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Chart News: Frank Ocean’s ‘channel Orange’ debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200


Country group Zac Brown Band may have scored its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, but it’s Frank Ocean’s channel Orange that is (once again) making headlines.

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Chart News: R. Kelly Set for 14th Top 10 on Billboard 200


R. Kelly is set to score his 14th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with his eleventh album, Write Me Back

The album may sell around 65,000 copies by the end of the tracking week, which ends today (July 1), according to Billboard.  The 70s-flavored disc is the follow-up to 2010’s Grammy nominated Love Letter

Write Me Back’s top 10 start is good news for R&B’s reigning king, who fell ill earlier this week. While en route to New York City for a string of TV appearances, the three-time Grammy Award winner was forced to cancel his promo run for the project after “suffering from complications” from the throat surgery he under went last summer.

“Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords,” according to a statement released on Thursday. “It is unclear how long Kelly may be sidelined.”

The launch party and signing for his memoir “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me,” released on June 28, was also cancelled.

Usher’s ‘Climax’ Tops R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart


Usher scores his 12th No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally, as “Climax” rises 2-1 with 31 million audience impressions in its ninth week.

“Climax” extends Usher’s lead for the most No. 1s on the chart during the Nielsen Music era (since December 1992). The Diplo-produced cut also marks his No. 1 on RCA, following his two-decade affiliation with LaFace which dissolved into RCA last year.  “Climax’s” ascension to the throne ends the seven-week reign of Beyoncé’s “Love On Top” as it falls1-3.

Rihanna’s musical reunion with Chris Brown, “Birthday Cake,” holds at No. 2; while Drake’s former No. 1 “The Motto” featuring Lil Wayne, remains at No. 4, and LoveRance’s “UP!” bullets again at No. 5.

Kirko Bangz’ “Drank in My Cup” moves 7-6; Chris Brown’s “Strip” slides to No.7, and “Another Round,” which he assists Fat Joe, stays at No.8 with a 15% gain.  Travis Porter earn their first top 10 with the Tyga-assisted “Ayy Ladies,” which scores the Greatest Gainer/Airplay tag with a 12-9 boost (19 million, up 20%).

Rounding out the top 10, Young Jeezy lands his eighth top 10, as “Leave You Alone” featuring Ne-Yo, rises 11-10 with a 16% airplay increase.

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Chart News: Jason Mraz, Lionel Richie Battle for No. 1


After making Adele’s 21 play runner-up last week, can Lionel Richie fend off Jason Mraz for No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart?

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Chart News: Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’ Blocks Adele’s Return to No.1


In its third week on the chart, Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee climbs to No.1 on Billboard’s Top 200, keeping Adele’s 21 from claiming its 24th week at  the top.

Last week, industry insiders predicted Adele’s 21 to reclaim the Top 200, but Richie’s sales surged during the weekend, thanks to his CBS special “ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert.”  The all-star special garnered 7.7 million viewers, and was the most-watched show of the night.  Selling 129,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Tuskegee becomes Richie’s third No. 1 album, and his first since 1986’s Dancing on the Ceiling spent two weeks atop the chart.

Elsewhere on the chart….

Adele’s 21 holds at No. 2 with 92,000 while last week’s No.1, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, falls to No. 3 with 81,000 copies. Monica’s New Life starts at No. 4 with 69,000, becoming her fifth consecutive top five debut.  All her releases have reached the top ten of the Top 200, except her 1995 debut, Miss Thang, which opened at No. 36. She hit No. 1 once, with 2003’s After the Storm.

One Direction’s Up All Night stays at No. 5 with 66,000 while industry vet Bonnie Raitt makes a splash at No.6 with Slipstream, selling 64,000. The set is her highest-charting album and posts her best sales week in nearly two decades. Following his performance on Saturday Night LiveGotye’s Making Mirrors flies back to the top 10 (15-7) with 54,000.  This is the best sales week yet for the album, coming one week after it lodged its highest frame (26,000).

Check back for full chart updates tomorrow.

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Chart News: Bruce Springsteen Dethrones Adele, Earns Tenth No. 1 Album


Bruce Springsteen scores his tenth No. 1 album on Billboard’s Top 200 as Wrecking Ball debuts with 196,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Springsteen now ties with Elvis Presley for the third-most No. 1s in history. Only the Beatles (with 19) and Jay-Z (12) have more.

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Chart News: Kid Cudi’s WZRD Scores Top Debut, Adele Still No. 1


It continues.

Adele’s 21 nets its 23rd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 247,000 copies this week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Down just 17%, 21 extends its lead as the longest-running No. 1 album since Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain soundtrack’s 24-week reign in 1984-85.

The album, which won Album of the Year at last month’s Grammys, has sold 2.07 million in 2012. The last time an album sold over 2 million copies this early in a year was in 2003, when 50 Cent’s just-released Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ blew through 2.6 million by March 2.

As “21” was released more than a year ago, its 2012 sales are all the more impressive. Reaching back further in the archives, the last time a months-old album rang up 2 million this fast was in 2001, when Shaggy’s “Hotshot” album moved 2.12 million (through March 4).

“Hotshot” was first released in August of 2000, and in early 2001, Shaggy was riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with two No. 1s: “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.”

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Chart News: Adele’s ’21’- Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since ‘Purple Rain’


A new week means another week at No. 1 for Adele’s 21.  The juggernaut set spends a 22nd week atop Billboard’s Top 200, selling 297,000 (down 59%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. With this feat, 21 is now the longest-running No. 1 album since Prince & the Revolution’s “Purple Rain” soundtrack commanded the chart for 24 weeks  in 1984 and 1985.  This also marks 21’s ninth consecutive week at No.1 — the longest uninterrupted lead of the Top 200 since  the “Titanic” soundtrack spent 14-straight weeks atop the summit in 1998.

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