Last week, Billboard announced that singer, songwriter, and television personality, and also a FAMU graduate, K. Michelle earned Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for a third time in her career.
Michelle’s latest effort, More Issues Than Vogue, sold “54,000 copies in the week ending March 31,” according to Nielsen Music. In 2013, Michelle first topped the chart with her debut album, Rebellious Soul, with first-week sales of 72,000 copies that year. “The album, which she credits to “giving zero fucks and Jack Daniel’s,” is the greatest body of work we’ve received from her thus far,” writes Seriah Buckler at Revolt.
“The new album’s lead single, “Not a Little Bit,” re-enters Hot R&B Songs at No. 22 following the premiere of the music video on March 25, which triggers a 155 percent hike in streams (to 1.3 million domestic weekly plays),” Billboard reported. “The song slips 19-20 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart in its seventh charting week, one spot below its peak, with a 1 percent dip in spins at the format.”
Billboard also noted that Michelle at the same time has earned the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200.
“If I was not Black this record would be a number one. And my label has said this,” Michelle said in late March, advocating for herself and her craft as a black female artist. “It’s crazy we just left Billboard and actually, they said the same thing. We said, ‘Oh if you were Taylor Swift or somebody this record would be number one.’ What I did love about Billboard was that they said ‘How are y’all going to make them play this record because it’s amazing? How can we help? How can we get them to accept the record?’”
Editor’s note: This post originally read that K. Michelle has earned her second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. She has crowned Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums three times now, actually (Rebellious Soul, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart, More Issues Than Vogue, in that order). We apologize for the error.