Chart Check: Ty Dolla $ign Sees Multi-Song Gains, SZA’s ‘Love Galore’ Rises on Urban Radio Chart

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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What a Time: 20 Memorable ‘Sessions @ AOL’ Performances (R&B Edition)

Sessions @ AOL may have launched in 2002, but its presence was felt more in 2003 as the way we hear and see our favorite artists online started changing at a rapid speed. From the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) going to legal war with individual music file-sharers ( Napster, Wake.Princeton.edu ) to the launch of Apple’s iTunes Music Store, the options for consumers to follow their beloved artists started to become more difficult. But Sessions @ AOL made this easier.

Brought to us by AOL Music, the mini-concert experience became an outlet for artists to perform their past and presents hits in a more up-close and intimate way. Similar to MTV-Unplugged, many artists have sung acoustic and stripped down versions of their popular songs and album gems. Artists even sat down to dish on their latest albums ahead or after its release.

After 10 years of special performances, exclusive interviews and some name changes (AOL Sessions, AOL Music Sessions), the intimate concert series ended abruptly in 2013.

While others (Walmart Soundcheck and Yahoo! Pepsi Smash) have attempted to capture their own exclusive studio performance moments, nothing beats holding the house phone hostage so no uses it so you could use dial-up to watch your faves spill the tea on their album and sing your favorite cut track.

In the spirit of nostalgia, we compiled a list of 20 memorable performances from the online music concert series. (Sidenote: Can you guess how we ranked the list? The answer is at the end)

Mario – “How Could You” (2005)

Mario brought his underrated vocals to Sessions @ AOL to perform his top-20 hit “How Could You” from his Turning Point album.

Keri Hilson – “Let Me Down / Beautiful Mistake” (2011)

Following the release of 2010’s No Boys Allowed, the singer-songwriter stormed Sessions to sing cuts off the new album including “Beautiful Mistake.”

Chrisette Michele – “Be Ok” (2009)

Fresh off the release of her album Epiphany, Michele revisited her I Am era with a sensational performance of “Be Ok.” The uptempo number won a Grammy in 2009 for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

Keyshia Cole – “Love” (2005)

Sporting her signature orange hair and a casual outfit, The Way it Is singer belted her powerful ballad “Love” for online viewers.

Monica – “It All Belongs to Me” (2012)

While this Rico Love-written track is a duet with Brandy, the New Life vocalist stripped down the record and took it on alone with some help from three backup singers.

Jennifer Hudson – “I Remember Me” (2011)

There are not many artists who can sit on a stool, sing their hearts out and still be on key. Jennifer Hudson is one of them. She delivered a stellar performance of “I Remember Me,” the title track of her 2011 album.

Tyrese – “Stay” (2012)

Tyrese accepted an Open Invitation to AOL Sessions in 2012 where he performed his soulful tune “Stay.” The song spent 11 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart.

Ashanti – “Rock wit U (Awww Baby)” (2003)

The then-Murder Inc front-women was on point with all aww babies for her first time at Sessions. And catch how Ashanti barely opened her eyes during this performance of “Rock wit U (Awww Baby).” We love a dizzy queen.

Faith Evans – “I Love You” (2005)

The First Lady had viewers in their feelings with “I Love You” from her 2001 album Faithfully. Did you peep Meelah, lead singer of 702, singing backup?

Toni Braxton – “He Wasn’t Man Enough” (2005)

The sultry tone diva came to Sessions to promote material from her Libra album. She also revisited The Heat era and sung “He Wasn’t Man Enough” alongside her sisters Trina and Tamar Braxton.

Fantasia – “Bittersweet” (2010)

Donning a black dress with silver shoulder embroidery, the Back to Me singer left it all on stage with her mind-blowing performance of “Bittersweet.” She reprised the emotionally charged ballad with more personal lyrics.

The-Dream – “I Luv Your Girl” (2013)

The Radio Killa paid a visit to AOL Sessions in 2013 to promote IV Play. While there, the versatile musician dropped the auto-tune and bared his natural singing voice for his wavy performance of “I Luv Your Girl” off his debut album, Love Hate.

Ne-Yo – “So Sick” (2006)

The singer-songwriter had us “So Sick” with his first-ever AOL Music Sessions visit. The heartbreak song topped several Billboard charts including the Hot 100 for two consecutive weeks.

Chris Brown – “Winner” (2006)

The young Breezy had girls all over the world screaming at their computer screens with his performance of “Winner” off his self-titled album.

