Sevyn Streeter and Demetria McKinney Continue to Heat Up Urban AC + Kenny Lattimore Makes a ‘Push’ with New Single

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 2, 2017:

Slow and Steady

Over on the Urban AC chart, there have been many shifts and jumps in the latest tracking week. However, these chart changes have left Demetria McKinney and Tank unaffected with both songs making gains and maintaining their spots in the Top 10.

McKinney reached a new peak as her tell-all single “Easy” moves 9-7 on the Urban AC Chart. In its 24th week on the chart, the song is still getting increased spins on Urban AC radio with a 91 spin up-swing this week. If this trend continues, McKinney may be notching her first Top 5 very soon. “Easy” is the lead single from her forthcoming album Officially Yours, which is set for an October 6 release.

Meanwhile, Tank’s sensually stunning single “When We” lifts from 10-9 in the latest tracking week. The song is just shy of a 3.5 million audience on R&B radio formats, and could also be seeing a Top 5 finish within the next few weeks. Tank has been on a series of highs this week, as he is just days away from his headlining Savage Tour, which begins September 5. The R&B General has also just unveiled the cover art, track list and title track for his upcoming album, Savage, set to release on September 29.

Big Jumps

While “Wild Thoughts” continues to rule urban radio, it is also climbing Urban AC radio. The Bryson Tiller and Rihanna assisted DJ Khaled cut moved from No. 26 to No. 21 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Elsewhere on urban radio, the Rihanna-featured Kendrick Lamar cut “LOYALTY.” and Bryson Tiller’s single “Run me Dry” also see new peaks at No. 9 and No. 33, respectively.

Daniel Caesar’s cult-turned-mainstream hit “Get You” also saw a big gain this week, as it leaps 28-22 on the Urban AC chart. The song’s rise is perfect timing with his debut album, Freudian, available now. The 10-track album trended on social media as soon as it was released, receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Caesar also announced a North American tour, which begins in Anaheim, CA on September 10.

New Developments

Often times when we think of summer, we think about beaches, day parties and sunshine; but what about those jams for the summer nights? Look no further because Bryson Tiller, Jazmine Sullivan, The-Dream and Fabolous have you covered.

For those summer nights when you’ve gotten into an argument with your significant other, Bryson Tiller and Jazmine Sullivan’s “Insecure” is the perfect remedy. The smoldering back-and-forth track is headed for Urban radio, as it has been added to the rotation of fifteen new urban stations in the latest tracking week. But that’s not all: “Insecure” has also been added into rotation by nine Urban AC radio formats this week, making this the most added song across all R&B formats. If you haven’t heard the lead single from HBO’s series of the same name, you’ll be sure to hear it on your favorite station soon.

For those summer nights where you’ve met someone on the dancefloor of your favorite nightclub, The-Dream’s “Summer Body” is sure to set things off just right. The island-tinged, bass-thumping record, which features rapper Fabolous, is just one spot below the official urban chart and received two adds at urban radio this week. With the song’s accompanying music video exclusively premiering on Complex this week, expect for this jam to jump onto the chart next week.

Quick Notes

And in quick notes: Kenny Lattimore is back on our radio stations with his new single “Push.” The song received four radio station adds this week, including Sirius XM’s “Heart and Soul Station”; Jacquees enjoys his first Top 5 as his bass thumping banger “B.E.D.” lifts 6-5 on Urban radio. The song enjoyed a 241 spin increase and a 15.7 million R&B audience in the latest tracking week; Musiq Soulchild’s single “Start Over” is the little engine that could as it receives a 116 spin increase on Urban AC in its 15th week on the chart; Brian McKnight is stepping into his new season as his single “I Want U” is bubbling just under the Urban AC chart this week. It’s the lead single from his Genesis album, which dropped today, Aug. 25. You can also catch McKnight’s cameo appearance in the Marlon Wayans-lead Netflix original romantic comedy “Naked,” which was released on Aug 11.

Chart Extra: What’s the Next No. 1 Urban AC record?

Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” and Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” have been on the decline in radio spins for the last few weeks, which has lead to the ultimate question: who will have the next No. 1 Urban AC record? According to the chart trends, it’s down to Sevyn Streeter’s “Before I Do,” Stokley’s “Level,” and Tamar Braxton’s “My Man.” For the last two weeks, “My Man” looked like it was headed, unprecedentedly, for the top spot with steady gains from week-to-week. That has all changed as “Before I Do” surges 5-2 in the latest tracking week. Sevyn Streeter’s warm ballad received a whopping 249 spin increase at Urban AC radio, putting her within 100 spins from “That’s What I Like” which still holds the No. 1 spot this week. “My Man” also gained this week with a 62 spin increase, in addition to her bubbling just under the Urban mainstream chart. And don’t count out Stokley’s summer jam “Level” as it only decreased fifteen spins. It’ll be interesting to see if any if one, two, or all three singles crown the Urban AC chart in the coming weeks.

