Chart Check: Ty Dolla $ign Sees Multi-Song Gains, SZA’s ‘Love Galore’ Rises on Urban Radio Chart

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 5, 2017:

On the Move: Ty Dolla $ign, R.Lum.R, Jesse Campbell

Ty Dolla $ign is on top of the world this week after seeing chart gains in three different songs on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay chart. His new single “Love U Better,” which features Lil’ Wayne and The-Dream, received 21 adds this week, making it the second most added song at urban radio. 2 Chainz’s “It’s a Vibe” which features Ty Dolla $ign, went ticked up 18-17 on the chart this week, and although Meek Mill’s “Whatever You Need,” which also features Ty Dolla $ign,” stepped down 11-12, the rap track still saw a 89 spin increase at urban radio in the latest tracking week.

R.LUM.R’s “Frustrated” jumps 23-20 on the Adult R&B Songs chart. The alt-R&B jam and his second single “Close Enough” are pulled from his upcoming EP Afterimage, which is scheduled to release on. Also on the move is Jesse Campbell’s new single “Can’t Live Without You.” Although the song has yet to hit the Adult R&B chart, it got 4 adds at R&B radio in the latest tracking week.

Chart Update: Bruno Mars and Mary J. Blige

Last week, we highlighted new singles from solidified superstars Bruno Mars and Mary J. Blige. Both singles found success on their respective charts this week, with Blige’s empowering “Set Me Free” debuting at No. 23 on the Adult R&B chart and Mars’ power ballad “Versace on the Floor” also debuted this week at the No. 36 spot on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay chart. “Set Me Free” was added to 5 R&B stations, the third most for the week. Bruno Mars saw even more success this week, as his second single “That’s What I Like” re-claimed the No. 1 spot on the Adult R&B chart this week, edging out Childish Gambino’s soulful “Redbone” by a mere 6 spins at Urban AC radio. Blige and Mars are both on their headlining tours in support of their latest albums Strength of a Woman and 24K Magic, respectively.

New Developments: SZA & Bryson Tiller

In new developments, “Run Me Dry” will serve as the second single from Bryson Tiller’s No. 1 album True to Self. It was added to 15 mainstream urban stations in the latest tracking week. His lead single, “Somethin’ Tells Me,” dropped 20-22 on this week’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay chart. On the flip side, SZA’s “Love Galore” continues to sizzle, as it jolts 14-11 on the urban airplay chart in the latest tracking week. In more good news, SZA just received her first Video Music Award nomination for Best New Artist! The awards show’s ceremony is set for Aug. 27.

Both Tiller and SZA will begin the North American legs for their respective headlining tours next month before joining forces on European leg of Tiller’s tour in October.

Quick Notes: Chante Moore, Sevyn Streeter, Daniel Caesar/Kali Uchis, Musiq Soulchild

And lastly, in quick notes: Chante Moore’s “Real One” bounces 13-11 on the Adult R&B chart and receives a 114 spin increase at R&B radio; Top chart honors go to Sevyn Streeter this week, as her sultry single “Before I Do” leapt 9-6 on the Adult R&B chart. Not only did she see the most increase in radio spins (245), she also received ten adds at R&B radio, the second most in the latest tracking week; Daniel Caesar’s 2016 single “Get You” has been officially sent to R&B radio with twelve adds, the most for the week. This couldn’t have come at a better time, as both Caesar and Kali Uchis, who is featured on the single, have released new music as of late. It will be interesting to see how high this streaming cult hit can rise on the charts. To wrap up, Musiq Soulchild’s “Start Over” nudged up 20-19 on this week’s Adult R&B chart. The song is in a three way tie for the fifth most added track to R&B radio for the week. Musiq debuted the music videos for “Start Over” and “Simple Things” earlier this week.

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Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound’ Film with Tracee Ellis Ross

Mary J. Blige visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night to promote her role in the Netflix film, Mudbound.

The 46-year-old singer shared tons of laughs with guest host Tracee Ellis Ross, as she answered random questions on whether she prefers a window seat or aisle seat on flights, if she ever Googles herself and her favorite superhero.

Following the icebreakers, Blige switched gears and discussed her role in Mudbound. “It’s really a powerful film and there is a happy ending,” she said. “It’s a very relative story to today as well because a lot of people don’t seem to get the memo that we are free. We’re all free. All nationalities. We’re free.”

Blige also talked about the 25th anniversary of her debut album What’s the 411? She recalled her early memories of coming to Hollywood that era. “Then I came back to shoot the “I’m Going Down” video for the My Life album,” said Blige.

Watch the hilarious interview below.

