CHART CHECK: August Alsina, Jason Derulo Debut Top Ten On Billboard 200 + Chris Brown Gains 11th Top Ten On Hot 100

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Our April installment of Chart Check concludes with the latest details on where August Alsina’s and Jason Derulo’s new album entered on the Billboard charts including the Billboard 200. We discover where Chris Brown’s latest “X” offering “Loyal” landed this week on the Hot 100. Also, we see whose singles are close to entering the top ten of the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. In addition, we provide fans with an update on the Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs chart where a new number-one song has been crowned.

Dates range: April 17 – April 24 (Billboard)

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As reported earlier this week, Def Jam artist August Alsina’s debut album “Testimony” bows at No. 2. His first album sold 67, 171 copies in its opening week.

Mainstream superstar Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” release arrived at No. 4 and sold 44, 374 in its first week.

After standing at No. 2 last week, “G I R L” by creative artist Pharrell drops to No. 7 in its seventh week. The album pushed 32, 858 last week and brings the sophomore set total sales to 304, 376 album copies sold to date.

“The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” by Justin Timberlake scales seven spots higher to No. 45 this week. The “Suit & Tie” singer’s fourth studio album has sold 947, 000 since September 2013.

While Aloe Blacc’s wants to “Lift Your Spirit” with his latest project, the musical piece finds itself dropping in chart positions. The album dips 20 spots to No. 60 in its sixth week.

Here is a list of other R&B albums (top 100) on the Billboard 200 chart
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 12 (last week: No. 16)
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 29 (last week: No. 21)
Bruno Mars – “Unorthodox Jukebox” – No. 40 (last week: No. 31)
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 53 (last week: No. 46)
SoMo – “SoMo” – No. 67 (last week: No. 6 – debut)
Bruno Mars – “Doo Wops & Hooligans” – No. 87 (last week: No. 85)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 94 (last week: No. 71)

chris-brown-loyalBillboard Hot 100

Jason Derulo’s single “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz makes a u-turn to No. 3 this week after spending several weeks at No. 4.

“Not A Bad Thing” by Justin Timberlake crashes into top ten at No. 8 this week (last week: No. 12). This deserving achievement helps the soul artist score his ninth top ten on this chart.

While Timberlake enjoys top ten success this week, so does Chris Brown. The Virginia native’s playful single “Loyal” moves up two spots to No. 9. This accomplishment earns Brown his eleventh top ten single as a lead artist.

“Na Na” by Trey Songz backtracks three spots to No. 25. Meanwhile, Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” reverses four positions to No. 47.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (ninth week at No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 2 (fifth week at No. 2)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 12 (last week: No. 9)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 34 (last week: No. 34)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 37 (last week: No. 27)

the-20-20-experience-part-2-rated-rnbBillboard R&B Albums

In their respective order, here are the top five R&B albums among R&B acts.

1. August Alsina – “Testimony” (Hot Debut)
2. Pharrell – “G I R L”
3. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
4. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
5. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2”

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.
Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit” – No. 7 (last week: No. 6)
SoMo – “SoMo” – No. 8 (last week: No. 2 – debut)
Ledisi – “The Truth” – No. 10 (last week: No. 10)
SZA – “Z” – No. 15 (last week: No. 5 – debut)
August Alsina – “Downtown: Life Under the Gun” EP – No. 19 (last week: No. 21)
Ashanti – “Braveheart” – No. 20 (last week: No. 17)

toni braxton - baby face where did we go wrongBillboard Adult R&B Songs

Robin Thicke’s smooth track “4 The Rest of My Life” makes one baby step to No. 3 after spending last week at No. 4. The song peaked at No. 1 for five consecutive weeks.

Jhené Aiko’s and Kelly Price’s new singles remain at the their same positions from last week. Aiko’s Fistcuffs produced single “The Worst” stays at No. 7. Price’s motivational anthem “It’s My Time” lingers at No. 8 in its eighth week.

After entering the top ten at No. 10 last week, Joe’s lovers’ joint “Love & Sex (Part 2)” shifts upward to No. 9 this week.

