CHART CHECK: Beyoncé’s ‘Partition’ Flies High On Billboard + Kelly Price Debuts Top 30 On Adult R&B Songs Chart

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‘Yoncé’s “Partition” is all on the charts like liquor.

In this week’s installment of Chart Check, check out how high Beyoncé’s “Partition” jumped on the Hot 100 and Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Aside from Bey’s chart success, Pharrell waves hello to everyone below his “Happy” single at the top of the Hot 100, Kelly Price’s “It’s My Time” debuts on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart and Jhené Aiko earns a top 20 single on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Dates range from: February 27 – March 6 (Billboard)

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Photo Credit: iTunes

Billboard 200

Beyoncé’s self-titled album stands as the only R&B album in the top ten this week at No. 10 (Last week: No. 5). Her fifth studio set has sold 1,823,000 copies to date.

While Bruno Mars’ second album “Unorthodox Jukebox” sold 19,000 sold last week, the album still dips eight spots to No. 16.

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s “Love, Marriage & Divorce” album drops out the top ten this week, resting at No. 19. Their joint effort sold 15,000 last week, totaling 136,000 copies sold to date.

Jhené Aiko’s EP “Sail Out” sails one spot down to No. 33. Meanwhile, R. Kelly’s “Black Panties” album shifts down from No. 28 to No. 34. Earlier this week, the King of R&B announced he’s dropping a sequel to his twelfth album called “White Panties.”

In its second week, Candice Glover’s debut album “Music Speaks” stands at No. 35 after debuting at No. 14.

With 12,000 copies sold last week, Justin Timberlake’s album “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” slides down from No. 21 to No. 26. His fall 2013 release has sold 901,000 copies to date.

K. Michelle’s and Tamar Braxton’s latest albums stand back to back this week. Michelle’s “Rebellious Soul” (214,000 albums sold) descends from No. 48 to No. 56. Braxton’s sophomore effort “Love & War” (361, 000 albums sold) dips ten spots to No. 57. Both albums have peaked No. 2.

Here is a list of other R&B album positions on the Billboard 200 chart.
John Legend – “Love in the Future” – No. 20 (Last week: No. 16)
Bruno Mars – “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” – No. 46 (Last week: No. 41)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 84 (Last week: No. 84)
Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience” – No. 92 (Last week: No. 83)

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Photo Credit: jtimberlakeVEVO

Billboard Hot 100

While Pharrell’s song “Happy” didn’t win an Oscar for Best Original Score on last Sunday, it still reigns at No. 1 for a second week.

After storming into the top five last week from No. 11, John Legend’s “All Of Me” spends another week at No. 4.

“Drunk In Love” shifts down from No. 5 to No. 7. However, Bey’s new single “Partition” earns top 30 success this week. With the help of its raunchy video and radio airplay, the sexual record skyrocketed from No. 97 to No. 23 in its eighth week.

Chris Brown’s blazing single “Loyal” featuring French Montana and Lil’ Wayne moves up six spots to No. 42. Trey Songz’s “Na Na” rises seven positions to No. 48.

Jhené Aiko’s “The Worst” rises from No. 74 to No. 66 in its fourth week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the Hot 100 chart.
Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty” – No. 3
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 13
Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell & T.I. – “Blurred Lines” – No. 39
Rico Love- “They Don’t Know” – No. 73
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 98

Hot 100 Debuts
Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing” – No. 65

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Photo Credit: iTunes

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

1. Beyoncé – “Beyoncé”
2. Toni Braxton, Babyface – “Love, Marriage & Divorce”
3. John Legend – “Love in the Future”
4. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2”
5. Jhené Aiko – “Sail Out” EP

Here is a list of R&B album positions on the R&B Albums chart.
Candice Glover – “Music Speaks” – No. 7 (Last week: No. 3 – Debut)
K. Michelle – “Rebellious Soul” – No. 8 – (Last week: No. 9)
Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines” – No. 10 – (Last week: No. 11)
Sevyn Streeter – “Call Me Crazy, But…” EP – No. 12 (Last week: No. 16)
Ruben Studdard – “Unconditional Love” – No. 15 (Last week: No. 13)

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Photo Credit: eone-music/Soundcloud

Billboard Adult R&B Songs

John Legend’s love ballad “All Of Me” scores its fifth consecutive week at No. 1. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s heartwarming tune “4 The Rest of My Life” stands at No. 2 for another week.

