CHART CHECK: Aloe Blacc Scores Top Ten On Billboard 200 & Hot 100 + Trey Songz Earns Fifth Top 40 Hit On Hot 100

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In this week’s installment of Chart Check, check out where Aloe Blacc’s third studio effort “Lift Your Spirit” debuted at on the Billboard 200. Also, find out where his latest single “The Man” landed at in the top ten of the Hot 100. Read how many album copies Ledisi’s newest album “The Truth” sold in its first week, if Ashanti’s “Braveheart” album maintained its position in the top ten of the Billboard 200 for a second week and much more.

Dates range from – March 13 – March 20 (Billboard)

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Photo Credit: iTunes

Billboard 200

R&B/soul artist Aloe Blacc’s “Lift Your Spirit” sells 45,414 in its first week sales. Blacc’s third effort debuted at No. 4.

Pharrell’s sophomore collection “G I R L” stands at No. 5 this week after debuting at No. 2. His new project sold 45,242 last week, totaling 157,776 since March 3.

Ledisi’s new soulful offering “The Truth” bows at No.14 with 19,711 copies sold in its opening week.

Six months later, John Legend’s “Love in the Future” album continues to be supported by music listeners. His fourth studio album pushes 13,000 copies last week, standing at No. 21 this week. (last week: No. 24).

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s magical duets album rises one spot to No.28, selling 10,000 copies last week. Their joint album has sold 158,000 copies since February 4.

Jhené Aiko’s “Sail Out” EP climbs five spots to No. 33 this week.

Last week, Ashanti’s long-awaited album “Braveheart” debuted at No. 10. Her new album bungee jumps 33 positions to No. 43 in its second week.

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard 200 chart.
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 11 (last week: No. 12)
Bruno Mars – “Unorthodox Jukebox” – No. 22
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 49
R. Kelly – “Black Panties” – No. 55
Bruno Mars – “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” – No. 62
K. Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No. 80

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Billboard Hot 100

After spending two weeks at No. 7, Beyoncé’s Jay Z assisted track “Drunk In Love” stumbles down one spot to No. 8 this week. Her additional Hot 100 entry, “Partition” dips three spots to No. 36.

Aloe Blacc earns his first top ten as a solo artist with his buzzing single “The Man.” The DJ Khalil produced track hikes two positions to No. 10. His previous top ten song “Wake Me Up” as a featured artist peaked at No. 4 in 2013.

Chris Brown’s latest single “Loyal” rises one spot to No. 34. The video teaser for the single was released earlier this week.

After spending last week at No. 46, “Na Na” by Trey Songz climbs 11 spots to No. 35 in its eighth week. It marks his fifth top 40 hit.

In its third week, Justin Timberlake’s “Not A Bad Thing” stands at No. 42 after relaxing at No. 67 last week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (fourth week at No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 3 (second week at No. 3)
Jason Derulo – “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz – No. 4
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – featuring Pharrell & T.I. – No. 48
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 53
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 95

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Photo Credit: iTunes

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

1. Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit” (Hot Debut)
2. Pharrell – “G I R L” (last week: No. 1 – debut)
3. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
4. Ledisi – “The Truth” – (Debut)
5. John Legend – “Love in the Future”

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 6 (last week: No. 5)
Ashanti – “Braveheart” – No. 8 (last week: No. 2 – debut)
R. Kelly – “Black Panties” – No. 10 (last week: No. 8)
Ruben Studdard – “Unconditional Love” – No. 12 (last week: No. 23)
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No. 13 (last week: No. 11)
Candice Glover – “Music Speaks” – No. 14 (last week: No. 10)
The Weeknd – “Kiss Land” – No. 18 (last week: No. 24)
TGT – “Three Kings” – No. 23 (last week: No. 15)

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Photo Credit: Stratus Digital Marketing/Soundcloud

Billboard Adult R&B Songs Chart

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s powerful duet “Hurt You” moves down one spot to No. 5 this week. Their latest duet “Where Did We Go Wrong” stands at No. 17.

Ledisi’s and Ron Isley’s latest singles remain in their exact spots from last week. Ledisi’s “I Blame You” remains at No. 7 for a second week. Meanwhile, Mr. Biggs’ “My Favorite Thing” featuring Kem rests at No. 11.

Joe’s duet “Love & Sex (Part 2)” featuring Kelly Rowland climbs to No. 13 this week after standing at No. 14 last week.

In its third week, Kelly Price’s motivating song “It’s My Time” rises three spots to No. 15.

Both singles by Candice Glover and Aloe Blacc move up two spots this week. Glover’s Jazmine Sullivan penned single “Cried” increases to No. 18. Blacc’s “The Man” ascends to No. 20 in its seventh week, becoming him a top 20 single.

