It has been a good week for Keyshia Cole on the music side.
This week, the R&B singer-songwriter released two songs: the heart-breaker "Rick James," featuring Juicy J, and the vulnerable cut "Next Time (Won't Give My Heart Away)" – both being very personal songs for Cole. These two songs clearly express each end of the emotional spectrum she went through after reports surfaced that her husband NBA player Daniel "Boobie" Gibson was unfaithful to her. Nevertheless, Cole delivered on those emotions, a feat she has conquered since her debut, and fans are still eating it up. The records land one and two respectively on Singersroom's Top 10 Most Popular R&B Songs of the week.
Following close behind at the No.3 spot is reality TV star turned singer Porsha Williams with "Flatline". With all the drama surrounding her divorce from Kordell Stewart on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” we're guessing fans wanted to check in on her emotional rollercoaster. "I’ve been working on this song throughout the whole divorce and the whole season, mapping out my emotions and putting in things that I’ve gone through," she said.
Miguel and Wale’s edgy cover of Elton John’s “Bennie And The Jets,” and Jhene Aiko’s “My Afternoon Dream” round out the top 5.
Go through the entire R&B chart to see where Stacy Barthe, The Floacist, Tiffany Evans, August Alsina and Tank lands on Singersroom's Top 10 Most Popular R&B Songs of the week.
Keyshia Cole – Rick James ft. Juicy J
Now that Mary J. Blige is in a happier emotional state, Keyshia Cole is now the queen of singing about female heartbreak at the hands of male infidelity (male bashing?) and her new single is no different: she gets "Rick James-ratchet" when she finds out her man's been creeping.
Keyshia Cole – Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart Away)
She wanted to go off like “Rick James," now she’s a bit more vulnerable on "Next Time (I Won’t Throw My Heart Away)." Still the victim of betrayal, Cole softens her stance of the situation, vowing to be more careful when it comes to falling in love.
“You do it again / Next time, I won’t throw my heart away again,” she sings on the freestyled song.
Porsha Williams – Flatline
It must be something in the water, but the Bravo network’s reality series "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" seems to spawn reality-stars-turned singers. Now, the newly-divorced cast member Porsha Williams has released "Flatline," an emotional ballad clearly inspired by the rough divorce from ex-husband Kordell Stewart, as documented on the show. Produced by Chris "Traxx" Rogers, Porsha displays surprisingly pleasing vocals stemming from the raw emotion of her real-life, personal situation.
Miguel – Bennie And The Jets Ft. Wale (Elton John Cover)
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Elton John’s seventh album, 1973’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Miguel and Wale team up for a remake of John’s "Bennie And The Jets" track, their second go-round since their 2011 collab "Lotus Flower Bomb". If anyone was chosen to cover "Bennie," Miguel is the perfect choice as he always executes the Rock/R&B aura well, and Wale modernizes it with his flows.
Jhene Aiko – My Afternoon Dream
Jhene Aiko always makes it a point to gift fans with freebies on her birthday (last year, she generously released “Everything Must Go”). This year on her personal anniversary (March 16), she gift wraps "My Afternoon Dream," a sleepy, piano cut to vibe to.
Stacy Barthe – War IV Love
It’s been a year since Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe dropped her EP P.S. I Love You, and she’s been low key for a while on the solo tip, but she recently unleashed two new tracks that have graced the soundtrack of BET’s Being Mary Jane, this one called "War IV Love." Over tribal rhythms, Barthe passionately sings of her devotedness as if she's a refugee or prisoner of emotion enraptured in the trenches of love, which match the relationship trials of Gabrielle Union’s character Mary Jane on the hit series perfectly.
The Floacist – Try Something New (I Do)
The Floacist follows up her lead single "Feel Good" with the sensual and soulful offering, "Try Something New (I Do)." As usual, the former Floetry member showcases her poetic brand of soul to maintain her unique sound.
Tiffany Evans – Thank God U Lied
The little lady with the big voice has return with some new music. Tiffany Evans digs into her archive and gifts fans with the unreleased song, "Thank God U Lied," an empowering track surrounding love.
August Alsina – Benediction Ft. Rick Ross
R&B crooner August Alsina reveals the second single, "Benediction," featuring Rick Ross, which will appear on his forthcoming debut album, Testimony. On the biographical cut, produced by The Featherstones, the gritty singer-songwriter spotlights his survival while coming up in the streets and also pays respect to his late brother.
Tank – You’re My Star
Whoo! Tank proves he can do more than get you in the sack…he can also get you to the dance floor, too! Just listen to his new single "You’re My Star." With an assortment of ear candy with horns, strings and catchy rhythms, Tank happily croons about having found his perfect lady love over something that sounds just as groovy as The Jackson's "This Place Hotel."
"You're My Star" will appear on Tank's forthcoming solo album, Stronger.