CHART CHECK: Chris Brown’s ‘Loyal’ Enters Top 20 On Hot 100 + Kelly Price Notches Top 10 On Adult R&B Songs Chart

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Our first Chart Check of April reveals how high Chris Brown’s new single “Loyal” rose on the Hot 100 after the release of its accompanying music video. We also see what former “R&B Divas: LA” star earned a top ten on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart and where Christon Gray’s “School of Roses” album debuted on the R&B Albums chart.

Dates range from: March 27 – April 3 (Billboard)

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Photo Credit: iTunes

Billboard Hot 100

Newly crowned judge for next season’s “The Voice” Pharrell Williams enjoys another week atop the Hot 100 chart. His feel-good tune “Happy” rules at No. 1 for the sixth consecutive week.

John Legend’s heartwarming ballad “All of Me” rests at No. 2 for a second week.

Chris Brown’s personal issues isn’t stopping his Nic Nac produced single “Loyal” from rising on the charts. With the help of its star-studded visuals, the lead single from his “X” album springs from No. 31 to No. 14 in its eleventh week on the chart.

Justin Timberlake’s “Not A Bad Thing” bounces seven slots to No. 20 in its fifth week. This achievement earns Timberlake his 11th top 20 single on the Hot 100 chart as a solo artist.

Beyoncé’s latest radio single “Partition” dips from No. 37 to No. 38.

Here is a list of R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 8 (last week: No. 9)
Beyoncé – “Drunk in Love” – No. 11 (last week: No. 10)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 30 (last week: No. 30 – second week)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 44 (last week: No. 48)

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Photo Credit: iTunes

Billboard 200

In its fourth week, Pharrell’s sophomore album “G I R L” tip-toes back into the top five at No. 5 (last week: No. 6). Last week, the album sold 25,000 copies, which helped it reach 217,000 albums sold to date.

Beyoncé’s self-titled fifth album stands at No. 14 after resting at No. 11 last week. The visual album sold 16,000 copies last week, totaling 1,905,000 albums sold to date.

With 7,700 copies sold this week, Jhené Aiko’s “Sail Out” EP dips four spots to No. 45. The debut EP has sold 189,000 copies to date.

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard 200 chart.
Aloe Blacc – “Life Your Spirit” – No. 19 (last week: No. 19)
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 20 (last week: No. 22)
Bruno Mars – “Unorthodox Jukebox” – No. 35 (last week: No. 33)
Ledisi – “The Truth” – No. 70 (last week: No. 42)
Bruno Mars – “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” – No. 79 (last week: No. 80)
R. Kelly – “Black Panties” – No. 88 (last week: No. 79)

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Photo Credit: iTunes

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

1. Pharrell – “G I R L”
2. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
3. Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit”
4. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
5. Christon Gray – “School of Roses” (HOT DEBUT)

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 6 (last week: No. 5)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 7 (last week: No. 8)
Ledisi – “The Truth” – No. 9 (last week: No. 6)
Ashanti – “Braveheart” – No. 13 (last week: No. 11)
TGT – “Three Kings” – No. 14 (last week: No. 24)
Jacquees – “19” EP – No. 15 (DEBUT)
Candice Glover – “Music Speaks” – No. 19 (last week: No. 15)
August Alsina – “Downtown: Life Under the Gun” EP – No. 24 (last week: No. 20)

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Photo Credit: jheneAiko/Soundcloud

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

R&B soul artist Aloe Blacc’s critically-acclaimed single “The Man” off his new album “Lift Your Spirit,” relaxes at No. 4 for a second week.

“Loyal” by Chris Brown eyes the top five at No. 6 this week (last week: No. 10).

For the third week in a row, Yoncé’s “Partition” stays on its knees at No. 12. Meanwhile, Jhené Aiko’s authentic record “The Worst” shifts up one spot to No. 13 after spending two weeks at No. 14.

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)
Beyoncé – “Drunk in Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 5 (last week: No. 5)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 9 (last week: No. 9)
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 31

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Photo Credit: eone-music/Soundcloud

Billboard Adult R&B Songs

After taking over the top spot from John Legend’s “All of Me” (No. 2) last week, “Happy” by Pharrell spends its second week at No. 1.

“I Blame You” by soul diva Ledisi makes its entrance into the top five at No. 5. (last week: No. 6).

A day shy of her birthday, Kelly Price’s upbeat single “It’s My Time” breaks into the top ten at No. 10, after occupying the No. 13 position last week. Meanwhile, Leela James’ soulful duet “Say That” featuring Anthony Hamilton climbs from No. 15 to No. 12.

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s duet “Where Did We Go Wrong” creeps to No. 16 after holding the No. 17 position last week.

Pendulum recording artist Shaliek’s sophomore single “Ain’t Supposed to Cry,” lifted from his debut album “Blood Sweat Tears,” stands at No. 18 this week. (last week: No. 19)

Tank’s celebratory record “You’re My Star” hikes four spots from No. 24 to No. 20 during its second week on the chart.

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. 3 (last week: No. 4)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No. 6 (last week: No. 5)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 9 (last week: No. 10)
Joe & Kelly Rowland – “Love & Sex (Part 2)” – No. 11 (last week: No. 11)
Mali Music – “Beautiful” – No. 14
Candice Glover – “Cried” – No. 19 (last week: No. 16)
Mariah Carey – “You’re Mine (Eternal)” – No. 23 (last week: No. 20)

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Billboard Hot R&B Songs

This week, “Happy” by Pharrell spends its eighth week atop the chart. His achievement keeps John Legend’s “All of Me” at No. 2 for another week.

While Chris Brown’s “Loyal” increases one spot to No. 6, “Na Na” by Trey Songz descends one spot from No. 6 to Brown’s position last week.

“The Worst,” by Jhené Aiko hangs out at No. 10 for a fourth week.

K. Michelle’s “Can’t Raise A Man” remains idle at No. 14 this week. (last week: No. 13).

After debuting at No. 25 last week, Ledisi’s Chucky Harmony produced single “I Blame You” treks to No. 24 in its second week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart.
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 4 (last week: No. 4)
Beyoncé – “Drunk in Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 5 (last week: No. 5)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 9 (last week: No. 9)
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 15 (last week: No. 16)
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest of My Life” – No. 22 (last week: No. 20)

(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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Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots to Headline Smokin’ Grooves Festival

The performance lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves Festival has been announced. Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots are set to headline the event, which takes plance on June 16 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Other artists on the bill include Jhene Aiko, NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), H.E.R., Majid Jordan, dvsn, Tiara Thomas, Lion Babe, Arin Ray, Ravyn Lenae, Omarion and THEY, to name a few.

While Badu doesn’t have a new project out, fans will be expecting to hear her classic records. Miguel and Jhené Aiko will promote their latest albums. The latter artist released her  sophomore album Trip last September, while Miguel delivered his third album, War & Leisure, in December.

Tickets are on sale now at

See the complete Smokin’ Grooves lineup below.

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