CHART CHECK: Ne-Yo Earns Top 20 Single + Kelly Price’s New Album Makes Top 10 On R&B Chart

R&B/pop artists are heating up the Billboard charts this summer and we’re following the action with our latest edition of Chart Check. We updated fans on Mariah Carey’s second week sales for her 14th studio effort “Me. I Am…The Elusive Chanteuse.” A new British sensation earns his first top ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Meanwhile, Kelly Price’s album “Sing/Pray/Love/ Vol: 1: Sing” in the top ten of the R&B Albums chart. We see which male and female R&B veterans achieve top 20 singles on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. In addition, find out where Ne-Yo’s new single “Money Can’t Buy” lands at in its second week on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart and more.

The Chart Check dates reflect: June 5 – June 12 (Billboard)

Photo credit: Warner Bros RecordsBillboard 200

While there aren’t any R&B albums in the top ten this week, we have Michael Jackson’s and Mariah Carey’s latest projects in the top 20.

Even with 25,358 album copies sold last week, the King of Pop’s second posthumous album “Xscape” falls from No. 7 to No. 12. Although, Carey’s 14th studio album “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” debuted at No. 3 last week, the new studio effort drops to No. 18 after selling 16,090 copies. The album’s total sales equal 74,517 units sold to date.

Pharrell’s album “G I R L” will be certified gold soon. Stationed at No. 21 for a second week, the superstar’s second album sold 13,871 last week, totaling 425,624 album copies counted to date.

“Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo resides at No. 28 for another week after selling 9,410 copies last week. He has sold 107, 496 copies of the album to date.

John Legend’s album “Love in the Future” holds down the top 40 this week at No. 30. His fourth soul collection tallied 8,969 units last week, which makes the total 529,934.

Here is a list of other R&B albums in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 chart
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 57 (last week: No. 50)
Jhene Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 73 (last week: No. 52)
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 65 (last week: No. 51)
Ariana Grande – “Yours Truly” – No. 68 (last week: No. 62)
August Alsina – “Testimony” – No. 79 (last week: No. 60)
Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit” – No. 100 (last week: No. 105)

Billboard 200 Debuts
Kelly Price – “Sing/Pray/Love/ Vol 1: Sing” – No. 64

sam-smith-stay-with-meBillboard Hot 100

Ranking at No. 2 for a third week in a row is Ariana Grande’s Iggy Azalea assisted single “Problem.”

Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle” lifts five spots to No. 5. The Ricky Reed produced banger becomes the “Ridin’ Solo” crooner’s fourth top five single on as a lead artist on this chart. His previous top five song “Talk Dirty” (peak:No.3) stands at No. 14 this week. The R&B/pop superstar’s third Hot 100 entry floats from No. 87 to No. 56 in its second week.

While Derulo scores another top five single, British soul artist Sam Smith achieves his first top ten single. His enchanting ballad “Stay With Me” flies from No. 19 to No. 10 in its ninth week on the chart. Smith’s other Hot 100 entry, “I’m Not The Only One” opens at No. 69.

Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” finds itself at No. 29 after spending last week at No. 27. The song has peaked at No. 9.

Usher’s first single “Good Kisser”off his forthcoming album retreats three spots to No. 75. The song has only peaked at No. 70, which is the position the Pop & Oak produced cut debuted at five weeks ago.

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 3 (third week at No. 3; peak: No. 1)
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 6 (last week: No. 5; peak: No. 1)
Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing” – No. 12 (last week: No. 11)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” – No. 24 (last week: No. 20; peak: No. 9)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 31 (last week: No. 32; peak: No. 22)
Jhene Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 68 (last week: No. 55; peak: No. 43)
Tinashe – “2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q – No. 52 (last week: No. 56)

kelly-price-sing-pray-loveBillboard R&B Albums
In its respective order, here are the top five R&B albums among R&B acts.

1. Michael Jackson – “Xscape”
2. Mariah Carey – “Me. I Am Mariah….The Elusive Chanteuse” (Last week: No. 1 – debut)
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
Kelly Price – “Sing/Pray/Love/ Vol. 1: Sing” – No. 6 (Hot Debut)
August Alsina – “Testimony” – No. 9 (last week: No. 8)
Meshell Ndegeocello – “Comet, Come to Me” – No. 11 (Debut)
Keke Wyatt – “Ke’Ke” EP – No. 12 (Re-Enter)
Ledisi – “The Truth” – No. 15 (last week: No. 10)
Avery * Sunshine – “The Sun Room” – No. 23 (last week: No. 11 – debut)
Sevyn Streeter – “Call Me Crazy, But…” – No. 24 (last week: No. 17)

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

For 12 uninterrupted weeks, Pharrell single “Happy” remains atop the chart. His upbeat tune has kept John Legend’s tender ballad “All of Me” at No. 2 for 11 straight weeks. However, Legend’s latest radio single “You & I (Nobody in the World)” is gaining some speed as it rises from No. 19 to No. 14 in its sixth week.

“It’s My Time” by R&B veteran Kelly Price settles in at No. 5 for the another week. Following right behind Price’s joyful track is Joe’s smooth mid-tempo ballad “Love & Sex (Part 2)” featuring mother-to-be Kelly Rowland.

