If you take a look at the latest Billboard charts, you might be tempted to shout "Toni! Toni! Toni!"
Toni Braxton's The Heat debuts at #1 on the magazine's R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, while her single, the Rodney Jerkinsproduced "He Wasn't Man Enough" (RealAudio excerpt) holds on to the top spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart for the second week in a row.
The album sold nearly 200,000 copies, which was enough to land it at #2 on the albums chart, but not enough to knock boy band 'N Sync from their lock on #1.
Braxton bumped soul crooners Joe and Carl Thomas down a notch, to #2 and #3 respectively, on the R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. Joe's My Name Is Joe fell to #3 on the albums chart after debuting last week in the #2 spot. Thomas' Emotional dropped nine spots to #18.
Mya's Fear of Flying is the other R&B debut this week, entering the R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart at #7. Her single, "Best of Me," featuring rapper Jadakiss of the Lox, stayed at #17 on the R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart. The album entered the albums chart at #15.
Aside from Santana's Latin-pop hit "Maria Maria" at #5 and rapper DMX's "Party Up (Up in Here)" at #10, the R&B/Hip-Hop singles top 10 is dominated by R&B. Thomas' "I Wish" is at #2, Avant's "Separated" is at #4, Joe's "I Wanna Know" is at #6, Aaliyah's "Try Again" is at #7, Donell Jones' "Where I Wanna Be" is at #8, and Sisqó's "Thong Song" is at #9.
The 22-year-old Avant said "Separated" came out of a broken relationship he had a few years back. "It's like, you truly love someone, but you know that the situation is not working," he said. "At the same time you just want to be with her so bad, you know?" His debut album, My Thoughts, comes out Tuesday.
Whitney Houston's "Same Script, Different Cast," a duet with Deborah Cox that will appear on Houston's upcoming greatest-hits album (due May 16), entered the R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart at #48.
Vocal trio Next enter that chart at #70 with "Wifey," a song from their second album, Welcome to Nextasy (due June 20). "That's a word that refers to your best girl, the one you would marry if you had the money," said Next's R.L., who wrote the song.
The Billboard Hot 100 singles chart also stays R&B-heavy this week. "He Wasn't Man Enough" stayed at #2, while "Thong Song," Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" and Macy Gray's "I Try" held down the middle of the top 10 in the #4 to #6 slots.
"I Try," from Gray's 1999 album, On How Life Is, fell out of the R&B/Hip-Hop singles top 100, but it knocked 'N Sync's "Bye Bye Bye" out of the #1 spot on the magazine's top 40 radio airplay chart. "Thong Song" is at #3 in radio airplay.
Gospel/R&B duo Mary Mary's "Shackles (Praise You)" dropped a notch to #11 on the R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart, but it jumped from #34 to #28 on the 100 singles chart. The pair's debut album, Thankful, came out Tuesday.
The "Love and Basketball" soundtrack made the biggest leap on the R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart this week, jumping from #31 to #15. The soundtrack includes "Dance With Me," the debut single from Lucy Pearl, as well as new cuts by Donell Jones and Black Eyed Peas. The album moved up from #115 to #45 on the 200 albums chart.
On the magazine's gospel albums chart, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir's God Is Working Live stayed at #1, while Trin-I-Tee 5:7's crossover gospel stayed at #5.