CHART CHECK: Trey Songz Earns Top 20 Single On Adult R&B Songs Chart + Mariah Carey’s New LP Dives Down Billboard 200

In this week’s edition of Chart Check, Michael Jackson’s latest album re-enters the top ten on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey’s Lambs hide under the sheets in shame as her “Elusive Chanteuse” album disappears from the top 20 and appears in the top 40 of the Billboard 200 after only three weeks.

We see Usher’s new retro-soul single “Good Kisser” finally hurdle over No. 70 on the Hot 100 chart. In addition, we alert fans that Trey Songz’ latest mid-tempo single “What’s Best For You” garners him a top 20 single on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. Also, we show where Kindred the Family Soul’s new album “A ‘Couples’ Friends” debuts at on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.

Dates: June 12 — June 19 (Billboard)

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Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” album ends the drought of R&B projects in the top ten this week. With 24,861 album copies sold last week, Jackson’s latest LP rises from No. 12 to No. 9. His second posthumous album has sold 309,133 copies to date.

Pharrell’s “G I R L” album migrates from No. 21 to No. 29, selling 10,722 last week. The album has moved 436,346 units to date.

Oh no! With 8,369 albums sold last week, Mariah Carey’s latest effort “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse” plunges from No. 18 to No. 43 in its third week. Carey’s 14th studio album sales total 82,886 copies sold to date.

Here is a list of other R&B albums in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 chart
Jason Derulo – “Talk Dirty” – No. 35 (last week: No. 28)
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 41 (last week: No. 30)
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 88 (last week: No. 65)
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 95 (last week: No. 73)
Ariana Grande – “Yours Truly” – No. 97 (last week: No. 68)

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Ariana Grande remains a “Problem” with Iggy Azalea at No. 2 for a fourth week.

“Wiggle” by Jason Derulo remains at No. 5 for a second week. Meanwhile, “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz slips to one spot to No. 15. Lastly, “Trumpets” off his “Talk Dirty” album steps backwards one slot to No. 57.

Pharrell’s larger-than-life hit single “Happy” falls two spots to No. 8 this week (peak: No. 1). His latest radio single “Come Get It Bae” off his album “G I R L” drops two positions to No. 80 in its fourth week.

After peaking No. 22, Trey Songz’ lead single “Na Na” off his “Trigga” album spends another week at No. 31.

Tinashe’s breakout single “2 On” jumps eights positions to No. 44 in its sixth week.

Six weeks after debuting at No. 70, Usher’s single “Good Kisser” finds a new home at No. 66 (last week: No. 75).

Here’s a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me” – No. 10 (last week: No. 10)
Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing” – No. 13 (last week: No. 12)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” – No. 21 (last week: No. 24; peak: No. 9)
Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good” – No. 33 (last week: No. 29; peak: 9)
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 68 (peak: No. 43)

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

1. Michael Jackson – “Xscape”
2. Pharrell – “G I R L”
3. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
4. Mariah Carey – “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse”
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
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce” – No. 10 (last week: No. 13)
Kindred the Family Soul – “A ‘Couple’ Friends – No. 11 (Hot Debut)
Kelly Price – “Sing/Pray/Love/ Vol. 1: Sing” – No. 12 (last week: No. 6 – debut)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No. 13 (last week: No. 16)
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No. 21 (last week: No. 18)
Meshell Ndegeocello – “Comet, Come to Me” – No. 24 (last week: No. 11 – debut)

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While Pharrell’s joyful tune “Happy” remains comfortable at No. 1 for the 13th consecutive week. John Legend’s “All of Me” finds itself dethroned from the No. 2 spot. This week, his hit single comes to a category close as Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” shifts from No. 3 to No. 2. This leaves Legend’s ballad falling to Jackson’s last week position at No. 3.

Kelly Price’s “It’s My Time” hops one slot to No. 4. This feat makes it the uplifting anthem’s highest position to date. Meanwhile, Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” withdraws from No. 4 to No. 5.

In its fourth week on the chart, Robin Thicke’s apologetic ballad “Get Her Back” hurdles four positions to No. 7.

Pendulum Records artist Shaliek’s sophomore single “Ain’t Supposed To Cry” leans back two spots to No. 10 after peaking No. 8.

After debuting at No. 16 last week, Kem’s new groovy jam “It’s You” increases three positions to No. 13. Standing in the rear of Kem’s comeback record is Usher’s single “Good Kisser.” The R&B veteran’s lead single to his forthcoming untitled album jolts from No. 23 to No. 14 in week four.

Ledisi’s brand new single “Like This” falls two spots to No. 17 after enjoying a taste of the No. 15 position last week. Her lead single “I Blame You” off her album “The Truth” stands at No. 8 this week. The mesmerizing jam peaked at No. 3 on this chart.

Trey Songz’ tender ballad “What’s Best For You” debuted at No. 25 last week. In its second week, the song moves seven spots to No. 18, becoming a top-20 R&B single for his “Trigga” album.

