CHART CHECK: TLC Sees ’20’ Sales Spike, Sevyn Streeter Earns Top 5 On Urban Radio

In this week’s edition of Chart Check, find out how TLC’s biopic helped boost their greatest hits album sales, where Janelle Monáe’s “Primetime” duet with Miguel debuted on the Billboard R&B Songs Chart, which R&B newcomer has the No.1 song on Billboard Heatseekers Songs Chart and much more.

Dates range from Oct. 24 – Oct. 31 (Billboard) and Oct. 27 – Nov. 2 (radio).



Billboard 200

Last week, there was no R&B album in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Album chart. However, Justin Timberlake fills the void as “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” rises from No. 11 to No. 8, pushing 25,531 copies this week. It has now sold 480,873 units since September 30.

Thanks to Vh1’s biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” TLC’s greatest hits album “20” leaped from No.72 to No.12, selling 20,454 copies this week.

TLC’s 1995 release “CrazySexyCool” re-enters the Billboard 200 Album chart at No. 108. Their previous greatest hits album “Now and Forever: The Hits” re-enters as well at No. 169.

Robin Thicke’s latest album “Blurred Lines” falls from No. 28 to No. 31. Hopefully his new single “Feel Good” will help his album climb to a higher position in the coming weeks.

“Love in the Future” by John Legend slides down three spots to No.34. The album sold 8,081 copies this week, pushing 172,040 since its release on September 3.

Tamar Braxton’s sophomore album“Love and War” continues to slide down the chart. Last week, it was at No.45. Now, it stands at No.52. Braxton has sold 218,484 copies of “Love and War” since its September 3rd release.

Other album positions.

Ariana Grande – “Yours Truly” – No. 56
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No. 61
The Weeknd – “Kiss Land” – No. 67
Mary J.Blige – “A Mary Christmas” – No.72 (Debuted: No. 24 last week)
Janelle Monáe’ – “The Electric Lady” – No.8 8 (Last week: No. 95)
Donna Summer – “Love to Love You Donna” – No. 97 (Debut)
TGT – “Three Kings” – No.107
Jaheim – “Appreciation Day” – No.118
K.Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No.147




Billboard Hot 100

Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines” fell out the top ten, landing at No.11 this week.

Chris Brown’s “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj moves two spots from No.25 to No.23.

August Alsina’s “I Luv This Sh*t” continues to rise up the pop dominated chart. It rises from No.51 to No.48, making it his first top 50 on this chart.

“Marry Me” by Jason Derulo only moves two spots this week, from No. 54 to No.52.

With the help of Justin Timberlake’s music video to “TKO,” his new single moves up three spots from No.56 to No.53.

Sevyn Streeter’s blazing single “It Won’t Stop” climbed three spots this week from No.65 to No.60.

K.Michelle’s debut single “V.S.O.P. falls from No.89 to No.92.




Billboard R&B Albums

In their respective order, here are the Top 5 R&B albums among R&B acts:

1. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
2. TLC – “20” (Debuted No.9 last week)
3. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
4. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
5. Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”

Other album positions

Mary J. Blige – “A Mary Christmas” – No.9 (Debuted No.2 last week)
Janelle Monáe – “The Electric Lady” – No.10 (Last week: 11)
Donna Summer – Love to Love You Donna – No.11 (Hot Debut)




Billboard Heatseekers Songs 

According to, the Heatseekers Songs chart is the week’s most popular songs across all formats by new or developing acts who have never appeared as lead artist in the Top 50 of the Hot 100. Once the song has reach the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song will then be ineligible to appear on Heatseekers Songs.

Last week, August Alsina held the No.1 spot with “I Luv This Sh*t” featuring Trinidad Jame$. Since the single has reached the top 50 (No.48) on Billboard Hot 100, it is now ineligible to appear on this chart.

Now carrying the torch for R&B at No.1 is “It Won’t Stop” by CBE signee Sevyn Streeter.

K.Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.” rises from No.10 to No.9.



