CHART CHECK: Usher’s ‘Good Kisser’ Makes Billboard Debut, Jason Derulo’s ‘Wiggle’ Races Up Hot 100

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In this week’s Chart Check, we provide details on the current albums sales of August Alsina, Pharrell, John Legend and Ariana Grande, along with other R&B artists with albums on the Billboard 200. Also, we see where Usher’s, Tinashe’s, and Pharrell’s new singles debut at on the Hot 100 chart. In addition, check out the incredible second week position of Jason Derulo’s new single “Wiggle” on the Hot 100 chart, the new home of John Legend’s latest ballad “You & I” on the Adult R&B Songs chart and much more.

Dates range from May 8 to May 15 (Billboard)

Bruno  Mars - Unorthodox JukeboxBillboard 200

With 24,999 copies sold last week, Pharrell’s “G I R L” album remains at No. 6 this week. The album has sold a grand total of 371, 577 copies to date.

John Legend’s album “Love in the Future” falls one spot to No. 21. Combined with last week’s sales of 13,000 copies sold, his fourth album has totaled 489,000 copies since last September.

“Unorthodox Jukebox” by Bruno Mars leaps from No. 47 to No. 31. Mars’ sophomore album has sold 2,233,000 copies since its release in December 2012.

In its fourth week, August Alsina’s debut album “Testimony” rests at No. 35. The “Numb” singer’s first offering sold 8,800 last week and has pushed 108,000 album copies since its release. Meanwhile, Jason Derulo’s album “Talk Dirty” sold 8,000 copies last week and has sold only 73,000 album copies to date.

Ariana Grande’s album “Yours Truly” stands at No. 83 after holding the No. 71 position last week. Her debut LP has sold 432, 000 copies to date.

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard 200
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 33 (last week: No. 24)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 38 (last week: No. 40)
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 64 (last week: No. 48)
Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit” – No. 74 (last week: 85)
Michael Jackson – “The Essential Michael Jackson” – No. 75 (last week: No. 91)
Toni Braxton and Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 96 (last week: No. 95)

usher-good-kisser-coverBillboard Hot 100

Last week, John Legend’s “All of Me” dethroned Pharrell’s “Happy” from the top spot. His efforts helped him score his first-ever No. 1 record on that chart. This week, he secures a second week atop the chart. Meanwhile, Pharrell remains “Happy” at No. 2 for week two.

After debuting at No. 3 last week, Ariana Grande’s “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea falls one spot to No. 4.

In its second week, Jason Derulo’s Snoop Dogg assisted single “Wiggle” off his album “Talk Dirty,” soars 44 spots to No. 24.

“Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake enjoys the breeze at No. 22. The duet debuted at No. 20 last week.

Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” stands at No. 47 this week. The song recently earned the Def Jam signee two 2014 BET Awards nominations including the Centric Award.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing” – No. 8 (last week: No. 8)
Chris Brown “Loyal” featuring Lil’ Wayne & French Montana – No. 12 (peak: No. 9)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 27 (last week: No. 27)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 32 (peak: No. 23)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 33 (peak: No. 8)

Billboard Hot 100 Debuts
Usher – “Good Kisser” – No. 70
Pharrell – “Come Get It Bae” – No. 82
Tinashe – 2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q – No. 89

Photo Credit: MissInfoBillboard Hot R&B Songs

John Legend’s ballad “All of Me” occupies the No. 1 spot for a second week after overthrowing Pharrell’s “Happy” from its twelve week streak last week.

After debuting at No. 5 last week, “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson remains there for a second week.

“Na Na” by Trey Songz shifts from No. 6 to No. 7 this week.

In its fourth week, Pharrell’s new track “Come Get It Bae” lifted from his “G I R L” album shifts from No. 23 to No. 14.

Sevyn Streeter’s latest single “nEXt” leans back one spot to No. 21. The song has peaked at No. 18.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart
Chris Brown – “Loyal” featuring Lil’ Wayne & French Montana – No. 4 (last week: No. 4)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 9 (last week: No. 7)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 10 (peak: No. 9)
Tinashe – “2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q – No. 15 (last week: No. 14)
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 19 (peak: No. 13)
Bando Jonez – “Sex You” – No. 20 (peak: No. 15)
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts” – No. 23 (peak: No. 15)

Billboard Hot R&B Songs Debuts
Usher – “Good Kisser” – No. 13

Jason-Derulo-TourBillboard Rhythmic Songs

“Na Na” by Trey Songz hops from No. 2 to No. 1. He unseats “Loyal” by Chris Brown, which stood atop the chart for two consecutive weeks. The bouncy track stands at No. 2 for now.

John Legend’s tender ballad “All of Me” retreats two spots to No. 6. (Peak: No. 1)

In its eighth week, “Not A Bad Thing” by Justin Timberlake skips from No. 11 to No. 9. Meanwhile, Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” takes over Timberlake’s position from last week.

Ariana Grande’s Iggy Azalea supported track “Problem” bounces eight positions to No. 16 after debuting at No. 24 last week.

“Wiggle” by Jason Derulo strolls from No. 32 to No. 24 in week two.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 7 (last week: No. 7)
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 10 (last week: No. 8)
August Alsina – “Numb” featuring Yo Gotti – No. 28 (last week: No. 30)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 31 (peak: No. 10)

john-legendBillboard Adult R&B Songs

Pharrell’s “Happy” spends its eight week at No. 1.

“I Blame You” by Ledisi reached No. 3 last week. However, the Claude Kelly co-penned track backpedaled to No. 4 this week.

R&B crooner Joe’s “Love & Sex (Part 2)” featuring Kelly Rowland rises from No. 9 to No. 8.

Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” with Justin Timberlake dances five spots to No. 14 in its second week.

After entering at No. 26 last week, “You & I (Nobody in the World)” by John Legend climbs to No. 21.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 2 (seventh week at No. 2)
Kelly Price – “It’s My Time” – No. 6 (last week: No. 6)
Tank – “You’re My Star” – No. 11 (last week: No. 11)
R. Kelly – “Legs Shakin’” – No. 17 (last week: No. 20)
Beyoncé – “Partition” –No. 25 (peak: No. 20)

AlbumBillboard 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. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
3. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
4. August Alsina – “Testimony”
5. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard R&B Albums chart
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No. 10 (last week: No. 12)
Rihanna – “Unapologetic” – No. 12 (last week: No. 18)
SoMo – “SoMo” – No. 14 (last week: No. 11)
The Weeknd – “Trilogy” – No. 22 (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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