We all know breaking up is hard to do, especially if you wanted your relationship to work. But, with heartbreak comes inspiration!
Many R&B singers released some of their biggest singles after a breakup or a volatile split. These gifted talents channel their pain and despair into their music, giving themselves and their listeners a new antidote to overcome heartbreak. But, not only are these songs healing remedies, they have skyrocketed up the charts.
Everyone has endured pain, suffering, and grief in their life and what better way to hear it than from groundbreaking artists. It is also great to see your favorite singer make a huge comeback in music after all of the adversity they've gone through.
Singersroom captured 25 artists who have recorded chart-topping singles and/or albums after overcoming a dark period in their life. We couldn't list everyone, but feel free to comment and list other artists we should've added to the list.
Pop songstress Taylor Swift (yes, She's not R&B) dated several bachelors in the industry including Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Harry Styles within the past five years. Swift have said in interviews that if she opens her heart to love, it will sabotage her career. However, the world begs to differ; Taylor has recorded a number of hit records since the late 2000s, such as 'Teardrops on My Guitar," "Love Story," "Fifteen," "You Belong With Me," "Back to December," "We Are Never Getting Back Together," " I Knew You Were Trouble," and her latest, "Shake It Off."
Before Mrs. Carter married hip-hop mogul Jay Z, she was dating her first boyfriend, Lyndell. The couple had dated nine years before Lyndell cheated on her; her career was skyrocketing in the late '90s. Now, Bey's Ex regrets cheating on her because he stated in an interview with Necole Bitchie that Bey was the love of his life. The superstar entertainer went on to release a number of albums with Destiny's Child and as a solo artist.
The late Whitney Houston's marriage to Bobby Brown was over in 2007. In 2009, the R&B diva released a new album, I Look To You, her first album in nine years. Houston's final studio album became a huge success, releasing two hit singles, "Million Dollar Bill," and "I Look to You."
Jazmine Sullivan released her third studio album, Reality Show, after regaining strength following the demise of an abusive relationship. Led by the singles "Dumb," ft Meek Mill, and "Mascara," the album received favorable reviews and was number one on the Billboard R&B Albums Charts.
Back in the early 2000s, R&B veteran Usher was in a relationship with TLC member, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Many fans thought it was a match made in heaven. But three years later, the couple called it quits since Usher was unfaithful in the relationship. Also, according to Usher's Behind the Music on Vh1, he said once Chilli refused to marry him, the couple decided to take a break. After the breakup, Usher released his diamond-selling album, Confessions, in 2004. The set was heralded by five chart-topping singles including "Yeah," "My Boo," "Burn," "Confessions Pt II," and "Caught Up."
Usher also began a relationship with his former hairstylist, Tameka Foster, but fans were not pleased with their union. However, Usher stuck by Tameka, married her and had two children, Usher IV and Naviyd. Two years later, Usher filed for divorce and released the autobiographical single, "Papers," and released another platinum selling album, Raymond v. Raymond.
The Pied Piper of R&B's marriage to choreographer Andrea Kelly ended in 2007, and the musical genius has released several chart-topping singles and albums since the divorce. Kelly released Love Letter, Write Me Back, and Black Panties. Many critics believed his song, "Clipped Wings," from the Write Me Back LP, talks about his relationship with Andrea because he explains how he tried his best to make her happy, but couldn't fulfill her wish.
R&B gentlemen Ne-Yo can tell you about heartache and pain. Ne-Yo ended his relationship with aspiring model, Jessica White, after she cheated on him and informed him that his son was not his biological child. The singer was devastated, but with pain comes inspiration. Ne-Yo released his debut album, In My Own Words, in 2006, which boosted his first number one single, "So Sick."
After Southern Hummingbird Monica ended her marriage with Rodney "Rocko" Hill, she began dating her current husband, NBA basketball player Shannon Brown, and released two of the most endearing love songs, "Everything to Me" and "Love All Over Me." Monica also worked with her old friend, Brandy on the song, "It All Belongs to Me," in 2012. It was great to see Brandy and Monica work together again because they haven't collaborated since their 1998 Grammy award winning single, "The Boy is Mine."
R&B veteran Eric Benet was married to one of the most beautiful woman in the film industry, Halle Berry, but his "sex addiction" interfered with his marriage. Berry and Benet separated in 2003, and it was a difficult time for the singer, but he was able to move on with his career. He released his fourth album, Love & Life, and the single, "You're the Only One," was a top 20 hit. In 2010, the single, 'Sometimes I Cry," was another top 20 hit as well.
