While many R&B releases got thumbs up from critics in 2019, no two efforts waved the flag for the genre quite like Chris Brown‘s ‘Indigo’ and Summer Walker‘s ‘Over It.’
The former, a 37-track affair featuring the likes of Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Trey Songz, and more, was deemed a return to form as it gifted Brown his first appearance in the Hot 100’s top 5 in over a decade courtesy of the wildly popular jam, ‘No Guidance’ (featuring Drake). Similarly, ‘Over It’ – almost just as star-studded with high profile features from Usher, 6LACK, PartyNextDoor, and more – was the best performing female R&B project since Beyonce‘s ‘Lemonade’ in 2016.
As the popularity of both chart-topping opuses endures months after their releases, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently recognized their respective sales performances by awarding them certification plaques. Walker’s debut album has been certified Gold (denoting sales equivalence of over 500,000 copies in the United States) while Christopher’s was christened Platinum (denoting sales equivalence of over 1,000,000 in the United States).
Curious to know where the two LPs landed on this week’s Billboard 200? Look inside: