CHART CHECK: Michael Jackson Rules Billboard + Kelly Price Scores Top Five On Adult R&B Songs



Our latest edition of Chart Check reveals the first week sales of Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” album. It also shows where Jackson’s new project debuts at on the Billboard 200. In addition, music lovers will witness Jackson’s reign continue on several Billboard song charts with his latest single “Lover Never Felt So Good.” Fans will see that Usher’s single “Good Kisser” isn’t having a successful second week on a few Billboard charts including the Hot 100. Also, chart viewers will find out which former “R&B Divas” star scored a top-five on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart and much more.

Dates range from: May 15 – May 22 (Billboard)

ariana-grande-problemBillboard Hot 100

Ariana Grande’s buzzing new single “Problem” returns to its debut position at No. 3 after spending last week at No. 4.

“Not A Bad Thing” by Justin Timberlake stands quietly at No. 8 for a third week.

In its third week, Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” dashes from No. 22 to No. 9. The Timbaland reworked track becomes Jackson’s 29th top ten of the Hot 100.

Jason Derulo’s Ricky Reed produced cut “Wiggle” joins the top 20 crowd at No. 20 this week.

Trey Songz is singing “Na Na” in the top 30’s again. After peaking No. 22 and spending last week at No. 27, the club banger spends this week at No. 33.

After debuting at No. 70 last week, Usher’s Pop & Oak produced track “Good Kisser” backtracks three spots to No. 73. Meanwhile, Tinashe’s blazing new single “2 On” rises from No. 89 to No. 74 in its second week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 1 (third week at No. 1)
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 4 (last week: No. 2)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” featuring Lil Wayne & French Montana Or Too $hort Or Tyga – No. 18 (peak: No. 9)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 39 (last week: No. 32)
Jhene Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 51 (last week: No. 46)

Photo Credit: Epic Records
Photo Credit: Epic Records

Billboard 200

With 156,962 albums sold last week, Michael Jackson’s second posthumous album “Xscape” debuts at No. 2.

Jackson’s new album isn’t his only studio effort making chart appearances this week. The R&B/pop entertainer’s 2003 greatest hits album “Number Ones” sold 9,441 copies last week. This achievement pushed the hits album from No. 106 to No. 28.

The “Billie Jean” crooner’s album “The Essential Michael Jackson” stands at No. 67 this week. Meanwhile, his sixth studio release “Thriller” jumps from No. 127 to No. 70.

Pharrell’s sophomore set “G I R L” drops out the top ten this week and lands at No. 13 (last week: No. 6). His latest project sold 15,573 copies last week, which brings the album’s grand total to 387,195.

“Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo moves up two spots to No. 35. The album has sold 81,090 copies since its release on April 15.

Beyoncé’s self-titled visual album falls from No. 33 to No. 44 in its 23rd week on the chart. To date, her fifth studio project has sold 1, 975,000 copies in the U.S.

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard 200
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 21 (last week: No. 21)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 43 (last week: No. 38)
August Alsina – “Testimony” – No. 48 (last week: No. 35)
Bruno Mars – “Unorthodox Jukebox” – No. 54 (last week: No. 31)
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 64 (last week: No. 64)
Ariana Grande – “Yours Truly” – No. 89 (last week: No. 83)

Photo Credit: iTunes
Photo Credit: iTunes

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

1. Michael Jackson – “Xscape” (Hot Debut)
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
Ledisi – “The Truth” – No. 8 (last week: No. 9)
Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit” – No. 10 (last week: No. 7)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 18 (last week: No. 13)
Rihanna – “Unapologetic” – No. 20 (last week: No. 12)
Keke Wyatt – “Ke’Ke” EP – No. 21 (last week: No. 19 — debut)

Photo Credit: eone-music/Soundcloud
Photo Credit: eone-music/Soundcloud

Billboard Adult R&B Songs

John Legend’s “All of Me” has stood motionless at No. 2 for eight weeks in a row. Nonetheless, the romantic ballad has peaked at No. 1 on the chart.

Kelly Price’s new single “It’s My Time,” from her “Sing Pray Love, Vol. 1: Sing” album, enters the top five at No.5.

On its third week on the chart, “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake enters the top ten at No. 7.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1 (ninth week at No. 1)
Ledisi – “I Blame You” – No. 3 (last week: No. 4)
Jhene Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 6 (last week: No. 7)
Joe feat. Kelly Rowland – “Love & Sex (Part 2)” – No. 9 (last week: No. 8)
Shaliek – “Ain’t Supposed To Cry” – No. 11 (last week: No. 12)
Mali Music – “Beautiful” – No. 13 (last week: No. 10)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Where Did We Go Wrong” – No. 17 (last week: No. 15)
John Legend – “You & I (Nobody in the World)” – No. 21 (last week: No. 21)

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

John Legend’s “All of Me” holds the No.1 position for a third week.

Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” snatches the No. 5 spot from Chris Brown’s “Loyal.”. Jackson’s single new position bumps Brown’s latest track to No. 6.

“The Worst” by Jhené Aiko remains at No. 12 for another week.

In its second week, Usher’s new single “Good Kisser” leaves the No. 18 position and reverses two slots to No. 20.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 3 (last week: No. 2)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 8 (last week: No. 8)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 14 (last week: No. 11)
Tinashe – “2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q – No. 21 (last week: No. 24)
Sevyn Streeter – “nEXt” – No. 44 (last week: No. 47)

Photo Credit: Kurt Iswarienko
Photo Credit: Kurt Iswarienko

Billboard Rhythmic Songs

Last week, Trey Songz’ radio single “Na Na” was crowned the No. 1 song. However, after only one week, the Teena Marie sampled club banger shifts from No. 1 to No. 3.

“All of Me” by John Legend reverses from No. 6 to No. 5. The Dave Tozer produced love song peaked No. 1 on the chart earlier this year.

Pharrell’s “Happy” retreats from No. 10 to No. 13.

In its seventh week, Tinashe’s “2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q sails five spots up to No. 16.

Jason Derulo’s new single “Wiggle” featuring Snoop Dogg climbs from No. 24 to No. 19. Derulo released the visuals for the single earlier this week.

After debuting at No. 32 last week, “Good Kisser” by Usher hops eights positions to No. 24.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart
Chris Brown – “Loyal” featuring Lil’ Wayne & French Montana – No. 4
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 7 (last week: No. 7)
Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing” – No. 8 (last week: No. 9)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 10 (last week: No. 11)
Ariana Grande – “Problem” – featuring Iggy Azalea – No. 12 (last week: No. 16)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 39 (peak: No. 10)

(Source: Billboard, Chart News, Hits Daily Double)

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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.

Prev1 of 15Next

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.

Send this to a friend