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Queen Naija's 'missunderstood' Reigns on Top R&B Albums Chart

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Joelle Grace

Queen Naija

Queen Naija seizes the crown on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart as missunderstood debuts atop the list dated Nov. 14. The album opens with 34,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 5, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The album, Queen Naija’s full-length debut, is her second project to reach Top R&B Albums. Her debut self-titled EP entered and peaked at No. 2 in 2018.

In addition to its chart-topping R&B bow, missunderstood kicks off at No. 6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at No. 9 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

As the album arrives, two of its tracks debut on the Hot R&B Songs chart: “Bitter,” featuring Mulatto, at No. 18 and “Too Much to Say” at No. 25. The pair join three additional missunderstood cuts already on the list. Current single “Butterflies Pt. 2” rebounds 16-12 in its 15th week on the chart, “Pack Lite,” powers 25-14 in its 14th frame, while “Lie to Me,” featuring Lil Durk, ascends 18-10 in its fifth week.

The lattermost climb secures Queen Naija’s fourth top 10 on the Hot R&B Songs chart, after “Medicine” (No. 3 in 2018), “Karma” (No. 7, 2019) and “Butterflies Pt. 2,” which rose to a No. 10 best in September.

Queen Naija nearly reigns on another chart -- Adult R&B Songs airplay -- with “Butterflies Pt. 2,” which posts a second straight week in the runner-up slot. The song does narrow the gap between itself and the current No. 1, Ne-Yo and Jeremih’s collaboration “U 2 Luv,” as Naija’s track increases by 8% in plays in the week ending Nov. 8, while the reigning champ declines by 6%.

“Butterflies Pt. 2,” similarly repeats at its No. 18 best thus far on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, though it improves to 7.8 million in audience impressions, a 4% gain from the prior week.

Activity surrounding missunderstood and its singles helps Queen Naija re-enter at No. 28 on the Billboard Artist 100, a weekly ranking of artist popularity through music consumption metrics of album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction. The return position equals her career best rank on the list, having previously risen to No. 28 in August 2018 upon her debut EP’s release.

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