Ariana Grande, Tamar Braxton Score Top Debuts

Ariana Grande and Tamar Braxton

Who run the charts? Girls! Ariana Grande and Tamar Braxton earned the top 2 debuts of the week with their new albums.

Grande belted her way to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Propelled by her Mac Miller-assisted hit “The Way,” the Nickelodeon star’s debut Yours Truly sold 138,000 copies in its first week. According to Billboard, Grande is the first female artist to debut at No. 1 with her first album since Ke$ha’s Animal in January 2010.

In the runner-up spot is Tamar Braxton, whose album Love & War enters at No. 2 with 114,000. The “Braxton Family Values” star also holds the top spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the Top R&B Albums chart, marking the largest sales week for a female R&B/hip-hop album since Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire in November 2012.

John Legend sings his way to his sixth consecutive top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with Love in the Future, which bows at No. 4 with 68,000. His last album Wake Up!, a collaboration with The Roots, debuted at No. 8 in 2010 (63,000). His previous solo album, 2008′s Evolver, peaked at No. 4 (133,000).

Jaheim lands the fifth and final debut in the top 10 with his sixth set, Appreciation Day, which comes in at No. 6 with 58,000.

Elsewhere on the charts is Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, which slides 5-7 (57,000), while Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience moves 6-9 (38,000).



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7 Comments

  1. True

    I thinks thats amazing some real sangers at the top Tamar’s #’s are huge for R&B seeing the way it been selling this pass year good for her, and Ariana I love her to but why do they consider her album pop maybe is Pop/R&B.

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  2. Abz

    Loved both albums!

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  3. ♪►Muzzac◄♪

    Both albums were absolutely amazing! But I thought Ariana would sell more just because the way she was hyped up, glad to see those numbers for Tamar considering the fact that nobody really listens to r&b like they use to back in the day. But anyway good job ladies, both albums are awesome!!!!!!!!

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    Quinn Reply:

    @♪►Muzzac◄♪, ‘Hyped up,’ huh? Tamar’s husband is a record exec and producer; she is Toni Braxton’s sister; she has TWO shows on weTV and Tamar has Lady Gaga send out tweets supporting her. So, it’s not like Ariana has had any bit more backing or promo than Tamar — they’ve both done talk shows. LOL, Tamar certainly isn’t an “overnight success” story for R&B. These numbers are expected for her.

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  4. wtf

    THAT’S FVCKED UP! THEIR ALBUMS ARE GARBAGE. EVEN CIARA’S BETTER.

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    Sushi Reply:

    @wtf, I’m sorry to hear that your taste in music, died along with your ears.

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  5. Kyle

    Good for them! It’s hard to believe that Tamar pulled the best sales week for a R&B female since Alicia Keys last November. That’s sad!

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