CHART CHECK: Kelis’ ‘FOOD’ Album Bombs On Billboard 200 + Jhené Aiko Earns Top Ten On Rhythmic Songs Chart


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We kick off the first Chart Check of May with updates on the second week sales of August Alsina’s and Jason Derulo’s new albums. Music fans also see where Kelis’ sixth studio album “FOOD” debuts at on the Billboard 200 chart and which R&B artist snatched John Legend’s one week streak from under him on the Rhythmic Songs chart. In addition, we keep fans posted on which R&B songs are performing well on the Adult R&B Songs chart.

Dates range: April 24 – May 1 (Billboard)

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Billboard 200

With 21,107 album copies sold this week, Pharrell’s second album “G I R L” stands post at No. 4 after rising from No. 7.

August Alsina’s album “Testimony” shifts from its debut position at No. 2 to No. 5. His first album sold 20,000 copies in its second week which brings its total album copies sold to 87,000.

Jason Derulo’s new album “Talk Dirty” is now talking in the top 20. The album dropped from its opening position at No. 4 to No. 17 after selling 12,000 copies in week two. His new project tallies 57,000 album copies sold to date.

Jhené Aiko’s fans continue to support her “Sail Out” EP in stores and on digital retailers. This week, the debut EP mounts from No. 53 to No. 37.

Here is a list of other R&B albums (top 100) on the Billboard 200 chart
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 14 (last week: No. 12)
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 26 (last week: No. 29)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 39 (last week: No. 45)
Bruno Mars – “Unorthodox Jukebox” – No. 44 (last week: No. 40)
Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit” – No. 61 (last week: No. 60)
Bruno Mars – “Doo Wops & Hooligans” – No. 88 (last week: No. 87)

Billboard 200 Debuts
Kelis – “FOOD” – No. 73


Billboard Hot 100

Justin Timberlake’s and Chris Brown’s latest singles soared into the top ten last week. However, both songs could be exiting soon. Timberlake’s Timbaland produced track “Not A Bad Thing” shifts from No. 8 to No. 9. Brown’s Nic Nac produced single “Loyal” trips one spot to No. 10.

Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” sails south from No. 12 to No. 17 (peak: No. 8)

After spending last week at No. 25, Trey Songz’ “Na Na” tip-toes two places to No. 23. The song has peaked No. 22 since entering the chart 14 weeks ago.

Beyoncé’s sexual single “Partition” moves up three spot to No. 31 (peak: No. 23).

“The Worst” by Def Jam artist Jhené Aiko levitates from No. 47 to No. 43 this week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (10th week at No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 2 (sixth week at No. 2)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 42 (peak: No. 2)

Photo Credit: iTunes
Photo Credit: iTunes

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Thanks to Iggy Azalea’s new song “Fancy,” Chris Brown’s and Aloe Blacc’s latest singles make u-turns this week. Breezy’s “Loyal” backtracks from No. 4 to No. 5. While Blacc’s “The Man” descends from No. 5 to No. 6.

Trey Songz’ DJ Mustard produced track “Na Na” rises one spot to No. 7.

Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” lingers at No. 12 for another week. She recently talked to The Fader about her debut album “Souled Out” and why people compare it to a “younger Sade.”

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (12th week at No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 2 (last week: No. 2)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 9 (last week: No. 10)
Beyoncé – “Drunk in Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 11 (peak: No. 1)
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 34 (peak: No. 23)
Sevyn Streeter – “nEXt” – No. 43 (last week: No. 47)

Photo Credit: Stratus Digital Marketing/Soundcloud
Photo Credit: Stratus Digital Marketing/Soundcloud

Billboard Adult R&B Songs

Ledisi’s “I Blame You” breaks free from the No. 5 spot and moves up to No. 4.

Mali Music’s song “Beautiful” rises from No. 10 to No. 9. Meanwhile, Joe’s duet “Love & Sex (Part 2)” with Kelly Rowland falls from No. 9 to No. 10.

“You’re My Star” by Tank moves two positions to No. 14 in its sixth week. R. Kelly’s “Legs Shakin’” hopscotches two positions to No. 17.

In its second week, “Run” by Marsha Ambrosius jumps five places to No. 24.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (sixth week at No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 2 (fifth week at No. 2)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 7 (third week at No. 7)
Kelly Price – “It’s My Time” – No. 8 (third week at No. 8)
Shaliek – “Ain’t Supposed To Cry” – No. 11 (last week: No. 12)
The Robert Glasper Experiment – “Somebody Else” featuring Emeli Sandé – No. 18 (last week: No. 21)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 26 (last week: No. 20)

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

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

1. Pharrell Williams – “G I R L”
2. August Alsina – “Testimony” – (last week: No. 1 – debut)
3. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
4. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
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. 9 (last week: No. 10)
R. Kelly – “Black Panties” – No. 10 (last week: No. 11)
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No. 14 (last week: No. 17)
Rihanna- “Unapologetic” – No. 19 (last week: No. 21)
Ashanti – “Braveheart” – No. 25 (last week: No. 20)

Billboard Rhythmic Songs

After just one week at No. 1, John Legend’s ballad “All of Me” falls to No. 2. Now Chris Brown’s “Loyal” reigns atop the chart for its first week (last week: No. 2).

“Na Na” by Trey Songz rides two miles to No. 3 this week. Pharrell’s “Happy” switches gears and reverses from No.3 to No. 5 in its 14th week.

Jhené Aiko’s breakout single “The Worst” climbs into the top ten from No. 12 to No. 10.

In its sixth week, Justin Timberlake’s “Not A Bad Thing” bumps up two spots to No. 12.

Tinashe’s “2 On” featuring ScHoolboy Q glides up three positions to No. 21 in week four.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 7 (last week: No. 7)
Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love” featuring Jay Z – No. 16 (peak: No. 1)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 19 (last week: No. 17)

(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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