CHART CHECK: Robin Thicke Remains Atop Charts, India.Arie Makes Comeback on Billboard 200

Not every week will R&B artist live life golden on Billboard or the radio charts. This week there was only one true star shining bright. His name is Robin Thicke. Find out where the “Feel Good” singer landed and why he is having the best week ever. Dates range from August 1 – August 8 (Billboard) and August 4 – August 10 (radio).



Billboard Hot 100

Yes – we know Robin Thicke is No.1 on just about every chart known to man. But let’s talk about a few notable and not so notable tunes making some noise on the Hot 100.

Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” holds down the Top 20 this week. At No.14, the Timbaland-produced track has been on the Hot 100 for 25 weeks, peaking No.2.

Ciara’s “Body Party” isn’t over as it remains at No.30 this week, while her follow-up single “I’m Out”  is seeing its way out the Top 100. The Nicki Minaj-assisted single was No.93 last week, which isn’t anything to twerk about but the single falls six more spots this week to No.99. C’mon Ci Ci. Let’s step up the promotion and show Rihanna you can book a performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

No I didn’t go to school for witchery or sorcery but it doesn’t take crystal ball to let me know Chris Brown’s little publicly stunt didn’t work.  After debuting at No.56 last week, his new album’s third single “Love More” fell down the Hot 100 (Now: No.90) faster than the little old lady on the Life Alert commercial. “Someone help, I’ve fallen and can’t I can’t get up.”

On a lighter note, Justin Timberlake storms his way through the Hot 100 and leaps from No.52 to No.33 with his latest offering “Take Back The Night.”



 Billboard 200

Let’s tip our hats to Robin Thicke. He came back stronger than ever with his sixth album “Blurred Lines.” It marks his  first-ever No.1 album on the Billboard 200. With 177,000 units sold, the album is his highest first-week sales ever.

Justin Timberlake holds tight to the Top 20 as “The 20/20 Experience” lands at No. 17 (Last week: No. 10) with 16,610 units sold this week.

Baby, in our best Mo’Nique voice.  India.Arie rose from the ashes of the Billboard 200 with her latest project “SongVersation.” Last week the LP was No.83 but it flew back up the chart to No.53.

It seems the marketing consultants in both Ciara and Kelly Rowland’s camp haven’t grasped the concept of strategic planning. If they did, these ladies albums wouldn’t be drowning on the charts. Four words of advice – step it up…fast.

By a show of hands, how many people knew R&B/pop star Jay Sean had an album dropping this month? We didn’t and judging by his opening numbers, neither did the few hundred of followers Cash Money didn’t purchase. Landing at No.116, “Neon” sold a ‘flopping’ 3,608 its first-week. In the words of Beyonce – “somebody’s getting fired.”  We just hope it isn’t Jay Sean on the chopping block.

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Radio Airplay)

Week after week, rock soul-diva Fantasia continues to ask Billboard “Where would you be ‘Without Me?” The ladies’ anthem jumps another spot from No. 7 to No. 6.

New Orleans native August Alsina’s Trinidad Jame$-assisted single “I Luv This Sh*t”  finds a new home in the Top 30 at No.26 after leaping from No.32.

After four weeks, K.Michelle nails her first Top 30 hit with “V.S.O.P,” the lead single from her debut album “Rebellious Soul,” due August 13.

R&B veteran R. Kelly’s autobiographical track “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz debuts in the Top 50 at No.43.

Congratulations are in order for Pendulum recording artist Shaliek . His heartfelt single “The Past” notches the No.48 position. The song becomes his first entry on the chart.


R&B Songs

As “Blurred Lines” relaxes and remains at No.1 on the R&B songs chart, Robin Thicke’s “Give It 2 U” gets cozy in the Top 10.  After only four weeks, the Kendrick Lamar-assisted single skyrocketed from No.25 to No.10.

Chris Brown’s third single “Love More” from the upcoming album “X” showed up and showed out last week its huge debut. However, the single forgot you’re supposed to go up forward on the charts – not backwards.  The single went from No.5 to No. 8. Hopefully Brown’s press release or “Twit-release” on early retirement gets fans requesting the single.

Remember Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” or are you listening to “Blurred Lines”? Well the “Until The End of Time” singer’s lead single doesn’t want to be forgotten. The chart-topping single continues to rise back up the charts and lands at No.5 (Last week: 6).

Ciara is still rocking at No.2 with “Body Party,” while Timberlake’s “Take Back The Night” stays still at No.3.



R&B Albums

In their respective order, here is the Top 5 R&B Albums Among R&B Acts:

1. Robin Thicke -“Blurred Lines” [Debut]
2. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”
3. India.Arie – “SongVersation”
4. Ciara – “Ciara”
5. Motown 25

Other notable acts:
14. Chante Moore – “Moore Is More” [Debut]


Urban Radio 

The self-proclaimed King of R&B R. Kelly may have another hit to add to his resume. His new single “My Story” featuring 2 Chainz has only been on the charts seven days but has managed garner 430 radio spins since its entry.

