CHART CHECK: Michael Jackon’s ‘Billie Jean’ Re-Enters Billboard Charts + Jason Derulo Scores Another Top 10 Single On Hot 100

In this week’s edition of Chart Check, see how album copies helps Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” album remain in the top five of the Billboard 200. We take a look at the Hot 100 where a rap song has ended John Legend’s number one streak with “All of Me.” In the Hot R&B Songs chart, find out which three of Michael Jackson’s classic and new songs are placed in the top ten. We also get a glimpse at which R&B songs are on their way of becoming hits on the Adult R&B Songs chart. Also, see where R. Kelly’s “The Essential R. Kelly Album” debuts at on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and more.

Dates range from: May 22 – May 29 (Billboard)

Photo Credit: Epic Records
Photo Credit: Epic Records

Billboard 200

Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” album debuted at No. 2 last week. His second posthumous music collection dips to No. 3 after selling 67,000 copies in its second week. The album’s has sold 224,000 copies sold to date.

With 12,444 copies sold last week, Pharrell’s sophomore album “G I R L” falls four spots to No. 17. The “Happy” crooner’s new album has sold 399,639 copies since March 3. Meanwhile, John Legend’s gold-selling album “Love in the Future” re-enters the top 20 at No. 18 after residing at No. 21 last week.

Jason Derulo’s album “Talk Dirty” climbs 13 positions to No. 22. The album sold 9,314 copies last week, which makes 90,404 copies sold to date.

Def Jam newbie August Alsina might want to choose his next single soon. In its sixth week, his debut album “Testimony” falls from No. 48 to No. 53.

Ariana Grande’s debut effort “Yours Truly” travels north from No. 89 to No. 73.

Aloe Blacc’s “Lift Your Spirit” album rises from the ashes at No. 154 and rockets to No. 91 in its eleventh week.

Here is a list of other R&B albums in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 chart
Michael Jackson – “Number Ones” – No. 33 (last week: No. 28)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 44 (last week: No. 43)
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 45 (last week: No. 44)
Jhene Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 67 (last week: No. 64)
Michael Jackson – “The Essential Michael Jackson” – No. 71 (last week: No. 67)
Michael Jackson – “Thriller” – No. 88 (last week: No. 70)

Billboard 200 Debuts
The Roots – “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin” – No. 11

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 6.07.38 PMBillboard Hot 100

Good things don’t last forever. After three weeks at No. 1, John Legend’s “All of Me” has been dethroned by Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” Legend’s romantic love song relaxes at No. 3 this week.

Meanwhile, Ariana Grande’s “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea moves one spot to No. 2 in its fourth week.

Jason Derulo’s Snoop Dogg assisted-track “Wiggle” leaps ten spots to No. 10. The Ricky Reed produced song marks the singer’s fifth top ten entry as a lead artist on the chart.

Michael Jackson’s top ten run was short-lived. After spending last week at No. 9, “Love Never Felt So Good” drops to No. 16.

“Na Na” by Trey Songz remains at No. 33 for another week (peak: No. 22).

Usher’s fresh single “Good Kisser” continues to fall on the chart. The song debuted at No. 70 and then fell to No. 73 last week. Now, the rock/soul infused track stands at No. 84.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 4 (last week: No. 4)
Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing” – No. 9 (last week: No. 8)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” featuring French Montana, Lil’ Wayne, Tyga & Too $hort – No. 20 (last week: No. 18; peak: No. 9)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 44 (last week: No. 39; peak: No. 23)
Jhene Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 59 (last week: No. 51; peak: No. 43)
Tinashe – “2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q – No. 75 (last week: No. 74)

Billboard Hot 100 Debuts/Re-Enters
Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean” – No. 14 (peak: No. 1)
Michael Jackson – “Slave To The Rhythm” – No. 45

michael-jackson-danceBillboard Hot R&B Songs

Michael Jackson is truly the king! The “Butterflies” artist has three songs in the top ten this week.

His 80’s classic “Billie Jean” debuts at No. 5. His latest radio single “Love Never Felt So Good” featuring Justin Timberlake falls from No. 4 to No. 6 in its fourth week. Lastly, thanks to his hologram performance, his new song “Slave To The Rhythm” rises to No. 10 after debuting at No. 19 last week.

“Wiggle” by Jason Derulo moves up to No. 4 (last week: No. 6).

Jhene Aiko’s “The Worst” dwindles down from No. 9 to No. 12 this week. The Fisticuffs produced cut has peaked No. 9 after 21 weeks on the chart.

Usher’s hot new single “Good Kisser” stumbles down two spots to No. 15 in week three.

In its sixth week on the chart, “Come Get It Bae” by Pharrell decreases from No. 17 to No. 19 (peak: No. 14).

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart
John Legend – “All of Me” (fourth week at No. 1)
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 2 (last week: No. 2; peak: No. 1)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” featuring French Montana, Lil’ Wayne, Tyga & Too $hort – No. 7 (last week: No. 5)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 8 (last week: No. 7)
Tinashe – “2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q – No. 14 (last week: No. 14)
Sevyn Streeter – “nEXt” – No. 21 (last week: No. 20 ; peak: No. 18)
Michael Jackson – “A Place With No Name” – No. 23 (last week: No. 25 – debut)
Michael Jackson – “Chicago” – No. 22 (last week: No. 23 – debut)
Bando Jonez – “Sex You” – No. 25 (peak: No. 15)

J-T-Not-A-Bad-ThingBillboard Rhythmic Songs

“Not A Bad Thing,” by Justin Timberlake squeezes into the top five and lands at No. 5. The Timbaland-produced track spent last week at No. 8.

