The 32-year-old half-Mexican American R&B singer-songwriter has earned his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated December. 23) as War and Leisure begins with 40,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending December 7, according to Nielsen Music.
Miguel previously reigned with the one-week leader Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012.
Meanwhile, two of the album’s tracks make headway on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: lead single “Sky Walker” (featuring Travis Scott) zooms 23-16, while “Come Through and Chill” (featuring J. Coleand Salaam Remi) debuts at No. 44.
The latter entry brings the singer to 20 charted hits since his debut, “All I Want Is You” started at No. 98 in July 2010.
The 32-year-old Mexican-American singer-songwriter has announced plans to release his next studio album War & Leisure.
After gliding his way back into the R&B scene with the Travis Scott-assisted single “Sky Walker,” Miguel will release his new album on December 1 under RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment.
And his offered his fans a preview of the album with new singles, including “Shockandawe” and his Colbert live performance of “Come Through and Chill.”
Meanwhile, his new single, “Told You So,” has a vibrant, electric feel, which finds the singer promising “not to control you,” and giving his lover the ample space needed to thrive on her lonesome.
“Told You So” is also accompanied by a video, displaying the “Adorn” singer showing off his dance moves all throughout the desert. In between scenes, a series of political clips pop up, conveying the chaos presently plaguing the world.
In an interview with Billboard, Miguel candidly spoke about shifting gears musically and becoming more politically in-tune with his audience for his new album.
“War & Leisure has political undertones, because that’s what life feels like right now,” he says.
He adds: “This album is intentionally about the ethos right now, that we are right in the middle of all this. We’re trying to flourish in the middle of all this. We all wake up, and it’s time to be creative and amazing and positive and all the things that we’re supposed to be when you look on Instagram, but then we’re dealing with these same problems, this injustice, wars between politicians with egos. Like, 140 characters are going to get us into a war right now?”