Chart Check: Sevyn Streeter Scores No. 1 Hit, Ledisi’s ‘High’ Reaches Top 10 on Urban AC

Seven Ledisi Chart Check

Seven Ledisi Chart Check

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 9, 2017:

New Developments

After weeks of anticipation, Billboard’s Urban AC Chart has a new No. 1 leader. That’s right: Sevyn Streeter’s breezy single “Before I Do” has surpassed Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” for the top spot on the chart this week. The Girl Disrupted cut was only up 30 spins this week at Adult R&B radio but it was enough to slide by Mars’ 105 spin decline in the latest tracking week. “Before I Do” boasts a 10 million audience on all R&B radio formats, and sits at the No. 1 spot in its 17th week on the chart.

Elsewhere, Chanté Moore has just sent her sexy new single “Something to Remember” to Adult R&B radio. In the latest tracking week, the mid-tempo banger received seven adds, the second most for the week behind “Wild Thoughts.” The song has already gotten video treatment, which was directed by career molder and maker Frank Gatson, Jr. “Something to Remember” is the second single from Moore’s upcoming album The Rise of the Phoenix, which is set to release on September 15. Her lead single “Real One” now sits at the No. 13 spot on this week’s Urban AC chart.

Chart Sensations

We’re all familiar with those who known as the “Feature Kings,” also known as Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih, who many of the industry’s finest call on when they want a male R&B singer to kill a hook. As of late, a king has officially re-emerged, as the one and only Chris Brown is either the lead or featured artist on three songs on this week’s chart. In a quick rundown, Brown is featured on Meek Mill’s “Whatever You Need,” which steps 7-6 on the urban chart this week; Gucci Mane’s No. 17 holder “Tone It Down;” and is the lead on his solo single “Privacy,” which falls 18-21. Brown’s reign doesn’t stop there, his new single “Pills and Automobiles,” which features rappers A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black, and Yo Gotti, is the most added song on urban radio at 18 adds this week. The second most-added song is rapper Zoey Dollaz’s new single “Post and Delete” which features Brown.

Continuing to find life on the chart is 19-year-old singer Khalid, whose lead single “Location” continues to surge at Urban AC radio, despite the push of his new single “Young, Dumb, & Broke.” The catchy tune rises 12-8 this week, thanks to a 233 spin increase at Urban AC radio, which the highest for the week. The multi-platinum single is deemed Billboard’s “Greatest Gainer” at Adult R&B radio.

R&B Albums

Billboard’s R&B Albums chart tracks the sales of an R&B artist’s album by counting traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums in a given week. This week, the Top 5 remains the same: Khalid’s American Teen at No. 1, SZA’s Ctrl at No. 2, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic at No. 3, The Weeknd’s Starboy at No. 4, and Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!” at No. 5.

Quick Notes

And in quick notes: Ledisi notches another Top 10 as her bass-heavy single “High” leaps 13-10 on the urban AC chart. It’s the lead single of her forthcoming album Let Love Rule, due September 22; Jhené Aiko’s syrupy sweet single “When We Were Young” is bubbling just below the urban radio chart with 6 adds and 360 spins in the latest tracking week; After 7 is back on the rise as their new single “Too Late” rises 25-22 on Urban AC; and lastly, The Weeknd has officially landed back on the Urban AC chart with “Die For You.” The single, lifted from his latest international hit album Starboy, was the only debut on the chart this week and is just shy of a 1 million audience across all R&B radio formats.

Did you enjoy this week’s Chart Check? What do you think of Chanté’s new single? Are you excited for Ledisi’s new album? Any R&B specific questions? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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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).

Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign Release ‘The Light’ Video

Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign bring “The Light” to a skating rink parking lot in their new video.

Shot at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale, Calif., the two R&B heartthrobs invite the flyest guys and gals to make late-night summer memories. With the nostalgic tune blasting in the lot, social media sensation Dan Rue and other cool dancers put on a dance battle for party-goers.

“The Light” is the first single from Jeremih and Ty’s upcoming joint album, MihTy, which is expected to arrive later this summer.

MihTy isn’t the only thing Jeremih and Ty have in common these days. The latter hitmaker is working on a joint project with Teyana Taylor while Jeremih is hitting the road with her for a summer tour.

Watch Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign’s “The Light” video below.

Childish Gambino Drops Two Summer-Themed Songs

After dropping his politically-charged track “This Is America,” Childish Gambino lightens the mood with two new songs — “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.”

On “Summertime Magic,” which he co-produced with Ludwig Göransson, Gambino compares his lover to the warm season.

“You feel like summertime / You took this heart of mine / You’ll be my valentine in the summer, in the summer / You are my only one / Just dancin’ having fun / Out in the shining sun of the summer, of the summer,” he sings on the feel-good track.

“Feels Like Summer” is a reggae-inspired track that was also co-produced by Gambino and Göransson. On the midtempo groove, Gambino describes how his lover makes him feel like summer.

“Every day gets hotter than the one before / Running out of water, it’s about to go down,” he sings.

“Summertime Magic” and “Feel Like Summer” were released as part of Glover’s Summer Pack. Both songs are expected to appear on Gambino’s forthcoming album that will release later this year on Wolf+Rothstein/RCA Records.

On September 6, Gambino will kick off his North American fall tour in Atlanta with special guest Rae Sremmurd. The tour will hit major cities including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, before wrapping up on September 30 in Vancouver.