Brian McKnight — “Back to One” (2003)

Brian McKnight was one of the first R&B artists to grace the AOL studio. He performed his classic song “Back at One” from his 1999 album under the same name.

Earth Wind & Fire – “The Way You Move” (2005)

Supported by a full band, the legendary group got us out our seats to dance along to “The Way You Move” from their 2005 Illumination album.

Kelly Rowland – “Like This” featuring Eve (2007)

Ms. Kelly invited rapper Eve to perform their fierce collaboration “Like This.” Hopefully, no one hurt themselves trying to reenact this dance number.

John Legend – “So High” (2004)

Seated behind his instrument of choice, Legend had us levitating as he wonderfully sung “So High” from his debut album, Get Lifted.

Alicia Keys – “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” – (2010)

Alicia Keys rarely steps from behind her piano to perform music. But she did for the majority of her 2010 Sessions to perform past and present tunes including “Unthinkable (I’m Ready)” from The Element of Freedom.

Mary J. Blige – “Take Me As I Am” (2005)

It was all or nothing at all with the Queen of the Hip Hop Soul’s moving performance of “Take Me As I Am” from The Breakthrough.

Rihanna – “Unfaithful” (2007)

The Unapologetic artist starred on the Sessions for three album eras: A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R. Her amazing performance of “Unfaithful” in 2007 is a standout though.

Beyoncé – “Me, Myself and I” (2008)

Although she was there to promote B’Day and its singles (“Irreplaceable”), it was Yoncé’s breathing performance of “Me, Myself and I” alongside her incredible background singers The Mamas that stole the show.

Give up yet? The list of performances was ranked by the artists’ number of Grammy nominations. Beyoncé has the most (63) nods out of all the artists featured on this list while Mario and Keri Hilson have the least (2).

Mary J. Blige Returns with New Song ‘Only Love’

Mary J. Blige starts a new era with a brand new song titled “Only Love.”

Sampling “Doctor Love” by First Choice, Blige makes post-divorce sound delightful on the disco groove. She understands wholeheartedly that “only love can save the day.”

The singer explained why she decided to put out “Only Love” and what she’s been cooking up for listeners. “I’ve been in the studio working on new music and was excited to share a little bit with you all,” she wrote on Instagram. “I had a year of so many ups and downs and have come out the other side with a renewed spirit and a fresh perspective. I’m entering my next chapter with an open mind and heart. ONLY LOVE is where I am right now and I couldn’t keep it to myself any longer!!!”

“Only Love” is the first release since Blige shared “Bounce Back” earlier this year. The new song has been released via Republic Records, making us wonder if Blige has left her label of four years, Capitol Records.

Last weekend, Blige headlined the ESSENCE Festival. During her visit, she launched her new jewelry line Sister Love with LL Cool J’s wife, Simone Smith.

Listen to “Only Love” below.

Teyana Taylor Teases Joint Album with Ty Dolla $ign

Teyana Taylor fans can expect more new music from her soon. The 27-year-old artist has announced her plans to do a joint album with Ty Dolla $ign.

Taylor shared the news after a fan tweeted, “Teyana Taylor and Ty Dolla Sign really made a song about having a threesome and killed it😍 wow.”

Taylor responded two minutes later, saying, “We actually bout to do a whole album together.”

The news comes after Taylor said she was going to re-release her latest album, K.T.S.E., with additional tracks. After those plans fell through, another fan wanted Taylor to assure her that her and Ty’s joint album would actually come to fruition.

“Please no more announcements tey😭😭 I can’t take it if they don’t come true,” the fan tweeted. Taylor replied, “Oh no this is for sure happening. A full album.”

Taylor released her sophomore album, K.T.S.E., on June 20 via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam. The album debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes R&B Charts. Music legend Janet Jackson congratulated Taylor on Instagram.

“I just found out, Teyana, that your album hit number one on iTunes,” Jackson said. “I’m really happy for you. That’s awesome and congratulations. All the best to you.”

Taylor, who is a huge fan of Jackson, wasted no time to express her excitement about Jackson congratulating her. “This made my world y’all,” Taylor said. “Thanks @JanetJackson. I [love] you. I didn’t even know you knew I had an album dropping. My heart is beating so fast.”

In other news, Taylor is gearing up for her joint summer tour with Jeremih that kicks off on August 3 in Tampa.

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