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. 

Kehlani

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.

Mariah Carey Replaces Herself at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums Chart

Mariah Carey is making history…

The 48-year-old Half-Venezuelan American singer has become the first artist to replace herself at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart since its inception in 2012.

Mariah Carey

The diva’s Merry Christmas leaps 4-1 on the ranking dated December 8 and deposes her own LP, Caution, which slips 1-8 in its second week.

Merry Christmas, released in 1994, earned 24,000 equivalent album units in the week ending November 29, according to Nielsen Music, while Caution netted 14,000 units sold.

As MerryChristmas ascends, Carey collects her third leader on the chart, following Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, a one-week champ in 2014 and Caution.

In addition to its Top R&B Albums coronation, Merry Christmas also rallies 24-9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and 50-19 on the Billboard 200.

Nearly 25 years after its debut, Merry Christmas consistently remains one of the top performing holiday albums each year, with its success largely traceable to “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” virtually a modern standard in the holiday catalog.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” also makes its annual return to several Billboard charts, including a 29-14 surge on the Billboard Hot 100 and a 30-8 roar on Streaming Songs. The tune also inaugurates this year’s first edition of the seasonal Holiday 100 chart in a familiar spot — No. 1 — for its 31st week overall.

Miguel’s “War and Leisure” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Miguel is back at the top of the album charts…

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

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. Cole and 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.

Mars Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Here’s something Bruno Mars will surely like

The 31-year-old part-Puerto Rican singer has earned his first chart-topper on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as “That’s What I Like” steps 2-1 in its 14th week on the chart dated April 1.

Bruno Mars

The single bests his previous peak on the chart with “24K Magic,” which reached No. 3 on the multi-metric chart, which blends streaming, sales and airplay data, back in December.

“That’s What I Like” is the second single from Mars’ latest album 24K Magic, which debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Dec. 10), and spends an eighth week atop the list in the current chart frame.

It’s the singer’s first full-length release to sonically qualify for the tally, in turn making its tracks eligible for the R&B genre charts.

The latest single takes Airplay Gainer honors, rising 17 percent in audience across all monitored stations nationwide to 87 million impressions in the week ending March 19, according to Nielsen Music. The biggest contributor of airplay points came from pop station WHTZ (Z100) New York (2.7 million impressions).

Meanwhile, over on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart, the tune hops 7-5 (up 17 percent in spins), reaching a new peak.

Streaming plays a big role in the song’s trip to No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, providing 44 percent of its chart points, from 26.9 million clicks logged in the U.S. in the week ending March 16. Of its total, 35 percent of plays came from YouTube, where the song’s official music video has amassed over 88 million global views since coming out on March 1. The growing streams, boosted in part by the video, keep the track at No. 1 on the R&B Streaming Songs chart for a third straight week.

Sales wise, the track sold 78,000 downloads in the most recent tracking week, concurrently spending a fifth consecutive week at No. 1 on the R&B Digital Song Sales chart, despite an 18 percent dip in sales.

Elsewhere, “That’s What I Like” rises 3-2 on the Billboard Hot 100 – a new peak for the track.

Lopez’s “A.K.A.” Lands Atop Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

And then there were three for Jennifer Lopez

The 44-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress and returning American Idol judge’s eighth studio album A.K.A. has landed atop Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 33,000 copies sold in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Jennifer Lopez

A.K.A.’s debut at the summit marks her third No. 1 on the chart (and eighth top 10).

Lopez previously ruled with J.Lo in 2001, her best-selling album to date (3.8 million), and J to the L-O! The Remixes in 2002.

Simultaneously, Lopez boasts two titles on the Billboard Hot 100: Pitbull‘s official FIFA World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola),” on which she and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte are featured (No. 85), and her new set’s second single “First Love,” which debuts at No. 87.