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Jazmine Sullivan's 'Heaux Tales' Tops R&B Albums Chart

Jazmine Sullivan
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Jazmine Sullivan performs on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' on Jan. 12, 2021.

The singer-songwriter's first collection in six years opens at No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart and earns her career best peak on the Billboard 200.

After a nearly six-year hiatus, Jazmine Sullivan earns her second No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart, as Heaux Tales debuts at the summit on the list dated Jan. 23. The project arrives with 43,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 14, according to MRC Data.

Tales follows Sullivan’s previous leader, Reality Show, which led for two weeks in 2015. The two projects are Sullivan’s only album releases since the Top R&B Albums chart began in 2012. Her full career, though, is reflected on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, whose history dates to 1965. There, Tales enters at No. 2 (behind Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon) to mark Sullivan’s fourth career entry, all of which have reached the top five. In addition to Tales and Show, which both peaked at No. 2, her 2008 debut Fearless topped the list for one week, while the 2010 follow-up, Love Me Back, entered at its No. 5 best.

Of Tales’ opening sum, the heavy majority -- 35,000 -- come from streaming equivalent album (SEA) units, equaling 46 million on-demand streams of the project’s songs. 7,000 of its units come from traditional album sales, with the remaining 1,000 from track equivalent album (TEA) units. Both the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top R&B Albums charts are ranked by multimetric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Tales debuts at No. 4 to secure Sullivan’s best career placement, outdoing the No. 6 peak of Fearless.

As Tales arrives, five of its tracks debut on the Hot R&B Songs chart, led by a No. 10 start for “Girl Like Me,” featuring H.E.R. The tune was both Sullivan’s best-selling and most-streamed song of the week, with 2,000 downloads and 6.5 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 14.

Here’s a full look at the new Hot R&B Songs entries:
No. 10, “Girl Like Me,” featuring H.E.R.
No. 12, “On It,” featuring Ari Lennox
No. 17, “Put It Down”
No. 19, “Bodies (Intro)”
No. 24, “Price Tags,” featuring Anderson .Paak

In addition, the already-released single “Pick up Your Feelings” rebounds 20-9 to achieve a new peak, while “Lost Ones” returns to the list at No. 20, having debuted at No. 9 last September.

“Feelings” likewise is beginning to kick in at R&B/hip-hop radio, moving 50-35 in its second week on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart as it picks up 3 million in weekly audience impressions, up 45% from the prior frame.

The activity surrounding Tales prompts Sullivan to re-enter at No. 19 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.