Sevyn Streeter and Demetria McKinney Continue to Heat Up Urban AC + Kenny Lattimore Makes a ‘Push’ with New Single

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 2, 2017:

Slow and Steady

Over on the Urban AC chart, there have been many shifts and jumps in the latest tracking week. However, these chart changes have left Demetria McKinney and Tank unaffected with both songs making gains and maintaining their spots in the Top 10.

McKinney reached a new peak as her tell-all single “Easy” moves 9-7 on the Urban AC Chart. In its 24th week on the chart, the song is still getting increased spins on Urban AC radio with a 91 spin up-swing this week. If this trend continues, McKinney may be notching her first Top 5 very soon. “Easy” is the lead single from her forthcoming album Officially Yours, which is set for an October 6 release.

Meanwhile, Tank’s sensually stunning single “When We” lifts from 10-9 in the latest tracking week. The song is just shy of a 3.5 million audience on R&B radio formats, and could also be seeing a Top 5 finish within the next few weeks. Tank has been on a series of highs this week, as he is just days away from his headlining Savage Tour, which begins September 5. The R&B General has also just unveiled the cover art, track list and title track for his upcoming album, Savage, set to release on September 29.

Big Jumps

While “Wild Thoughts” continues to rule urban radio, it is also climbing Urban AC radio. The Bryson Tiller and Rihanna assisted DJ Khaled cut moved from No. 26 to No. 21 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Elsewhere on urban radio, the Rihanna-featured Kendrick Lamar cut “LOYALTY.” and Bryson Tiller’s single “Run me Dry” also see new peaks at No. 9 and No. 33, respectively.

Daniel Caesar’s cult-turned-mainstream hit “Get You” also saw a big gain this week, as it leaps 28-22 on the Urban AC chart. The song’s rise is perfect timing with his debut album, Freudian, available now. The 10-track album trended on social media as soon as it was released, receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Caesar also announced a North American tour, which begins in Anaheim, CA on September 10.

New Developments

Often times when we think of summer, we think about beaches, day parties and sunshine; but what about those jams for the summer nights? Look no further because Bryson Tiller, Jazmine Sullivan, The-Dream and Fabolous have you covered.

For those summer nights when you’ve gotten into an argument with your significant other, Bryson Tiller and Jazmine Sullivan’s “Insecure” is the perfect remedy. The smoldering back-and-forth track is headed for Urban radio, as it has been added to the rotation of fifteen new urban stations in the latest tracking week. But that’s not all: “Insecure” has also been added into rotation by nine Urban AC radio formats this week, making this the most added song across all R&B formats. If you haven’t heard the lead single from HBO’s series of the same name, you’ll be sure to hear it on your favorite station soon.

For those summer nights where you’ve met someone on the dancefloor of your favorite nightclub, The-Dream’s “Summer Body” is sure to set things off just right. The island-tinged, bass-thumping record, which features rapper Fabolous, is just one spot below the official urban chart and received two adds at urban radio this week. With the song’s accompanying music video exclusively premiering on Complex this week, expect for this jam to jump onto the chart next week.

Quick Notes

And in quick notes: Kenny Lattimore is back on our radio stations with his new single “Push.” The song received four radio station adds this week, including Sirius XM’s “Heart and Soul Station”; Jacquees enjoys his first Top 5 as his bass thumping banger “B.E.D.” lifts 6-5 on Urban radio. The song enjoyed a 241 spin increase and a 15.7 million R&B audience in the latest tracking week; Musiq Soulchild’s single “Start Over” is the little engine that could as it receives a 116 spin increase on Urban AC in its 15th week on the chart; Brian McKnight is stepping into his new season as his single “I Want U” is bubbling just under the Urban AC chart this week. It’s the lead single from his Genesis album, which dropped today, Aug. 25. You can also catch McKnight’s cameo appearance in the Marlon Wayans-lead Netflix original romantic comedy “Naked,” which was released on Aug 11.

Chart Extra: What’s the Next No. 1 Urban AC record?

Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” and Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” have been on the decline in radio spins for the last few weeks, which has lead to the ultimate question: who will have the next No. 1 Urban AC record? According to the chart trends, it’s down to Sevyn Streeter’s “Before I Do,” Stokley’s “Level,” and Tamar Braxton’s “My Man.” For the last two weeks, “My Man” looked like it was headed, unprecedentedly, for the top spot with steady gains from week-to-week. That has all changed as “Before I Do” surges 5-2 in the latest tracking week. Sevyn Streeter’s warm ballad received a whopping 249 spin increase at Urban AC radio, putting her within 100 spins from “That’s What I Like” which still holds the No. 1 spot this week. “My Man” also gained this week with a 62 spin increase, in addition to her bubbling just under the Urban mainstream chart. And don’t count out Stokley’s summer jam “Level” as it only decreased fifteen spins. It’ll be interesting to see if any if one, two, or all three singles crown the Urban AC chart in the coming weeks.

Will Sevyn Streeter notch a new No. 1? Have you listened to Brian McKnight and Daniel Caesar’s new albums? Did you enjoy this week’s Chart Check? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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.

Tell us your thoughts on the Grammy nominations below! 

Demetria McKinney Joins Fantasia on ‘Christmas After Midnight Tour’

Fantasia Demetria McKinney Christmas After Midnight Tour

‘Tis the season to go on tour. Rising R&B star Demetria McKinney has just joined Fantasia’s Christmas After Midnight Tour.

Fantasia originally announced the tour on October 9 with just 12 dates and cities. As of November 29, there are 16 dates that run through December 14 in Philadelphia, PA. McKinney officially joined the tour on November 27.

This has been a very busy fourth quarter for the soulful singers. For McKinney, this tour is coming on the heels of her debut album Officially Yours, which was released on October 6. For Fantasia, the Christmas After Midnight Tour is in support of her holiday album of the same name.

Both singers were performers at this year’s Soul Train Awards, which aired Sunday, Nov. 26 on BET. Fantasia was part of the “Soul Cypher” alongside Mali Music, Bilal, Faith Evans, Robert Glasper and host Erykah Badu. Meanwhile, McKinney did a short-lived version of hit single “Easy” on the Coca-Cola Stage.

Check below for the dates of the Christmas After Midnight Tour. Tickets are available now at or


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

Lyrica Anderson A1 Bentley K. Michelle

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!

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