Kehlani's 'SweetSexySavage' Debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums Chart
Kehlani scores her first No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart as SweetSexySavage bows atop the list dated Feb. 18 with 58,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 2 (32,000 in traditional album sales), according to Nielsen Music. It’s her second chart entry, following the mixtape You Should Be Here, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2015.
Over on Hot R&B Songs, the release of the album pushes the album’s song “Distraction” back onto the chart at No. 13 (reaching a new peak). It collected 3.6 million streams in the most recent tracking week (a 193 percent increase), with 34 percent coming from Spotify plays. The track previously spent two weeks on the chart in December (peaking at No. 20) following the release of the music video on Nov. 22.
Meanwhile, the set’s lead single “CRZY” returns at No. 14 (it peaked at No. 11 on the Nov. 26 chart), due in part to 3.9 million weekly streams (up 80 percent). Album track “Keep On” rounds out Kehlani’s showing on the chart, bowing at No. 21.
Elswhere, Kehlani reenters at No. 11 (a new high) on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, after previously peaking at No. 78 back in 2016. The chart measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.
BBD is Back: Bell Biv DeVoe (or BBD) return to the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for the first time in 15 years as its fourth studio album, Three Stripes, lands at No. 10 (20,000 units; 19,000 in traditional album sales). The R&B trio -- a spin-off of New Edition most recently peaked at No. 62 with BBD in 2002, the group’s lowest-charting set. Prior, the group reached No. 6 in 1993 with Hootie Mack and No. 18 with WBBD - Bootcity! The Remix Album in 1991.
The act’s debut set Poison, released in 1990, reached No. 1 that year and spun off five top 10-charting hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Meanwhile, Three Stripes’ lead single “Run” spends a 20th week on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart, dipping 11-12 (it peaked at No. 7 on the Dec. 24-dated list).
Migos Infiltrate: Migos’ No. 1 arrival on the Billboard 200 with its second studio album, Culture, pushes 10 of its album tracks onto the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, joining already charting “Bad And Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, which spends a fifth week at the top, and “T-Shirt,” which hops 14-11 in its third charting frame.
The debuts are led by “Slippery,” featuring Gucci Mane, bowing at No. 18 with 10,000 digital downloads sold, and 11.3 million streams in the latest tracking week. “Kelly Price,” featuring Travis Scott, and “Call Casting” also land debuts in the top half of the 50-position chart.
Culture becomes the group’s fifth charting effort on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and its first No. 1. Most recently, the trio’s debut studio album, Yung Rich Nation, peaked at No. 5 on the Aug. 22, 2015-dated chart. Three mixtapes preceded Nation: Young Rich N*ggas (No. 74 peak in 2013), No Label ll (No. 23, 2014), and Rich Ni**a Timeline (No. 35, 2014).