Ty Dolla $ign Announces ‘Don’t Judge Me Tour’

After releasing his new album Beach House 3 in October, Ty Dolla $ign is ready to hit the road. The West Coast artist has announced his Don’t Judge Me Tour that is scheduled to begin on February 21, 2018 in Santa Ana, Calif. He will travel across 35 cities in North America, including Chicago, D.C, Detroit, New York, Toronto and Vancouver, to name a few. Rapper Big Krit will join him as the special guest at four stops.

Spotify pre-sales begin Thursday, December 7 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT while local pre-sales begin Thursday, December 7 at 10 a.m. local. All remaining tickets released to the general public on Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m. local. For complete details, and ticket information, please visit

Ty Dolla $ign Don’t Judge Me Tour Dates
Feb. 21 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Feb. 22 – San Luis Obispo, CA – The Fremont Theater
Feb. 23 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Feb. 24 – Berkley, CA – The UC Theatre
Feb. 25 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Feb. 27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Feb. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
March 1 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
March 2 – Las Vegas, NV – Drais
March 3 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
March 4 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
March 7 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
March 8 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
March 9 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
March 10 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
March 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
March 13 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
March 14 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
March 16 – Reading, PA – Reverb
March 17 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
March 18 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
March 20 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
March 21 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
March 22 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring *
March 23 – Morgantown, VA – Mainstage Morgantown
March 24 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva *
March 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz *
March 27 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *
March 28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
March 29 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
March 31 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
April 1 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
April 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
April 4 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
April 5 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

5 R&B Artists Who Should’ve Been Nominated for a 2018 Grammy

Nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and as predicted Bruno Mars led the R&B pack with six nods including Best R&B Album for 24k Magic. Childish Gambino, Khalid and SZA followed with five nominations each.

As artists thanked the Recording Academy for their consideration, some fans and critics called out the Academy for snubbing certain artists. Many fans were in shock when artists like Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton did not receive any nominations.

Although nothing can be changed at this point, here are five artists who should’ve been nominated for a 2018 Grammy.

Best R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.)

“Before I Do” — Sevyn Streeter

It is safe to say the Recording Academy missed the mark by not nominating “Before I Do” by Sevyn Streeter. Lifted from her long-overdue debut album, Girl Disrupted, the guitar-led tune helped Sevyn claim her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. The slow jam had the singer-songwriter proclaiming her readiness for love. Feeling considered that her man of interest is already taken, she asked valid questions before she made a decision with her heart. Along with daunting lyrics, Streeter’s silky voice meshed well behind the elements of “At Your Best (You Are Love)” by the Isley Brothers and covered by the late Aaliyah.

Best Traditional R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.)

“Blind” by Tamar Braxton

It is obvious that Tamar Braxton’s team and other music industry leaders overlooked the Bluebird of Happiness ballad “Blind” for this ideal category. Containing an interpolation of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James, the emotionally charged song includes the needed qualities – instrumental traditional R&B recordings – to justify a worthy nomination.

Best R&B Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

“U + Me (Love Lesson)” — Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge, Charles “Prince Charlez” Hinshaw and David D. Brown & Mary J. Blige, songwriters (Mary J. Blige)

Even though Mary J. Blige’s “Thick of It” remained atop the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart for 16 weeks, it was her follow-up single “U + Me (Love Lesson)” that caused a frenzy. Co-written by Blige, Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge, Charles “Prince Charlez” Hinshaw and David D. Brown, the honest tune is arguably one of the most underrated R&B songs of the year. The well-composed jam recounts Blige’s gut feelings after filing for divorce from her manager-husband of 12 years. Must’ve been crazy to think that you loved me / I saw all the signs but I just couldn’t say nothing,” she sings.

Best Urban Contemporary Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

Savage — Tank

Tank’s music deserves more love from the Grammys – especially his newly released album, Savage. With eight solo projects – dating back to 2001’s Force of Nature – under his belt, it is a shame that his 2007 Sex, Love & Pain release is his only full-length project nominated for Grammy. Tank’s latest single “When We” is currently commanding urban adult contemporary radio. It also cracked the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 92 this week, making him one of the first solo R&B artists to achieve this feat this year.

Best R&B Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.)

Back 2 Life — LeToya Luckett

After a six-year hiatus from music, LeToya Luckett made a comeback with her third album, Back 2 Life.The singer-actress blessed fans with a 13-track LP filled with fresh quality material. From the album’s introductory track “I’m Ready” to its lead single “B2L,” which reached No. 6 on urban adult contemporary radio, the modern release warranted more RESPECK.

The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 on CBS.

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