Listen to Keke Palmer and Jane Handcock’s Joint Mixtape ‘Keyana Nikole’

You should always expect the unexpected when it comes to Keke Palmer. The actress and singer has just released some new music with up and coming artist Jane Handcock in a collaborative mixtape titled Keyana Nikole. Featuring production from JRD and Tasha Catour, the five-track EP is described by Handcock as “the most spontaneous project I’ve ever created.”

Keke wrote this message on her Instagram page about the mixtape:

Whether you are deployed in the army, away from home studying abroad, away filming a tv show or a movie, hell even in jail or juvi 😂 #NotFunnyButAVeryPossible thing. When you are not busy with the task at hand, you can become susceptible to culture shock, or loneliness amongst a bunch of other things. BUT, the amazing thing about down time, or undistracted alone time in an unfamiliar surrounding is you are left to ruminate on your thoughts/experiences(which can be daunting) but at your will, a great motivator to create. Writing makes me feel love, I am constantly creating because it is part of my peace. I was so happy when my girl @handcockjay came to visit me in Berlin, we both kill time the same way … thus @keyananikole was born. Everything happens for a reason 🌟

Keke has been keeping quite this busy this summer. In between filming for her new role on Epix’s thrilling series Berlin Station, she recently released the video to her single “Wind Up!” featuring rap star Quavo. She also began her “Vibe Dance Series,” which is her latest YouTube series breaking down choreography to some of the music from her discography. New episodes air every Wednesday at

For now, check out the new mixtape below on SoundCloud.

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7 R&B Acts Starring in TV Shows This Fall

With the official end of summer comes colder weather, clothing sales and a new television year cycle.

This year, we will see the series ending of the once TV juggernaut Scandal, the move of ABC comedy black-ish on a new night, and, as always, a host of new television shows.

Some of R&B music’s up-and-coming and established artists will be among the vast sea of TV, ranging from daytime talk shows to fresh reality docu-series.

Here at Rated R&B, we’ve compiled a short list of R&B artists that you can catch on your TV screens this Fall.

Check out the list below:

Syleena Johnson

Shows(s): Sister Circle

Network(s): TV One/Tegna

Premiere Date(s): Sept. 18, airs daily at 9 a.m.

Show Description(s): “Sister Circle, our newest daily talk show, will empower and inspire Black women to live their best life by tackling relationship, parenting, fitness and personal finance issues. Everything from the latest trends to the frustrations of everyday life….these ladies will talk about it. Our dynamic hosts include:

  • Quad Webb-Lunceford, “Married To Medicine” reality-TV breakout star
  • Syleena Johnson, a Grammy-award nominated singer and “R&B Divas” TV star
  • Rashan Ali, TV Host, sports reporter and radio show host
  • Kiana Dancie, a stand-up comedienne, radio personality and actress
  • And, the hosts will be joined by ‘DJ Q,’ also known as Quentin Latham (or for those really in the know, Funky Dineva)” (via

Previous Acting Roles: Couples Therapy, Six 2 Six

Latest Music Release: “Harmony” feat. Dave Hollister from her Chapter 6: Couples Therapy album

Trevor Jackson

Show: grown-ish

Network: FreeForm

Premiere Date(s): Early 2018

Show Description(s): “After appearing in May’s backdoor pilot episode “Liberal Arts,” Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live) and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) return as the school’s dean and a socially conscious student, respectively.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

Previous Acting Roles: Netflix’s Burning Sands, ABC’s American Crime

Latest Music Release: New single “B&W (Benz and My Wallet)”

Jennifer Hudson

Shows(s): The Voice

Network(s): NBC

Premiere Date(s): Sept. 25 and 26

What She Had to Say: “The Voice is here! It means that much more to me cuz here at JHUD productions, we don’t forget where we came from! To think I started out on a platform like this! Remember guys nothing is ‘just’ happy voice day!” (via Jennifer Hudson’s Instagram)

Previous Acting Roles: Dreamgirls, Sing, Confirmation

Latest Music Release: Her single “Remember Me,” which was released in March


Shows(s): Xscape: Still Kickin’ It

Network(s): Bravo

Premiere Date(s): Nov. 5 at 9/8c

Show Description(s): “Eighteen years later, the fierce foursome known as Xscape are ready to make sweet music again… but not without some drama along the way. Lucky for you, the ladies are letting you in on their reunion on Xscape: Still Kickin’ It.” (via

Latest Music Release: No new music yet, but a nation-wide tour featuring Monica and Tamar Braxton

Keke Palmer

Shows(s): Scream, Star, Berlin Station

Network(s): MTV, Fox, Apex

Premiere Date(s): March 2018, Sept. 27 9/8c, Oct. 15 9 p.m.