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart
Joe & Kelly Rowland – “Love & Sex (Part 2)” – No. 6 (last week: No. 6)
Tank – “You’re My Star” – No. 9 (last week: No. 9)
John Legend – “You & I (Nobody in the World)” – No. 15 (last week: No. 14)
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Roller Coaster” – No. 22 (last week: No. 21)
Jennifer Hudson – “Walk It Out” featuring Timbaland – No. 25 (last week: No. 24)
Leela James – “Fall For You” – No. 26 (last week: No. 28)

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Justin Timberlake’s latest radio single “Not A Bad Thing” moves one spot to No. 4 this week.

Meanwhile, Jason Derulo’s infectious new single “Wiggle” featuring Snoop Dogg takes over Timberlake’s last week position after climbing from No. 7.

Breakout single “2 On” by Tinashe featuring ScHoolBoy Q skips three steps to No. 7.

Last week, Chris Brown’s relatable single “Loyal” reverses from No. 6 to No. 9. During his time behind bars, the Nic-Nac produced track peaked No. 1 on this chart.

In its fourth week, Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae” sails five places upward to No. 20. Standing three spots behind is August Alsina’s B.o.B and Yo Gotti assisted track “Numb” at No. 23 (last week: No. 28).

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart
Ariana Grande – “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea – No. 2 (last week: No. 2)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 6 (last week: No. 4; peak: No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 11 (last week: No. 9; peak: No. 9)
Usher – “Good Kisser” – No. 15 (last week: No. 14)
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 21 (last week: No. 18; peak: No. 7)

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For four consecutive weeks, “Loyal” by Chris Brown remains atop of the chart. While, Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” lingers at No. 2 for another week.

“Good Kisser” by Usher shoots from No. 7 to No. 4 in its sixth week.

Emerging artist Tinashe’s “2 On” continues to achieve top ten single success on the Billboard charts. Two weeks ago, the ScHoolBoy Q assisted single entered the top ten of the Hot R&B Songs chart. Last week, it squeezed into the top ten of the Rhythmic Songs chart. Now, the song makes its entrance into the top ten of the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart at No. 10 (last week: No. 12).

Tank’s mid-tempo groove “You’re My Star” enters the top 30 at No. 27 after spending last week at No. 33. On the other hand, “Get Her Back” by Robin Thicke rests at No. 34 after bouncing from No. 42 in its second week.

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart
Beyoncé – “Partition” – No. 6 (last week: No. 4; peak: No. 3)
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 9 (last week: No. 8; peak: No. 1)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 11 (last week: No. 11; peak: No. 3)
Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt So Good” – No. 14 (last week: No. 14; peak: No. 12)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 19 (last week: No. 17; peak: No. 9)
Kelly Price – “It’s My Time” – No. 23 (last week: No. 26)
Ne-Yo – ‘Money Can’t Buy” – No. 36 (last week: No. 42)

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

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

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What a Time: 20 Memorable ‘Sessions @ AOL’ Performances (R&B Edition)

Sessions @ AOL may have launched in 2002, but its presence was felt more in 2003 as the way we hear and see our favorite artists online started changing at a rapid speed. From the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) going to legal war with individual music file-sharers ( Napster, Wake.Princeton.edu ) to the launch of Apple’s iTunes Music Store, the options for consumers to follow their beloved artists started to become more difficult. But Sessions @ AOL made this easier.

Brought to us by AOL Music, the mini-concert experience became an outlet for artists to perform their past and presents hits in a more up-close and intimate way. Similar to MTV-Unplugged, many artists have sung acoustic and stripped down versions of their popular songs and album gems. Artists even sat down to dish on their latest albums ahead or after its release.

After 10 years of special performances, exclusive interviews and some name changes (AOL Sessions, AOL Music Sessions), the intimate concert series ended abruptly in 2013.

While others (Walmart Soundcheck and Yahoo! Pepsi Smash) have attempted to capture their own exclusive studio performance moments, nothing beats holding the house phone hostage so no uses it so you could use dial-up to watch your faves spill the tea on their album and sing your favorite cut track.

In the spirit of nostalgia, we compiled a list of 20 memorable performances from the online music concert series. (Sidenote: Can you guess how we ranked the list? The answer is at the end)

Mario – “How Could You” (2005)

Mario brought his underrated vocals to Sessions @ AOL to perform his top-20 hit “How Could You” from his Turning Point album.

Keri Hilson – “Let Me Down / Beautiful Mistake” (2011)

Following the release of 2010’s No Boys Allowed, the singer-songwriter stormed Sessions to sing cuts off the new album including “Beautiful Mistake.”

Chrisette Michele – “Be Ok” (2009)

Fresh off the release of her album Epiphany, Michele revisited her I Am era with a sensational performance of “Be Ok.” The uptempo number won a Grammy in 2009 for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

Keyshia Cole – “Love” (2005)

Sporting her signature orange hair and a casual outfit, The Way it Is singer belted her powerful ballad “Love” for online viewers.

Monica – “It All Belongs to Me” (2012)

While this Rico Love-written track is a duet with Brandy, the New Life vocalist stripped down the record and took it on alone with some help from three backup singers.