Jennifer Hudson’s, Beyoncé’s and Ron Isley’s current top ten songs all drop one spot this week. Hudson’s Pharrell-produced cut “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” stands at No. 8. Yoncé’s “Drunk In Love” featuring JAY Z rests at No. 9. Mr. Biggs duet “My Favorite Thing” featuring Kem bows at No. 10.

After debuting at No. 21 last week, Joe’s grown-and-sexy track “Love & Sex (Part 2)” featuring Kelly Rowland enters into the top 20 at No. 19.

UK soul crooner Daley’s “Look Up,” off his debut album “Days & Nights,” re-enters the chart at No. 20. The smooth record has reached No. 18.

Noel Gourdin’s latest single “Heaven Knows” shifts from No. 23 to No. 29 in its fifth week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the Adult R&B Songs chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No.3
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Hurt You” – No. 4
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 18
Aloe Blacc – “The Man” – No. 23

Adult R&B Songs debuts
Kelly Price – “It’s My Time” – No. 24
Mariah Carey – “You’re Mine (Eternal)” – No. 27

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Photo Credit: YouTube

Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Yoncé’s “Partition” cross the threshold of the top ten this week. Her club jam presses the gas and travels uphill from No. 29 to No. 9. The song now celebrates top ten success with her previously released tune “Drunk In Love,” which stands at No. 4 for another week.

This achievement becomes her third time having two songs in the top ten at the same time.

  • “Love on Top” and “Party” feat. Andre 3000 (2012)

  • “Diva” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2009)

Chris Brown’s “Loyal” stays seated at No. 11 for a second week. While Trey Songz’s “Na Na” moves up from No. 13 to No. 12.

Fisticuffs-produced cut “The Worst” by Jhené Aiko breaks into the top 20 at No. 18 in week seven.

Def Jam artist August Alsina’s “Ghetto” shifts from No. 37 to No. 40.

After debuting at No. 24 and falling to No. 41, Mariah Carey’s “You’re Mine (Eternal)” moves down again to No. 47 in its third week.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Pharrell – “Happy” – No. 1
John Legend – “All of Me” – No. 3
Rico Love – “They Don’t Know” – No. 21
K. Michelle – “Can’t Raise A Man” – No. 26
Robin Thicke – “4 The Rest Of My Life” – No. 42
Janelle Monaé & Miguel – “PrimeTime” – No. 45

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Photo Credit: kmichelle/Instagram

Billboard Hot R&B Songs

Pharrell stays “Happy” for a fourth week at the top spot. John Legend’s “All Of Me” pumps his breaks at No. 3 for a second week.

Soul singer Aloe Blacc’s DJ Khalil-assembled tune “The Man” stands at No. 5 in its fourth week.

While Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” is hung over at No. 4 for another week, her bass-heavy track “Partition” leaps up eleven spots to No. 6. It marks the song’s highest peak position on that chart — so far. Bey’s Hit-Boy-produced record “XO” moves down from No. 15 to No. 16.

Rico Love’s and K. Michelle’s top 20 singles rises up one spot this week. Love’s infectious jam “They Don’t Know” climbs to No. 13.
K. Michelle’s ladies anthem “Can’t Raise A Man” moves up from No. 16 to No. 15.

After spending last week at No. 19, “PrimeTime” by Janelle Monaé & Miguel steps three spots backwards to No. 22. Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s “4 The Rest of My Life” moves three spots forward from No. 24 to No. 21.

Here is a list of other R&B songs positions on the Hot R&B Songs chart.
Chris Brown featuring French Montana & Lil’ Wayne – “Loyal” – No. 8
Trey Songz – “Na Na” – No. 9
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst” – No. 12
August Alsina feat. Rich Homie Quan/Yo Gotti – “Ghetto” – No. 19
Mariah Carey – “You’re Mine (Eternal)” – No. 23

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

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Miguel Travels Through ‘Pineapple Skies’ in New Song

Miguel will not let his music fall on deaf ears. He has premiered a new track called “Pineapple Skies” ahead of the release of his new album War & Leisure that drops on December 1.

On the optimistic track, the Wildheart singer echos the hopeful lyrics, “Everything gon’ be alright,” to his love interest.

Miguel told Billboard, “With my albums, I always try to take a picture of what’s going on in my life,” he said. “War & Leisure has political undertones, because that’s what life feels like right now. This album is intentionally about the ethos right now, that we are right in the middle of all this. We’re trying to flourish in the middle of all this.”

Already, Miguel has dropped “Told You So,” “Shockandawe,” and “Sky Walker” featuring Travis Scott. The latter track rests at No. 13 on urban radio, totaling more than 2,300 radio spins since its release.

Listen to “Pineapple Skies” below.

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!