CHART CHECK: Jhené Aiko’s ‘Sail Out’ EP Rises On Billboard 200, Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’ Hits Big On Hot 100

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It’s the second week of 2014 and R&B artists are starting the year off on the Billboard and radio charts.

This week’s Chart Check highlights which Disney soundtrack knocked Beyoncé’s new album from No.1 spot. Also, we see how high Jhené Aiko’s “Sail Out” EP leaped on the Billboard 200, why Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” could be his next big hit and which hit maker scored his second best charted song on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as a lead artist.

We also get the latest updates on Urban and Urban Adult Contemporary radio.

Dates range: January 3 – January 9 (Billboard) and January 5 – January 11 (radio).

jhene-aiko-sail-out-ep Billboard 200

Beyoncé started 2014 on a good note as her self-titled visual album broke a few Billboard records, including becoming the first album to three weeks at No.2 since Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.” However, ‘Yoncé’s reign at No.1 on the Billboard 200 was shut down by Disney’s “Frozen” soundtrack, which bumped her album to No.2.

Nonetheless, her self-titled album surpassed her last album’s, “4,” total sales this week. “Beyoncé” has sold 1,431,882, while “4” has only sold 1,388,000 units to date.

The second highest R&B album position on the Billboard 200 this week comes from R. Kelly’s “Black Panties.” His twelfth album rose from No.17 to No.11, selling 31,000 copies, totaling 269,000 sold in four weeks. According to Hits Daily Double, the album is expected to sell between 15,000-17,000 next week.

Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” fell from No.13 to No.17. It sold 20,000 copies this week, totaling 801,000 copies sold to date. His previous 2013 release “The 20/20 Experience” stands at No.39 and sold 9,000 copies this week. The prequel grand total is now 2,436,000 copies.

Ariana Grande’s debut album “Your’s Truly” tripped from No.24 to No.32. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” climbed from No.59 to No.45.

Salute to Jhené Aiko! Her debut EP “Sail Out” mounted from No.146 to No.49 this week.

Here is a list of other R&B album positions within the top 100:
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War” – No.54
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No.79

Jason_Derulo_-_Talk_DirtyHot 100

After debuting at No.12 and then falling to No.17 last week, “Drunk In Love” by Beyoncé now stands at No.15. In addition to her latter tune rising on the chart, her controversial record “XO” jumped from No.73 to No.54.

Apparently fans can’t get enough of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. The song has re-entered the top 20 from No.28 to No.19. The summer jam of 2013 spent 12 weeks atop the Hot 100.

In three weeks, Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz made its way to No.49. The single leaped from its last position at No.85. His previous single, “Marry Me” which peaked No.26, now stands at No.55 (Last week: No.39).

Pharrell’s new single “Happy” debuts at No.98.

Here is a list of other R&B song positions on the Hot 100
Chris Brown featuring Nicki Minaj – “Love More” – No.41
Sevyn Streeter featuring Chris Brown – “It Won’t Stop” – No.47
John Legend – “All of Me” – No.60
August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Sh*t” – No.72
Justin Timberlake – “TKO” – No.74

beyonce-cover-albumBillboard R&B Albums

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

1. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
2. R. Kelly – “Black Panties”
3. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
4. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”
5. Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines”

Here is list of other R&B albums positions on the R&B album chart.
Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP – No. 6
Sevyn Streeter – “Call Me Crazy, But…” – No.10 (Last week: No.14)
K. Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No. 14 (Last week: No.17)
TLC – “20” – No. 15 (Last week: No.18)

toni-braxton-babyface-hurt-you-ratedrnbBillboard Adult R&B Songs

Robin Thicke’s “4 The Rest of My Life” secures its position at No.1 for a second week. Meanwhile, “Hurt You” by Toni Braxton and Babyface stays at No.2.

Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home” eyes the top 10 (Peak: No.9) again as her third single off her second album “Love and War,” stands at No.11.

Algebra Blessett’s latest single “Nobody But You” re-enters at No.14 this week. The love ballad has peaked at No.11 on this chart.

Beyoncé’s Jay Z assisted-single “Drunk In Love” debuts at No.30.

beyonce-drunk-in-loveBillboard Hot R&B Songs

For the last three weeks, ‘Yoncé and Drake have been battling for the number one spot. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drizzy stood tall last week, after knocking “Drunk In Love” from No.1 the week prior. However, Bey’s joint tune with Jay Z comes back for a second time atop the chart pushing Drake to No.2.Bey’s NASA sampled track “XO” fell from No.8 to No.7. Her Drake-assisted tune “Mine” fell from No.10 to No.15.

Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” with 2 Chainz makes one the biggest leap from No.21 to No. 6.

With the help of his commercial for Beats by Dre, Pharrell’s “Happy” single entered the chart at No.13 this week. The song marks his first appearance on the chart as a lead artist.

Grammy nominated singer Mack Wilds’ hit single “Own It” climbed from No. 23 to No.18.

chris-brown-loyalUrban Radio

Reported earlier this week, Rico Love’s new single “They Don’t Know” entered in the top 5.

Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” moves from No.10 to No.6 this week and now totals 2,759 since entering less than a month ago.

August Alsina’s “Ghetto” featuring Rich Homie Quan moved seven spots upward to No.27.

“Cookie” by R. Kelly travels north and has already reached No.38 in eight days (Last week: No.50). The tasty single marks Kellz second track from “Black Panties” to enter Urban radio as a lead artist.

Along with his Nicki Minaj-assisted track “Love More” (No.7) on the radio chart, Chris Brown’s latest track “Loyal” with Lil’ Wayne now enters. The song now stands at No.46 after rising from No.54 last week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the Urban Radio chart:
Sevyn Streeter featuring Chris Brown – “It Won’t Stop” – No. 2
Mack Wilds – “Own It” – No.14
John Legend – “All of Me”- No. 25

john-legend-love-in-the-future-cover-400x400.jpgUrban Adult Contemporary Radio

John Legend’s heartfelt ballad “All of Me” rose from No.5 to No.4.

Ledisi’s beautiful track “I Blame You” moved up four slots to No.13. The single serves as the lead single to her new album “The Truth.”

Sebastian Mikael’s “Last Night” featuring Wale made an incredible jump from last week’s position. The song now stands at No.38 (Last week: No.50).

Michelle Williams “If We Had Your Eyes” jumped ten spots from No.49 to No.39. Meanwhile, India.Arie’s “Just Do You” dipped from No.42 to No.50.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on Urban AC radio.
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest of My Life” – No. 1
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No.2
Joe & Fantasia – “Love&Sex” – No.18
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love” – No.28

(Sources: All Access, Billboard, Chart News, Hits Daily Double)

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5 UK R&B Artists to Watch in 2018

Here at Rated R&B, our mission is to deliver interesting and engaging content on the R&B genre of music. R&B talent comes in many different shapes and sizes and sometimes comes from different countries as well. You’ve heard of Jessie J, Marsha Ambrosius, and Daley, but in this piece, we’re going to put you on the game to the most exciting up-and-coming R&B artists in the United Kingdom. With voices that liken to Ariana Grande and Eric Bellinger, there’s surely an artist on this shortlist that’ll pique your interest. Check out our list of the 5 R&B UK Artists to Watch in 2018 below:

Mabel McVey UK R&B Artist 2018

Mabel McVey

Polydor Records-signee Mabel came in with a bang in 2017 when her hit single “Finder’s Keepers” reached the Top 10 on the UK Singles chart. The song, which features rapper Kojo Funds, also peaked at No. 2 on the UK R&B Singles Chart. Her breezy vocals, pop radio appeal, and charming style are on trend, and she already has found Top 40 success in her latest collaboration with UK artist Not3s entitled “My Lover (Remix).” If you like what you hear in the video below, check out Mabel’s 2017 EP Bedroom, which is available on all digital platforms.

Angel UK R&B Artist 2018


Angel’s career blasted off with a string of hits in 2012, including UK Singles Top 10 earner and UK R&B Songs chart-topper “Wonderful.” Now signed to Motown Records, the London-born singer dropped consistently catchy tunes in 2017, including the SWV-interpolated and Eugene Wilde-sampled “Take You Home.” If he can continue this upward trajectory and his formula of mainstream sounds with a 90s R&B twist, Angel could very well land a solid radio hit by year’s end.

Jorja Smith UK R&B Artist 2018

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith was one of the buzziest artists of 2017 thanks to her features on Canadian rapper Drake’s multi-platinum album More Life. In addition to her criminally underrated summer collaboration with Kali Uchis called “Tyrant,” Smith also made some noise this past year with her 90s underground-esque banger “On My Mind.” Her knack for showing vulnerability whilst keeping her alluring mystique has set her up for riding off into the sunset of success in 2018!

