties” album tumbled from No.17 to No. 22, selling 11,000 this week. Kelly’s 12th studio set has sold 313,000 copies to date.

John Legend’s fourth studio album “Love in the Future” rose 20 slots to No.32 this week. Meanwhile, Jhené Aiko’s “Sail Out” EP slipped from No.34 to No.40.

Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War” album plunged 40 spots to No.86 this week.

After winning Best Urban Contemporary Album at last Sundays Grammys, Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” album soared from No.176 to No.94.

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Photo credit: YouTube

Billboard Hot 100

Jason Derulo’s scores his fourth top-10 hit on the Hot 100 with “Talk Dirty.” The collaborative effort with 2 Chainz has ascended nine slots (No. 6) since last week’s position at No.15. His other top-10 hits include “Whatcha Say,” “In My Head,” and “Ridin’ Solo.”

After four weeks on the chart, Pharrell’s “Happy” makes it to No. 11 (Last week position: No.25).

Opening the Grammys last Sunday did not help Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” move up the chart. In fact, the single moved down one slot to No. 13. Her other single “XO” now stands at No. 46 after a minor fall from No. 45. Bey’s third Hot 100 entry, “Partition” rose from No. 86 to No.73.

Unlike Beyoncé, John Legend’s Grammy performance seemed to help his single “All Of Me” climb up the Hot 100. It now rest at No. 27 after jumping from last position of No. 49.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Hot 100 chart.
Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell and T.I. – “Blurred Lines” – No. 31
Sevyn Streeter featuring Chris Brown – “It Won’t Stop” – No. 48
Chris Brown featuring French Montana and Lil Wayne – “Loyal” – No. 84

Hot 100 Debuts:
Trey Songz – “NaNa” – No. 91
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 100

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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. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
2. R. Kelly – “Black Panties”
3. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
4. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
5. Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP

Here is a list of other R&B album positions on the R&B Albums chart.
Ty Dolla $ign – “Beach House” EP – No. 7(Debut)
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No. 10
Jennifer Holiday – “The Song is For You” – No. 14 (Debut)

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Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

While Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” did not remain No.1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, it did sustain its position on this chart. Aside from her success with the latter tune, her record “Partition” was not so successful. The indecent tune dropped from No. 37 to No. 46.

August Alsina, Chris Brown and Rico Love all have one thing in common this week. Their singles fell one slot on the chart. Alsina’s breakout hit “I Luv This Sh-t” featuring Trinidad Jame$ descended to No. 8. Brown’s Nicki Minaj assisted-track “Love More” fell to No. 9. “They Don’t Know” by the “Turn the Lights Off” hit maker dropped to No. 10.

Chris Brown’s latest effort “Loyal” featuring French Montana and Lil’ Wayne mounted 14 spots to No.21 this week.

After debuting No.39 last week, “NaNa” by Trey Songz floated to No. 27.

Janelle Monaé’s duet “PrimeTime” featuring Miguel climbed from No. 31 to No. 28.

K. Michelle’s second single, “Can’t Raise A Man,” from her debut album “Rebellious Soul” has moved from No. 49 to No. 38 in its second week.

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Billboard Hot R&B Songs

Move Bey, get out the way! Jason Derulo is taking over now. Derulo’s new single “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz rose from No. 2 to No.1, bumping Yoncé’s “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z down to No.3.

Beyoncé’s racy yet erotic single “Partition” scaled up from No.14 to No. 11 this week.

In its fourth week, Pharrell’s relaxed jam “Happy” moved from No. 4 to No. 2. Meanwhile, John Legend’s “All Of Me” gallops three spots up the chart to No. 5.

Trey Songz’s club-ready single “NaNa” debuted at No. 15.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Hot R&B Songs chart.
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 17
R. Kelly featuring 2 Chainz – “My Story” – No. 25

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Photo Credit: iTunes

Billboard Adult R&B Songs

Robin Thicke continues his lucky streak at No. 1 with “For the Rest of My Life.” The ProJay produced ballad spends its fifth week atop the chart.

