CHART CHECK: Sam Smith’s New Album Debuts In Top 5 + Joe Achieves Another Top 5 Single On Billboard

We conclude this month’s Chart Check with some startling details on who scored the No. 1 R&B album on the Billboard R&B Albums chart. We unveil which new soul artist has notched a top five album and single on the Billboard charts. We uncover which R&B veteran who scored yet another top five R&B single on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs. Also, we update Usher fans on the lackluster success of his new single “Good Kisser” on the Billboard Hot 100.

Dates Range: June 19 — June 26 (Billboard)

samsmithBillboard 200

After his debut album “In The Lonely Hour” opened at No. 1 on the UK Album charts earlier this month, Sam Smith’s first offering slides into the No. 2 position in United States in its first week. While the British crooner’s soul album sold 102,000 copies in the UK, Smith’s first release collected 165,966 album copies in the U.S. According to Billboard, his first week sales became the largest opening numbers for a solo artist’s debut album since November 2012.

Michael Jackson’s and Mali Music’s album reside in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 this week. Jackson’s “Xscape” album pushed 15,434 units last week, which in turn helps his post-death effort secure the No. 17 position. Meanwhile, soul singer Mali Music released his major debut album “Mali Is…” last week. The 12-track set sold around 17-18k in its first week, according to Hits Daily Double.

Without much promotion, the “Think Like A Man” soundtrack by Mary J. Blige debuts at No. 30 after an embarrassing 8,668 album copies in its first week.

Two positions behind Blige’s new project stands Pharrell’s album “G I R L”. With 8,157 copies sold last week, the hit-maker’s second album totals 444,503 physical and digital copies sold to date.

John Legend’s album “Love in the Future” continues to sell — not much — but still sells. Landing at No. 36 (last week: No. 41) this week, the exceptional singer’s fourth studio effort tallied 7,453 copies sold. His full-length project sales equal 545,938 since September 2013.

Here is a list of other R&B albums in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 chart
Jason Derulo – “Talk Dirty” – No. 40 (last week: No. 35)
Mariah Carey – “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse” -No. 46 (No. 43)
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 82 (last week: No. 88)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 83 (last week: No. 66)
Ariana Grande – “Yours Truly” – No. 97 (last week: No. 97)
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 100 (last week: No. 95)

sam-smith-stay-with-meBillboard Hot 100

Sam Smith is on a roll in the U.S. After scoring a top five album on the Billboard 200 with “In The Lonely Hour,” the British artist’s single “Stay With Me” becomes a top five record after climbing five spots from No. 10.

In its eighth week, “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo backslides one spot to No. 6 after peaking No. 5 since its entrance. Derulo’s 2 Chainz assisted hit-single “Talk Dirty” falls from No. 15 to No. 18. The “Marry Me” singer’s third Hot 100 entry “Trumpets” slips from No. 57 to No. 61.

The hype behind Pharrell’s single “Happy” has seemed to fade out. His single now stands at No.10 after (last week: No. 8). The global superstar’s second Hot 100 entry “Come Get It Bae” rests at No. 80 for another week.

“Not A Bad Thing” by Justin Timberlake decreases three positions to No.16. The song has peaked at No. 8 after 17 weeks on the chart.

Usher’s new single “Good Kisser” just hasn’t captured the ears of listeners on top 40 radio yet. The Pop & Oak produced track dips from No. 66 (peak) to No. No. 74 in its seventh week.
Here’s a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Ariana Grande – “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea – No. 2 (fifth week at No. 2)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 7 (last week: No. 4; peak: No. 1)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” – No. 21 (last week: No. 21; peak: 9)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 30 (last week: No. 31; peak: No. 22)
Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good” – No. 36 (last week: No. 33; peak: 9)
Tinashe – “2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q – No. 57 (last week: No. 44; peak: No. 44)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 79 (last week: No. 68; peak: 43)

joeBillboard Adult R&B Songs

After spending 13 weeks atop the chart, Pharrell’s feel-good single “Happy” gets overthrown to No. 2 by Michael Jackson’s Justin Timberlake assisted-track “Love Never Felt So Good.”

Kelly Price’s “It’s My Time” remains at No. 4 for another week.

Congratulations are in order for Joe. His smooth duet “Love & Sex (Part 2)” featuring Kelly Rowland enters the top five at No. 5 this week. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s remorseful tune “Get Her Back” remains at No. 7 for a second week. Meanwhile, Tank’s “You’re My Star” rises from No. 9 to No. 8.

In its fifth week, Usher’s “Good Kisser” eyes the top ten of the Adult R&B Songs chart at No. 11. Riding on the “OMG” artist’s bumper is Kem’s infectious love song “It’s You” at No. 12 (last week: No. 13).

Trey Songz’ latest adult contemporary radio single “What’s Best For You” moves up three spots to No. 15 in week three.

“Run” by Marsha Ambrosius runs to the No. 16 position after spending last week at No. 19.

Sam Smith’s warm ballad “Stay With Me” hops one spot into the top 20 in its seventh week.

Here is a list of other songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 3 (last week: No. 3)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 6 (last week: No. 5)
Shaliek – “Ain’t Supposed To Cry” – No. 13 (last week: No. 10; peak: No. 8)
Ledisi – “Like This” – No. 17 (last week: No. 17)
John Legend – “You & I (Nobody in the World)” – No. 18 (last week: No. 15)

jeremih-dont-tell-emBillboard Rhythmic Songs

After eight weeks on the chart, Jason Derulo’s Snoop Dogg assisted single “Wiggle” makes it to No. 3 point.

Tinashe makes her presence known this week on the Rhythmic Songs chart. Her single “2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q bounces three spots into the top five where it lands at No. 4. This feat knocks Justin Timberlake’s “Not A Bad Thing” from the No. 4 position to No. 7.

This week, “Good Kisser” by Usher puckers up one spot to No. 14. Meanwhile, Pharrell’s bubbling new song “Come Get It Bae” increases two positions to No. 18 in its fifth week.

After debuting at No. 35 last week, Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em” featuring YG floats to No. 27.

Here is a list of other songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart
Ariana Grande – “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea – No. 2 (third week at No. 2)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 8 (last week: No. 6; peak: No. 1)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” – No. 12 (last week: No. 9; peak: No. 1)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 24 (last week: No. 21; peak: No. 7)

mali-music-mali-is-album-coverBillboard R&B Albums

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

1. Jennifer Lopez – A.K.A (Hot Debut)
2. Mali Music – “Mali Is…” (Debut)
3. Michael Jackson – “Xscape”
4. Mary J. Blige – “Think Like A Man Too” Soundtrack (Debut)
5. Pharrell – “G I R L”

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard R&B Albums chart
Mariah Carey – “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse” – No. 7 (last week: No. 4)
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 10 (last week: No. 7)
Aloe Blacc – “Lift Your Spirit” – No. 13 (last week: No. 9)
Kelly Price – “Sing/Pray/Love/ Vol. 1: Sing” – No. 19 (last week: No. 12)
Kindred the Family Soul – “A ‘Couple’ Friends – No. 24 (last week: No. 11 – debut)
Keke Wyatt – “Ke’Ke” EP – No. 25 (last week: No. 16)

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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.

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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