CHART CHECK: Mariah Carey’s New Album Sales Disappoint, Shaliek And Tinashe Score Top 10 Singles

In our first Chart Check of June, we inform fans on the devastating first week sales of Mariah Carey’s 14th studio album, “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse.” Also, learn where Tinashe “2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q lands this week on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. And, see which indie artist notches his first top ten single on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.

To find out more about your favorite artist’s Billboard positions, check out the latest edition below. The Chart Check dates reflect: May 29 – June 5 (Billboard)

mariah-carey-promoBillboard 200

Music icon Mariah Carey has achieved many incredible accolades in her 20 plus career. However, the first week sales of her “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” album won’t be featured as a career milestone. With 58,427 units sold in its opening week, Carey’s 14th studio effort bows at No. 3. The album’s opening sales mark her lowest debut sales for a non-holiday studio album, according to Billboard.

After two weeks in the top five, Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” album drops four spots to No. 7 in its third week. The legend’s new album pushed 34,905 last week, which brings the total copies sold to 258,914.

Pharrell’s “G I R L” album continues to travel backwards. This week, the superstar’s sophomore album shifts from No. 17 to No. 21. With 12,114 units sold last week, his second album now tallies 411,753 copies sold since its release.

Last week, music group The Roots scored a top 20 album (No. 11) with “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.” However, their new studio effort plunges thirty spots to No. 41.

After 28 weeks on the chart, Jhene Aiko’s “Sail Out” EP rises from No. 67 to No. 52. The EP debuted at No. 8 back in November 2013.

August Alsina’s Def Jam Records debut release “Testimony” moves down seven spots to No. 60 after only seven weeks on the chart.

Here is a list of other R&B albums in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 chart
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 24 (last week: No. 18)
Jason Derulo – “Talk Dirty” – No. 28 (last week: No. 22)
Michael Jackson – “Number Ones” – No. 44 (last week: 33)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 50 (last week: No. 44)
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 51 (last week: No. 45)
Ariana Grande – “Yours Truly” – No. 62 (last week: 73)
Michael Jackson – “The Essential Michael Jackson” – No. 98 (last week: No. 71)

Billboard 200 Debuts
Avery * Sunshine – “Sunroom” – No. 175

Trumpets_-_Single_CoverBillboard Hot 100

Billboard’s Hot 100 chart remains pretty much untouched from last week, with minor shifts. Ariana Grande’s new single “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea squats at No. 2 for a second week.

John Legend’s emotional ballad “All of Me” also sits at the same position at No. 3 for a second week.

Pharrell Williams’ cheerful single “Happy” dips one spot to No. 5. The song has been on the Hot 100 for 22 weeks, peaking at No. 1. On the other hand, his new song “Come Get It Bae” re-enters the chart at No. 99.

Jason Derulo takes up three spots on the Hot 100 this week. His latest track “Wiggle” dances in place at No.10 for another week. Meanwhile, his 2 Chainz assisted tune “Talk Dirty” moves down five spots to No.13 (last week: No. 7). Additionally, “Trumpets” makes an appearance on this chart for the first time at No. 87.

Chris Brown’s club banger “Loyal” rests at No. 20 for a second week. The song has been on this chart for 20 weeks, peaking at No. 9.

The King of Pop’s posthumous single “Lover Never Felt So Good” moonwalks 11 spots from No. 16 to No. 27.

Trey Songz’ DJ Mustard produced single “Na Na” climbs one spot to No. 32. Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s seductive tune “Partition” falls two spots to No. 46.

California native Jhene Aiko’s fan-favorite single “The Worst” moves up four spots to No. 55. The track has been on this chart for 17 weeks, peaking at No. 43.

Rising singer Tinashe’s debut single “2 On” eyes the top 40. The Schoolboy Q assisted track catapults 19 positions to No. 56 (last week: No.75).

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

1. Mariah Carey – “Me. I Am Mariah….The Elusive Chanteuse” (Hot Debut)
2. Michael Jackson – “Xscape”
3. Pharrell – “G I R L”
4. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
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
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 6 (last week: No. 5)
August Alsina – “Testimony” – No. 8 (last week: No. 6)
Avery * Sunshine – “The Sun Room” – No. 11 (Debut)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 12 (last week: No. 10)

ariana-grande-problemBillboard Rhythmic Songs

Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart displays a few shifts this week with Ariana Grande’s radio-heavy hit “Problem” leading the way at No. 3, three spots up from last week.

