CHART CHECK: Pharrell’s & John Legend’s Albums Climb Back Up Billboard 200 + Joe’s ‘Sex & Love (Part 2)’ Outperforms Previous Duet

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Our latest edition of Chart Check highlights which two male R&B artists are gunning for the top ten of the Hot 100. We discuss the sales of Pharrell’s and John Legend’s latest albums and where both stand this week on the Billboard 200. In addition, this week’s Chart Check includes which male R&B veteran scores another top ten on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart and which R&B talents are dominating the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

Dates range: April 10 – April 17 (Billboard)

Billboard Hot 100

Chris Brown’s and Justin Timberlake’s latest singles are aiming for the top ten. “Loyal” by Breezy moves up one spot to No. 11. Meanwhile, the “Suit & Tie” singer’s “Not A Bad Thing” shifts from No. 14 to No. 12 in its seventh week.

Trey Songz’ “Na Na” the lead single to his new album “Trigga” bounces six positions to No. 22.

“Partition” by Beyoncé tip-toes one spot to No. 34 this week. While, Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” ascends from No. 46 to No. 43.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (eighth week at No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 2 (fourth week at No. 2)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 9 (last week: No. 9)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 27 (last week: No. 17)

Ribbet collageBillboard 200

Pharrell’s 10-track offering “G I R L” climbs from No. 9 to No. 2 in its ninth week. His sophomore album sold 29, 385 copies last week, which brings the totals sales to 271, 518 album copies sold to date.

“Love in the Future” by soul vocalist John Legend increases five spots to No. 16. Legend’s soul collection eyes gold certification as it has sold 431, 000 copies since September 2013.

In its fifth week, Aloe Blacc’s third album “Lift Your Spirit” drops seven spots to No. 40. The album has sold 91, 000 copies since March 11.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” album hikes 14 spots to No. 52 this week.

Here is a list of other R&B albums (top 100) on the Billboard 200 chart
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 21 (last week: No. 23)
Bruno Mars – “Unorthodox Jukebox” – No. 31 (last week: No. 38)
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 46 (last week: No. 47)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 71 (last week: No. 74)
Bruno Mars – “Doo Wops & Hooligans” – No. 85 (last week: No. 96)
Ledisi – “The Truth” – No. 96 (last week: No. 84)

Billboard 200 Debuts
SoMo – “SoMo” – No. 6
SZA – “Z” – No. 39

SZA-ZBillboard 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. SoMo – “SoMo” (HOT DEBUT)
3. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
4. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
5. SZA – “Z” (DEBUT)

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.
Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit” – No. 6 (last week: No. 4)
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 7 (last week: No. 5)
Ledisi – “The Truth” – No. 10 (last week: No. 8)
R. Kelly – “Black Panties” – No. 11 (last week: No. 9)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 15 (last week: No. 11)
Tamar Braxton – “Love & War” – No. 16 (last week: No. 12)
Ashanti – “Braveheart” – No. 17 (last week: No. 18)
TGT – “Three Kings” – No. 22 (last week: No. 16)

tinashe-2-onBillboard Hot R&B Songs

This week, Pharrell’s gleeful single “Happy” spends a remarkable ten weeks at No. 1.

“Na Na” by Trey Songz bumps up one spot to No. 7 in its 12th week on the chart.

After five consecutive weeks at No. 10, “The Worst” by Jhené Aiko rises to No. 9.

In its third week, Tinashe’s ScHoolboy Q-assisted track “2 On” travels three positions north to No. 15. Meanwhile, Sevyn Streeter’s D Mile produced track “nEXt” makes one step to No. 19. (last week: No. 20).

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart.
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 2
Chris Brown – “Loyal” featuring Lil’ Wayne, French Montana or Too $hort – No. 5
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 7 (last week: No. 6)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 8 (last week: No. 8)
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 14 (last week: No. 14)
Bando Jonez – “Sex You” – No. 16 (last week: No. 15)
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest of My Life” – No. 22 (last week: No. 24)

joe-radio-hitBillboard Adult R&B Songs

“I Blame You” by ESSENCE covergirl Ledisi relaxes at No. 5 for its third week.

Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst,” off her EP “Sail Out,” stays strong at No. 7 in its eighth week. Meanwhile, Kelly Price’s feel-good tune “It’s My Time” slides to No. 8 after spending last week No. 9.

After eights weeks on the chart, Joe’s mature duet “Love & Sex (Part 2)” featuring Kelly Rowland enters the top ten at No. 10. (last week: No. 11). The song’s previous version featuring Fantasia only peaked No. 13 on the chart.

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s “Where Did We Go Wrong” stands at No. 13 this week. It marks the single’s highest charted position after 13 weeks.

“You’re My Star” by R&B’s incredible hunk Tank shifts from No. 19 to No. 17. R. Kelly’s 1500 or Nothin produced single “Leg Shakin’” continues shakin’ at No. 20 for another week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (fourth week at No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 2 (third week at No. 2)
Mali Music – “Beautiful” – No. 9 (last week: No. 10)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 11 (last week: No. 8)
Shaliek – “Ain’t Supposed To Cry” – No. 14 (last week: No. 16)
Alicia Keys feat. Kendrick Lamar – “It’s On Again” – No. 18 (last week: No. 17 – debut)
Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Emeli Sandé – “Somebody Else” – No. 24 (last week: No. 28)
Ruben Studdard – “Love, Love, Love” – No. 27 (last week: No. 25)

Sevyn nEXtBillboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

According to Billboard, the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart consists of the week’s most popular R&B/hip-hop songs, ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS.

“Happy” by multi-talented artist Pharrell rests atop the chart for a fifth consecutive week. While, “The Worst” by Jhené Aiko waits to move up or down at No. 2 for another week.

Chris Brown’s latest radio single “Loyal” remains at No. 6 this week. Trey Songz’ “Na Na” joins the top ten at No. 10 after standing at No. 11 last week.

“Can’t Raise A Man” by outspoken talent K. Michelle drops from No. 13 to No. 15.

In its seventh week, “nEXt” by Sevyn Streeter climbs from No. 29 to No. 26.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 3 (last week: No. 4)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 4 (last week: No. 5)
Ledisi – “I Blame You” – No. 22 (last week: 23)
Bando Jonez – “Sex You” – No. 24 (last week: No. 26)
Tinashe Featuring ScHoolboy Q – “2 On” – No. 32 (last week: No. 35)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Where Did We Go Wrong” – No. 39 (last week: No. 44)

(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.

SZA Goes to Combat with Kendrick Lamar In ‘Doves In The Wind’ Video

Hi-yah! SZA challenges Kendrick Lamar in a karate battle in visual for “Doves in the Wind.”

Directed by Nabil, the singer (who plays the student) meets up with K-Dot (kung fu master) in the desert to prove her skills. After showing him that she’s a worthy opponent, the battle gets more intense as the two go head-to-head with quick kicks and punches. And did we mention there’s levitation, too?

SZA will join Lamar on The Championship Tour along with ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiwalker. The tour starts on May 4 in Vancouver. The “Broken Clocks” singer will also perform at this year’s BET experience in June.

“Doves in the Wind” appears on SZA’s Grammy-nominated album Ctrl, which has been certified platinum by RIAA. She is currently working on its predecessor and her final album. “My world got so much smaller so fast,” she told Flaunt. “I have so much to write about. I feel like I’m in a cage. I’m making the best album of my life for this next album and I know that… because it’s going to be my last album.”

Will SZA or Kendrick Lamar be victorious? Find out in action-packed visual below.

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