It's been a long time coming, but Toni Braxton returns to the top of Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart this week, toppling Santana's "Maria Maria" from the top spot with her new single, "He Wasn't Man Enough."
"He Wasn't Man Enough" (RealAudio excerpt), from her forthcoming album, The Heat (due Tuesday), also jumped to #3 on the Hot 100 singles chart this week, moving ahead of Sisqó's "Thong Song," which moved up from #5 to #4, and Destiny's Child's "Say My Name," which dropped from #3 to #5.
"Maria Maria," which features Product G&B, stayed at #1 on the Hot 100 but fell to #4 on the R&B chart.
Puff Daddy protégé Carl Thomas' debut, Emotional, has yet to dent either the R&B or Billboard 200 albums chart, but his ballad "I Wish" moved into the #2 slot on the R&B singles chart. It also went from #32 to #28 on the Hot 100.
"I Try," from Macy Gray's 1999 debut, On How Life Is, fell off the R&B chart long ago, but it's hanging on at #7 on the Hot 100. The double-platinum album is at #10 on the albums chart and at #19 on the R&B list.
The Romeo Must Die soundtrack held steady at #2 on the R&B albums chart but dropped to #6 on the top 200. The album's second single, Aaliyah's "Try Again" (RealAudio excerpt), moved up to #16 on the Hot 100 and held at #7 on the R&B chart. "I Don't Wanna," the first Aaliyah single from the album, fell to #10 on the R&B chart and #49 on the Hot 100.
Crooner Joe released his third album, My Name Is Joe, this week, but the first single's been a chart staple since its release in December. The ballad "I Wanna Know" is #11 on the Hot 100.
Other R&B notables on the Hot 100 are Blaque's "Bring It All to Me" at #32 and gospel-funk duo Mary Mary's "Shackles (Praise You)" at #37.
On the album lists, Sisqó's Unleash the Dragon is at #4 on both the R&B and the top 200 charts. Destiny's Child's The Writing's on the Wall held at #7 on the top 200 and #18 on the R&B chart.
"There You Go" singer Pink's debut album, Can't Take Me Home, dropped to #29 on the top 200 in its second week on the chart, while Gerald Levert's G moved up to #7 on the R&B chart and fell to #31 on the top 200.
Other R&B albums on the top 200 are Donell Jones' Where I Wanna Be at #46, D'Angelo's Voodoo at #63, Mary J. Blige's Mary at #82 and Brian McKnight's Back at One at #95.