Chart Check: Miguel Sets Sights on Urban Radio, SZA and Le’Andria Johnson Rebound on Urban AC

LeAndria SZA Miguel

LeAndria SZA Miguel

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 16, 2017:

On The Rise

HBO’s Insecure is one of the hottest shows this year and with the second season’s finale airing this Sunday, what better time for the show’s title track to start taking off on the charts? Jazmine Sullivan and Bryson Tiller’s “Insecure” duet received 4 adds at R&B radio this week, in addition to a 60 spin increase since last week. With today’s release of the second season soundtrack, which features work from SZA, Jorja Smith, and Kari Faux, the song will only get stronger as time goes on. Additionally, pictures from the video shoot for the song surfaced on Instagram this week, which you can view below.

Ne-Yo’s latest single “Another Love Song” has been a shining star in a week full of Urban AC chart declines. The upbeat jam saw an increase of 80 spins at Adult R&B, which is the most for the latest tracking week. The song is also tied for the most added song this week with six new additions at R&B radio. Ne-Yo is currently preparing for his Ne-Yo UK Tour, which kicks off in Manchester on Sept. 13.

New Developments

The haters aren’t the only thing he’s skywalking on; he’s also skywalking up the charts with his latest single featuring rapper Travis Scott. “Skywalker” was added to a whopping 13 urban radio station in the latest tracking week. But, the chart moves don’t stop there, as Miguel also received six adds at R&B radio, tying Ne-Yo for the most adds on the Urban AC chart. Will “Skywalker” be Miguel’s next runaway hit? Only time will tell.

Shaliek is ready to go with his new single “My Love.” The track is bubbling just beneath the official chart with 97 spins in the latest tracking week. The single is a follow-up to his song “All This Love,” which was released in March.

Leave (Get Out), but Come Back

Sometimes, an artist will release a song and it debuts on a chart, only to fall off the next week. When the single is officially sent to radio and starts to pick up steam, the song finds itself back on the chart, which is what is considered a re-entry. This isn’t necessarily the case on the Urban AC chart this week. Since there have been a host of declines and minimal spin increases in the latest tracking week, Le’Andria Johnson’s empowering “All I Got” and SZA’s “Love Galore” have found their way back on the chart this week at the No. 30 and No. 26 spots, respectively. Both songs debuted onto the chart the week of Aug. 26, with the former falling off the chart the next week and the latter leaving the chart the week of Sept. 3.

Quick Notes

And in quick notes: Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Makeup launch is definitely a cause for celebration, but she deserves an extra slice of cake as Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty,” which she is featured on, has reached the Top 5 on the Urban chart. Her other summer smash “Wild Thoughts” fell 1-3 in the latest tracking week; Brian McKnight’s “I Want U” is just one spot below the official chart this week, with 161 spins at R&B radio. The song is lifted from his newly-released album Genesis; Finally, Chanté Moore’s banging new single “Something to Remember” continues to heat up Urban AC with two adds and a 55-spin upswing at R&B radio. The song is lifted from her upcoming album The Rise of the Phoenix, which will be released next Friday, Sept. 15.

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Miguel, Daniel Caesar and SiR to Perform at 2018 BET Awards

R&B music will be well-represented at this year’s BET Awards. Daniel Caesar, Miguel and SiR have been added to the lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the 18th annual award show.

As previously announced, Janelle Monae, Ella Mai and H.E.R. will bring perform material from their new and forthcoming releases.

Along with announcing more performers, the BET Networks has selected Chloe x Halle, Bobby Brown, Trevor Jackson and Jacob Latimore to present awards to winners.

The 2018 BET Awards nominations were revealed last month with Rihanna and SZA among the top nominees. Bruno Mars, Bryson Tiller and Chris Brown each landed three nominations.

The 2018 BET Awards, hosted by Jamie Foxx,  will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

Ne-Yo Struggles With Being a ‘Good Man’ in New Video

Fresh off the release of his new album Good Man, Ne-Yo debuts a visual for the title track. The black and white clip shows Ne-Yo having a hard time writing an apology letter to his leading lady after doing her wrong.

“This video is about the wrongs we do and the potential danger that comes with,” Ne-Yo said. “It’s about remorse for our wrongs and the mental (or physical) letter we write to the person we’ve wronged but also to ourselves to remind us of what it is we need to be for that person. In the case of myself, a Good Man. It’s a struggle. It’s a process. But love is worth it.”

See Ne-Yo fight to prove he’s a “Good Man” below.

Listen to Ne-Yo’s New Album ‘Good Man’

The wait is over! Ne-Yo has released his seventh studio album, Good Man. 

Over a course of 20 tracks, the singer-songwriter takes listeners on a journey through the highs and lows of love. The album includes guest appearances  from PartyNextDoor, Eric Bellinger, Candice Boyd, Sam Hook, Bebe Rexha, Stefflon Don and Romeo Santos.

Elaborating on Good Man, Ne-Yo said, “This album focuses on the journey of what it is to be a good man: a good man to your spouse, a good brother to your brother, a good person to the world. I am not proclaiming to be perfect. A good man makes mistakes, learns from those mistakes, therefore to not then repeat those mistakes. Being a good man is a journey.”

Last month, Ne-Yo landed his first-ever No. 1 single on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart with “Good Man.” The DJ-Camper produced track topped the chart for three weeks.

Stream Good Man below.

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