Jennifer Hudson's third studio album,JHud, enters The Billboard 200 at #10 (24K). That’s a disappointment, considering that her first two albums, Jennifer Hudson and I Remember Me, both debuted at #2. Both registered first-week sales that were well into three figures (217K and 165K, respectively). Jennifer Hudson even won a Grammy for Best R&B Album.
The soft debut was surprising because Hudson has maintained a high media profile. And such red-hot producers as Pharrell Williams worked on the album, which includes collaborations with R. Kelly, Iggy Azalea, Timbaland and T.I.
The main problem is that the singles from this album haven’t done as well as the singles from Hudson’s previous albums. Jennifer Hudson spawned two top five R&B hits, “Spotlight” and “If This Isn’t Love.” I Remember Me yielded a top 10 R&B hit, “Where You At.” By contrast, none of the first three singles from the new album has cracked the top 20 on the R&B chart. The most successful, “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” (featuring T.I.), reached #29.
The title of the new album is a play on Jennifer Lopez's nickname (and the title of her sophomore album), J.Lo.
Hudson told Billboard that she wants her next album to be a live album, in the tradition of Aretha Franklin's classic live albums. The Queen of Soul has released six live albums, including two that made the top 10: Aretha Live At Fillmore West (#7 in 1971) and Amazing Grace (#7 in 1972).
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