Jennifer Hudson – “I Remember Me” (2011)

There are not many artists who can sit on a stool, sing their hearts out and still be on key. Jennifer Hudson is one of them. She delivered a stellar performance of “I Remember Me,” the title track of her 2011 album.

Tyrese – “Stay” (2012)

Tyrese accepted an Open Invitation to AOL Sessions in 2012 where he performed his soulful tune “Stay.” The song spent 11 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart.

Ashanti – “Rock wit U (Awww Baby)” (2003)

The then-Murder Inc front-women was on point with all aww babies for her first time at Sessions. And catch how Ashanti barely opened her eyes during this performance of “Rock wit U (Awww Baby).” We love a dizzy queen.

Faith Evans – “I Love You” (2005)

The First Lady had viewers in their feelings with “I Love You” from her 2001 album Faithfully. Did you peep Meelah, lead singer of 702, singing backup?

Toni Braxton – “He Wasn’t Man Enough” (2005)

The sultry tone diva came to Sessions to promote material from her Libra album. She also revisited The Heat era and sung “He Wasn’t Man Enough” alongside her sisters Trina and Tamar Braxton.

Fantasia – “Bittersweet” (2010)

Donning a black dress with silver shoulder embroidery, the Back to Me singer left it all on stage with her mind-blowing performance of “Bittersweet.” She reprised the emotionally charged ballad with more personal lyrics.

The-Dream – “I Luv Your Girl” (2013)

The Radio Killa paid a visit to AOL Sessions in 2013 to promote IV Play. While there, the versatile musician dropped the auto-tune and bared his natural singing voice for his wavy performance of “I Luv Your Girl” off his debut album, Love Hate.

Ne-Yo – “So Sick” (2006)

The singer-songwriter had us “So Sick” with his first-ever AOL Music Sessions visit. The heartbreak song topped several Billboard charts including the Hot 100 for two consecutive weeks.

Chris Brown – “Winner” (2006)

The young Breezy had girls all over the world screaming at their computer screens with his performance of “Winner” off his self-titled album.

Brian McKnight — “Back to One” (2003)

Brian McKnight was one of the first R&B artists to grace the AOL studio. He performed his classic song “Back at One” from his 1999 album under the same name.

Earth Wind & Fire – “The Way You Move” (2005)

Supported by a full band, the legendary group got us out our seats to dance along to “The Way You Move” from their 2005 Illumination album.

Kelly Rowland – “Like This” featuring Eve (2007)

Ms. Kelly invited rapper Eve to perform their fierce collaboration “Like This.” Hopefully, no one hurt themselves trying to reenact this dance number.

John Legend – “So High” (2004)

Seated behind his instrument of choice, Legend had us levitating as he wonderfully sung “So High” from his debut album, Get Lifted.

Alicia Keys – “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” – (2010)

Alicia Keys rarely steps from behind her piano to perform music. But she did for the majority of her 2010 Sessions to perform past and present tunes including “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” from The Element of Freedom.

Mary J. Blige – “Take Me As I Am” (2005)

It was all or nothing at all with the Queen of the Hip Hop Soul’s moving performance of “Take Me As I Am” from The Breakthrough.

Rihanna – “Unfaithful” (2007)

The Unapologetic artist starred on the Sessions for three album eras: A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R. Her amazing performance of “Unfaithful” in 2007 is a standout though.

Beyoncé – “Me, Myself and I” (2008)

Although she was there to promote B’Day and its singles (“Irreplaceable”), it was Yoncé’s breathing performance of “Me, Myself and I” alongside her incredible background singers The Mamas that stole the show.

Give up yet? The list of performances was ranked by the artists’ number of Grammy nominations. Beyoncé has the most (63) nods out of all the artists featured on this list while Mario and Keri Hilson have the least (2).

Tinashe Drops New Song ‘Like I Used To’

Tinashe reflects on old love on her new song “Like I Used To.” On the Hitmaka-produced cut, Tinashe sings about the reality of moving on from a breakup.

“Never be the same / Won’t trust you like I used to, yeah / Wake up in the morning I can’t fuck you like I used to, yeah,” she sings on the chorus.

Fans have speculated “Like I Used To” is about Tinashe’s ex-boyfriend Ben Simmons, who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA.

Earlier this year, Tinashe released her sophomore album, Joyride on RCA Records.

Listen to “Like I Used To” below.

Listen to Justin Timberlake’s New Summer Jam ‘Soulmate’

Justin Timberlake is adding his name to the “song of the summer” pool with his brand new song titled “Soulmate.” On the lively track, Timberlake uses his persuasive charm to sweep his lady of choice off her feet — but for “only one night.”

“I love your heartbeat givin’ me rhythm / And I can feel your frequency, so unique / In other words, such a freak, set me free,” he coos.

“Soulmate” is the first recording since Timberlake’s February release, Man of the Woods. He is currently on supporting the album on his world tour under the same name. Man of the Woods is the follow-up to his 2013 efforts The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, which were both produced primarily by Timbaland.

Groove to “Soulmate” below.

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