CHART CHECK: Trey Songz’s ‘Na Na’ Rises On Billboard Charts, Tank’s ‘You’re My Star’ Debuts On Adult R&B Songs Chart

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This week’s installment of Chart Check highlights Trey Songz’s recent success with his DJ Mustard produced single, “Na Na” on the Billboard charts. We also see where Ledisi’s and Aloe Blacc’s latest albums stand on the Billboard 200 and R&B Albums chart after debuting on both charts last week. In addition, we take a look at where Tank’s and K. Michelle’s new single debuted on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart this week.

Dates range from: March 20 – March 27 (Billboard)

Photo Credit: Def Jam Records
Photo Credit: Def Jam Records

Billboard 200

After debuting three weeks ago, Pharrell’s “G I R L” album stands at No. 6 this week. His sophomore album sold 34,000 copies last week, totaling 192,000 copies since its release on March 3.

Last week Aloe Blacc’s new album “Lift Your Spirit” opened at No. 4. In week two, his third studio album falls 15 positions to No. 19, selling 15,000 copies. The album has sold 60,000 copies since March 11.

John Legend’s heartfelt collection “Love in the Future” steps one spot backwards to No. 22 this week. The album has sold 391,000 copies since September 4.

Jhené Aiko’s “Sail Out” EP descends eight spots to No. 41, selling 8,800 copies last week. Her debut EP has sold 181,000 copies since its release in November 2013.

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard 200 chart.
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 12 (last week: No. 11)
Bruno Mars – “Unorthodox Jukebox” – No. 33 (last week: No. 22)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 47 (last week: No. 49)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 51 (last week: No. 28)
R. Kelly – “Black Panties” – No. 79 (last week: No. 55)
Bruno Mars – “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” – No. 80 (last week: No. 62)
K. Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No. 97 (last week: No. 80)
Ashanti – “Braveheart” – No. 109 (last week: No. 43)

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Billboard Hot 100

As Pharrell’s Oscar-nominated single “Happy” stays at No. 1 for a fifth consecutive week, R&B crooner John Legend’s “All of Me” knocks on the back door of the top spot at No. 2 after rising from No. 3.

Teena Marie sampled track “Na Na” by Trey Songz stands at No. 30 this week after moving up five spots. This single earns Songz his fourth top 30 hit on this chart.

Following behind Songz’s “Na Na” is Chris Brown’s “Loyal,” which rests at No. 31. (last week: No. 34). He released single’s the full video earlier this week.

With the help of his scavenger love hunt music video, Justin Timberlake’s Timbaland produced track “Not A Bad Thing” jumps from No. 42 to No. 27 in its fourth week.

Cali songstress Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” travels fives positions up to No. 48.

Here is a list of other R&B Songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Jason Derulo – “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz – No. 4
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 9 (last week: No. 10)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 10
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 37
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 97

Photo credit: GQ
Photo credit: GQ

Billboard Hot R&B Songs

After three weeks, John Legend’s “All Of Me” remains at No. 2. Aloe Blacc’s “The Man,” the lead single off his new album “Lift Your Spirit,” shifts up one spot to No. 4 in its seventh week.

Trey Songz’s “Na Na” eyes the top five at No. 6 in its ninth week. (last week: No. 8).

Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” remains at No. 10 for a third week.

August Alsina’s Knucklehead produced-cut “Ghetto” featuring Yo Gotti stands at No. 21 after spending last week at No. 25.

Janelle Monáe’s Miguel assisted duet “PrimeTime” decrease two positions to No. 22. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey’s newest love song “You’re Mine (Eternal)” dips two spots to No. 23.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (seventh week at No. 1)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 5
Chris Brown “Loyal” featuring French Montana/Tyga & Lil’ Wayne – No. 7
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 9
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 13
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 16
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest of My Life” – No. 20
Tamar Braxton – “All The Way Home” – No. 25

Photo Credit: Atlantic Records/YouTube
Photo Credit: Atlantic Records/YouTube

Billboard Adult R&B Songs

Pharrell happily ends John Legend’s No. 1 streak this week. The Grammy-winning producer’s carefree single “Happy” bumps Legend’s “All of Me” from No. 1 to No. 2. Legend’s romantic tune spent seven consecutive weeks atop the chart.

Chucky Harmony-produced track “I Blame You” by Ledisi shifts up one spot to No. 6 after spending two weeks at No. 7.

In its fifth week, Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” jumps from No. 14 to No. 10. This achievement earns the Def Jam signee her first top ten on the chart.

Joe’s “Love & Sex (Part 2)” featuring Kelly Rowland eyes the top ten at No. 11

Candice Glover’s lead single “Cried” off her debut album “Music Speaks,” hop-scotches two spots to No. 16.

Mariah Carey’s and Shaliek’s latest singles made inaugural entrance into the top 20. Shaliek’s “Ain’t Suppose To Cry” increases three positions to No. 19. Carey’s Rodney Jerkins’ co-penned track “You’re Mine (Eternal)” floats to No. 21 to No. 20 in its fourth week.