Jacob Banks UK R&B Artist 2018

Jacob Banks

Banks broke big in 2014 for his assist of Chase and Status’ “Alive,” which peaked at No. 21 on the UK Singles Chart. Banks’ gruff and smoky vocals have been used in promotions across the globe, including popular sports game “FIFA 15” and popular TV shows like STARZ’s Power and USA’s Suits. After the release of his 2017 EP The Boy Who Cried Freedom, Banks is more confident than ever and ready to make a splash in 2018.

Ella Mai UK R&B Artist 2018

Ella Mai

Ella Mai might be the most recognizable name on this list, and that’s because this woman has been working! After a stint on the 11th series of X Factor UK in 2014, the singer signed with DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers label. She’s released not one, not two, but three EPs in a year’s time, and was recently one of the featured acts on Kehlani’s 2017 “SweetSexySavage World Tour,” which ended its run in November. Now working on her debut album and kicking off 2018 with a fresh single, Ella Mai is just one hit away from her big break, and if her current sound and relatable lyrics have anything to do with it, then she is well on her way.

Who’s your favorite artist on this shortlist? Let us know in the comment section below!

Justin Timberlake Announces ‘The Man of the Woods Tour’

Justin Timberlake is starting the new year with a bang. After announcing his first album in five years, Man of the Woods, the “Suit & Tie” singer has shared the itinerary for his supporting tour. The North American leg will begin on March 13 in Toronto and will hit major cities including D.C., New York, Chicago, Las Vegas an Dallas, before wrapping up in his hometown Memphis.

Man of the Woods will release on February 2 via RCA Records. According to a press release, the album will give a self-reflective look at his journey into fatherhood, and offer up personal insight into his layered life experiences.

In a promotional trailer for the tour, Timberlake gave more insight on how the tour will tie in with the album. “The outdoors was the inspiration for a lot of these songs,” he said. “The tour will be able to bring the outside in. I want people to see the inspiration for how it ended up sounding. I’ve never seen that done before. Bring the outside in.”

Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Members of The Tennessee Kids Fan Club are also eligible for pre-sale ticket purchases starting Wednesday, Jan. 10. For complete The Man Of The Woods Tour VIP packages information or to purchase, visit

Man of the Woods will consist of 16 tracks, including the lead single “Filfthy,” which was co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland and Danja. The album will also feature appearances from Alicia Keys and Chris Stapleton.

On Feb. 4, Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show.

The Man of the Woods Tour Dates

March 13 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
March 18 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
March 21 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
March 25 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
March 27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
March 31 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
April 2 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
April 4 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
April 8 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
April 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
April 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
April 24 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
April 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
May 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
May 5 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
May 7 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
May 9 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
May 14 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 15 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
May 18 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
May 19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
May 23 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
May 27 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
May 30 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum

Man of the Woods Track List
1. Filthy
2. Midnight Summer Jam
3. Sauce
4. Man of the Woods
5. Higher Higher
6. Wave
7. Supplies
8. Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys)
9. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton)
10. Hers (interlude)
11. Flannel
12. Montana
13. Breeze of the Pond
14. Livin’ off the Land
15. The Hard Stuff
16. Young Man

Justin Timberlake Drops ‘Filthy’ New Song and Video

Justin Timberlake is officially back with his brand new single titled “Filthy.” The feel-good track was co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja with additional writing credits from James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson.

“Your friends, my friends / And they ain’t leavin’ till six in the morning (six in the morning) / Caught a chill, baby, you the coldest / Go far, put ’em on notice,” Timberlake sings on the funky tune.

Along with the song release, Timberlake also premiered the accompanying visual. Directed by Mark Romanek, the futuristic clip Timberlake plays a Steve Jobs-inspired robot inventor who presents his latest creation at the Pan-Asian Deep Learning Conference in the year 2028. The robot follows Timberlake’s movements, which ultimately lead to showing off slick dance moves to the audience.

Timberlake plans to release three more music videos, each with their own individual style and color from three different directors. The songs will be released weekly starting on January 18 leading up to the release of his new album, Man of the Woods, on February 2. Two days later, Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show.

Listen to “Filthy” below.

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