Jazmine Sullivan‘s first studio album in over four years, Reality Show, debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums, and No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The singer’s third studio release sold 29,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. It also launches at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 — her highest showing since her debut album Fearless reached the No. 6 slot.
Sullivan announced that she would be taking a hiatus from music in 2011, following the release of her second set Love Me Back (which peaked at No. 5 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums). She returned to the charts with Reality Show’s first official single “Dumb,” featuring Meek Mill, which peaked at No. 26 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart in August. The new album’s latest single, “Forever Don’t Last,” dips 11-13 on Adult R&B Songs (a one percent drop), during the tracking week ending Jan. 18.
Usher Hits No. 1 on Hot R&B Songs: On Hot R&B Songs, Usher climbs 3-1 with “I Don’t Mind” featuring Juicy J, each landing their first chart-topping title on the relatively young list (it launched in 2012). Streams of the track increase 15 percent, to 4.2 million domestic clicks during the week ending Jan. 18, despite not having an official music video. Most streams stem from Spotify (45 percent of overall clicks), which rises to 1.9 million weekly listens according to Nielsen. Digital sales rise to 57,000 downloads (up seven percent), aiding in its ascent, while it concurrently hops 3-1 on R&B Digital Songs.
‘Glory’ Grows: Fresh off its Golden Globes win for best original song, Common and John Legend‘s “Glory” debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 25. The track is from the film Selma, and sold 27,000 downloads in the week ending Jan. 18 (up 158 percent). Four days after its Globe win, the tune earned an Academy Award nomination for best original song.
A music video for ‘Glory’ — released on Jan. 12 — logged over 291,000 U.S. views on Vevo on YouTube, accounting for 63 percent of overall weekly streams, and supporting its arrival on the chart.
Flo Rida Flies Into Top 10: Flo Rida jumps 13-9 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with his latest single, “G.D.F.R.,” featuring Sage the Gemini & Lookas, scoring Flo Rida’s second top 10 on the chart. (He previously visited the region with the No. 9-peaking “Low” in 2008.) The rise also earns Lookas his first top 10, while rapper Sage The Gemini gets his second. The song, an acronym for “going down for real,” saw a 10 percent hike in digital sales (to 47,000) aiding in its climb, while also spending a second consecutive week at No. 4 on Rap Digital Songs. “G.D.F.R.” is from Flo Rida’s upcoming studio album, The Perfect 10, due later this year.