After debuting at No. 23 last week, R. Kelly’s new single “Legs Shakin’” rises two spots to No. 21.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest Of My Life” – No. 4
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No. 5
Jennifer Hudson “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” – No. 9
Kelly Price – “It’s My Time” – No. 13
Mali Music – “Beautiful” – No. 14
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Where Did We Go Wrong” – No. 17
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 23
Noel Gourdin – “Heaven Knows” – No. 26

Adult R&B Songs Debuts
Tank – “You’re My Star” – No. 24
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 30

Pharrell announces GIRL album
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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. Pharrell – “G I R L”
2. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
3. Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit” (last week: No. 1 — debut)
4. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
5. Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.
Ledisi – “The Truth” – No. 6 (last week: No. 4 — debut)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 7 (last week: No. 9)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 8 (last week: No. 6)
K. Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No. 10 (last week: No. 11)
Ashanti – “Braveheart” – No. 11 (last week: No. 8)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No. 13 (last week: No. 16)
Ruben Studdard – “Unconditional Love” – No. 18 (last week: No. 12)

Photo Credit: iTunes
Photo Credit: iTunes

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart

Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” climbs from No. 5 to No. 4 in its seventh week

Beyoncé’s infectious tune “Drunk In Love” descends one spot to No. 5. Meanwhile, her explicit track “Partition” remains at No. 12 for a second week.

Trey Songz’s “Na Na” slides into the top ten at No. 9 in its ninth week. (last week: No. 11). This marks his 14th top ten as a lead artist on this chart.

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)
John Legend – “All Of Me” – No. 2 (last week: No. 2)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” ft. French Montana/Tyga & Lil’ Wayne – No. 10 (last week: No. 10)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 14 (last week: No. 14)
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 26
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 33

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

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at

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Jacquees Drops New Single ‘Inside’ Featuring Trey Songz

Jacquees teams up with Trey Songz for his latest track “Inside.”  On the mid-tempo bedroom banger, which contains an interpolation of Usher’s hit single “Nice & Slow,” Quees and Trigga ask their respective lady to keep her legs up as they please her in every way imaginable.

“When you call up my phone like you war ready/ I’m already strapped up, girl you already know / When your legs need to go, I ain’t gon’ tell you no more,” Jacquees sings on the babymaking jam. Trigga comes in at the second verse, “Lemme remind that pussy, you know it’s mine, that pussy / Know how to find that pussy, taste sweet as wine that pussy.”

“Inside” is the follow-up to Jacquees’ platinum-selling single “B.E.D.” Both songs will appear on his long-awaited debut album, 4275, which arrives on June 15 via Cash Money Records.

Listen to “Inside” below.

15 Times Missy Elliott Brought ‘FIYAH’ To R&B Music

Let’s be clear, Missy Elliott is and will always be universally relevant in the world of music.

Misdemeanor Elliott has been an unstoppable force since establishing herself as a trailblazer for R&B and hip-hop music and its culture in the early 90s. Some people, such as myself, may say they first heard Elliott and her iconic “hee-hee-hee-hee-how” line on Gina Thompson’s hit “The Things I Do.” Others may remember Elliott’s artistic expression in a large black trash bag from her 1997 video “The Rain.”

What remains consistent with those possible introductions to Ms. Elliott is R&B has been the meeting place. For instance, the chorus on “The Rain” samples “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by ‘70s soul diva Ann Peebles. Missy Elliott not only lent her rap talents to the remix of Thompson’s lead single – she co-penned the track too, which is one of the reasons why we’re here.

For the past few months, Elliott has been on Twitter sharing memories of writing and producing R&B songs for past and present artists. Rated R&B has compiled a list of Elliott’s top 15 R&B hits that she either produced, wrote or was featured on, along with a reason why they are absolute FIYAH (as Elliott would say).

Aaliyah – “One in a Million”

Written by: Melissa “Missy” Elliott & Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley
Produced by: Timbaland

“One in a Million” is FIYAH because it helped shift the direction of R&B and way we heard it with its advanced melting pot of melody and rhythmic. From Kanye West and BJ the Chicago Kid to Jay Z and Tink, the cultural impact of this record is undeniable. The song spent six weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

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Jennifer Hudson Shares ‘I’ll Fight’ from ‘RBG’ Documentary

Jennifer Hudson lends her powerful voice to the CNN Films’ documentary RBG with a moving anthem called “I’ll Fight.”

Penned by legendary songwriter Diane Warren, Hudson doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty if it means fighting for what’s right. She sings, “I’ll fight / Fight that war for you / I’ll fight / Stand and defend you / Take your side / That’s what I’m here to do.”

According to a press release, RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ‘s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Back in December 2017, Hudson released a new song “Burden Down.” She has also been selected to portray Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul in a biopic.

RBG is now playing in select theaters.

Listen to “I’ll Fight” below.

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