Congratulations to rapper Future are in order. His latest album, “High Off Life”, currently sits atop the Billboard 200 chart. The project, which was released on May 15 via Freebandz, earned 153,000 equivalent album units in the U.S during the week ending May 21, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Future’s biggest week, in terms of units, for a solo album. Of “High Off Life’s” first week units, 16,000 are in album sales, while nearly all of the remaining units are from streaming activity. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums. The new May 30-dated chart will be posted on Billboard’s website on May 27 due to the Memorial Day holiday.
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Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, known professionally as YG, is an American rapper/actor from Compton, CA. He rose to prominence in 2009 with the release of the single “Toot It And Boot It”, which peaked at No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of the single lead to Jackson signing with Def Jam Recordings. Shortly thereafter, he released the mixtapes “The Real 4Fingaz”, “Just Re’d Up”, “Just Re’d Up 2”, “4 Hunnid Degreez” and more. He then released the singles “Left, Right” and “Who Do You Love”, which lead to the release of his debut album “My Krazy Life.” He also released the albums “Blame It On The Streets” (2014), “Still Brazy” (2016), “Stay Dangerous” (2018) and “4Real 4Real” (2019).
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Taylor Pace is a singer/songwriter/musician whose latest single, “One Last Time”, recently went viral.
Bassist Clifford Archer (Atlantic Starr) 68
Singer/actress Leslie Uggams 77
Remembering singer/songwriter Colonel Abrams (May 25, 1949-November 24, 2016)
Remembering singer/songwriter Clarence Buke Jr. (May 25, 1949-May 26, 2013-The Five Stairsteps)
North London-born R&B singer/songwriter Sinead Harnett steps into the spotlight with her latest single “Quarantine Queen”, which was made available to all streaming platforms via The Orchard. The songstress is known for her soulful vocals and collaborations with Disclosure, Kaytranada, Gallant and Rudimental. Harnett wrote, recorded and directed the visual for the track while quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reality of the emotional toll it’s taken shines through. In 2016, Harnett saw a career defining moment with the release of the single “If You Let Me.” With over 60 million streams and counting, it has become a pool of discovery for new fans. Her debut album, “Lessons In Love”, explores the complexities of love and all that she’s learned from it. She’s preparing to release her sophomore effort later this year.
Congratulations to singer/songwriter Kehlani are in order. She debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Songwriter’s chart with 12 songwriting credits taken from her latest album “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t.” The project arrives at No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 83,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen/Music MRC Data. “Can I”, a duet with Tory Lanez, which Kehlani co-wrote with Lanez, Pop Wansel, Jake One, Daniel Klein, Matthew Campfield, Jazze Pha, Kevin Hicks, Bryan Michael Cox, and Johnta Austin, leads her dozen Hot R&B Songs titles at No. 4. It concurrently debuts at No. 50 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. Here’s all 12 of Kehlani’s entries on the R&B Songs chart, all of which she co-wrote.
Rank, Title (Songwriters in addition to Kehlani)
No. 4, “Can I,” feat. Tory Lanez (Pop Wansel, Jake One, Daniel Klein, Matthew Campfield, Tory Lanez, Jazze Pha, Kevin Hicks, Bryan-Michael Cox and Johnta Austin)
No. 6, “Toxic” (Ryan Martinez, K.Beazy)
No. 9, “Change Your Life,” feat. Jhene Aiko (Pop Wansel, Oak Felder, Alex Nice, Ten4, Jhene Aiko)
No. 13, “F&MU” (Nija Charles, Jahaan Sweet, Paolo Rodriguez)
No. 14, “Water” (India Perkins, Destin Conrad, Alex Ben-Abdallah, Dan Foster)
No. 15, “Bad News” (Jahaan Sweet)
No. 16, “Everybody Business” (Go Grizzly, Los Hendrix, Trinidad James, Destin Conway, Chad Hugo, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams)
No. 18, “Hate the Club,” feat. Masego (Jahaan Sweet, Yussef Dayes, Masego)
No. 21, “Serial Lover” (Jahaan Sweet, Boi-1da, Johaan Deterville, Michael Samuels, Vianey Mfuamba)
No. 22, “Can You Blame Me” feat. Lucky Daye (Pop Wansel, Sam Wish, Daniel Klein, Matthew Campfield, Nija Charles, David Brown, Dab Bowie, Michael MacGregor)
No. 24, “Open (Passionate)” (Nija Charles, Los Hendrix, Pop Wansel, Destin Conrad, My Guy Mars, Michael Cox, James Keys, Roget Chahayed, Pooh Beatz)
No. 25, “Grieving,” feat. James Blake (James Blake, Boi-1da, Johaan Deterville)
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Durk Derrick Banks, known professionally as Lil Durk, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter. Banks considered rapping full time after his first two singles, “Sneak Dissin” and “I’ma Hitta”, received positive feedback. He has released several mixtapes, including “Life Ain’t No Joke.” Due to the popularity of the singles “L’s Anthem” and “Dis Ain’t What U Want”, Banks accepted a joint venture deal with his collective Only The Family and Def Jam Recordings. On June 2, 2015, Banks released his debut album, “Remember My Name.” His sophomore effort, “Lil Durk 2X”, was released on July 22, 2016. More mixtapes followed in 2017. On July 27, 2018, Banks announced that he had signed a recording contract with Alamo Records and Interscope Records. On November 9, 2018, he released his third album, “Signed To The Streets 3.” He followed that effort with “Love Songs 4 The Streets 2” (2019) and “Just Cause Y’all Waited 2” (2020).
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Jackie’s Boy is a singer/songwriter/musician who has worked behind the scenes writing material for Madonna, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Charlie Wilson, Johnny Gill, Jay Sean, Becky G, Jake Miller, Bruno Mars, Flo-rida, and Chris Brown, according to his PR team. His latest single, “Do It Again”, is a collaboration with Shawn Stockman of Boys To Men.
Singer Johnny Gill (New Edition) 54
Singer/songwriter Donell Jones 47
Singer Denise “Avery Sunshine” White 45
Singer Vivian Green 41
Singer Shirley Murdock 63
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Singer Calvin Simon (Parlament-Funkadelic) 78
Singer/songwriter/musician Jackie’s Boy steps into the spotlight with the sultry single “Do It Again”, a collaboration with Shawn Stockman of Boys To Men. The song is a sensuous ballad that greets listeners with hot and heavy lyrics from the beginning. Jackie’s Boy puts a lot of passion into the song while showcasing his vocal ability. He has worked behind the scenes as a songwriter for Madonna, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Charlie Wilson, Johnny Gill, Jay Sean, Becky G, Jake Miller, Bruno Mars, Flo-rida, and Chris Brown. His work and accolades highlight his skill set as a songwriter, producer, and now artist. Fans will enjoy “Do It Again.” Music fans should take a bite out of soul, R&B, and pop singer Alexi Paraschos with the 10-minute video announcing the release of his sophomore effort “Love Odyssey.” The visual includes a snippet of each song, including the lead single “Mine.” “Mine” blends pop and R&B with a fun premise: nicknames people call each other when they’re in love. The singer says his entire album was inspired by his fiancee as well as a trip to his father’s homeland of Greece. “Love Odyssey” features special guest appearances by Jadakiss, T3 of Slum Village M11son, Amina Buddafly, Chrisette Michele, and Natalie Stewart of Floetry. Check out the “Mine” visual.