However, Thicke’s run at No.1 might be finished soon if John Legend’s “All of Me” has anything to do with it. The enchanting ballad rose from No. 4 to No. 2 this week.

Jennifer Hudson’s two-step anthem “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” featuring T.I. moved two slots to No.7.

Tamar Braxton’s and Ledisi’s current singles backpedaled one spot this week. Braxton’s third single “All The Way Home” off “Love and War” fell from No.10 to No. 11. Ledisi’s lead single “I Blame You” lifted from her new “The Truth,” tripped from No. 11 to No. 12.

R&B legend Charlie Wilson hopes to find success with his new single “I Still Have You.” The heartwarming track climbed three spots to No.14, making it the single’s highest position yet on the chart.

Beyoncé’s smash hit “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z bounces from No.21 to No. 17 in its fourth week on the chart.

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

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What a Time: 20 Memorable ‘Sessions @ AOL’ Performances (R&B Edition)

Sessions @ AOL may have launched in 2002, but its presence was felt more in 2003 as the way we hear and see our favorite artists online started changing at a rapid speed. From the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) going to legal war with individual music file-sharers ( Napster, ) to the launch of Apple’s iTunes Music Store, the options for consumers to follow their beloved artists started to become more difficult. But Sessions @ AOL made this easier.

Brought to us by AOL Music, the mini-concert experience became an outlet for artists to perform their past and presents hits in a more up-close and intimate way. Similar to MTV-Unplugged, many artists have sung acoustic and stripped down versions of their popular songs and album gems. Artists even sat down to dish on their latest albums ahead or after its release.

After 10 years of special performances, exclusive interviews and some name changes (AOL Sessions, AOL Music Sessions), the intimate concert series ended abruptly in 2013.

While others (Walmart Soundcheck and Yahoo! Pepsi Smash) have attempted to capture their own exclusive studio performance moments, nothing beats holding the house phone hostage so no uses it so you could use dial-up to watch your faves spill the tea on their album and sing your favorite cut track.

In the spirit of nostalgia, we compiled a list of 20 memorable performances from the online music concert series. (Sidenote: Can you guess how we ranked the list? The answer is at the end)

Mario – “How Could You” (2005)

Mario brought his underrated vocals to Sessions @ AOL to perform his top-20 hit “How Could You” from his Turning Point album.

Keri Hilson – “Let Me Down / Beautiful Mistake” (2011)

Following the release of 2010’s No Boys Allowed, the singer-songwriter stormed Sessions to sing cuts off the new album including “Beautiful Mistake.”

Chrisette Michele – “Be Ok” (2009)

Fresh off the release of her album Epiphany, Michele revisited her I Am era with a sensational performance of “Be Ok.” The uptempo number won a Grammy in 2009 for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

Keyshia Cole – “Love” (2005)

Sporting her signature orange hair and a casual outfit, The Way it Is singer belted her powerful ballad “Love” for online viewers.

Monica – “It All Belongs to Me” (2012)

While this Rico Love-written track is a duet with Brandy, the New Life vocalist stripped down the record and took it on alone with some help from three backup singers.

Jennifer Hudson – “I Remember Me” (2011)

There are not many artists who can sit on a stool, sing their hearts out and still be on key. Jennifer Hudson is one of them. She delivered a stellar performance of “I Remember Me,” the title track of her 2011 album.

Tyrese – “Stay” (2012)

Tyrese accepted an Open Invitation to AOL Sessions in 2012 where he performed his soulful tune “Stay.” The song spent 11 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart.

Ashanti – “Rock wit U (Awww Baby)” (2003)

The then-Murder Inc front-women was on point with all aww babies for her first time at Sessions. And catch how Ashanti barely opened her eyes during this performance of “Rock wit U (Awww Baby).” We love a dizzy queen.

Faith Evans – “I Love You” (2005)

The First Lady had viewers in their feelings with “I Love You” from her 2001 album Faithfully. Did you peep Meelah, lead singer of 702, singing backup?

Toni Braxton – “He Wasn’t Man Enough” (2005)

The sultry tone diva came to Sessions to promote material from her Libra album. She also revisited The Heat era and sung “He Wasn’t Man Enough” alongside her sisters Trina and Tamar Braxton.

