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Watch: Alicia Keys Lights Up 2016 Democratic National Convention With Hot Performance

Singer Wields Show-Stopping Performances of 'Girl On Fire,' 'In Common,' & More...

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‘Girl on Fire’ Alicia Keys is still blazing the promo trail in support of ‘In Common’ – the first single from her yet-titled sixth album (tentatively due Fall 2016).

After taking to ‘SNL,‘ the UEFA Champions League Final, and the BET Awards with live showings of the Soca-flavored cut, tonight saw the Grammy winner lighting up the 2016 Democratic National Convention stage.

Wielding impressive performances of singles ‘Superwoman’ (‘As I Am’), ‘Girl On Fire,’ and, of course,  her latest tune ‘Common’ to a crowd of energetic Hillary Clinton supporters, tuck in below if you missed any of the action:


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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Drake Dominates For 11th Week

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Nearly three months after the debut of his fourth studio album ‘Views,’ Grammy winning rapper Drake continues to enjoy the views from the top of the Billboard 200.  Yes, rockers Blink-182 may have briefly interrupted the Canadian emcee’s reign over the album charts two weeks ago, but after recapturing the position last week Drizzy continues to keep competition at bay.

Still enjoying the fruit of some historic streaming figures, this week fans were greeted with news their favorite rapper has earned his 11th non-consecutive week atop the tally.

Get the details below and find out where all of your other favorites of the day landed on this week’s refreshed TGJ Chart Check:


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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Rihanna Ties Madonna’s Career-Long Record

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Wendy Williams may have angered Rihanna‘s faithful fan base, affectionately coined ‘The Navy,’ when she proclaimed the Bajan beauty would “never be a legend,” but from the looks of things her Billboard stats are already trotting on legendary ground.

Indeed, her Billboard 200 resume may have hit a sour note or two over her 11 year tenure, but her Hot 100 track record is unmatched and decorated with many an accomplishment for tying or simply demolishing the Billboard Hot 100 records of many-a-legend before her (see:  Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and more).

Already besting Queen of Pop Madonna‘s once thought untouchable record of “most top 10 singles amassed in the shortest period of time” (read more on that here), now the ‘Sledgehammer’ singer – thanks to her latest hit ‘Sex With Me’ – is looking to break yet another of the pop potentate’s history-making achievements.

Find out what it is below and recap this week’s entire TGJ Chart Check below:


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Product Vs. Promotion: Alicia Keys – ‘In Common’

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By 2012, 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys began seeing her once hot sales streak cool.

The ‘Girl On Fire’ – whose first three albums consecutively topped the Billboard 200 and her fourth, ‘The Element of Freedom,’ delivered fair numbers in comparison – was no longer burning up the charts in means fans had become accustomed to.  In fact, some 12 years after her commercially and critically acclaimed debut ‘Songs in A Minor’ (2000), the ivory tickling diva didn’t exactly find much to laugh about when her fifth album, ‘Fire,’ crashed and burned after making a #1 debut to the first week sum of 159,000 – almost a third of what ‘Freedom’s first week declared just three years prior

Taking a period to cool off to focus on philanthropy and family (see:  giving birth to her second child in late 2014), the singer/songwriter continued to tease new music throughout the downtime – even promising fans something they “wouldn’t expect.”

That promise was finally manifested in May 2016 thanks to ‘In Common’


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Hot 100: Sia Dethrones Drake With Her First #1 Hit ‘Cheap Thrills’

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Rihanna‘s rejection of Sia‘s ‘Cheap Thrills’ has proven itself a serious misstep on the Bajan beauty’s part.

For, after penning her fair share of hits for other artists and wielding a series of her own hits courtesy of soaring tunes ‘Chandelier,’ ‘Big Girls Cry,’ and ‘Elastic Heart,’ the singer/songwriter has taken the Sean Paul-assisted tune to #1 on the Hot 100.  Ending the 10 week reign of Drake‘s ‘One Dance’ (featuring Wizkid & Kyla), ‘Thrills’ – thanks to a timely $.69 iTunes sale – comes as the first chart-topper of Sia’s nearly 20 year career.

In addition, she is the first and only woman over 40 since Madonna‘s ‘Music’ in 2000 to top the Hot 100. Tuck in below to find out the figures that helped hoist the powerhouse to the perch of the singles charts:


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‘The Hits’: Toni Braxton Announces US Tour

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With seven studio albums and over 60 million records sold, fans are more than aware ‘More Than A Woman’ singer Toni Braxton has more than enough hits to her credit.

But, just in case you need a reminder, the Grammy winning diva is set to hit the road this fall for ‘The Hits’ tour – a revisitation of her chart-topping ballads and bops.

Kicking off October 8th, the trek is set to touch every corner of the U.S. with stops in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago,, Houston, Atlantic City and more.  If you’re keen to find out if the legendary songstress will be strutting her heels across a stage near you, tuck in below to find out:


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Katy Perry Bests Britney Spears’ ‘Make Me’ In Hot 100 Debut Battle


Much like her soaring pop tune ‘Roar’ scared off the competition upon its debut (namely Lady Gaga‘s ‘Applause’), Katy Perry’s Hot 100 dominance shows no signs of cooling if the sales performance of ‘Rise’ – her latest single – is any indication.

Released the same day as Britney Spears‘ highly anticipated new single, ‘Make Me (ft. G-Eazy),’ Perry’s Olympic-inspired tune certainly lived up to its title, not only giving rise to a friendly competition between her fans (#KatyCats) and Spears’ (#BritneyArmy), but also rising to the occasion with strong sales and streaming.

Curious to see exactly where the ladies landed on the refreshed Hot 100?  Find out below:


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