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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Kali Uchis Announces Debut Album ‘Isolation’

Rising soul artist Kali Uchis will release her debut album, Isolation, on April 6 via Interscope Records.

The Colombian-American singer shared the news moments before making her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, where she performed “After the Storm” with Tyler, The Creator.

“Wow you just dunno how amazed I was to finally announce my FIRST ALBUM!!! & to perform my song for the first time on TV!! thank you so much everyone who has been supportive & open to growing with me,” Uchis wrote on Instagram.

Isolation will go on presale on March 23.

Uchis was nominated for a Grammy this year for her guest vocals on Daniel Caesar’s hit single “Get You.”

Watch Kali Uchis perform “After the Storm” below.

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Tamar Braxton Debuts Shaved Head

Tamar Braxton is trying out a new look this season. The Grammy-nominated artist went to Instagram to share her new haircut.

While it may be just a haircut to some people, it’s a special moment for Braxton.

“I’m over feeling captive to a wig, weave, people, people’s comments & opinions hell…even my OWN feelings,” she wrote. “WE can choose to stop these things from having the power and victory over us!! And for me, that starts TODAY.”

✂️ finally free

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Listen to August Alsina’s ‘Don’t Matter (Remix)’ featuring Zayn

August Alsina teams with Zayn for a stirring remix to his track “Don’t Matter,” which originally dropped last June.

The track, which includes a steamy verse from Zayn, is actually a leak that surfaced online. The former One Direction member went to Twitter to address the leak. “This was not a song I intended to put out, but due to unprofessionalism has been leaked by someone and my fans mean more to me than a stupid leak, so here it is free for you to enjoy, before my music drops,” he said.

Alsina responded to Zayn’s tweet with, “Zayn, I’m sending an abundance of love to you! You are my brother, I am yours. I don’t know how this happened but WAY TO MAKE LEMONS INTO LEMONADE. (& a great batch, might I add) 😂😭🙏🏽 we do great work together.”

Although the remix wasn’t meant to be released, it definitely serves as a nice treat to Alsina’s fans, especially with the delay of his third album. Last November, Alsina blasted his label for holding his new album “hostage.”

“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🗣”

Listen to August Alsina and Zayn’s “Don’t Matter” remix below.

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