CHART CHECK: Beyoncé’s ‘Partition’ Flies High On Billboard + Kelly Price Debuts Top 30 On Adult R&B Songs Chart

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‘Yoncé’s “Partition” is all on the charts like liquor.

In this week’s installment of Chart Check, check out how high Beyoncé’s “Partition” jumped on the Hot 100 and Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Aside from Bey’s chart success, Pharrell waves hello to everyone below his “Happy” single at the top of the Hot 100, Kelly Price’s “It’s My Time” debuts on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart and Jhené Aiko earns a top 20 single on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Dates range from: February 27 – March 6 (Billboard)

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Photo Credit: iTunes

Billboard 200

Beyoncé’s self-titled album stands as the only R&B album in the top ten this week at No. 10 (Last week: No. 5). Her fifth studio set has sold 1,823,000 copies to date.

While Bruno Mars’ second album “Unorthodox Jukebox” sold 19,000 sold last week, the album still dips eight spots to No. 16.

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s “Love, Marriage & Divorce” album drops out the top ten this week, resting at No. 19. Their joint effort sold 15,000 last week, totaling 136,000 copies sold to date.

Jhené Aiko’s EP “Sail Out” sails one spot down to No. 33. Meanwhile, R. Kelly’s “Black Panties” album shifts down from No. 28 to No. 34. Earlier this week, the King of R&B announced he’s dropping a sequel to his twelfth album called “White Panties.”

In its second week, Candice Glover’s debut album “Music Speaks” stands at No. 35 after debuting at No. 14.

With 12,000 copies sold last week, Justin Timberlake’s album “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” slides down from No. 21 to No. 26. His fall 2013 release has sold 901,000 copies to date.

K. Michelle’s and Tamar Braxton’s latest albums stand back to back this week. Michelle’s “Rebellious Soul” (214,000 albums sold) descends from No. 48 to No. 56. Braxton’s sophomore effort “Love & War” (361, 000 albums sold) dips ten spots to No. 57. Both albums have peaked No. 2.

Here is a list of other R&B album positions on the Billboard 200 chart.
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 20 (Last week: No. 16)
Bruno Mars – “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” – No. 46 (Last week: No. 41)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 84 (Last week: No. 84)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No. 92 (Last week: No. 83)

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Photo Credit: jtimberlakeVEVO

Billboard Hot 100

While Pharrell’s song “Happy” didn’t win an Oscar for Best Original Score on last Sunday, it still reigns at No. 1 for a second week.

After storming into the top five last week from No. 11, John Legend’s “All Of Me” spends another week at No. 4.

“Drunk In Love” shifts down from No. 5 to No. 7. However, Bey’s new single “Partition” earns top 30 success this week. With the help of its raunchy video and radio airplay, the sexual record skyrocketed from No. 97 to No. 23 in its eighth week.

Chris Brown’s blazing single “Loyal” featuring French Montana and Lil’ Wayne moves up six spots to No. 42. Trey Songz’s “Na Na” rises seven positions to No. 48.

Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” rises from No. 74 to No. 66 in its fourth week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the Hot 100 chart.
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty” – No. 3
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 13
Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell & T.I. – “Blurred Lines” – No. 39
Rico Love- “They Don’t Know” – No. 73
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 98

Hot 100 Debuts
Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing” – No. 65

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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. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
2. Toni Braxton, Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce”
3. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
4. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
5. Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP

Here is a list of R&B album positions on the R&B Albums chart.
Candice Glover – “Music Speaks” – No. 7 (Last week: No. 3 – Debut)
K. Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No. 8 – (Last week: No. 9)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 10 – (Last week: No. 11)
Sevyn Streeter – “Call Me Crazy, But…” EP – No. 12 (Last week: No. 16)
Ruben Studdard – “Unconditional Love” – No. 15 (Last week: No. 13)

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Photo Credit: eone-music/Soundcloud

Billboard Adult R&B Songs

John Legend’s love ballad “All Of Me” scores its fifth consecutive week at No. 1. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s heartwarming tune “4 The Rest of My Life” stands at No. 2 for another week.

Jennifer Hudson’s, Beyoncé’s and Ron Isley’s current top ten songs all drop one spot this week. Hudson’s Pharrell-produced cut “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” stands at No. 8. Yoncé’s “Drunk In Love” featuring JAY Z rests at No. 9. Mr. Biggs duet “My Favorite Thing” featuring Kem bows at No. 10.