Brown's domestic violence case with Rihanna caused him to lose all of his endorsements, in addition to low record sales for his third album, Graffiti. He even lost credibility as an artist and fans were unsure if he was going to release another album or bounce back from this turbulent time in his life. Brown answered everyone's question when he released his fourth album, F.A.M.E. To top it off, he recorded the song, "Deuces," with Tyga and Kevin McCall, which was a huge success. The hit singles kept rolling after, including " Yeah 3x," "Look at Me Now," "Beautiful People," "She Ain't You," "Next to You," and "Wet the Bed."
Tank's relationship with his on-again/off-again girlfriend Zena Foster may be flourishing now, but during their splits, he recorded several hits including "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Please Don't Go."
Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson was in another relationship before she became engaged to wrestler, David Otunga. The couple was together for eight years before they were separated. In 2008, a year later, Hudson released her self-titled debut album, Jennifer Hudson, accompanied by three hit singles, "Spotlight," "If This Isn't Love," and "Giving Myself."
Outside of singing and acting, JLo is also known for her publicized relationships with men. Over the years, she had dated Sean 'Diffy' Combs, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, her backup dancers, Chris Judd and Casper Smart (current), and married Latin superstar, Marc Anthony. Each time JLo ended a relationship with any of these men, she released smash singles like "Love Don't Cost a Thing," "All I Have," ft LL Cool J, "Ain't it Funny," and "Get It Right."
K. Michelle is another artist that have had a number of pitfalls in relationships, and she has recorded several songs that fans can relate to or listen to when they're feeling despondent. Her debut album, Rebellious Soul, received excellent views from critics, especially the popular singles, "Can't Raise a Man," and "V.S.O.P." K. Michelle may be rough around the edges, but her voice speaks for itself. Her music is melodic, and she emphasizes the term "female empowerment" in her records. After Rebellious Soul, K, Michelle recorded two more successful singles, "Maybe I Should Call," and "Love 'Em All."
With all of the trials Keyshia Cole has encountered in relationships, she has no tolerance for B.S, and she encourages women to follow in her footsteps in her songs. Since 2005, Cole has released several hit singles after overcoming heartache and grief. She began with the single, "I Changed My Mind," with Kanye West, and went on to release, "I Just Want it to Be Over," "Shoulda Let You Go," "I Should've Cheated," " Trust & Believe," "Let it Go," and "I Remember." She also recorded songs that would make us fall in love all over again such as "Heaven Sent," "Love," "Playa Cards Right," "You Complete Me," "Enough of No Love," "Long Way Down," "Trust ft Monica," and "Brand New."
Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo
In Late 2014, Jordin ended her relationship with Jason Derulo, which came as a shock to fans. The pressure of marriage and constantly arguing is said to be a reason the two separated. The split wasn't easy for Sparks, but she is moving on. She went on to release, "Double Tap," with 2 Chainz. It was a different musical turn for Jordin, but fans were pleased. As for Derulo, he continued his hit-making streak, including the latest single, "Want To Want Me."
Mary J. Blige
Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige not only released a hit single after her breakup with R&B singer Kc-i Hailey, she released the multi-platinum selling album, My Life. At the time, Mary was going through so much, she even contemplated ending her life. Using music as her outlet, Mary released a plethora of singles about love, life, relationships, and women empowerment, and it has inspired women all over the world to close the door on relationships that are toxic. Like she said, "you can't hold a good woman down."
The former First Lady of Bad Boy, Faith Evans, was already separated from the late Christopher Wallace due to scheduling conflicts and infidelity on Biggie's part. What made matters worst was when he was killed in 1997. It was a devastating time for her but like Diddy said, "can't stop, won't stop." Faith, Diddy, and 112 released the Grammy Award-winning hit, "I'll Be Missing You." As a solo artist, Faith released the up-beat songs, "Love Like This," and "All Night Long," from her second album, Keep The Faith.
In 2009, the world witnessed Rihanna's altercation with then boyfriend and fellow singer Chris Brown. Following the assault and domestic violence incident, which logged a conviction for Brown, Rihanna released several hit singles including "Hard," and "Rude Boy," and won a Grammy with Jay Z and Kanye West for the song, "Run This Town."
The world thought Ciara finally found her soulmate when she began dating rapper Future. She was not afraid to share her love and gratitude for this man. The relationship became serious and Future, and Ciara got engaged in 2013. After giving birth to their son, Future Zahir Wilburn, Ciara called off the engagement because Future was unfaithful to the R&B singer. The singer was heartbroken, but the breakup didn't stop her from working. She released her sixth album, Jackie. "I Bet," the first single from the album, gives listeners a better understanding as to what went down in her relationship. The single was raw, honest, and it was a great comeback for Ciara.