Kehlani Earns Third Straight No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums Chart with “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t”

Make that three in a row for Kehlani

The 25-year-old part-Mexican American singer-songwriter has captured her third straight No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart as It Was Good Until It Wasn’t debuts at the summit on the list dated May 23. 


The album arrives with 83,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 17, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, the highest one-week total of her career.

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, released on Tsunami Mob/Atlantic/AG, follows a pair of previous chart-toppers: SweetSexySavage in 2017 and last year’s While We Wait, which both ruled for one week. 

Kehlani’s debut effort, You Should Be Here, debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Top R&B Albums chart in 2015.

“I’m grateful, I can’t believe it,” Kehlani tells Billboard. “Imma [sic] celebrate by laying in bed and getting some much needed rest with my daughter.” 

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t marks her first album since the birth of her daughter, Adeya, in March 2019.

Beyond its R&B victory, It Was Good Until It Wasn’tconcurrently opens at No. 2 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Accompanying Kehlani’s Goodstart, nine of the album’s tracks debut on Hot R&B Songs, led by a No. 4 entrance for “Can I,” featuring Tory Lanez. The tune marks Kehlani’s highest debut on the chart and ties for her best peak with “Nights Like This,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

Here’s a full rundown of Kehlani’s new collection on Hot R&B Songs:

Rank, Title, Additional Artists (if any)
No. 4, “Can I,” featuring Tory Lanez
No. 9, “Change Your Life,” featuring Jhene Aiko
No. 14, “Water”
No. 15, “Bad News”
No. 18, “Hate The Club,” featuring Masego
No. 21, “Serial Lover”
No. 22, “Can You Blame Me” featuring Lucky Daye
No. 24, “Open (Passionate)”
No. 25, “Grieving,” featuring James Blake

Activity surrounding Kehlani’s It Was Good Until It Wasn’thelps the singer-songwriter jump 40-3 on Billboard’s Artist 100 chart. The leap secures her first week in the top 10, after narrowly missing out (No. 11) upon SweetSexySavage‘s chart arrival in February 2017.

Kehlani’s “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t” Predicted to Be Her Highest Charting Album on the Billboard 200

Kehlani’s thisclose to achieving a personal best…

The 25-year-old part-Mexican American singer-songwriter’s latest album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, is expected to debut in the Top 10 on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart.


Kehlani’s album is predicted to reach around 75,000 equivalent album units sold in the week ending May 14, putting it in the race for the No. 2 stop on the chart. 

And if the numbers hold up, Kehlani could capture her highest charting album, and best week in terms of units earned, with this latest release. Kehlani’s new album is supported by a small range of merchandise/album bundles.

Presently, her highest charting set is SweetSexySavage, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2017 with 58,000 first-week units (her biggest week, in terms of volume).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which comprises traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). 

The top 10 of the May 23-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s website on Sunday, May 17. 

Kehlani Releases Unmixed Acoustic Track “Again”

Kehlani is at it again…

The 22-year-old part-Spanish and Mexican American singer has released “Again,” a sweet acoustic track that, according to Kehlani herself, is completely unmixed.


“Again” was produced by Geoffro, the same producer behind her similarly-acoustic “Honey.”

Though Kehlani has yet to announce a formal follow-up to her studio debut album SweetSexySavage, she’s kept a steady flow of music coming with “Honey,” “Again,” and the electronic Fifty Shades-esque “Touch.”

“Again” will hit streaming services next week.

Listen to the raw track from Soundcloud.

Kehlani Registers Her First No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums Chart

It’s an especially SweetSexy first for Kehlani

The 21-year-old part-Spanish singer has notched her first No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart as SweetSexySavage debuts atop the list dated February 18 with 58,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending February 2 (32,000 in traditional album sales), according to Nielsen Music.


It’s her second chart entry, following the mixtape You Should Be Here, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2015.

Over on Hot R&B Songs chart, the release of the album pushes the album’s song “Distraction” back onto the chart at No. 13 (reaching a new peak). It collected 3.6 million streams in the most recent tracking week (a 193 percent increase), with 34 percent coming from Spotify plays. The track previously spent two weeks on the chart in December (peaking at No. 20) following the release of the music video on November 22.

Meanwhile, the set’s lead single “CRZY” returns at No. 14 (it peaked at No. 11 on the Nov. 26 chart), due in part to 3.9 million weekly streams (up 80 percent). Album track “Keep On” rounds out Kehlani’s showing on the chart, bowing at No. 21.

Elswhere, Kehlani reenters at No. 11 (a new high) on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, after previously peaking at No. 78 back in 2016. The chart measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.