Kehlani extends her perfect top-five streak on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart as Blue Water Road debuts at No. 3 on the list dated May 14. The set, released on April 29 through Tsunami Mob/Atlantic Records, began with 22,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 5, according to Luminate.
15,500 of Road’s 22,000 first-week units derive from streaming, equating to 20.2 million U.S. official on-demand streams of the album’s songs. Just over 6,000 units are from traditional album sales, and the remaining sum come through track-equivalent album units. (One unit equals the following levels of consumption: one album sale, 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams for a song on the album.)
As mentioned, Road continues Kehlani’s unbroken run in the top five of Top R&B Albums. Here’s an updated look at her history on the chart:
Album Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
- You Should Be Here, No. 2, May 16, 2015
- SweetSexySavage, No. 1 (one week), Feb. 18, 2017
- While We Wait, No. 1 (one week), March 9, 2019
- It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, No. 1 (one week), May 23, 2020
- Blue Water Road, No. 3 (to date), May 14, 2022
As Road arrives, three of its songs debut on the Hot R&B Songs chart. “Everything” leads the first-timers at No. 17, “Any Given Sunday,” featuring Blxst, follows at No. 22, and “Wish I Never” starts at No. 23. In addition to the new entries, two more of the album’s songs appear on the list. “Up at Night,” featuring Justin Bieber, rallies 21-14 to come one rank below its previous peak, while “Little Story” returns at No. 25 after having peaked at No. 17.
Beyond the Road tracks, Kehlani also claims one more spot on Hot R&B Songs with “Beautiful Lies,” her collaboration with Yung Bleu. The song dips 12-13 in its 29th week on the list and peaked at No. 5 in March.
Thanks to the three debuts, Kehlani climbs to 40 career entries on Hot R&B Songs. She ranks second among female artists for the most chart hits since the list began, trailing only Summer Walker and her 41 appearances. The Weeknd leads all acts with 71 placements.