Janelle Monae earns her first No. 1 set on the Top R&B Albums chart (dated May 12) as Dirty Computer opens at the summit. The album earned 54,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 3, according to Nielsen Music.
The Computer debut is helped by multiple hits from the album on the Hot R&B Songs chart. “Make Me Feel” reached No. 9 in March and was quickly followed by the Grimes-featured “Pynk” (No. 21) in March and “I Like That” (No. 24) in May.
Pre-Computer, Monae’s previous best on Top R&B Albums was a No. 2 peak for The Electric Lady in 2013, one year after the Top R&B Albums chart began. Prior to the chart’s inception, Monae also reached the top 20 of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with two projects, Metropolis: The Chase Suite (No. 20, 2008) and The Archandroid: Suites II and III (No. 4, 2010).
CARDI’s ‘CAREFUL’ CLIMBS: Plus, Cardi B’s “Be Careful” leaps into the top 10 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with a 14-10 hike. The song vaults with a 23 percent spike to 15 million in radio audience in the week ending May 6, according to Nielsen Music.
“Careful” marks Cardi B’s sixth top 10 on the chart. She first touched the tier with the smash hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” which reigned for 10 weeks last year and quickly returned to the summit, this time as a featured act, on G-Eazy’s “No Limit,” a six-week leader in December – January. Since, she’s claimed top 10 successes with “Motorsport,” a collaboration with Migos and Nicki Minaj (No. 3), “Bartier Cardi,” featuring 21 Savage (No. 3) and “Finesse,” a teamup with Bruno Mars (No. 2).
PEABO MAKES A RETURN: Plus, Peabo Bryson returns to the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for the first time in nearly 25 years as “Love Like Yours and Mine” debuts at No. 49. Bryson last appeared on the list in 1993 with his collaboration with Kenny G, “By The Time This Night Is Over,” which reached No. 68 that June. His only other chart entry to date is his duet with Regina Belle, “A Whole New World,” the radio promoted version of the Aladdin tune, which reached No. 58 in January 1993. The Belle-Bryson version also topped the Billboard Hot 100 that March.