While Ledisi’s “I Blame You” chills at No. 7, her new emotional driven single “Like This” springs from No. 21 to No. 15 in its fifth week.

Tank’s new single “You’re My Star” re-occupies the No. 9 position after spending last week at No. 10.

Robin Thicke’s new ballad “Get Her Back” is itching to enter the top 10 of the Adult R&B Songs chart, as it stands at No. 11 (last week: No. 14). Thicke recently announced his new album would be titled after his wife, Paula Patton.

Calvin Richardson’s sensual new single “We Gonna Love Tonite” caps off the top 20 after rising from No. 24 last week. In Rated RnB’s recent interview with Richardson, he mentioned he had to re-word the song’s lyrics due to the original version being overly explicit for radio.

After debuting at No. 27, Toni Braxton and Babyface’s third single “Roller Coaster,” off their album “Love, Marriage & Divorce” moves six spots to No. 21 in week two.

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart
Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good” – No. 3 (last week: No. 3)
Jhene Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 4 (last week: No. 4)
Shaliek – “Ain’t Supposed To Cry” – No. 8 (last week: No. 9)
Marsha Ambrosius – “Run” – No. 19 – (last week: No. 18)
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me” – No. 22 (last week: No. 23)
Usher – “Good Kisser” – No. 23 (last week: No. 20)
Jennifer Hudson – “Walk It Out” – No. 24 (last week: No. 22)

Billboard Adult R&B Songs Debuts
Kem – “It’s You” – No. 16

ne-yo-money-cant-buy-ratedrnbBillboard Hot R&B Songs

John Legend’s heart melting ballad “All of Me” spends its sixth week at No. 1. Knocking at the backdoor of Legend’s hit single is Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle.” The Snoop Dogg assisted track rises from No. 3 to No. 2 in its seventh week. Meanwhile, Derulo’s chart-topper “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz rests at No. 4 for another week.

Michael Jackson’s and Trey Songz’ latest singles remain in their exact same spots from last week. “Love Never Felt So Good” by Jackson with Timberlake sits still at No. 6 for another week. Songz’ “Na Na” stays at No. 7 after peaking No. 6 weeks ago.

Last week, Tinashe experienced her first top ten single on the R&B Songs chart with “2 On” climbing to No. 10. This week, her ScHoolBoy Q assisted single moves up one spot to No. 9.

Usher’s single “Good Kisser” slides up one slot to No. 12 in its fifth week. Meanwhile, in its eighth week, “Come Get It Bae” by Pharrell hikes two spots to No. 14.

After debuting last week at No. 22, Ne-Yo’s new R&B/hip-hop infused tune “Money Can’t Buy” travels upward to No. 17.

Sevyn Streeter has recruited Kid Ink and YG for remixes for her single “nEXt,” yet the song continues to move backwards. The D’Mile produced tune slides down one spot to No. 21 after only peaking No. 18 in its 11 weeks on the chart.

“Numb” by August Alsina featuring B.o.B & Yo Gotti halts at No. 22 after jumping two spots from last week.

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart
Chris Brown – “Loyal” – No. 5 (peak: No 4)
Beyonce – “Partition” – No. 8 (peak: No. 6)
Jhene Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 10 (peak: No. 9)
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 13 (peak: No. 4)
Adrian Marcel – “2AM.” – featuring Sage The Gemini – No. 16 (last week: No. 19)
Michael Jackson – “Slave To The Rhythm” – No. 20 (last week: No. 17; peak: No. 10)
Bando Jonez – “Sex You” – No. 19 (peak: No. 15)

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

Ariana Grande’s “Problem” eyes the top spot at No. 2 after only six weeks on the chart.

Justin Timberlake’s “Not A Bad Thing” slithers back into the top five at No. 5. Meanwhile, “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo trots three miles forward to No. 7.

After scoring a top ten single on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart, Tinashe does the same this week on the Rhythmic Songs chart. Her youthful tune “2 On” bumps from No. 11 to No. 10.

In its fifth week, “Good Kisser” by Usher makes a stop at No. 14 after spending last week at No. 17.

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 4 (peak: No. 1)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” – No. 6 (last week: No. 5)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 9 (last week: No. 7)
Beyonce – “Partition” – No. 18 (last week: No. 12)
Jhené Aiko- “The Worst”- No. 32 (last week: No. 22)

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

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Ne-Yo’s ‘Good Man’ Reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs Chart

Ne-Yo can add his single “Good Man” to his growing list of hits.

The singer-songwriter’s new single has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart this week. This is his first time securing the top spot on this chart.

The DJ Camper-produced track debuted at No. 24 in mid-February. The single was the greatest gainer in performance during its debut week, too.

Billboard isn’t the only place Ne-Yo’s “Good Man” has achieved number one success. The song topped the Urban Adult Contemporary radio chart this week with a total of 1,912 radio spins.

Ne-Yo showed his gratitude on Twitter. “#GOODMAN just went #1 on the Adult R&B charts!!,” he shared. “I LOVE MY FANS! I am me because of you. Thank you all for making this song #1. LOVE Y’ALL!!”

Ne-Yo recently unveiled the cover artwork and star-studded track list for his new album Good Man, which will be released on June 8. He also shared a new song titled “Apology.”

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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