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The Year in Music 2015 — R&B Standouts: Miguel, Tyrese, Jill Scott, Tamar Braxton


ABC Radio2015 saw the release of well-received albums from artists who may not be superstars, but made their marks nonetheless.

Miguel stayed true to himself in 2015 and earned his first number-one on Billboard‘s R&B Albums chart, with Wildheart. The singer’s third album, which sold 41,000 copies, also earned the number-two slot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Over on the cross-gene Billboard 200, the album opened at #2, his highest-charting album yet following 2012’s Kaleidoscope Dream, which entered at number three. Led by his single, “Coffee,” the 13-song project saw Miguel collaborating with two unexpected guests, Lenny Kravitz and Kurupt.

Tyrese made his final album count, scoring his first chart-tooper on the Billboard 200 with his latest project, Black Rose, which was released via his own imprint, Voltron Recordz. Ty’s independent offering sold 86,000 unit equivalents during its opening week and marks his third set to have cracked the top 10. His sixth album includes “Shame,” which currently sits at #1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart.

Jill Scott revisited familiar chart territory and earned her second #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with her latest release, Woman. Her project sold 62,000 equivalent album units in its opening week. Jill’s previous album, 2011’s The Light of the Sun, was her first #1 and opened with 135,000 sold in its first week. The album, which features her longtime collaborator Andre Harris and songwriter/producer Aaron Pearce, includes the singles “You Don’t Know” and “Fool’s Gold,” which has become her 13th top-10 Adult R&B hit.

Tamar Braxton may appear on three television shows at any given time, but that didn’t deter her from notching a top-ten entry with her most recent album, Calling All Lovers. According to Billboard, Braxton’s fourth studio album entered the chart at at number five, selling 43,000 equivalent units, of which 38,000 were pure album sales. Tamar’s last studio effort, 2013’s Love and War, debuted in second place and sold a career-best 114,000 copies its first week. Tamar released her project on the same day as Janet Jackson‘s Unbreakable — their respective debuts caused the entire top five on the Billboard 200 to consist of R&B/hip-hop albums back in October.

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