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 5, 2017:
On the Move: Ty Dolla $ign, R.Lum.R, Jesse Campbell
Ty Dolla $ign is on top of the world this week after seeing chart gains in three different songs on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay chart. His new single “Love U Better,” which features Lil’ Wayne and The-Dream, received 21 adds this week, making it the second most added song at urban radio. 2 Chainz’s “It’s a Vibe” which features Ty Dolla $ign, went ticked up 18-17 on the chart this week, and although Meek Mill’s “Whatever You Need,” which also features Ty Dolla $ign,” stepped down 11-12, the rap track still saw a 89 spin increase at urban radio in the latest tracking week.
R.LUM.R’s “Frustrated” jumps 23-20 on the Adult R&B Songs chart. The alt-R&B jam and his second single “Close Enough” are pulled from his upcoming EP Afterimage, which is scheduled to release on. Also on the move is Jesse Campbell’s new single “Can’t Live Without You.” Although the song has yet to hit the Adult R&B chart, it got 4 adds at R&B radio in the latest tracking week.
Chart Update: Bruno Mars and Mary J. Blige
Last week, we highlighted new singles from solidified superstars Bruno Mars and Mary J. Blige. Both singles found success on their respective charts this week, with Blige’s empowering “Set Me Free” debuting at No. 23 on the Adult R&B chart and Mars’ power ballad “Versace on the Floor” also debuted this week at the No. 36 spot on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay chart. “Set Me Free” was added to 5 R&B stations, the third most for the week. Bruno Mars saw even more success this week, as his second single “That’s What I Like” re-claimed the No. 1 spot on the Adult R&B chart this week, edging out Childish Gambino’s soulful “Redbone” by a mere 6 spins at Urban AC radio. Blige and Mars are both on their headlining tours in support of their latest albums Strength of a Woman and 24K Magic, respectively.
New Developments: SZA & Bryson Tiller
In new developments, “Run Me Dry” will serve as the second single from Bryson Tiller’s No. 1 album True to Self. It was added to 15 mainstream urban stations in the latest tracking week. His lead single, “Somethin’ Tells Me,” dropped 20-22 on this week’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay chart. On the flip side, SZA’s “Love Galore” continues to sizzle, as it jolts 14-11 on the urban airplay chart in the latest tracking week. In more good news, SZA just received her first Video Music Award nomination for Best New Artist! The awards show’s ceremony is set for Aug. 27.
Both Tiller and SZA will begin the North American legs for their respective headlining tours next month before joining forces on European leg of Tiller’s tour in October.
Quick Notes: Chante Moore, Sevyn Streeter, Daniel Caesar/Kali Uchis, Musiq Soulchild
And lastly, in quick notes: Chante Moore’s “Real One” bounces 13-11 on the Adult R&B chart and receives a 114 spin increase at R&B radio; Top chart honors go to Sevyn Streeter this week, as her sultry single “Before I Do” leapt 9-6 on the Adult R&B chart. Not only did she see the most increase in radio spins (245), she also received ten adds at R&B radio, the second most in the latest tracking week; Daniel Caesar’s 2016 single “Get You” has been officially sent to R&B radio with twelve adds, the most for the week. This couldn’t have come at a better time, as both Caesar and Kali Uchis, who is featured on the single, have released new music as of late. It will be interesting to see how high this streaming cult hit can rise on the charts. To wrap up, Musiq Soulchild’s “Start Over” nudged up 20-19 on this week’s Adult R&B chart. The song is in a three way tie for the fifth most added track to R&B radio for the week. Musiq debuted the music videos for “Start Over” and “Simple Things” earlier this week.
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