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Chart Check: Adele’s ’25’ Breaks New Sales Record As ’21’ Re-enters Billboard 200 Top 10


As reported here, Adele‘s massive comeback album, ’25,’ was expected to move 750,000 units by end of tallying last week.  If such feat was accomplished, the powerhouse diva would have crossed the 6 million sold threshold.

Now, on this side of tallying, we should’ve known better than to put any “ifs” in the equation.

Moving a whopping 825,000 units in its 4th week of availability (790,000 of which were pure sales), the project not only skipped right over that “6 million sold” mark, but now lays claim to a new sales record: ” first album to sell over 695,000 copies in four different weeks.”  With the added sales boost, ’25’ also claims the title of “second best-selling album” of the decade, an honor that sees her eclipsed only by the sales of the top titleholder – herself with ’21’ (which re-entered the Billboard 200’s top 10 this week).  Even its predecessor, ’19,’ has re-entered the top 40 this week.

Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, thanks to a few holiday-themed albums and reignited sales of some of the year’s favorite cuts, August Alsina and R. Kelly missed out on the top 10 completely (as we reported here).  Get into the top 20 below:


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The Final Numbers Are In: August Alsina & R. Kelly Sold…


Much like this week with Chris Brown and Monica, two of Urban music’s most-beloved characters – August Alsina and R. Kelly – faced off in the name of R&B.

Alsina, who dropped his highly anticipated sophomore album ‘This Thing Called Life,’ saw his album greeted to a bevy of critical acclaim (much like its predecessor ‘Testimony’).  While the latter-mentioned debuted at #2 to the tune of an impressive 67,000 sold, early reports indicated the former would not be able to claim similar heights as predictions placed it somewhere between 30-35,000 sold its first week. Not too far away, Kelly, with his 13th opus, ‘Buffet,’ was served predictions in the 28-33,000 range.  This, after an impassioned plea by the R&B royal for fans to support the genre.

The good news is they must have listened as both Alsina and Kelly exceeded their sales prediction by a notable margin.  On the other hand, the bad news appears they may have been so busy listening to Adele‘s ’25,’ they forgot to tell their friends as both R&B acts missed the top 10 of the Billboard 200 all together (a career first for Kelly).

Find out what their final numbers are for their respective first weeks of availability:


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Watch: R. Kelly Walks Off ‘Huffington Post Live’ Set


Always keen to lure young fans into his creative web the R&B force that is R. Kelly made his way to the ‘Huffington Post’ to discuss his latest album and the current state of his Grammy-kissed career.

Alas, his latest attempt to reach out and touch younger fans was thwarted by the publication when questions posed to him during their conversation led to him walking off set before it ended.

What those questions were related to? The numerous minors who have claimed that he molested them during his reign as the King of R&B.

A surprising scene below…


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The Predictions Are In! R. Kelly & August Alsina Set To Sell…


This week, both R. Kelly and August Alsina hit the headlines when they took aim at their respective teams for the handling of their current albums.

The veteran and the newcomer released their projects – ‘The Buffet’ and ‘This Thing Called Life’ – yesterday. And following their very public comments, all eyes are on how said LP’s are set to perform in the marketplace.

Wonder no more though, because the first sales projections are in. Without further ado…


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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1998 #FBF

Celine Dion & R. Kelly Rule Billboard With ‘Angelic’ Duet

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

On this #FBF we’ll press play on ‘I’m Your Angel,’ the unlikely pairing of R&B bad boy R. Kelly and powerhouse vocalist Celine Dion.  Written and produced by Kelly, the touching tune – lifted from his chart-topping third studio album ‘R.’ – came as quite the unexpected departure from the power-pop ballads that lined Dion’s repertoire (see:  ‘My Heart Will Go On’ which dominated charts the year prior).  In Kelly’s case, the departure – while not as unexpected – was certainly a welcomed retreat from his standard sexualized fare.

Regardless, fans welcomed ‘Angel’ with open ears, arms, and wallets as the tune soared to #1 on the Hot 100 and enjoyed its second week on the perch this week in 1998 (and wasn’t dethroned until 5 weeks later by Brandy‘s ‘Have You Ever’).  Tuck in below for your flight down memory lane and see what other familiar faces you see lining the top 25 this week in 1998.


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Drama: R. Kelly Rants About Lack Of Support

‘The Buffet’ Hits Stores December 11th


It’s the eve of the release of R. Kelly‘s latest album ‘The Buffet,’ but instead of dishing up performances, the Pied Piper is serving up his frustrations.

In a video posted to his Facebook page tonight, the R&B veteran squarely takes aim at his team for what he deems a “lack of support.” He also called on Urban consumers to make their voices heard by buying Urban music in the way Pop supporters do for mainstream releases.

Peep the impassioned plea after the jump…


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New Song: R. Kelly & Tinashe – ‘Let’s Be Real Now’

‘The Buffet’ Album Lands In Stores Dec. 11th


Craving new R. Kelly music?

R&B’s Pied Piper is gearing up to serve a hot plate of fresh material this Friday when new album ‘The Buffet’ two-steps into stores.

Though boasting a career of solo smashes, the vocal veteran has enlisted a number of notable names for the LP including Lil Wayne and RCA label-mate Tinashe.

His collaboration with the latter, ‘Let’s Be Real Now,’ was unwrapped a few short moments ago.

Take a listen below…


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