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K. Michelle Debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums

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Plus, album single 'Love 'Em All' attains a new peak on Hot R&B Songs.

R&B singer/songwriter K. Michelle returns to the top of R&B Albums with her sophomore studio set Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, arriving with 84,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. It's the best sales week ever for Michelle, and her second No. 1 following her debut album Rebellious Soul (72,000 in its opening frame, and her previous best sales week).

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Heart comes on the heels of the premiere of her VH1 spin-off reality series K. Michelle: My Life, which premiered on Nov. 3. Michelle, whose personal life has been in the public eye since she began her television career on VH1's Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta, became a breakout star on the show, later joining the cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York. Her new show chronicles her family life and career including the process of writing and recording her latest album. 

The album's lead single, "Love 'Em All," reaches a new high on Hot R&B Songs, scaling 18-13 in its fifth week on the chart dated Dec. 27. The track's streaming increased 56 percent for the week (to 920,000 U.S. streams), with Spotify contributing 190,000 listens (up 118 percent) and YouTube tallying 595,000 clicks (up 34 percent). At radio, the track records a 12 percent jump in spins on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart, hopping 29-24. 

Elsewhere on Billboard's charts, Michelle debuts on the Billboard Artist 100 at No. 26, while also stepping 48-38 on the Social 50. The former measures artist activity across our most influential charts, such as the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Social 50 (where she leaps 48-38).