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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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.

Ty Dolla $ign Re-Releases ‘Beach House 3’ with Six New Songs

Ty Dolla $ign extends his Beach House 3 stay with a newly released deluxe edition. The repackaged album contains six new songs including “Pineapple” featuring Gucci Mane and Quavo, and “Clout” featuring 21 Savage.

Dolla $ign shows no signs of slowing down as he prepares for the release of his joint project, MihTy, with fellow crooner Jeremih. Spearheaded by producer Hitmaker, the project is expected to arrive in June.

“Next month, I’m dropping a whole other project with me and my brother, Jeremih,” Dolla $ign revealed on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show. “That’s like a full-length album. I’m so excited for that one. We did it with my bro, Hitmaka. He produced the whole shit, so it’s like a consistent album of bangers.”

Dolla $ign can also be heard on Ashanti’s “Say Less” and Khalid’s “OTW” featuring 6LACK.

Stream Ty Dolla $ign’s Beach House 3 deluxe edition below.

Ty Dolla $ign Teams Up with 21 Savage for New Song ‘Clout’

Just days before he releases the deluxe version of Beach House 3, Ty Dolla $ign unleashes his new single “Clout” featuring rapper 21 Savage.

On the Hitmaka-produced track, Dolla $ign runs through a list of things thirsty thots will do for money, designer clothes and fame. “Smash for the clout,” he rap-sings over the bouncy beat. “Dash, I’m out / Mashing for the clout.”

21 Savage delivers a fiery, explicit verse. “Baby girl, what you gon’ do for this clout / You gon’ bust it open, put this ooh in your mouth / Drip drop / She gon’ suck on the tip top / Lip lock,” he raps.

“Clout” is the follow-up track to Dolla $ign’s “Pineapple,” which features Gucci Mane and Quavo. Both songs, along with three other new songs, are expected to appear on the deluxe edition of Beach House 3, set to drop this Friday (May 11).

Besides his own music, Dolla $ign is in high-demand with other artists. He appears on Khalid’s “OTW” and Ashanti’s “Say Less.”

Stream “Clout” below.

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