CHART CHECK: Usher Scores 13th No. 1 Song + Trey Songz Scores Second No. 1 Album

Last week, R&B music fans showed their support for their favorite R&B artists in stores, on digital retailers and at radio stations. One R&B artist in particular was Trey Songz. His new album “Trigga” made a huge debut on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, his new song “Foreign” makes its first appearance on the Hot 100 chart.

While Songz enjoys the success of his new music, Usher’s makes history on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with single “Good Kisser.” Also, Mary J. Blige’s Mark J. Feist produced single “Suitcase” debuts on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.

Find out the latest chart positions of your favorite R&B singer’s album and singles below in this week’s edition of Chart Check.

Dates range from: July 3 – July 10 (Billboard)

trey-songz-triggaBillboard 200

As reported earlier this week, Trey Songz snags his second No. 1 album with “Trigga.” His sixth album moved 104,713 units in its first week sales.

With 45,000 copies sold last week, British soul singer Sam Smith’s debut effort “In The Lonely Hour” descends one position to No. 3 in its third week. The album has sold 278,000 since its release.

Robin Thicke’s new album “Paula,” which serves as the follow-up to his first-ever No. 1 album “Blurred Lines,” debuts at No. 9 after selling 24, 000 copies in its opening week.

“Testimony” by August Alsina’s makes an impressive leap from No. 67 to No. 23, after selling 11,942 copies last week. Alsina’s first album has sold 150,461 copies since its release on April 15.

Pharrell’s sophomore set “G I R L” mounts from No. 37 to No. 29 in its 18th week on the chart. The hitmaker’s second album sold 9,323 copies last week, which brings the total sales to 461,304.

After debuting at No. 17, Joe’s eleventh studio album “Bridges” dives to No. 40.

Here is a list of other R&B albums in the top 100 of the Billboard 200 chart
Michael Jackson – “Xscape” – No. 18 (last week: No. 21)
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 39 (last week: 46)
Jhene Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 61 (last week: No. 82)
Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” – No. 65 (last week: No. 72)
Ariana Grande – “Yours Truly” – No. 69 (last week: No. 85)
Michael Jackson – “Number Ones” – No. 79 (last week: No. 101)
Mariah Carey – “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse” – No. 80 (last week: No. 70)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” – No. 90 (last week: No. 94)
Mali Music – “Mali Is…” – No. 95 (last week: No. 52)

chris-brown-new-flameBillboard Hot 100

Jason Derulo’s Snoop Dogg assisted single “Wiggle” remains at No. 6 for another week. Derulo’s song “Trumpets” off his “Talk Dirty” album shifts from No. 61 to No. 67 (peak: No. 56).

“Happy” by Pharrell descends two positions to No. 12. The “G I R L” artist’s latest single “Come Get It Bae” travels up 11 spots to No. 58 in its seventh week.

With help of digital downloads, Trey Songz’ lead single “Na Na” lifted off his new album “Trigga,” jumps from No. 31 to No. 21. The latter position marks the DJ Mustard produced track’s highest position after 24 weeks on the chart.

Tinashe’s club-ready single “2 On” featuring ScHoolBoy Q rises four spots to No. 36.

After debuting at No. 89 last week, “Don’t Tell Em’” by Jeremih featuring YG springs to No. 78.

Here is a list of other R&B songs in the top 100 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Ariana Grande – “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea – No. 3 (last week: No. 3; peak: No. 2)
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me” – No. 5 (last week: No. 5)
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 8 (last week: No. 7; peak: No. 1)
Chris Brown – “Loyal” – No. 22 (last week: No. 23; peak: No. 9)
Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing” – No. 26 (last week: No. 17; peak: No. 8)
Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good” – No. 54 (last week: No. 42; peak: No. 9)
Usher – “Good Kisser” – No. 65 (last week: No. 72; peak: No. 65 — after 9 weeks on the chart)

Billboard Hot 100 Debuts
Ariana Grande – “Break Free” featuring Zedd – No. 15 (Hot Debut)
Trey Songz – “Foreign” – No. 84
Chris Brown – “New Flame” featuring Usher and Rick Ross – No. 92

ariana-grande-problemBillboard Rhythmic Songs

Ariana Grande’s fierce single “Problem” leads the Rhythmic Songs chart for the second week. Meanwhile, Jason Derulo’s booty-shaking track “Wiggle” relaxes at No. 4 for another week.

Trey Songz’ chart-topping single “Na Na” falls from No. 11 to No. 13 in its 23rd week on the chart (peak: No. 1).