John Legend’s ballad “All of Me” shifts down from No. 5 to No. 7.

Ariana Grande’s new single “Problem” prances into the top ten at No. 10 after spending last week at No. 12. The Iggy Azalea assisted joint has only been on the chart for four weeks.

“2 On” by emerging artist Tinashe jumps three spots to No. 13. Meanwhile, Jason Derulo rides Tinashe’s coattail with “Wiggle,” which stands at No. 14 (last week: No. 19).

In its third week, Usher’s “Good Kisser,” the lead single off his forthcoming album, climbs from No. 24 to No. 21.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 3 (last week: No. 3)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” featuring French Montana, Lil’ Wayne, Tyga & Too $hort- No. 4 (last week: No. 4)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 9 (last week: No. 7)
Jhene Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 15 (peak: No. 10)
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 19 (last week: No. 13)

thicke-get-her-backBillboard Adult R&B Songs

Michael Jackson’s blazing new single “Love Never Felt So Good” makes its way into the top five. The Justin Timberlake assisted track springs four spots to No. 3 in its fourth week on the chart.

After scoring a top five last week (No.5), Kelly Price’s “It’s My Time” continues to rise and lands at No. 4 this week. Meanwhile, Jhene Aiko’s “The Worst” moves one slot to No. 5, earning her first top five single on this chart.

Let’s tip our hats to Tank! His lead single “You’re My Star” off his forthcoming album “Stronger,” enters into the top ten at No. 9 after ten weeks on the chart (last week: No. 12).

Shaliek’s new single “Ain’t Supposed To Cry” remains at No. 11 for another week.

Marsha Ambrosius’ and John Legend’s new singles have become top 20 hits this week. “Run,” by Marsha hikes from No. 22 to No. 19 in its sixth week. Legend’s “You & I (Nobody in the World” trots one mile to No. 20.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (tenth week at No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 2 (ninth week at No. 2 – peak: No. 1)
Ledisi – “I Blame You” – No. 7 (last week: No. 3)
Joe & Kelly Rowland – “Love & Sex (Part 2)” – No. 8 (last week: No. 9)
Jennifer Hudson & Timbaland – “Walk It Out” – No. 22 (last week: No. 28)
Ledisi – “Like This” – No. 23 (last week: No. 26)

Billboard Adult R&B Songs Debuts
Robin Thicke – “Get Her Back” – No. 18

R-KellyBillboard R&B Albums 

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

1. Michael Jackson – “Xscape”
2. Pharrell – “G I R L”
3. John Legend – “Love in the Future:
4. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
5. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard R&B Albums chart
Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit” – No. 8 (last week: No. 10)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 10 (last week: No. 9)
R. Kelly – “The Essential R. Kelly” – No. 13 (Hot Debut)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 18 (last week: No. 15)
K. Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No. 20 (last week: No. 17)
Tamar Braxton – “Love & War” – No. 21 (last week: No. 19)

(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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A Decade Later: 5 Love Lessons From Usher’s ‘Here I Stand’ Album

“A lot of what I plan to offer with this album is kinda standing in this spot. … The king’s back. I ain’t gonna say ‘back,’ I never left,” proclaimed Usher in an MTV interview in 2007. Six months after making this bold statement, the R&B crooner released Here I Stand, his first album since 2004’s multi-platinum Confessions.

A lot happened in Usher’s personal life since his Confessions era. From ending his relationship with singer Chili and parting ways with his mother as manager to losing his father and becoming a father and husband, Usher wanted his life experiences to reflect in the records on Here I Stand.

Although he recorded some of Here I Stand before the birth of his first son and his marriage to then-wife Tameka Foster, his new music direction was already in the works. “It was a deliberate choice to make music with substance, not just about the things that we’re accustomed to—music about being the celebrity, the player, or having the car, the girl and the bling,” he told ESSENCE in 2008.

Led by Polow da Don-produced single “Love in the Club” featuring Jeezy, Usher’s fifth LP was released on May 13, 2008. It spawned four other moderately successful singles (“Love in the Club Part. II,” “Moving Mountains,” “Trading Places” and title track) and eventually became certified platinum by the RIAA.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, here are five love lessons from Here I Stand.

“Trading Places”

Lesson 1: Roleplay is healthy.

Sometimes we get comfortable sticking to societal norms (i.e. a man pays for movie and dinner, women cooks and clean). But who said we have to follow those exhausting rules? Whatever keeps your relationship thriving, do it.

“His Mistakes”

Lesson 2: The past is the past for a reason.

Give your ex’s successor a chance to make their spot in your heart their own. While your former love may have treated you wrong, that baggage shouldn’t be carried into your next relationship. Share those hurtful moments to your next mate the beginning, and just give them an opportunity to prove himself until they show you otherwise.

“Love You Gently”

Lesson 3: Slow down baby, the loving ain’t going nowhere.

There’s nothing wrong with a quicky every now and then but it can’t be the norm in the bedroom. You can’t just get yours and forget about them. Your significant other deserves a pleasurable loving making experience, too.

“Moving Mountains”

Lesson 4: If you’re not happy, just leave.

Unless your lover practices sorcery, they probably can’t read your mind. Walking around with an attitude and being distance won’t rebuild a broken relationship. If they can’t get through to you, how can a bond be mended? Here’s some advice: talk up. You can either love them or leave them alone. It’s that simple.

“Something Special”

Lesson 5: Show love any time, any place.

If you love your mate, then let them (and the world) know it’s real. Not to say you put your relationship on display all the time. But there’s nothing wrong with cute little reminders, especially if it’s a solid connection.

Revisit Here I Stand in its entirety below.

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