Fantasia – “Bittersweet” (2010)

Donning a black dress with silver shoulder embroidery, the Back to Me singer left it all on stage with her mind-blowing performance of “Bittersweet.” She reprised the emotionally charged ballad with more personal lyrics.

The-Dream – “I Luv Your Girl” (2013)

The Radio Killa paid a visit to AOL Sessions in 2013 to promote IV Play. While there, the versatile musician dropped the auto-tune and bared his natural singing voice for his wavy performance of “I Luv Your Girl” off his debut album, Love Hate.

Ne-Yo – “So Sick” (2006)

The singer-songwriter had us “So Sick” with his first-ever AOL Music Sessions visit. The heartbreak song topped several Billboard charts including the Hot 100 for two consecutive weeks.

Chris Brown – “Winner” (2006)

The young Breezy had girls all over the world screaming at their computer screens with his performance of “Winner” off his self-titled album.

Brian McKnight — “Back to One” (2003)

Brian McKnight was one of the first R&B artists to grace the AOL studio. He performed his classic song “Back at One” from his 1999 album under the same name.

Earth Wind & Fire – “The Way You Move” (2005)

Supported by a full band, the legendary group got us out our seats to dance along to “The Way You Move” from their 2005 Illumination album.

Kelly Rowland – “Like This” featuring Eve (2007)

Ms. Kelly invited rapper Eve to perform their fierce collaboration “Like This.” Hopefully, no one hurt themselves trying to reenact this dance number.

John Legend – “So High” (2004)

Seated behind his instrument of choice, Legend had us levitating as he wonderfully sung “So High” from his debut album, Get Lifted.

Alicia Keys – “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” – (2010)

Alicia Keys rarely steps from behind her piano to perform music. But she did for the majority of her 2010 Sessions to perform past and present tunes including “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” from The Element of Freedom.

Mary J. Blige – “Take Me As I Am” (2005)

It was all or nothing at all with the Queen of the Hip Hop Soul’s moving performance of “Take Me As I Am” from The Breakthrough.

Rihanna – “Unfaithful” (2007)

The Unapologetic artist starred on the Sessions for three album eras: A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R. Her amazing performance of “Unfaithful” in 2007 is a standout though.

Beyoncé – “Me, Myself and I” (2008)

Although she was there to promote B’Day and its singles (“Irreplaceable”), it was Yoncé’s breathing performance of “Me, Myself and I” alongside her incredible background singers The Mamas that stole the show.

Give up yet? The list of performances was ranked by the artists’ number of Grammy nominations. Beyoncé has the most (63) nods out of all the artists featured on this list while Mario and Keri Hilson have the least (2).

Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign Release ‘The Light’ Video

Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign bring “The Light” to a skating rink parking lot in their new video.

Shot at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale, Calif., the two R&B heartthrobs invite the flyest guys and gals to make late-night summer memories. With the nostalgic tune blasting in the lot, social media sensation Dan Rue and other cool dancers put on a dance battle for party-goers.

“The Light” is the first single from Jeremih and Ty’s upcoming joint album, MihTy, which is expected to arrive later this summer.

MihTy isn’t the only thing Jeremih and Ty have in common these days. The latter hitmaker is working on a joint project with Teyana Taylor while Jeremih is hitting the road with her for a summer tour.

Watch Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign’s “The Light” video below.

Listen to Justin Timberlake’s New Summer Jam ‘Soulmate’

Justin Timberlake is adding his name to the “song of the summer” pool with his brand new song titled “Soulmate.” On the lively track, Timberlake uses his persuasive charm to sweep his lady of choice off her feet — but for “only one night.”

“I love your heartbeat givin’ me rhythm / And I can feel your frequency, so unique / In other words, such a freak, set me free,” he coos.

“Soulmate” is the first recording since Timberlake’s February release, Man of the Woods. He is currently on supporting the album on his world tour under the same name. Man of the Woods is the follow-up to his 2013 efforts The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, which were both produced primarily by Timbaland.

Groove to “Soulmate” below.

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