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Mary J. Blige Thrives on Charts With ‘Gorgeous’ New Album & Super Bowl Gains

The R&B veteran's latest album arrives and its title track rules Adult R&B Airplay. Plus, Super Bowl gains fuel Blige's catalog sales.

A whirlwind two weeks for Mary J. Blige come to fruition on the Billboard charts. Following the R&B veteran’s appearance as one of the marquee acts for the halftime show of Super Bowl 2022, her latest album, Good Morning Gorgeous, arrives at No. 9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while its title track becomes the new No. 1 on Adult R&B Airplay.

Gorgeous starts on the charts dated Feb. 26 with 25,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 17, according to MRC Data. The set’s No. 9 entrance secures Blige’s 19th top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, a run that stretches 29-and-a half-years since her debut project, What’s the 411?, climbed 15-7 on the chart dated Sept. 5, 1992. 411 later became the first of her 10 No. 1s.

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With a 19th top 10, Blige breaks from a tie with Mariah Carey for the second-most such titles on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart among solo women artists. Aretha Franklin leads the category, with 33.

Here’s a rundown of Mary J. Blige’s top 10 collection:

  • What’s the 411?, No. 1 (seven weeks), beginning Oct. 3, 1992
  • My Life, No. 1 (eight weeks), Dec. 17, 1994
  • Share My World, No. 1 (four weeks), May 10, 1997
  • The Tour, No. 7, Aug. 15, 1998
  • Mary, No. 1 (three weeks), Sept. 4, 1999
  • No More Drama, No. 1 (two weeks), Sept. 15, 2001
  • No More Drama (2002), No. 3, March 23, 2002
  • Love & Life, No. 1 (two weeks), Sept. 13, 2003
  • The Breakthrough, No. 1 (three weeks), Jan. 7, 2006
  • Reflections (A Retrospective), No. 2, Dec. 30, 2006
  • Mary J. Blige & Friends, No. 8, Dec. 8, 2007
  • Growing Pains, No. 1 (seven weeks), Jan. 5, 2008
  • Stronger With Each Tear, No. 1 (one week), Jan. 9, 2010
  • My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1), No. 2, Dec. 17, 2011
  • A Mary Christmas, No. 2, Dec. 21, 2013
  • Think Like a Man Too (Soundtrack), No. 6, July 5, 2014
  • The London Sessions, No. 1 (one week), Dec. 20, 2014
  • Strength of a Woman, No. 2, May 20, 2017
  • Good Morning Gorgeous, No. 9 (to date), Feb. 26, 2022

Elsewhere, Gorgeous debuts at No. 4 on the Top R&B Albums chart and at No. 14 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

Plus, Gorgeous’ title track advances to No. 1 on the Adult R&B Airplay chart. The single climbs from the runner-up rank through a 4% gain in plays in the week ending Feb. 20 to become the most-played track on U.S. monitored adult R&B radio stations, according to MRC Data.

“Gorgeous” gives Blige her seventh Adult R&B Airplay champ, which brings her level to H.E.R. for a tie for the third-most among women since the chart began in 1992. Alicia Keys, with 12, leads all acts, while Toni Braxton is just behind, with 11.

Ironically, H.E.R. plays a key role in assisting Blige matching her mark. The young R&B star has co-writing and co-production credits on “Gorgeous.” Hitmaker D’Mile also shares both production and writing credits, while Blige, Lucky Daye and Tiara Thomas all boast a writing share, as well. The pairing unites Blige with some of the most celebrated writers today – H.E.R., D’Mile, and Tiara Thomas won both the Grammy Award for song of the year (“I Can’t Breathe”) and the Academy Award for best original song (“Fight for You”) in 2021.

While Blige’s new material makes a statement, her catalog also reaps the benefits of her Super Bowl Halftime Show slot on Feb. 13. One of the songs she performed, “Family Affair,” leads the R&B Digital Song Sales chart for a second week, with 17,000 in sales, up 143% from the prior week, while the other, “No More Drama,” debuts at No. 3 with 4,000 purchases. The lift, though, applies to other material – “Gorgeous” re-enters at No. 4 with 3,300 sales, and her 1992 hit “Real Love” rallies 11-5 with 2,900, despite not appearing in the halftime set.