Billboard R&B Songs

Janelle Monáe’s duet “Primetime” with Miguel debuts at No.25.

“I Luv This Sh*t” by August Alsina and Trinidad Jame$ moves from No. 5 to No.4 this week.

K.Michelle’s and John Legend’s latest singles both decline by one spot on the R&B songs chart. Michelle’s “V.S.O.P.” fell from No.8 to No.9. Meanwhile, Legend’s “All of Me” slips from No.9 to No.10.

Tamar Braxton’s “Hot Sugar” bungy jumped from No.13 to No.22. Meanwhile, her latest single “All The Way Home” moves up from No.19 to No.17.



Urban radio

Sevyn Streeter scores her first top 5 with her breakout single “It Won’t Stop.” It received 3,272 spins this week (3,025 spins last week).

“Love More” by Chris Brown moves from No. 9 to No.7, closing the week with 2,917 radio spins.

Miguel’s “How Many Drinks” featuring Kendrick Lamar remains at No.10.

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” falls from No.16 to No.22.

Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” slips down from No.28 to No.29.

“Overdose” by the newly engaged Ciara climbs from No.48 to No.40, totaling 522 radio spins.

Like a mannequin, Mario’s second single “Fatal Distraction” remains still at No.50.

Other R&B song positions.

August Alsina ft. Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No. 2
K.Michelle – “V.S.O.P” – No. 9
Omarion ft. Fabolous & Pusha T – Know You Better” – No. 45



Urban AC radio

John Legend’s “All of Me” moves one slot from No.10 to No. 9.

Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” eyes the top 10 at No.11, which was its position last week.

“V.S.O.P.” by K.Michelle moves two spots from No.19 to No.17, totaling 345 radio spins.

Ledisi’s new single “I Blame You” rises from No. 24 to No.19.

Keyshia Cole’s “I Choose You” chooses to move four steps backwards from No. 21 to No. 25.

UK artist Daley continues to rise with his latest single “Look Up” from No.32 to No.26.

Jaheim’s and Leela James’ current singles end the week at higher positions. Jaheim’s “He Don’t Exist” climbs from No.42 to No.34. James’ “Say That” featuring Anthony Hamilton flies from No.50 to No.37.
( Source: Chart News, Billboard, All Access )


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Chart Check: Lyrica Anderson and A1 Heat Up Urban Radio, K. Michelle Lands on Urban AC

Lyrica Anderson A1 Bentley K. Michelle

Welcome back to another edition of Chart Check! Each week, Rated R&B provides detailed insight to the 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 November 25, 2017:

Urban Radio

Cassie has officially returned with her new single “Love a Loser.” The song, which features rapper G-Eazy, received 14 adds on urban radio formats in the latest tracking week. This is Cassie’s first single since “The Boys” with Nicki Minaj, which was released in 2012.

Married musicians and Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood” stars Lyrica Anderson and Floyd “A1” Bentley have been working behind the scenes writing and producing songs for other artists for years, but 2017 is looking to be the year for their own work to finally take off. This week, A1’s SWV-sampled single “Always” landed on the official urban radio chart at No. 40. The song, which features Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign, gained a 213 spin increase since last week. Meanwhile, Lyrica is floating four spots under with her tune “Don’t Take it Personal,” which is the lead single from her recently released album Adia. The song was spun 496 times and picked up one add at urban radio in the latest tracking week.

N.E.R.D. and Rihanna are two of the music industry’s most elusive acts, but they may have a hit on their hands with their new collaboration “Lemon.” After being released just a few short weeks ago, the bouncy banger has officially landed on the Urban radio chart at No. 39. The song garnered a whopping 420 spin increase at urban formats, the third-most in the latest tracking week.

Urban AC Radio

dvsn is ready to multiply their recent success by sending their first single to radio. That’s right: “Mood” has been selected as the first radio single from their latest album Morning After, which was released on Oct. 13. The single received eight adds on R&B radio formats, which is the most for the latest tracking week.