Showing the most improvement on the Rhythmic Songs report card is Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle” skyrocketing four spots just making it in the top 10 by the skin of its teeth. Usher’s “Good Kisser” made just as much improvement gradually climbing from No. 21 to No. 17 — even though further down on the Rhythmic Songs chart.

Just past the top 10 mark, scales Tinashe’s “2 On” up two spots to No. 11. Chris Brown’s rightfully titled “Loyal” kneels one spot to No. 5 position this week.

R&B crooner Trey Songz’ “Na Na” falls from No. 3 to No. 4. Following pursuit, Justin Timberlake’s “Not A Bad Thing” slides down to No. 6 and while Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” falls to No. 9.

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart
John Legend- “All of Me”- No. 7 (last week: No. 7)
Beyoncé- “Partition”- No. 12 (last week: No. 9)
Pharrell- “Happy”- No. 20 (last week: No. 19)
Pharrell- “Come Get It Bae”- No. 31 (last week: No. 33)
Jhené Aiko- “The Worst”- No. 22 (last week No. 15)

TinasheBillboard Hot R&B Songs

John Legend’s “All of Me” camps out at No. 1 for a fifth week. Meanwhile, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams rests at No. 2 (last week: No. 2)

Jason Derulo’s Snoop Dogg assisted tune “Wiggle” moves up one spot to No. 3. Chris Brown’s “Loyal” climbs two positions to No. 5. On the other hand, Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” naps at No. 6 for another week.

RCA Records artist Tinashe’s blazing single “2 On” makes its way to No. 10, earning the Cali native her first top 10 single on this chart.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart
Trey Songz — “Na Na” — No. 7 (last week: No. 8)
Beyoncé — “Partition” — No. 8 (last week: No. 9)
Jhene Aiko — “The Worst” — No. 9 (last week: No. 12)
Aloe Blacc — “The Man” — No. 12 (last week: No. 11)
Usher — “Good Kisser”– No. 13 (last week: No. 15)
Michael Jackson — “Slave To The Rhythm” — No. 17 (last week: No. 10)
SoMo — “Ride” — No. 18 (last week: No. 20)
Bando Jonez — “Sex You” — No. 21 (last week: No. 25)

Photo Credit: Stratus Digital Marketing/SoundcloudBillboard Adult R&B Songs

Topping off the Adult R&B Songs Chart is Pharrell happily settled into his nest at the No. 1 spot for the eleventh week in a row with “Happy.”

John Legend’s “All of Me” makes No. 2 his home for the tenth week in a row, but we’re sure he wants to move to the No. 1 spot once more. Michael Jackson’s posthumous single “Love Never Felt So Good” settles for the No. 3 spot again this week.

Hats off to Shaliek for earning his first top 10 single this week at No. 9 with “Ain’t Supposed to Cry” sustaining thirteen weeks on the chart. Capping off the top 10 is Tank’s “You’re My Star” from his highly anticipated “Stronger” album already proving its success.

Ledisi’s “I Blame You” continues to climb the chart one by one as she rises a spot to No. 6 and Jhene Aiko’s “The Worst” peaks at No. 4 in its fifteenth week.

Jumping an impressive 10 spots is Usher’s “Good Kisser” rounding off the top 20 from his spot at No. 30 last week. John Legend’s “You & I” falls right behind Usher at No. 19 sliding up a spot from the previous week.

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart
Kelly Price- “It’s My Time”- No. 5 (last week: No. 4)
Joe & Kelly Rowland- “Love & Sex (Part 2)”- No. 7 (last week No. 8)
Robin Thicke- “Get Her Back”- No. 14 (last week No. 18)
Ledisi- “Like This”- No. 21 (last week No. 23)
Calvin Richardson- “We Gonna Love Tonight”- No. 24 (last week No. 26)
Aloe Blacc- “The Man”- No. 30 (last week No. 27)

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

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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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