Trey Songz gives his fan a sneak peek of his upcoming video, “Dive In.” The single is lifted from Songz’s fifth studio album “Chapter V,” released yesterday (August 21). Watch the preview below.
Welcome back to another edition of Chart Check! Each Friday, Rated R&B provides detailed insight to the weekly chart movements of your favorite R&B artists and R&B songs. In this updated format, we will discuss Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs (Urban AC) and Nielsen’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay (Urban) charts extensively. Read below for more information on the week of October 6, 2017:
Trey Songz’s Tremaine the Album era continues with the selection of his second single “Songs Goes Off.” The Atlantic Records signee received 12 adds at R&B radio in the latest tracking week. If the song charts, it will be Trey’s first Urban AC charter since 2015’s “Slow Motion.” Tremaine the Album debuted at No. 1 on the R&B albums chart and No. 3 overall upon its release in March.
If Tamar Braxton was set on going out with a bang, then she is definitely on the right track with her new song “Blind.” Lifted from her latest and last album Bluebird of Happiness, the heartbreaking ballad is serving as the second single behind lead single “My Man,” which currently sits at No. 10 on the Urban AC Chart. “Blind” received 16 adds this week, making it the most added song on urban contemporary radio. Bluebird of Happiness is available now on all digital platforms.
On The Rise
Sam Smith is back and bigger with his new single “Too Good at Goodbyes.” Thanks to rising popularity and the release of the song’s music video, Smith has shot up the Urban AC chart, rising 22-12 on this week’s chart. The track saw a 255 spin increase since last week, making it the most spin increased song of the week on R&B radio. It also received an additional nine adds on R&B radio formats.
Like little sister, like big sister, and vice versa! Toni Braxton is starting her new era in the right direction with her new single “Deadwood.” The song continues to rise, jumping 30-23 on the Urban AC chart thanks to a 148 spin increase in the latest tracking week. The song also received 12 adds on R&B formats, making her the second most-added R&B song of the week. The first? Her younger sister, Tamar.
Leaps and Bounds
Tank has been building momentum in preparation for his new album Savage which was just released last night, Sept. 29. Lead single “When We” is the shining star of the week, as it rose to the No. 5 spot on the Urban AC Chart this week. The bedroom banger saw an increase of 124 spins on R&B radio station, the fourth-highest increase this week.
Here’s some chart superstition: every time Tank has a song enter the top 5 on this chart, it eventually becomes a No. 1 hit. Tank notched No. 1 songs in 2007 with “Please Don’t Go” and again in 2012 with “Next Breath.” As you can tell, his chart toppers are five years apart, which would continue if “When We” ever reaches the top spot in the year of 2017. Does “When We” have the potential to further this interesting trend? Tank has some stiff competition against the rising force of Khalid’s “Location,” the slight resurgence of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone,” and the staying power of Sevyn Streeter’s breezy jam “Before I Do” which logs a fifth week at No. 1 this week. Competition aside, Tank has a shot, but only time will tell.
SZA has brought the heat this summer and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon with her latest single “The Weekend.” In the latest tracking week, the song leapt 10 spots, rising 40-30 on the urban radio chart. Fueled by a 249 spin increase, the Ctrl cut was the fifth-most spin increased song of the week. If that wasn’t enough, the song has also received 18 more adds on urban radio formats. If this type of success is any indication, “The Weekend” is on it’s way to becoming a solid radio hit.
R&B Albums Chart Update
Billboard’s R&B album had a couple of notable chart movements in the last week. First up, Musiq Soulchild debuted at No. 16 on the chart this week with her double-disc set Feel the Real. The album is lead by his single “Start Over,” which now sits at No. 15 on the Urban AC chart. A little higher up on the chart sits Beyoncé’s 2016 album Lemonade, which leapt 24-8 in the latest tracking week. Lemonade is Beyoncé’s latest album, which featured singles such as the impactful “Formation,” whimsical “Hold Up,” and Just Blaze-produced “Sorry.” In other Beyoncé news, the songstress has hopped on the remix to J Balvin and Willy William’s latin banger “Mi Gente.” As previously reported, the sales from the song will be donated as relief funds for Puerto Rico, Mexico, and other Caribbean Islands and is already the No. 1 song on iTunes Worldwide. Expect for this track to make a splash in the next couple of weeks.
And in quick notes: Rising artist Izzy Bizu is getting her first shot at radio success with her song “Diamond.” The song received 10 adds at R&B radio, the fourth-most for the week; Khalid’s “Location” proves to be the hit that just won’t go away. The song, sitting at on the Urban AC chart at the No. 4 spot, saw a 131 spin increase this week. With the decline of Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” the song is definitely on the trajectory for a top 3 finish within he next couple of weeks; And finally, Jazmine Sullivan and Bryson Tiller’s “Insecure” duet is beginning to find real chart success as it double debuts on both the Urban and Urban AC chart this week. The song sits at No. 30 on Urban AC and No. 37 on the urban radio chart.
What about you? Are you feeling Tamar and Trey Songz’s new singles? Do you think Khalid will go No. 1 on Urban AC? Did you enjoy this week’s Chart Check? Let us know how you feel in the comment section below!
After weeks of anticipation, Tank has just released his new album Savage!
