Giveaway: Win Tickets to See TLC and En Vogue at Wellmont Theater (NJ)

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Legendary R&B groups TLC and En Vogue join forces to co-headline a concert at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. The show will be held on Monday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

Rated R&B has teamed with Live Nation for an exclusive giveaway. One lucky reader will win a pair of tickets to see the TLC and En Vogue live!

Want tickets? Complete the entry form below for a chance to win or purchase tickets here.

How to Enter:

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Giveaway rules:

— Must be at least 18 years old to enter.
– One entry per person now through Thursday, Sept. 22 at 11 p.m. ET. A winner will be announced on Friday, Sept. 23.
— Winner will be contacted via email and will be announced on Rated R&B’s social media pages (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram).
– Winner must provide his/her own transportation to the show.
– Prize is non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash and/or any other prize.
– The winner must claim his or her prize within 24 hours or the prize will be forfeited

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En Vogue Releases New Single ‘Rocket’

Legendary R&B group En Vogue is back with a brand new song called “Rocket.” The infectious tune was penned by Ne-Yo and was produced by Curtis ‘Sauce’ Wilson (Brandy, K. Michelle, Celine Dion).

“This summer we had the pleasure of touring with Ne-Yo in Australia and he’s truly a singer’s songwriter,” En Vogue said in a press release. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to put our signature sound on a song from one of the most talented artists and composers today.”

“Rocket” is lifted from En Vogue’s comeback album, Electric Cafe, which is set to release on March 30, 2018 via Entertainment One. The highly-awaited album will include production from Raphael Saadiq, Dem Jointz, and longtime En Vogue producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy.

Listen to “Rocket” below.

Chart Check: Jacquees’ ‘B.E.D.’ Rises on Urban Radio, Rihanna Makes Chart Moves

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 Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay (Urban) charts extensively. Read below for more information on the week of August 19, 2017:

Urban Mainstream: Jacquees and Rihanna Rule the Radio

Jacquees’ star is rising quickly as his hit single “B.E.D.” leaps 14-8 on urban radio. In the latest tracking week, the Atlanta-bred singer received 2,900 spins at mainstream radio. With Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” on the decline, this makes for a race between Jacquees and SZA for a Top 5 run in the next couple of weeks. He also announced this week that the video to his “B.E.D.” (Remix), which features rapper Quavo and Ty Dolla $ign, will premiere on August 16 and include an appearance from singer and actress Keke Palmer.

Rihanna may be in movies, makeup, and viral photos, but that doesn’t mean she still isn’t making chart moves. She’s enjoying a double dose of success this week as DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” enjoys its second week at the No. 1 spot. The Carlos Santana-sampled joint, which also features Bryson Tiller, saw a 381 increase in spins at mainstream radio this week, making it just shy of 5,000 spins in the latest tracking week. It’s even looking to land on the Urban AC chart within the next few weeks; meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty” rises 15-14 this week. The Rihanna-assisted track and video has already amassed over 40 million views on YouTube.

And in quick notes: It’s Ty times two this week as a song that he leads and another he features on lands on this week’s chart. His single “Love U Better” hops to the No. 36 spot this week, while 24hrs’ “What You Like,” which features Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa, jumps to No. 40 in the latest tracking week; Khalid is still new to the music industry, but is starting to find his footing as his second single “Young Dumb and Broke” is bubbling five spots below the official chart. Look for it to land officially in the next couple of weeks; August Alsina is slowly but surely rising again as his single “Don’t Matter” leaps 38-33 on this week’s chart. He is on his headlining tour with featured acts Tone Stith and Rotimi, which began last month.

Urban AC: Daniel Caesar and Chanté Moore Make Chart Moves

Daniel Caesar has been slowly gaining buzz since the end of 2016, but momentum is shifting in his favor. This week, his groovy slow-jam “Get You,”  which features singer Kali Uchis, is bubbling below at the No. 31 spot and is poised to debut officially on the Urban AC chart next week. This comes at a great time as his debut album Freudian is set for an August 25 release. He debuted the videos for his double single “We Found Love/Blessed” earlier this week.

Chanté Moore notches her first Top 10 on Urban AC radio, as her song “Real One” rises 11-10 in the latest tracking week; this is her first charting effort since 2008. Also, Moore announced details and unveiled her cover art for her forthcoming album The Rise of the Phoenix, which hits stores on September 15. “Real One” serves as the lead single. Next week, look for Moore, Demetria McKinney and TLC to battle it out for the No. 8, 9, and 10 spots, as they are all within 43 radio spins of each other this week.

