Welcome back to Billboard’s weekly video show Real-Time Rewind, which recaps the past week’s notable trends on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts — Trending 140 and Emerging Artists — and the news that’s driving the action. This week, Real-Time Rewind focuses on the R&B songs making waves on the charts by artists Janet Jackson, Miguel and Lauryn Hill.
So what was happening on the Real-Time Charts this week?
Don’t Call It A Comeback: Janet Jackson returned to the music scene for the first time in over six years with her new track, “No Sleeep.” The rhythmic slow-jam reunites Jackson with longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who have worked consistently with Jackson from her 1986 breakthrough album Controluntil 2006’s 20 Y.O. In addition to their work with Jackson, Jam and Lewis have also penned some of the biggest R&B songs of all time, including Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s for Usher (“U Remind Me”) and Boyz II Men (“On Bended Knee.”)
Miguel Gets ‘Wild’: Miguel geared up for the June 30 release of his third album,Wildheart, by unveiling five new songs on his VEVO channel and Spotify — “Face the Sun,” “Hollywood Dreams,” “Flesh,” “NWA,” and “…goingtohell.” Each song reached the top 10 of the Trending 140. In addition, the smooth R&B singer dropped the music video for his latest single “Coffee,” jolting the song back to No. 1 on the Trending 140.
During his Wildheart promotion, Miguel also helped another act score a Trending 140 hit. After he performed the track “Hey” by the UK band Slaves during an appearance at the BBC Radio Live Lounge, the group’s song leaped into the top 10 of the chart.
Lauryn Hill Channels Nina Simone: Lauryn Hill released two new cuts from the accompanying soundtrack to the documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, a look at the life of legendary singer Nina Simone. Both of Hill’s Simone covers — “Feeling Good” and “I Got Life” (a reworking of Simone’s “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life”) — topped the Trending 140 upon release. In addition to six tracks by Hill, the soundtrack, Nina Revisited…A Tribute to Nina Simone, also features songs from Usher, Mary J. Blige and Common.
The Trending 140 chart measures the acceleration of conversation around artists and their music, while the Emerging Artists chart measures the volume of tweets around new artists and their songs.