New York, NY – Legendary R&B icon R. Kelly makes headlines this week as he finds himself in a familiar spot: atop all of the Urban Adult Radio charts with "Share My Love," the debut single from his upcoming "Write Me Back" album, due out on June 19 (RCA). "Share My Love" is the No. 1 Urban Adult Single on the Mediabase and BDS charts. The single also scored a 'Hot Singles' nod from PEOPLE Magazine.
In this week's Between the Bullets Billboard column Chart Manager Karinah Santiago states, "R. Kelly nabs another No. 1 on Adult R&B as "Share My Love" swims to the top with a healthy 172-detection increase, according to Nielson BDS.
"Love" becomes Kelly's first No. 1 since the title track to 2010's Love Letter soared to the summit. The new single is the first release from forthcoming album Write Me Back, a sequel to Love Letter. "Share My Love' is Kelly's sixth No. 1 on this survey and puts him in a tie with the late Luther Vandross and veteran Brian McKnight for the most leaders among men."
R. Kelly has referred to Write Me Back, his 11th studio album, as the next chapter to his 2010 critically acclaimed Love Letter. That album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, with first-week national sales scanning over 154,000. One lucky fan who had the privilege of an advance listening session described Write Me Back as a 60s, 70s and 80s audio hologram that celebrates Kelly's rich classic soul influences.
On Love Letter Kelly celebrated the music of 50s and 60s, channeling artists such as Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. Write Me Back is poised as the natural progression of Kelly's musical time machine, featuring several tracks that ride his smooth infectious dance beats as evidenced by the debut and #1 track, "Share My Love." You can hear the influence artists such as Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Barry White, Teddy Pendergrass and Michael Jackson had on Kelly's production prowess, they literally jump outta the grooves!
In closing Kelly added, "Did you get my love letter? Well, get ready to write me back on June 19th baby!"