After debuting at No. 23 last week, Shaliek’s new single “Ain’t Supposed To Cry” moves up to No. 22.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 1 (seventh week at No. 1)
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest of My Life” – No. 3
Jennifer Hudson “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” ft. T.I. – No. 10
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 14
Mali Music – “Beautiful” – No. 16
Mariah Carey – “You’re Mine (Eternal)” – No. 21
Ruben Studdard – “Love, Love, Love” – No. 25

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Photo Credit: iTunes

Billboard Hot R&B Songs

John Legend’s and Aloe Blacc’s latest singles remain seated in last week’s positions for a second week. Legend’s heartfelt ballad “All of Me” stands at No. 2. Meanwhile, Blacc’s “The Man” rests at No. 5.

Chris Brown’s addictive track “Loyal” moves up one spot to No. 7. While Trey Songz’s DJ Mustard produced track “Na Na” tip-toes from No.9 to No. 8.

Beyoncé’s “Partition” falls two spots to No. 9.

Mariah Carey’s “You’re Mine (Eternal)” shifts four spots forward to No. 21.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Hot R&B Songs chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (sixth week at No. 1)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” – No. 4
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 10
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 14
Janelle Monaé & Miguel – “PrimeTime” – No. 20
August Alsina “Ghetto” featuring Rich Homie Quan/Yo Gotti – No. 25

Photo Credit: kmichelle/Instagram
Photo Credit: kmichelle/Instagram

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

R&B’s soulman John Legend’s “All of Me” holds its position at No. 2 for a second week.

Yoncé’s bass-heavy track “Partition” reverses from No. 10 to No. 12. Meanwhile, Chris Brown’s “Loyal” takes over the No. 10 position after rising from No. 11.

Trey Songz’s “Na Na” resides at No. 11 this week. (last week: No. 12)

In its seventh week, K. Michelle’s fan-favorite single “Can’t Raise A Man” moves up three spots to No. 25.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1(last week: No. 1)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” – No. 4 (last week: No. 4)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 14
Beyoncé – “XO” – No. 35
Mariah Carey – “You’re Mine (Eternal)” – No. 45
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest of My Life” – No. 48

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

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at

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Miguel Announces ‘The Ascension Tour’

Miguel is hitting the road this fall. The Grammy-winning singer has announced his Ascension Tour, which kicks off later this summer. The 26-date tour will feature special guests R&B duo dvsn and emerging singer Nonchalant Savant.

The North American tour, which is the follow-up to this year’s War & Leisure Tour, will begin on August 23 in Boston. Miguel and his crew will hit other major cities along the way including Chicago, Toronto, Indianapolis, D.C., Los Angeles and Dallas, before wrapping up on September 28 in Seattle.

In addition to his solo dates, Miguel’s itinerary includes festival appearances such as Afropunk in Brooklyn, Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, ONE MusicFest in Atlanta and Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas.

On June 24, Miguel will perform live at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. In July, he will be appearing at Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

Tickets for The Ascension Tour go on sale on Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. local time via Miguel’s official website.

The Ascension Tour Dates
August 23 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavillion
August 24 – Mashantucket, CT @ The Grand Theater
August 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ AFROPUNK
August 26 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
August 28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Mural Theatre
August 29 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater
August 31 – Chicago, IL @North Coast Festival
September 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made In America Festival
September 4 – Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
September 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 7 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival
September 8 – Atlanta, GA @ ONE MusicFest
September 11 – San Antonio @ Majestic Theatre
September 12 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
September 14 – Denver, CO @ Grandoozy
September 16 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
September 17 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
September 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
September 20 – San Jose, CA @ Event Center at San Jose State University
September 21 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
September 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
September 24 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 25 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
September 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
September 28 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater

Watch the video for “R.A.N.” from the Superfly soundtrack.

Beyoncé and JAY-Z Release Joint Album ‘Everything Is Love’

Beyoncé and JAY-Z surprise fans with the release of their highly anticipated joint album, Everything is Love. The nine-track offering includes guest appearances from Pharrell Williams (“Nice”) and Migos (“Apeshit”).

The powerful couple is currently on the European leg of their On The Run II Tour. The North American leg will kick off on July 25 in Cleaveland, with stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit and Los Angeles.

Stream Everything Is Love on Tidal.

Watch their visual for “Apeshit” below.

Miguel, Daniel Caesar and SiR to Perform at 2018 BET Awards

R&B music will be well-represented at this year’s BET Awards. Daniel Caesar, Miguel and SiR have been added to the lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the 18th annual award show.

As previously announced, Janelle Monae, Ella Mai and H.E.R. will bring perform material from their new and forthcoming releases.

Along with announcing more performers, the BET Networks has selected Chloe x Halle, Bobby Brown, Trevor Jackson and Jacob Latimore to present awards to winners.

The 2018 BET Awards nominations were revealed last month with Rihanna and SZA among the top nominees. Bruno Mars, Bryson Tiller and Chris Brown each landed three nominations.

The 2018 BET Awards, hosted by Jamie Foxx,  will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

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