It may be time for Tamar Braxton to move to the next single as “The One” starts moving backwards on the Urban radio. The Notorious B.I.G sampled track currently stands at No.17, only peaking at No.12 with reaching over 2,000 radio spins. Maybe a remix is in order but hopefully it finds its way back up the chart.

Chris Brown and Ciara battle it out as both Nicki Minaj-assisted tracks reside in the Top 30. After only 16 days, Brown’s “Love More” reaches 929 radio spins while “I’m Out” by Ciara has the upper-hand by only one spin (930).

Marques Houston comeback single “Give Your Love A Try” re-enters Urban radio at No.50 with 285 total spins.

Urban AC Radio 

Robin Thicke takes his “Blurred Lines” success and tops the Urban Adult Contemporary radio after only 82 days. The single has reach over 1,950 in radio spins.

Jaheim’s “Age Ain’t A Factor” falls from No.1 to No.2 this week but remains rather close with nearly 1,880 radio spins. Its peak spins total 1882 since entering the chart 95 days ago.

Fantasia re-enters the top 10 with her latest single “Without Me.” Followed by her lead single “Lose To Win” (No.11) from her comeback album “Side Effects of You.”

Another track from Thicke’s new album is starting to grow legs on the chart. “4 The Rest of My Life,” closes the week with the most new spins (+68), totaling 827 since entering the chart 79 days ago.

Atlanta native Algebra Blessett commands the Top 30 at No. 26 with the love struck tune “Nobody But You,” the first single from her upcoming album “Recovery.” The song has only been on the chart less than a month and has the potential to grow with airplay.

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at

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15 Times Missy Elliott Brought ‘FIYAH’ To R&B Music

Let’s be clear, Missy Elliott is and will always be universally relevant in the world of music.

Misdemeanor Elliott has been an unstoppable force since establishing herself as a trailblazer for R&B and hip-hop music and its culture in the early 90s. Some people, such as myself, may say they first heard Elliott and her iconic “hee-hee-hee-hee-how” line on Gina Thompson’s hit “The Things I Do.” Others may remember Elliott’s artistic expression in a large black trash bag from her 1997 video “The Rain.”

What remains consistent with those possible introductions to Ms. Elliott is R&B has been the meeting place. For instance, the chorus on “The Rain” samples “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by ‘70s soul diva Ann Peebles. Missy Elliott not only lent her rap talents to the remix of Thompson’s lead single – she co-penned the track too, which is one of the reasons why we’re here.

For the past few months, Elliott has been on Twitter sharing memories of writing and producing R&B songs for past and present artists. Rated R&B has compiled a list of Elliott’s top 15 R&B hits that she either produced, wrote or was featured on, along with a reason why they are absolute FIYAH (as Elliott would say).

Aaliyah – “One in a Million”

Written by: Melissa “Missy” Elliott & Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley
Produced by: Timbaland

“One in a Million” is FIYAH because it helped shift the direction of R&B and way we heard it with its advanced melting pot of melody and rhythmic. From Kanye West and BJ the Chicago Kid to Jay Z and Tink, the cultural impact of this record is undeniable. The song spent six weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

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Chris Brown, SZA, Ne-Yo and more to Perform at 2018 BET Experience

The 6th annual BET Experience is just around the corner, and the lineup of performers has been announced.

Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, SZA and Ella Mai will represent for R&B during the four-night concert event, which kicks off on June 21 and ends on June 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Breezy performed at last year’s festival along with Bryson Tiller, Keyshia Cole, Jhené Aiko and Khalid.

Aside from music, the BET Fan Fest will include a celebrity basketball and dodgeball game, BETX house of fashion and beauty, Genius Talks, Kicksperience and other activities.

The four-day festival ties in with the 2018 BET Awards, which takes place on Sunday, June 24 at the Microsoft Theater. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting on Monday, April 16, while general tickets will be available on Wednesday, April 18 at 10 a.m. PST.

BET Experience Concert Itinerary

Thursday, June 21
LL Cool J feat. DJ Z-Trip

Friday, June 22
Chris Brown
Ella Mai

Saturday, June 23
Rae Sremmurd
Nipsey Hussle
Playboi Carti

Sunday, June 24
BET Awards at Microsoft Theater

Listen: Chanté Moore Releases New EP ‘1 of 4’

R&B vet Chanté Moore just released her new EP titled 1 of 4.

The extended play consists of five tracks with features from up-and-coming artists and talent including June’s Diary, D. Bryant, Felly the Voice and Lewis Sky. The latter singer is featured on “One Love,” the project’s lead single.

1 of 4 is the first of four EP’s Moore expects to release this year. The EP comes behind her 2017 albums The Rise of The Phoenix and Christmas Back to You.

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