Will Sevyn Streeter notch a new No. 1? Have you listened to Brian McKnight and Daniel Caesar’s new albums? Did you enjoy this week’s Chart Check? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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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A Decade Later: 5 Love Lessons From Usher’s ‘Here I Stand’ Album

“A lot of what I plan to offer with this album is kinda standing in this spot. … The king’s back. I ain’t gonna say ‘back,’ I never left,” proclaimed Usher in an MTV interview in 2007. Six months after making this bold statement, the R&B crooner released Here I Stand, his first album since 2004’s multi-platinum Confessions.

A lot happened in Usher’s personal life since his Confessions era. From ending his relationship with singer Chili and parting ways with his mother as manager to losing his father and becoming a father and husband, Usher wanted his life experiences to reflect in the records on Here I Stand.

Although he recorded some of Here I Stand before the birth of his first son and his marriage to then-wife Tameka Foster, his new music direction was already in the works. “It was a deliberate choice to make music with substance, not just about the things that we’re accustomed to—music about being the celebrity, the player, or having the car, the girl and the bling,” he told ESSENCE in 2008.

Led by Polow da Don-produced single “Love in the Club” featuring Jeezy, Usher’s fifth LP was released on May 13, 2008. It spawned four other moderately successful singles (“Love in the Club Part. II,” “Moving Mountains,” “Trading Places” and title track) and eventually became certified platinum by the RIAA.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, here are five love lessons from Here I Stand.

“Trading Places”

Lesson 1: Roleplay is healthy.

Sometimes we get comfortable sticking to societal norms (i.e. a man pays for movie and dinner, women cooks and clean). But who said we have to follow those exhausting rules? Whatever keeps your relationship thriving, do it.

“His Mistakes”

Lesson 2: The past is the past for a reason.

Give your ex’s successor a chance to make their spot in your heart their own. While your former love may have treated you wrong, that baggage shouldn’t be carried into your next relationship. Share those hurtful moments to your next mate the beginning, and just give them an opportunity to prove himself until they show you otherwise.

“Love You Gently”

Lesson 3: Slow down baby, the loving ain’t going nowhere.

There’s nothing wrong with a quicky every now and then but it can’t be the norm in the bedroom. You can’t just get yours and forget about them. Your significant other deserves a pleasurable loving making experience, too.

“Moving Mountains”

Lesson 4: If you’re not happy, just leave.

Unless your lover practices sorcery, they probably can’t read your mind. Walking around with an attitude and being distance won’t rebuild a broken relationship. If they can’t get through to you, how can a bond be mended? Here’s some advice: talk up. You can either love them or leave them alone. It’s that simple.

“Something Special”

Lesson 5: Show love any time, any place.

If you love your mate, then let them (and the world) know it’s real. Not to say you put your relationship on display all the time. But there’s nothing wrong with cute little reminders, especially if it’s a solid connection.

Revisit Here I Stand in its entirety below.

Brandy and Daniel Caesar Hit the Studio

Could producer Darhyl “DJ” Camper be the mastermind behind a Brandy and Daniel Caesar duet? According to Instagram, yes. The newly married musician shared studio moments on Thursday (April 19) as he had “revival” with “The Vocal Bible” and “Get You” crooner.

We haven’t heard much solo music from Brandy besides “Beggin and Pleading” and 2012’s Two Eleven, which deserved much more. Back in 2015, Camper revealed he and Brandy were working on a five-track EP. “It’s something refreshing. I’m not putting Brandy in the club. You won’t hear Brandy in the strip club or in elements like that,” said Camper. “When you think of Brandy now, think of stadium status or arenas. Think of like the movie 300 with the Romans. It’s going to be big and classic. That’s what I’m having her around this time around. If you think Coldplay is big, watch what Brandy does.”

As the new kid on the block, Caesar is enjoying his stroll around the music business. He recently released the music video for “Best Part” featuring H.E.R. and even charted on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with his single “Get You” featuring Kali Uchis.

We can’t wait to hear more about this collaboration from this musical trinity.

Revival.

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