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.

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Chart Check: Lyrica Anderson and A1 Heat Up Urban Radio, K. Michelle Lands on Urban AC

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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

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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.

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August Alsina Says Def Jam is Holding His Album Hostage

It’s been a slow year for August Alsina. The New Orleans native launched the campaign for his new era almost a year ago, yet his third album still remains unreleased.

On Monday evening, a fan tweeted Alsina and asked him about the progress of his new project. The singer didn’t hold back with the truth about why his album is being delayed.

“I would love to put my album out but DEF JAM is holding it/me hostage because the system is not up & running until next year so they basically dont exist,” Alsina tweeted. “The label is just TRASH .. I will release free music soon but that has been the hold up. Tell Them to FREE ME 🗣& the Album🗣”

Alsina has released four songs this year including “Drugs,” “Wait,” “Lonely” and “Don’t Matter.” The songs have a combined 40 million streams on Spotify alone.