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H.E.R.’s ‘I Used To Know Her’ Debuts at No. 1 On Top R&B Albums Chart

H.E.R. debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums as her 'I Used to Know Her: The Prelude' EP starts atop the tally dated Aug. 18.

H.E.R. debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart as I Used to Know Her: The Prelude starts atop the tally dated Aug. 18. The six-song EP earned 18,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 9, according to Nielsen Music.

The set marks her fifth entry on the chart. She previously reached Top R&B Albums with three EPs: H.E.R., Vol. 1 (No. 12 peak in 2016), H.E.R., Vol. 2 (No. 7, 2017) and H.E.R., Vol. 2: The B-Sides (No. 19, 2017) and one full-length effort: H.E.R. (No. 5, 2018).


The new EP also debuts at No. 12 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 20 on the Billboard 200, the singer’s best ranking yet on both charts.

As Used arrives, it prompts five debuts on the Hot R&B Songs chart. The bunch includes “Could’ve Been,” featuring Bryson Tiller (No. 6), “Against Me” (No. 18), “Feel A Way” (No. 20), “As I Am” (No. 21) and “Be on My Way (Interlude)” (No. 24).

In addition, the set’s current single, “Focus,” holds at No. 13 after having previously reached No. 10.

Top Five Double: Speaking of “Focus,” the song moves into the top five on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart with a 6-4 jump. It gained 10 percent in plays in the week ending Aug. 12, per Nielsen Music.

Directly below “Focus,” H.E.R. appears as a featured act on Daniel Caesar’s “Get You,” which stays at No. 5. With the two titles, H.E.R. becomes the 12th act to double up in the Adult R&B Songs top five and first since Maxwell pulled the feat in 2017. Among women, H.E.R. is the first act to post two concurrent top five hits since Janet Jackson did so for three weeks in 2015-16.

Elsewhere, “Best Part” continues its growth by reaching a new No. 13 peak on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. The collaboration soars 11 percent to 12 million in audience in the week ending Aug. 12.