Show Description(s): “Palmer — also a series regular on Epix drama Berlin Station — will play Kym, a bold and beautiful social activist with a big heart and zero patience for suffering fools. When Kym and her friends find themselves hunted by a killer, she works to flip the script and survive at any cost.” (Scream via Hollywood Reporter)

“Palmer will play Gigi, a hot recording artist who is “ratchet and rich.” While alienating her current label, she is courted by Ayanna and the girl’s new label, Midtown records. Despite all the showy glitz, Gigi is a serious musician, looking for “good producers and bomb ass records.” (Star via Deadline)

“Palmer will play April Lewis, the newest and youngest case officer assigned to Berlin Station on her first field assignment after making her mark as an analyst at Langley. With a bracing combination of millennial intrepidity and old-fashioned sass, April brings a new-guard mentality often at odds with her old-guard colleagues in a system struggling to preserve its besieged identity. But she is determined to make her mark in Berlin, as she did back home at Headquarters.” (Berlin Station via Hollywood Reporter)

Previous Acting Roles: Fox’s Scream Queens, Netflix’s Brotherly Love, Teennick’s True Jackson VP

Latest Music Release: Joint mixtape with Jane Handcock entitled Keyana Nikole

Demetria McKinney

Show(s): Superstition, Bobbi Kristina, Saints and Sinners, The Paynes

Network(s): SyFy, Bounce, OWN

Premiere Date(s): Oct. 6 at 10/9c, Oct. 8, Spring 2018

Show Description(s): “The series centers on the Hastings family, owners of the only funeral home in the mysterious town of La Rochelle, Georgia. The family also acts as the keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor.” (Superstition via Deadline)

Bobbi Kristina is a made-for-TV biopic inspired by the life of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who grew up in the shadow of her superstar parents’ spotlight. This film offers an intimate look at the highs and lows of parental, familial and romantic love complicated by fame through the eyes of a sensitive, vulnerable young woman. Bobbi Kristina’s high-profile life – and untimely death – may have been shrouded in mystery, but this film reveals her humor, quirks, deepest fears and longings, as well as explores her fight to be seen, heard, loved and to survive.” (Bobbi Kristina via TVOne)

“With a history stretching over several generations, Greater Hope Baptist Church and its surrounding community are a family in themselves. However, in this family, love and loyalty have become tainted by lust, greed, and deeply ingrained secrets. With the return of a prodigal son and a shocking crime that rattles the core of the community, mysteries begin to unravel that could destroy the very heart of the church and shatter the lives of those within it.” (Saints and Sinners via

“In this spin-off of Tyler Perry’s hit comedy “House of Payne,” Curtis and Ella Payne (stars LaVan Davis and Cassi Davis reprising their roles) are trying to enjoy their retirement in Florida only to get roped into a real estate deal that will tumble their lives like clothes in a dryer. The series also stars Emmy winner Jackée Harry, Stephanie Charles, Markice Moore, JD McCrary and Sanai Victoria.” (The Paynes via Deadline)

Previous Acting Roles: TBS’ House of Payne, BET’s The Quad

Latest Music Release: Music video for her new single “Happy” from debut album Officially Yours, due Oct. 6

Chloe x Halle

Show(s): grown-ish

Network(s): FreeForm

Premiere Date(s): Early 2018

Show Description(s): “Singing sisters Chloe x Halle portray twin sisters Sky and Jazz, who are on the track team at the college.” (via Deadline)

Previous Acting Roles: None

Latest Music Release: Their “Two of Us” project

What about you? Will you be watching any of these shows this year? Let us know in the comment section below!

Chart Check: Toni Braxton Makes Strong Debut, SZA Picks Second ‘Ctrl’ Single

Toni Braxton SZA Chart Check

Toni Braxton SZA Chart Check

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 September 30, 2017:

R&B Vets on the Rise

The living legend herself Toni Braxton is back on the R&B scene with her new single “Deadwood.” The bluesy tune received a whopping 26 adds on R&B radio, making it the most added song of the week on R&B formats and the second most added song across all urban radio formats. In an interview with the co-hosts from E!’s Daily Pop, Braxton cites singer and “musical husband” Babyface as the catalyst for “getting her mojo back,” as “Deadwood” is her first solo single release in seven years. This song is the first offering from Braxton’s Sex and Cigarettes album, which will be her eighth solo studio album. The album is set to be released in early 2018.

Speaking of living legends, Mary J. Blige proves to be a consistent hit-maker as her current single “Set Me Free” bumps up 11-10 on the Adult R&B chart in the latest tracking week. This is her 22nd top 10 on the chart, tying R&B legend Gerald Levert for most top 10s on the Adult R&B chart. Her reign began in 1994 with her My Life cut “Be Happy,” which peaked at the No. 8 spot. Blige has already announced that “Glow Up,” featuring Missy Elliott, DJ Khaled, and rapper Quavo, will be the next single from her album Strength of a Woman, which was released in April.

Second Singles: SZA & Childish Gambino

Are you the 9-5, the weekend, or both? SZA has selected fan-favorite “The Weekend” as the official second single from her breakout album Ctrl. SZA has been working hard as of late between her headlining tour, original music for the Insecure soundtrack, and her feature on Maroon 5’s “What Lovers Do.” It’s also been reported that Solange Knowles will be directing the music video for “The Weekend,” which sits at the No. 40 spot on urban radio this week. Her lead single “Love Galore” rose 25-23 on the Urban AC chart, garnering a 40 spin increase in the latest tracking week.

