Jazmine Sullivan’s critically-acclaimed J Records release, FEARLESS, debuts at No. 1, beating out Ne-Yo for the top spot on this week’s Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. With a total of 65,539 units sold in the first week, FEARLESS debuts at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and the Billboard Digital Albums chart.

The chart-topping debut of FEARLESS is further indication that Jazmine’s signature style is long overdue. “It’s been a long time since a debut artist has brought as much drama” cites USA Today’s 3-star review, while People’s 3.5-star Critic’s Choice review declares that FEARLESS is the “African-American answer to Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black.” Elle adds to the critical praise by stating the 21 year old Philly native “swings deep and wide like Sarah Vaughn, tears it up like Mary J., and emanates the lady-preacher seriousness of Lauryn Hill.”

Sparking the high chart entry is Sullivan’s debut single “Need U Bad” which reached the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts and made her the first female in almost four years – the 8th this decade – to achieve this feat. On Monday, Jazmine’s video for her hit single “Need U Bad” will debut in power rotation on Vh1 Soul and MTV Jams, and most recently held the No. 1 spot on BET’s 106 & Park for 7 consecutive days straight. Showing signs of duplicating the same chart ascent is Sullivan’s new single “Bust Your Windows” which was the No. 3 gainer at Urban radio this week.

Beginning October 8 at Boston’s Opera House, Jazmine will bring FEARLESS to the stage as the opening act on the highly-anticipated Maxwell tour. The tour is scheduled to trek across twenty-eight cities, ending in New York on November 23.

The Maxwell/Jazmine Sullivan tour dates are as follows:

Oct 8  Boston, MA Opera House
Oct 9  New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
Oct 10 Wallingford, CT Chevrolet Theatre
Oct 12 Toronto, ON Massey Theatre
Oct 14 Cincinnati, OH The Taft Theatre
Oct 15 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
Oct 17 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theater
Oct 18 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
Oct 19 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Oct 21 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theater
Oct 22 Omaha, OK Music Hall
Oct 23 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
Oct 25 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
Oct 28 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre

Oct 29 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
Oct 31 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Nov 1 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Auditorium

Nov 2 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
Nov 6 Houston, TX Verizon Theatre

Nov 7 Houston, TX Verizon Theatre
Nov 8 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
Nov 10 Birmingham, AL BJCC Hall
Nov 11 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater
Nov 12 Atlanta, GA Civic Center
Nov 14 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Nov 15 Richmond, VA Landmark Theatre
Nov 17 Washington, DC Constitution Hall

Nov 18 Washington, DC Constitution Hall
Nov 21 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Center

Nov 23 New York, NY United Palace Theatre

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