In our interview with Tank, the 41-year-old singer discussed the inspiration for his new album. “I think our approach to the music was a lot more aggressive. I think we kind of found magic within us that we did on songs on Sex, Love & Pain II that people just gravitated to, which were those aggressive R&B moments. We were like let’s just take a savage approach with this one. Let’s go all the way there — dedicate a complete album, a complete movement to that name…to fighting for R&B and my style of R&B…fighting for a certain space.”
As we previously reported, the 11-track LP is Tank’s eighth studio album and includes features from Trey Songz, rapper Ludacris, and Candice Boyd. The album’s release was preceded by four songs, featuring lead single “When We,” which just cracked the top 5 on the Urban AC chart this week.
Stream Savage in full below.
MIKExANGEL is among the new wave of R&B acts that is making a lot of noise right now.
Born in Petersburg, VA and raised in Richmond, MIKExANGEL started singing at a young age. He was initially insecure about the sound of his voice. However, his supportive family gave him the encouragement he needed to keep going. He eventually joined his church choir where was able to sharpen his skills. His airy, melodic voice made him stand out. Church deacons would compliment him, telling him he had a “voice like an angel.” The feedback about his angelic voice would eventually inspire his stage name.
“They used to always tell me that I had a different type of control with my voice, I could control my voice better than a lot of people,” says MIKExANGEL. “I used to just keep that in mind. It always reminded me that I had a gift.”
Like many singers, MIKExANGEL tried the whole R&B group thing in high school — it didn’t work. While he attended Virginia State University, a historically black college located in his birthplace, MIKExANGEL utilized social media to help build his brand. He would perform covers on YouTube of popular singers such as Trey Songz, Drake and Jhene Aiko.
It’s funny how life works and how things come full circle. Aside from his voice, MIKExANGEL had a hidden talent — songwriting. His producers would plug his name in circles they were in, which eventually landed him an opportunity with Trey Songz — an artist from the same town as him and an artist he was covering on YouTube. He ended up signing to Trey Songz’ team as a songwriter. He contributed to Trigga’s mixtape Intermission I & II, where he co-wrote songs and sung on reference tracks. Their working relationship evolved into something greater. Trey saw something in MIKExANGEL and became his mentor.
Trey introduced MIKExANGEL on his Snapchat when he shared a snippet Mike’s song “Nothing 2 Something.” Overwhelmed with positive feedback from fans, Trey knew he was stepping in the right direction.
MIKExANGEL joined Trey on his Tremaine: The Tour this past spring, where he was able to formally introduce himself to Trey’s fans as his protege. The tour also put momentum behind MIKExANGEL’s debut project, Nothin 2 Somethin, which released in June.
In our interview with MIKExANGEL, he talks about working with Trey Songz, being influenced by other genres, his mixtape and more.
RATED R&B: Although you’re still early in your career, how do you feel like you’ve evolved since you first started doing music?
MIKExANGEL: I feel like I’m making music for a purpose now — not just for me but to inspire others. I’m also influenced by all music now not just one genre.
RATED R&B: How did you end up working with Trey Songz and becoming his protege? What lessons has he taught you thus far?
MIKExANGEL: I met Trey at a studio in Virginia through my manager Mu. He connected us and showed him some of my work; shortly after we built our own chemistry and started collaborating together. I always believed in myself and wanted to be an artist as well as a songwriter; however a lot of people labeled me as only a songwriter. But Trey and Mu saw my vision but never promised me anything. I just strived to show my worth and my value and never stopped creating.
RATED R&B: Virginia has birthed some very popular artists like Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Missy Elliott, D’Angelo, Pharrell and the list goes on. Has being a Virginia native have any influence on your music?
MIKExANGEL: Honestly, Virginia made me who I am…just growing up seeing these artists from the same area blow up and become huge stars made me feel like I could do the same. I draw inspiration from all of those artist because they’ve made their own lane and are still considered the pioneers in the industry.
RATED R&B: Has any other genre of music influenced your sound?
MIKExANGEL: I definitely get influenced by a lot of music. I try to listen to a new song from a different genre every day. One thing about me is I want to explore and experiment genres as I grow. I never want to put myself in a box or classify myself as just an R&B artist. I draw inspiration from old and new music. I enjoy MGMT, Elton John, John Mayer, Francis and the Lights, Ed Sheeran…the list goes on.
RATED R&B: Your mixtape Nothin 2 Somethin is out now. What do you hope fans take away from this project?
MIKExANGEL: I want my supporters to know I didn’t just make this project overnight. It was a process of a lot of long nights, relationships, tears, heartbreaks and life experiences. I want them to know this isn’t it for me. This is only the beginning. I feel like everything I went through molded me and there’s a lot more music on the way.
RATED R&B: At one point, you weren’t comfortable with the sound of your voice. At one point did you learn to love your gift?
MIKExANGEL: I really started embracing my voice when I got to high school and college. I joined every choir I could and learned a lot of techniques along the way. I think I really found my sound when I purchased my own equipment and stopped going to big studios.
RATED R&B: Is there anything else you have coming up that you would like to discuss?
MIKExANGEL: Really, just a lot promotion for my project NOTHIN2SOMETHIN that’s available everywhere and be on the lookout for touring announcements!
Stream Nothin 2 Something below and follow MIKExANGEL on Instagram @MIKExANGEL.