Friday, February 14, 2014

Toni Braxton & Bayface Unseat Beyonce for #1 Billboard Slot

According to Billboard, Toni Braxton and Babyface return to the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as their duet set “Love, Marriage & Divorce” moves 67,000 in its debut week for a debut at No. 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The duo's album unseats Beyonce for the first time since its December debut. The impressive opening marks Braxton’s fifth leader on the list and, surprisingly, only Babyface’s second.  Braxton began her career in style, as her first three releases, “Toni Braxton” (three weeks in 1993), “Secrets” (1996) and “The Heat” (2000) topped the list. It would be 10 years later, with “Pulse” (2010), before she would score again.  For Babyface, the gap between the rise of this current set and his only prior No. 1 is nearly 24 years (23 years and 10 months) and nearly an all-time record for longest stretch between chart-toppers. He last ruled the list with his sophomore smash “Tender Lover,” which ended an 11-week run at No. 1 on the chart dated April 21, 1990. His extended No. 1 hiatus is second only to Sade (by a scant two weeks) in Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums history. The band's “Promise” (1986) and “Soldier of Love” (2010) were separated by 23 years, 10 months and 2 weeks.

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