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s love ballad “Where Did We Go Wrong” eyes the top ten at No. 11. Meanwhile, Pendulum Records artist Shaliek’s “Ain’t Supposed To Cry” stands behind at No. 12 (last week: No. 14).

In its sixth week, “Legs Shakin’” by R. Kelly rises from No. 20 to No. 19. The Chi-Town native announced earlier this week that he will release a 35-track double disc collection called “The Essential R. Kelly” album next month.

Beyoncé’s provocative single “Partition” squeezes into the top 20 at No. 20 this week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.
Pharrell – No. 1 (fifth week at No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 2 (fourth week at No. 2)
Ledisi – “I Blame You” – No. 5 (last week: No. 5)
Mali Music – “Beautiful” – No. 10 (last week: No. 9)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 13 (last week: No. 11)
Tank – “You’re My Star” – No. 16 (last week: No. 17)
Alicia Keys feat. Kendrick Lamar – “It’s On Again” – No. 17 (last week: No. 18)
Mariah Carey – “You’re Mine (Eternal)” – No. 26 (last week: No. 23)

john legendBillboard Rhythmic Songs

According to, the Rhythmic Songs chart consists of the week’s most-played rhythmic pop songs, ranked by radio airplay detections on rhythmic-formatted stations, as measured by Nielsen BDS.

Congratulations to John Legend. His sincere ballad “All of Me” hops two spaces to No. 1 this week. This feat pushed “Happy” by Pharrell down to No. 3 and ended the single’s one-week streak atop the chart.

Chris Brown’s Nic-Nac produced record “Loyal” hurdles from No. 4 to No. 2.

Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” rides two positions north and parks at No. 12 this week. Meanwhile, “Not A Bad Thing” by Justin Timberlake springs from No. 17 to No. 14 in its fifth week.

“2 On” by young talent, Tinashe climbs six slots to No. 24 in week three.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart.
Jason Derulo “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz – No. 4 (last week: No. 3)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 5 (last week: No. 5)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 7 (last week: No. 7)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 15 (last week: No. 11)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 17 (last week: No. 13)

rico loveBillboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

“All of Me” by John Legend hikes to No. 3, which pushes “Partition” by Beyoncé to No. 4.

Chris Brown’s and Beyoncé’s singles trade places this week. Brown’s “Loyal” breaks into the top five at No. 5. Yoncé’s “Drunk in Love” drops to No. 6.

Sevyn Streeter’s “It’s Won’t Stop” halts at No. 19 for another week. While her latest single “nEXt” off her “Call Me Crazy, But…” EP hops one spot to No. 25.

Producer-artist Rico Love’s new song “B*tches Be Like” climbs four spots to No. 36 in its second week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (sixth consecutive week at No. 1)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 2 (last week: No. 2)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 10 (last week: No. 10)
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 16 (last week: No. 15)
Ledisi – “I Blame You” – No. 22 (last week: No. 22)
Mila J – “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up” – No. 33 (last week: No. 46 – debut)
R. Kelly – “Legs Shakin’” – No. 35 (last week: No. 38)
Anthony Lewis – “Candy Rain” featuring Billy Bang – No. 41 (last week: No. 44 – debut)
Sebastian Mikael – “Forever” – No. 48 (last week: No. 50 – debut)

(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.

SZA Shares Video for ‘Garden (Say It Like Dat)’ Co-Starring Donald Glover

SZA embarks on a love quest with Donald Glover in the visual for “Garden (Say It Like Dat).”

In the captivating video, SZA takes a trip to the bush to share private, enchanting moments with her love (played by Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover). The singer also journeys to a mountaintop where she finds her mother sitting on a throne, made out of pretty plants. As the video capped, SZA’s grandmother bestowed her with some wise words.

“Garden (Say It Like Dat)” is the seventh song from SZA’s CTRL album to receive a visual. She recently released a martial arts inspired clip for “Doves in the Wind” featuring Kendrick Lamar.

This June, the Top Dawg Entertainment singer will perform at this year’s BET Experience.

Watch the video 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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