And in quick notes: Although Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” and Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” are still holding down the No. 1 and No. 2 spot, Tamar Braxton is poised to be the next successor as “My Man” gets a 131 spin increase at Urban AC radio this week. The friendship kiss-off cut crossed the 10 million mark threshold in R&B audience this week. This one definitely has the potential to go all the way by mid to late September; Avery*Sunshine plays double duty this week as she is featured on two rising singles. As mentioned in last week’s Chart Check, she’s featured on Will Downing’s new single “I’m Feeling the Love” which is five spots below the official chart this week. She’s also featured on Boney James’ new single “Honestly,” which received 7 adds on Adult R&B radio; Lastly, Sevyn Streeter’s “Before I Do” is still moving strong, as it receives a 160 increase in radio spins, the most for the latest tracking week. Billboard also named the dreamy single as the Greatest Gainer for the week. Although a No. 1 seems unlikely behind the strength of “My Man,” she can certainly surpass Stokley’s “Level” for a No. 4 finish next week.

Enjoyed this week’s Chart Check? Are you excited for Chanté Moore and Daniel Caesar’s new albums? Who do you think will prevail in next week’s Urban AC chart battle? Can Tamar score another No. 1 with “My Man?” Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Top 5 Songs from Monica’s Debut Album ‘Miss Thang’

She was a true tomboy. Not the Aaliyah type of tomboy that had a cool vibe, or the Brandy type of tomboy that didn’t give the boys any play. She was the around-the-way girl who was your double dutch partner, or the girl you sung with in the church choir. She is Monica.

Hailing all the way from College Park, GA, Monica Arnold was discovered by the man responsible for building TLC’s signature sound, Dallas Austin. She signed to Austin’s label Rowdy Records at the tender age of twelve. Three months after her first single, “Don’t Take it Personal,” dropped in April of 1995, Monica released her debut album Miss Thang to multi-platinum selling success. Twenty-two years later, she has gone on to release seven more albums worldwide, but it’s her fearless debut album that set the standard for Monica’s lengthy career.

Here at Rated, we’ve put together a list of Monica’s best jams from her debut album in celebration of this amazing milestone. Check it out below:

“Before You Walk Out My Life”

“Here we are face to face/With the memories that can’t be erased/Although we need each other/Things that changed/It’s not the same,” sings a heartbroken Monica. Letting go a loved one is never easy, but she sings it passionately on the Dallas Austin-penned record. Serving as the second single for the album, this song gave Monica her second top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which made her the youngest artist ever to have consecutive No. 1 records on this particular chart.

“Now I’m Gone”

Arguably the best album cut and sole non-single on this list, Monica is fed up and over the drama on this slow-burning kiss off to a lying lover. “You told so many lies/Thought you could run away from this thing called reality/But I’m long gone, I got to go on/There’s someone waiting for me/To love me honestly,” she sings. Monica’s signature mix of believability and vocal grit comes full force on this Tim & Bob record, even at the young age of 14.

“Don’t Take it Personal (Just One of Dem Days)”

“It’s just one of them days, when I wanna be all alone.” That’s the line that jump started Monica’s music career. Serving as the lead single, “Don’t Take it Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” was the perfect blend of lyrical content, vocal ability, and the stellar production of Dallas Austin to form one of the hottest singles of the summer in 1995. Whether you’re in the car or at your cousin’s cookout, you can’t help but bop your head and sing along to this party-friendly cut.

“Like This and Like That”

Monica gave her friend-with-benefits and ultimatum on this jumping’ jam. “I just can’t keep from going/I’m falling in love with you/I need to know if you want me for sure/We’ve messed around for too long/I need a commitment,” she sings. Co-written and co-produced by Dallas Austin and Colin Wolfe, “Like This and Like That” was chosen as the third single of the album, peaking at the No. 7 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was Monica’s third consecutive No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The track also features a stellar verse from fellow Rowdy Records signee Mr. Malik.

“Why I Love You So Much”

This list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include this sweet love song. Penned by frequent Babyface collaborator Darryl Simmons, Monica tips off her hat to her new lover for protecting her, loving her, and even not pressuring her for sex. “You take me and you hold me/You rock me in your arms, baby/And I love you for that, baby/You don’t front in front of your friends/And you’re smart enough to be a real man,” she sings. Picked to be her fourth and final single, the song peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which was her third top 10 from this album.

What’s your favorite track from Miss Thang? Let us know in the comment section below.

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