After debuting at No. 21 last week, Joe’s grown-and-sexy track “Love & Sex (Part 2)” featuring Kelly Rowland enters into the top 20 at No. 19.

UK soul crooner Daley’s “Look Up,” off his debut album “Days & Nights,” re-enters the chart at No. 20. The smooth record has reached No. 18.

Noel Gourdin’s latest single “Heaven Knows” shifts from No. 23 to No. 29 in its fifth week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the Adult R&B Songs chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No.3
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No. 4
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 18
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 23

Adult R&B Songs debuts
Kelly Price – “It’s My Time” – No. 24
Mariah Carey – “You’re Mine (Eternal)” – No. 27

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Photo Credit: YouTube

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Yoncé’s “Partition” cross the threshold of the top ten this week. Her club jam presses the gas and travels uphill from No. 29 to No. 9. The song now celebrates top ten success with her previously released tune “Drunk In Love,” which stands at No. 4 for another week.

This achievement becomes her third time having two songs in the top ten at the same time.

  • “Love on Top” and “Party” feat. Andre 3000 (2012)

  • “Diva” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2009)

Chris Brown’s “Loyal” stays seated at No. 11 for a second week. While Trey Songz’s “Na Na” moves up from No. 13 to No. 12.

Fisticuffs-produced cut “The Worst” by Jhené Aiko breaks into the top 20 at No. 18 in week seven.

Def Jam artist August Alsina’s “Ghetto” shifts from No. 37 to No. 40.

After debuting at No. 24 and falling to No. 41, Mariah Carey’s “You’re Mine (Eternal)” moves down again to No. 47 in its third week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 3
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 21
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 26
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest Of My Life” – No. 42
Janelle Monaé & Miguel – “PrimeTime” – No. 45

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

Billboard Hot R&B Songs

Pharrell stays “Happy” for a fourth week at the top spot. John Legend’s “All Of Me” pumps his breaks at No. 3 for a second week.

Soul singer Aloe Blacc’s DJ Khalil-assembled tune “The Man” stands at No. 5 in its fourth week.

While Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” is hung over at No. 4 for another week, her bass-heavy track “Partition” leaps up eleven spots to No. 6. It marks the song’s highest peak position on that chart — so far. Bey’s Hit-Boy-produced record “XO” moves down from No. 15 to No. 16.

Rico Love’s and K. Michelle’s top 20 singles rises up one spot this week. Love’s infectious jam “They Don’t Know” climbs to No. 13.
K. Michelle’s ladies anthem “Can’t Raise A Man” moves up from No. 16 to No. 15.

After spending last week at No. 19, “PrimeTime” by Janelle Monaé & Miguel steps three spots backwards to No. 22. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s “4 The Rest of My Life” moves three spots forward from No. 24 to No. 21.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the Hot R&B Songs chart.
Chris Brown featuring French Montana & Lil’ Wayne – “Loyal” – No. 8
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 9
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 12
August Alsina feat. Rich Homie Quan/Yo Gotti – “Ghetto” – No. 19
Mariah Carey – “You’re Mine (Eternal)” – No. 23

(Sources: 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).

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.

Listen to June’s Diary Debut EP ‘All of Us’

June’s Diary has finally released new music. The R&B quintet has dropped their debut EP titled All of Us.

On the six-track project, the ladies (Brienna, Kristal, Shyann, Gabby, Ashley) compliment each other with their beautiful vocal arrangements while giving listeners an endless amount of listenable tunes. The EP includes guests appearances from rapper Trina and singer/actor Jussie Smollett.

Before releasing All of Us, the group detailed on Instagram what derailed the release of new music after rising to fame and L.A. Reid’s departure from Epic Records. “We’ve faced so many challenges working as independent artists to create music we love, music that inspires us, music that makes us feel, and on our own terms,” said June’s Diary in a joint statement. “But all these setbacks have only made us stronger and have brought us closer together.”

They added, “Industry b.s. aside, we believe in music and R&B and this is just the beginning for us. Thank you sooooo much for being patient and riding so hard for us.”

In 2017, the five-star act released two songs called “I Know Why You Calling” and “Broken Record.” The group also released The Male Edition, a mixtape that features covers of some of music’s best male groups, including Jagged Edge’s “Where The Party At?” and Shai’s “If I Ever Fall in Love Again.”

Listen to All of Us below.