Childish Gambino has finally selected a new single! “Terrified” was sent to R&B radio this week, racking up five adds. This is the second single from his 2016 album Awaken! My Love. Lead single “Redbone” made gains in its 40th week on the urban AC chart, increasing 63 spins since last week’s tally. The song holds at No. 3. Elsewhere, congratulations are in order for Gambino, who is known as Donald Glover professionally, for winning two Emmy awards this past week: the win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and for directing a comedy series for FX’s Atlanta, which he created, directs, and stars in.

Quick Notes

And in quick notes: The Weeknd has sent “Die For You” to urban radio, receiving 15 adds in the latest tracking week. The Starboy cut now sits at No. 28 on the Urban AC chart; Will Downing’s collaboration with Avery*Sunshine “I’m Feeling the Love” sits just two slots below the official Urban AC chart this week. It’s the lead single from his brand new album Soul Survivor, which released today; Jhené Aiko’s breezy jam “While We’re Young” has finally landed on the urban charts at No. 39 this week. It’s the lead single for her new, surprise album Trip, which includes features from Brandy, Chris Brown, and more; Chris Brown is riding high on iTunes and on the charts with his new single “Pills and Automobiles.” The song had the biggest increases in spins at urban radio (395) and now sits at No. 23, rising seven spots since last week; Lastly, Rihanna continues to make chart moves as Kendrick Lamar’s “LOYALTY,” which she is featured on, rises 5-4 on the urban radio chart. The song is making unprecedented gains in its 13th week on the chart, and will be looking to overtake DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” at the No. 3 spot next week.

What about you? Do you like Toni Braxton’s new single? Will you be purchasing Jhené Aiko’s surprise album? Did you enjoy this week’s Chart Check? Leave all of your comments in the designated section below!

Chart Check: Jhené Aiko and Justine Skye Head to Urban Radio, Tank Reaches Top 10 on Urban AC

Jhené Aiko Tank Justine Skye

Jhené Aiko Tank Justine Skye

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 26, 2017:

On the Rise: Tank & The Weeknd

Tank’s records are known to heat up any bedroom, but this week his new sexy single “When We” is heating up the charts. The R&B General has landed another Top 10 hit on the Urban AC chart, as “When We” rises from No. 12 to No. 10 in the latest tracking week. “When We” also snagged six adds at R&B radio this week, which is the fourth highest for the week.

Tank isn’t the only established artist with another rising record. Canada’s own The Weeknd is also making his own run at the chart with his new single “Die For You.” The Starboy cut gained 79 spins at Urban AC radio, making it the third-most added in the last tracking week. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see “Die For You” to make a splash on urban AC in the near future.

New Additions: Justine Skye and Jhené Aiko

Justine Skye is “Back For More” on her new single, which features Jeremih. It’s now time for the summer single to start getting into rotation on urban radio, as it was added to 10 urban stations in the latest tracking week. Thanks to Hitmaka’s production, catchy hook, and fun vibe, this might be Skye’s first chance at real radio success. You can watch the video, which stars fellow R&B artist and actor/singer Rotimi, above.

Although she’s popularized by her features, Jhené Aiko is also looking for solo success with her dreamy new single “While We’re Young.” The song gained 12 adds at Urban radio stations, making it the fourth-most added song in the latest tracking week. This isn’t her first radio rodeo, as she received a great response to her kiss-off record “The Worst” back in 2014. She’s now on the Urban Chart as a featured artist on 2 Chainz’s “It’s a Vibe,” which is No. 15 this week.

Quick Notes: Daniel Caesar, Lalah Hathaway + More

And in quick notes: The Adult R&B Songs chart saw four debuts this week, including already established hits “Love Galore” and “Wild Thoughts” from SZA and DJ Khaled. The songs sit at the No. 30 and 26 spots, respectively. The other two debuts belong to the inspirational “All I Got” from gospel artist Le’Andria Johnson at No. 29 and Daniel Caesar’s “Get You” at No. 28; Jacquees’ “B.E.D.” lifts 8-6 on the Urban chart this week. He released a video to the remix on Aug. 17, which features actress and singer Keke Palmer; After reaching the Top 10 two weeks ago, SZA can now celebrate a Top 5 record as “Love Galore” jumps 7-5 on the Urban chart. The lead single is just shy of the 20 million mark in urban radio audience;  The 112 train has officially taken off with their new single “Dangerous Games” gaining 75 spins and 15 adds at urban radio, making it the most added song of the week; and finally, Lalah Hathaway’s new single is moving quite nicely as “I Can’t Wait” saw a 83 spin increase at Urban radio in the latest tracking week. The song is just 3 spots away from debuting on the official chart.

Enjoyed this week’s chart check? Are you going to grab Daniel Caesar’s new album on the 25th? Did you see Tank’s new video? How well do you think Justine Skye and Jhené’s new singles will do at urban radio? Let us know what you think in the comment section below?