Chart Check: SZA, Tamar Braxton and Demetria McKinney Score Top 10 Hits

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 12, 2017:

Double Duty: SZA and Tamar Braxton

SZA and Tamar Braxton are holding it down for the ladies of R&B on both Urban and Urban AC radio. On the Urban radio chart, SZA scores her first Top 10 as “Love Galore” lifts 11-9. Serving as the lead single for her Ctrl album, the Travis Scott-assisted hit gained 353 spins on urban radio in the latest tracking week. Tamar Braxton also got some love for her single “My Man,” as it received two adds and 387 radio spins this week. The song is No.4 on Urban AC radio.

On the Urban AC chart, “My Man” remains at the No. 5 spot, but gains a 121 spin increase at Adult R&B radio, the second most for the week. Meanwhile, “Love Galore” is gearing up to impact the Urban AC radio format with six radio adds this week. 

Chart Update: “Set Me Free” and “Wild Thoughts”


Mary J. Blige poses for a portrait to promote the film, “Mudbound”, at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Mary J. Blige continues to find success from her latest album, Strength of a Woman, as “Set Me Free” soars on the Adult R&B chart. The rising single had the most increase in radio spins and was the second most added song on Adult R&B radio in the latest tracking week. Billboard deemed it the “Greatest Gainer” on this week’s chart.

On the mainstream side, DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” is officially the No. 1 song on Urban radio as it rises 3-1 this week. The saucy single, which features hitmaker Rihanna and leading R&B artist Bryson Tiller, is up 532 spins on urban radio, and hold an audience of almost 33 million people. It remains at the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

New Developments: Demetria McKinney and After 7

Demetria McKinney Album Cover

After weeks of flirting with the Top 10 spot the past few weeks, Demetria McKinney finally earns her first Urban AC Top 10 this week as “Easy” rises 12-10. The slow-burning single saw a 56 spin increase at Adult R&B radio this week. McKinney also unveiled the cover art and details to her upcoming debut album Officially Yours this week, which is slated for an Oct. 6 release.

After 7 is also on the move this week; they’ve selected “Too Late” as their new single from their latest album Timeless. The song got 12 adds on Urban AC radio, which is tied for most adds this week. Their current single “Runnin’ Out” firmly holds at the No. 4 spot this week.

Quick Notes: Will Downing, Le’Andria Johnson, and Vivian Green

In quick notes: Will Downing has released his new single “I’m Feeling the Love” featuring Avery*Sunshine. Receiving 4 adds on Urban AC radio, It will serve as the lead single for his upcoming 20th studio album Soul Survivor, due on September 22. LeAndria Johnson is all set to land onto the Adult R&B chart next week with her inspirational tune “All I Got,” as it sits at No. 31 this week. The single is lifted from the gospel singer’s newly released album Bigger Than Me, which was executively produced by R&B heavyweights and dynamic production duo Chuck Harmony and Claude Kelly. Vivian Green is back on the R&B scene with her new single “I Don’t Know.” The first offering from her upcoming sixth studio album, the track gained 12 adds at adult R&B radio this week.

Enjoyed this week’s Chart Check? How well do you think Tamar’s “My Man” will do on Urban radio? What’s new R&B singles are on your playlists? Any R&B specific questions? Let us know in the comment section below.

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SZA Shares Video for ‘Garden (Say It Like Dat)’ Co-Starring Donald Glover

SZA embarks on a love quest with Donald Glover in the visual for “Garden (Say It Like Dat).”

In the captivating video, SZA takes a trip to the bush to share private, enchanting moments with her love (played by Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover). The singer also journeys to a mountaintop where she finds her mother sitting on a throne, made out of pretty plants. As the video capped, SZA’s grandmother bestowed her with some wise words.

“Garden (Say It Like Dat)” is the seventh song from SZA’s CTRL album to receive a visual. She recently released a martial arts inspired clip for “Doves in the Wind” featuring Kendrick Lamar.

This June, the Top Dawg Entertainment singer will perform at this year’s BET Experience.

Watch the video below.

SZA Goes to Combat with Kendrick Lamar In ‘Doves In The Wind’ Video

Hi-yah! SZA challenges Kendrick Lamar in a karate battle in visual for “Doves in the Wind.”

Directed by Nabil, the singer (who plays the student) meets up with K-Dot (kung fu master) in the desert to prove her skills. After showing him that she’s a worthy opponent, the battle gets more intense as the two go head-to-head with quick kicks and punches. And did we mention there’s levitation, too?

SZA will join Lamar on The Championship Tour along with ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiwalker. The tour starts on May 4 in Vancouver. The “Broken Clocks” singer will also perform at this year’s BET experience in June.

“Doves in the Wind” appears on SZA’s Grammy-nominated album Ctrl, which has been certified platinum by RIAA. She is currently working on its predecessor and her final album. “My world got so much smaller so fast,” she told Flaunt. “I have so much to write about. I feel like I’m in a cage. I’m making the best album of my life for this next album and I know that… because it’s going to be my last album.”

Will SZA or Kendrick Lamar be victorious? Find out in action-packed visual below.

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

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