MAJOR. has returned to the R&B scene with his new single “Honest,” which leapt onto the Urban AC chart at No. 17 last week. The momentum continues this week as the piano driven ballad skips 17-16, garnering a 60 spin increase since last week. The song also received six more adds at R&B radio formats.

With her first charting single, K. Michelle’s new era has officially begun! This week, “Make This Song Cry” landed at No. 27 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart, thanks to a 51 spin increase since last week. This is the first radio single from the Memphis-bred singer’s upcoming fourth studio album Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, which is set for a Dec. 8 release date.

Quick Notes

And in quick notes: Miguel’s War & Leisure lead single “Sky Walker” is picking up speed as it rises 16-14 on this week’s Urban radio chart. The single received a 282 spin increase and has crossed the 10 million mark in urban radio audience; Rapper DeJ Loaf and singer Jacquees’ new single “At The Club” continues to rise on urban radio, sitting just 3 spots below the official chart. The song received four adds in the latest tracking week; John Legend’s newest Darkness & Light single “Penthouse Floor” debuts at No. 26 on this week’s Urban AC chart. The song, which features Chance the Rapper, was the highest debut of the week; and finally, Kenny Lattimore has finally made a “Push” right onto the Urban AC chart, as he is the last of the three debuts this week. His new single, from his new album Vulnerable, landed at No. 28 with a total of 211 spins at R&B radio and formats.

What about you? Are you feeling Lyrica and A1’s new singles? How well do you think Cassie’s new song will do? Did you enjoy this week’s Chart Check? Let us know how you feel in the comment section below!

Top 5 Tracks from Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’ Album

Rihanna Unapologetic album

Rihanna has been, is, and will always be a hit maker; There’s a reason why she has fourteen No. 1 singles spanning all the way back to her second album (and just for the record, her debut single “Pon de Replay” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.) Coming off her Talk That Talk album in 2011, which featured international hits “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been,” it was time for Rihanna to take it up another notch when it came to her next album. Working with fresh blood in producers Mike-Will-Made-IT and Labyrinth while enlisting pop mainstays David Guetta and Stargate, the result was Unapologetic: an eclectic mix of EDM, trap, dance, R&B, and pop songs that scaled the musical and lyrical landscape. If this album was an avatar, it’d be “The Last Genre-Bender.”

Unapologetic marked two things: Rihanna’s first artistically complete album and first No. 1 album. While Rated R and Talk That Talk had some “woah” moments, this album found Rihanna elevating her musical core to new heights. She’s still Bad Gal RiRi, but with more wisdom, more vocal strength, and with a newfound sense of artistic confidence. It’s no wonder why it won a Grammy award for “Best Urban Contemporary Album.”

Here at Rated R&B, we’ve compiled what we consider as the best tracks from Rihanna’s seventh studio album. Check out the list below:

“Loveeeeeee Song” (feat. Future)

Future always shines when paired with female artists, but his “Loveeeeeee Song” collaboration with Rihanna might be his best duet to date. The Luney Tunez-produced cut finds the two artists flirting with idea commitment, but being temporarily satisfied with the current arrangement of keeping things purely physical. “I don’t wanna give you the wrong impression / I need love and affection / And I hope I’m not sounding too desperate / I need love and affection,” they sing. On this album full of hard-hitting choruses and club-ready bass drops, this smooth late-night thumper stands out in the best way. Rihanna’s verses and Future’s bridge eventually explodes into a lush, beautifully crafted final chorus between the two of them. If you think “Kiss it Better” is Rihanna’s best bedroom banger, then “Loveeeeeee Song” definitely gives it a run for its money.

“Get It Over With”

While the album spotlights an array of emotional lows and insecurities, there’s a silver lining thanks to this instrument-laden track. Written by Ms. Fenty, Brian Kennedy, and the ever-talented James Fauntleroy, “Get It Over With” is the ballad of broken dreams, but also a song of hope. “It’s dark in the day / I’ll say now don’t complain / Look up the sun is just a cloud away / You’re so afraid to cry / But your heart be feeling dry / It’s time to change,” Rihanna sings in the first verse. Fauntleroy is a master of stacking vocals, so it’s no surprise that we find Rihanna’s background vocals more than on point here. Paired with snaps and solemn violins, this song is the perfect mixture of resilience, strength, and sadness, which is why it makes this list.