After only four weeks, “Don’t Tell Em’” by Jeremih breaks into the top 20 at No. 17 (last week: No. 21).

Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae” hops one spot to No. 18.

Here is a list of other R&B songs on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs chart
Tinashe – “2 On” – featuring ScHoolBoy Q – No. 3 (last week: No. 3)
August Alsina – “Numb” featuring B.o.B and Yo Gotti – No. 20 (last week: No. 23)
Usher – “Good Kisser” – No. 25 (last week: No. 17; peak: No. 14)
Trey Songz – “Foreign” – No. 31 (last week: No. 34)

robin-thicke-paula-coverBillboard R&B Albums
In its respective order, here are the top five R&B albums among R&B acts.

1. Trey Songz – “Trigga” (Hot Debut)
2. Robin Thicke – “Paula” (Debut)
3. Michael Jackson – “Xscape”
4. August Alsina – “Testimony”
5. Pharrell – “G I R L”

Here is a list of other R&B albums on the Billboard R&B Albums chart
Joe – “Bridges” – No. 7 (last week: No. 1 – debut)
Jhene Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 9 (last week: No. 12)
Mariah Carey – “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse” – No.11 (last week: No. 9)
Mali Music – “Mali Is…” – No. 13 (last week: No. 6)
Mary J. Blige – “Think Like A Man Too” soundtrack – No. 14 (last week: No. 10)
Sebastian Mikael – “Speechless” – No. 15 (last week: No. 7 – debut)
Ledisi – “The Truth” – No. 23 (last week: No. 17)

SuitcaseBillboard Adult R&B Songs

Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” spends its second non-consecutive week at No. 1 after bumping John Legend’s ballad “All of Me” to No. 2.

Robin Thicke’s latest love jam “Get Her Back” off his new album “Paula” eyes the top five at No. 6 (last week: No. 7).

In its seventh week, “Good Kisser” by Usher makes its entrance into the top ten at No. 8 (last week: No. 11).

Marsha Ambrosius’ “Run” off her forthcoming album “Friends & Lovers” plays it cool at No. 14 for another week.

Ne-Yo’s and Jagged Edge’s new singles spend relocate on the chart in their second week. Ne-Yo’s “Money Can’t Buy” featuring Jeezy rises four spots to No. 24. Meanwhile, the R&B quartet’s comeback tune “Hope” shifts one spot to No. 26.

Here is a list of other songs on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 3 (last week: No. 2; peak: No. 1)
Jhene Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 7 (last week: No. 5; peak: No. 4)
Kem – “It’s You” – No. 9 (last week: No. 9)
Trey Songz – “What’s Best For You” – No. 12 (last week: No. 13)
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me” – No. 16 (last week: No. 17)
Aloe Blacc – “Love Is The Answer” – No. 27 (last week: No. 26)

Billboard Adult R&B Songs Debuts
Mary J. Blige – “Suitcase” – No. 29

Usher-ManBillboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

Hats off to Usher! His new single “Good Kisser” moves up two positions, which helps him reclaim the top spot of the chart for the 13th time. The “Climax” crooner and rapper/singer Drake are the only two artists that hold the record for the most No. 1’s on this particular chart.

Usher’s latest achievement causes Chris Brown’s fan-favorite song “Loyal” to dip down to No. 2 after spending six uninterrupted weeks atop the chart.

Jhene Aiko’s breakout single “The Worst” drops three spots to No. 5. The Fisticuffs produced track spent three consecutive weeks at No. 1.

In its tenth week, Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” featuring Justin Timberlake rests at No. 16 (last week: No. 17; peak: No. 12).

Jeremih’s and Robin Thicke’s latest singles look to push through into the top 20 soon. Thicke’s mid-tempo tune “Get Her Back” jolts from No. 32 to No. 27 in its fifth week. While, Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell Em’” featuring YG pedals forward from No. 26 to No. 22 .

Here’s a list of other songs on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart
Tinashe – “2 On” – No. 11 (last week: No. 14 ; peak: No. 10)
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 13 (last week: No. 9; peak: No. 1)
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 19 (last week: No. 20; peak: No. 9)
Ne-Yo – “Money Can’t Buy” featuring Jeezy – No. 26 (last week: No. 23; peak: No. 23)
Trey Songz – “SmartPhones” – No. 29 (last week: No. 25; peak: No. 25)
Jazmine Sullivan – “Dumb” featuring Meek Mill – No. 48 (last week: No. 45)

(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.

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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