Chart Check: Sevyn Streeter Scores No. 1 Hit, Ledisi’s ‘High’ Reaches Top 10 on Urban AC

Seven Ledisi Chart Check

Seven Ledisi 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 9, 2017:

New Developments

After weeks of anticipation, Billboard’s Urban AC Chart has a new No. 1 leader. That’s right: Sevyn Streeter’s breezy single “Before I Do” has surpassed Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” for the top spot on the chart this week. The Girl Disrupted cut was only up 30 spins this week at Adult R&B radio but it was enough to slide by Mars’ 105 spin decline in the latest tracking week. “Before I Do” boasts a 10 million audience on all R&B radio formats, and sits at the No. 1 spot in its 17th week on the chart.

Elsewhere, Chanté Moore has just sent her sexy new single “Something to Remember” to Adult R&B radio. In the latest tracking week, the mid-tempo banger received seven adds, the second most for the week behind “Wild Thoughts.” The song has already gotten video treatment, which was directed by career molder and maker Frank Gatson, Jr. “Something to Remember” is the second single from Moore’s upcoming album The Rise of the Phoenix, which is set to release on September 15. Her lead single “Real One” now sits at the No. 13 spot on this week’s Urban AC chart.

Chart Sensations

We’re all familiar with those who known as the “Feature Kings,” also known as Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih, who many of the industry’s finest call on when they want a male R&B singer to kill a hook. As of late, a king has officially re-emerged, as the one and only Chris Brown is either the lead or featured artist on three songs on this week’s chart. In a quick rundown, Brown is featured on Meek Mill’s “Whatever You Need,” which steps 7-6 on the urban chart this week; Gucci Mane’s No. 17 holder “Tone It Down;” and is the lead on his solo single “Privacy,” which falls 18-21. Brown’s reign doesn’t stop there, his new single “Pills and Automobiles,” which features rappers A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black, and Yo Gotti, is the most added song on urban radio at 18 adds this week. The second most-added song is rapper Zoey Dollaz’s new single “Post and Delete” which features Brown.

Continuing to find life on the chart is 19-year-old singer Khalid, whose lead single “Location” continues to surge at Urban AC radio, despite the push of his new single “Young, Dumb, & Broke.” The catchy tune rises 12-8 this week, thanks to a 233 spin increase at Urban AC radio, which the highest for the week. The multi-platinum single is deemed Billboard’s “Greatest Gainer” at Adult R&B radio.

R&B Albums

Billboard’s R&B Albums chart tracks the sales of an R&B artist’s album by counting traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums in a given week. This week, the Top 5 remains the same: Khalid’s American Teen at No. 1, SZA’s Ctrl at No. 2, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic at No. 3, The Weeknd’s Starboy at No. 4, and Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!” at No. 5.

Quick Notes

And in quick notes: Ledisi notches another Top 10 as her bass-heavy single “High” leaps 13-10 on the urban AC chart. It’s the lead single of her forthcoming album Let Love Rule, due September 22; Jhené Aiko’s syrupy sweet single “When We Were Young” is bubbling just below the urban radio chart with 6 adds and 360 spins in the latest tracking week; After 7 is back on the rise as their new single “Too Late” rises 25-22 on Urban AC; and lastly, The Weeknd has officially landed back on the Urban AC chart with “Die For You.” The single, lifted from his latest international hit album Starboy, was the only debut on the chart this week and is just shy of a 1 million audience across all R&B radio formats.

Did you enjoy this week’s Chart Check? What do you think of Chanté’s new single? Are you excited for Ledisi’s new album? Any R&B specific questions? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Willie Taylor Releases New Song ‘Naked’ featuring Jeremih

Valentine’s Day may be over but love is still in the air. Willie Taylor of Day26 teams with his cousin Jeremih for a sexy new track titled “Naked.” The title of the track is pretty self-explanatory. The two sing about an intimate night with a love interest.

“Enough with the drunk talk, we already faded / And right now these clothes are overrated, can I take them off?” Taylor sings.

Jeremih comes towards the end of the track and sings about recording his session. “Camera’s on don’t you act funny on me / Booty so stupid, go dummy on it / Throw it back, I’ma throw money on that,” he sings.

Listen to “Naked” below.

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The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar Release New Song ‘Pray For Me’

Two of music’s biggest names The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar join forces for a powerful new track called “Pray For Me.”

“Who gon’ pray for me? / Take my pain for me? / Save my soul for me? / ‘Cause I’m alone, you see / If I’m gon’ die for you / If I’m gon’ kill for you / Then I’ll spill this blood for you,” The Weeknd sings on the chorus.

Kendrick delivers a masterful verse, “Life a livin’ hell, puddles of blood in the streets / Shooters on top of the building, government ain’t relief / Earthquake, the body drop, the ground breaks / The poor one with smoke lungs and Scarface.”

“Pray For Me” is lifted from Marvel’s Black Panther soundtrack, which arrives on February 9 via Interscope Records. The album, curated by Top Dawn Entertainment, will also include contributions from R&B stars SZA, Khalid, Anderson.Paak and Jorja Smith.

This is The Weeknd and Kendrick’s second time collaborating on a song. They first worked together on The Weeknd’s “Sidewalks” off his Grammy-winning album, Starboy

Black Panther hits theaters on February 16.

Listen to “Pray For Me” below.

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Janet Jackson and The Weeknd to Headline Panorama 2018

Festival season is quickly approaching. The lineup for Panorama 2018 has been announced. Music icon Janet Jackson and platinum-selling singer The Weeknd will headline the three-day festival, which takes place July 27-29 at Randall’s Island Park in New York City.

The Weeknd will take on the first night with supporting acts Jhené Aiko, Daniel Caesar, Sabrina Claudio Migos and more. Jackson will take control of the stage on night two with other artists including SZA, Cardi B, Gucci Mane and Kalin White, to name a few.

Jackson will also headline the Essence Festival in early July. Caesar is also set to perform at Essence and the Broccoli Festival.

Tickets for Panorama 2018 go on sale this Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m ET. See the full lineup below.

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