“What Now”

Rihanna has mastered the art of emoting over the years, and “What Now” is just one flash of brilliance in her extensive discography. Co-written by fellow Bajan Livvi Franc and British producers Nathan Cassells and Parker Ighile, the song explores the dissatisfaction one feels when they’ve settled, whether that be in love, career, or life in general. “Whatever it is/It feels like it’s laughing at me through the glass of a two-sided mirror/Whatever it is/It’s just laughing at me/And I just wanna scream,” she sings. The lyrics cut just as deep as its smashing chorus, but what really elevates this song is its climax where Rihanna repeats the cadence “I don’t know where to go/I don’t know what to feel/I don’t know how to cry/I don’t know, oh-oh, why!” The winding guitar, raw emotion, and pounding bass culminates into one of the best musical moments on the album.

“Nobody’s Business” (feat. Chris Brown)

Although this collaboration didn’t make as much of a splash as their “Birthday Cake” remix, Chris Brown and Rihanna still shocked fans by linking up on this groovy duet. Co-written by Rihanna and long-time collaborator The-Dream, the song finds the ex-lovers proclaiming their love for each other, and telling off nay-sayers in the process. “You’ll always be mine / Sing it to the world / You’ll always be my boy / I’ll always be your girl / Ain’t nobody’s business / Ain’t nobody’s business / Ain’t nobody’s business / But mine and my baby,” they sing. It’s no surprise that this track contains an interpolation from “The Way You Make Me Feel,” because this euro-dance joint feels like a new-age Michael Jackson record. Breezy and Rih trade parts effortlessly; their natural chemistry is apparent. Even five years later, this song feels fresh, yet timeless, which is why it lands on this list.

“Stay” (feat. Mikky Ekko)

There’s always something special about an artist’s voice over a grand piano, which is more than clear on this tender ballad. Written largely in part by featured artist Mikky Ekko, “Stay” is almost like the continuation of “Loveeeeeee Song,” except with more feelings and time invested. “Not really sure how to feel about it / Something in the way you move / Makes me feel like I can’t live without you / And it takes me all the way / I want you to stay,” Rihanna sings. Even though the song is obviously brilliant, the reason it makes this list is because of Rihanna’s vocal showing. While her voice holds the same type of raw emotion as “What Now,” Rih wields it quite differently, drawing the audience in and pulling away with each sharp breath, vocal crack and sustained note. This all lends itself to the push-and-pull of the actual relationship that the song speaks of, which really speaks to her growth artistically and dedication to the edgier, tougher vision for Unapologetic. Major props go to Kuk Harrell, who is the vocal engineer and producer on this song as well as the entire album.

Stream Unapologetic on Spotify below.

What’s your favorite song on Unapologetic? Let us know in the comment section below!

Stream T-Pain’s New Album ‘Oblivion’

It’s been nearly seven years since T-Pain released an album. The ‘rapper ternt sanga’ makes a comeback with his new project, Oblivion, via RCA Records.

The 16-track LP includes guest appearances from Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Ne-Yo, Tiffany Evans, Wale and more. Tory Lanez was originally supposed to be on the album but their song wasn’t able to get cleared in time. Fans shouldn’t worry, though. T-Pain has promised the song will be out in a matter of days.

“The Tory feature didn’t get cleared in time so it was either leave that song off and release it a few days later or push the album back until that one song gets cleared,” he tweeted. “Obviously I’ve pushed enough dates back lol. So enjoy the other 16 trax until we get that straight.”

T-Pain has confirmed in several interviews that Oblivion will be his last album on RCA Records before he takes the independent route — which could definitely be a great move for him. In 2011, he released Revolver, which debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard 200.

Stream Oblivion below.