There’s no question that the 90’s was the golden era for R&B music. However, the 2000’s wasn’t too bad for the genre either. In fact, R&B artists were still selling a lot of records and landing high positions on the Billboard chart.
Let’s go ten years back to 2006. It was clearly the year for R&B/pop. Beyonce’s B’Day era was slaying the game. Her song “Check On It” held the number one spot on the Billboard 100 for five weeks. Later that year, her breakup anthem “Irreplaceable” spent three weeks at number one. B’Day was the top-selling R&B album by a female with 2,010,311 sold in the U.S.
Beyoncé wasn’t the artist from Destiny’s Child doing big things, though. Former member LeToya Luckett made her solo debut with her self-titled album, which charted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Ciara was also dominating that year. She released her critically acclaimed album Ciara: The Evolution, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with over 300,000 copies sold in the first week.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds dominated the charts and was the top-selling R&B/pop album by a male with 2,377,127 sold. Ne-Yo, who was a newbie at the time, also scored a number one single with “So Sick” from his number one album In My Own Words.
Rated R&B has compiled a list 33 R&B/soul albums that will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.
After dropping his “Filthy” track two weeks ago, Justin Timberlake follows-up with a new song called “Supplies.” On The Neptunes-produced track, Timberlake tells his woman that even in an apocalypse, his love enough for survival.
“‘Cause I’ll be the light when you can’t see / I’ll be the wood when you need heat / I’ll be the generator, turn me on when you need electricity / Some shit’s ’bout to go down / I’ll be the one with the level head / The world could end now / Baby, we’ll be living in The Walking Dead,” sings Timberlake.
Timberlake also premiered the video for “Supplies,” which was directed by Dave Meyers. The politically-charged video opens with Timberlake sitting in front of a stack of television screens consuming visuals a lot of issues that are happening in this country — from the #MeToo movement to police brutality.
From the looks of the video, Timberlake wants the world to know how ‘woke’ he is. But is he? We’ll leave that up to you to decide.
On Feb. 2, he will release his fifth album, Man of the Woods, on RCA Records. On Feb. 4, he will take center stage as the headlining act of Super Bowl Halftime Show presented by Pepsi.
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:
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’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.
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 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 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 Ticketmaster.com. 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 www.VIP.justintimberlake.com.
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