Chart Check: Demetria McKinney Enters Top 5 on Urban AC Radio, Keyshia Cole and Charlie Wilson Ready New Singles for Radio

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Chart check demetria keyshia cole charlie wilson

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 23, 2017:

New Developments

Usually when an artist releases a new single, it takes a couple of weeks for the song to strongly impact radio formats and radio-driven charts. This is not the case for Sam Smith, who is back from his musical hiatus with his new single “Too Good at Goodbyes.” The song, officially released September 8, has been added to a whopping 30 R&B station this week, and sits at the No. 32 spot on the Urban AC chart with 165 spins in its first week of radio airplay. Smith took the music world by storm back in 2014 with the release of his album In the Lonely Hour, which spawned successful singles “I Know I’m Not The Only One” and “Stay With Me.”

If you’re into reality television, then this next section is for you. VH1’s Love and Hip Hop franchise received a much needed boost on credibility by signing R&B darling Keyshia Cole to its Hollywood series for the current season. Within the first couple of episodes, Cole teased viewers with snippets of her now official single “Incapable,” which became available to digital platforms on Aug. 25. The ballad is now impacting R&B radio, receiving eight adds in the latest tracking week. This is Cole’s first single since “You,” which was released in January.

Chart Changes

After last week’s series of declines on the Urban AC chart, things have turned around this week as 22 of the 30 songs on the official chart have seen an increase in radio spins. Shining brightest is none other than Demetria McKinney’s single “Easy,” as it lifts 7-5 in the latest tracking week. With the constant shakeup of the chart’s Top 5, McKinney’s song has been the little engine that could, finally inching its way into the No. 5 spot in its 27th week (as predicted.) If music domination isn’t enough, she has also lined up a host of television programs that she’ll be apart of through early 2018, including a revamp/spin-off of Tyler Perry’s hit show House of Payne and playing the role of Whitney Houston in TV One’s upcoming Bobbi Kristina biopic. “Easy” serves as the lead single for McKinney’s debut album Officially Yours, which is set to release on October 6.

Over on the Urban radio side, Ty Dolla $ign continues to dominate through both his feature and lead work. The LA-bred singer currently has five placements on the urban chart: Meek Mill’s “Whatever You Need,” 2 Chain’s “It’s a Vibe,” 24hrs’ “What You Like,” Wiz Khalifa’s “Something New,” and his own song “Love U Better.” The latter is finding great success, as it gains a 236 increase in spins at urban radio. The song, which features The-Dream and Lil’ Wayne, currently sits at No. 20 on the urban radio chart.

Chart Throwback: The No. 1 Showdown

This week back in 2010, R&B staple Kem notched another No. 1 record on the Urban AC chart with his piano driven ballad “Why Would You Stay.” The next week, the song dropped back to the No. 2 spot, with Fantasia’s Bittersweet rising to the No. 1 spot. This was just the beginning go a 5-week battle between these two and Monica’s “Love All Over Me,” which all reached sat at each of the Top 3 spots within this span of time. In the end, after it’s second non-consecutive week at the top spot in the week of Oct. 6, “Why Would You Stay” eventually declined as “Love All Over Me” began its reign on the Urban AC chart. “Why Would You Stay” was the lead single for his 2010 album Intimacy: Album III.

Quick Notes

And in quick notes: Charlie Wilson has picked “Chills” to serve as the third single from his latest album In it to Win It. The song received seven adds at R&B radio in the latest tracking week; Boney James’s new single Honestly debuted at No. 29 on the Urban AC chart. The track, which features Avery*Sunshine, received four adds at R&B radio this week; George Tandy Jr. new song “Already Love” racked up nine adds on R&B radio stations in the latest tracking week; and Bruno Mars accrued an almost miraculous upswing of 227 spins this week, almost re-gaining the No. 1 spot on the Urban AC chart.

How are you liking the new singles from Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, and Sam Smith? Are you looking forward to Demetria McKinney’s debut album? Enjoyed 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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