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We’re putting the rhythm into “Rhythm & Blues” with a new collection of contemporary artists to choose from in FanLabel’s January R&B Fantasy Contest! While we will also be running a Pop and Alternative Fantasy Contest this month, let’s focus on the R&B genre for this particular post. If you want to learn more about how to play FanLabel’s Fantasy Contests, please read here.

As a general heads up on what to expect, those who enter a FanLabel Fantasy Contest receive a virtual budget of $10,000. This is used to sign artists to a player’s respective label. For each of the four weeks in the season (labels must re-enter each week), a FanLabel player signs the artists they believe will generate the most total streams based on each artist’s full catalog.

Take a look below to find the full roster of available R&B artists in January. Artists are ranked by their signing costs (highest to lowest). 

  • SZA (5,000)
  • Jhene Aiko (5,000)
  • H.E.R. (3,500)
  • Bryson Tiller (3,000)
  • Queen Naija (2,500)
  • Giveon (2,000)
  • Jeremih (2,000)
  • 6LACK (1,500)
  • Ne-Yo (1,500)
  • Kiana Lede (1,000)
  • Ginuwine (1,000)
  • Teyana Taylor (1,000)
  • Snoh Aalegra (500)
  • Jazmine Sullivan (500)
  • Chloe x Halle (500)

Insider Tips: Check below to gather some useful data points on a few of the aforementioned artists (all metrics used have been pulled from Alpha Data).

  • SZA has started strong in 2021 with 55.6 million streams so far in the new year. She also saw a 19.1 percent increase in streams last week compared to the previous week. 
  • Kiana Lede is also an actress, but is putting together a successful music career, as she brought in 5.3 million streams last week alone. 
  • In terms of lifetime streams, H.E.R. has accumulated an impressive 3.4 billion streams thus far into her career. 
  • Swedish singer Snoh Aalegra amassed 4.2 million streams last week alone. 
  • Jeremih is always a strong bet to bring in large streaming totals, as he has accumulated 3.6 billion lifetime streams. 

Payouts (Virtual Royalties)

Weekly rewards:
  • Top five percent of entries: 10,000 Royalties
  • Next 11 percent of entries: 7,500 Royalties
  • Next 12 percent of entries: 5,000 Royalties
  • Next 33 percent of entries: 2,500 Royalties
  • Remaining entrants: 500 Royalties 
Full season:
  • First place: 20,000 Royalties
  • Second place: 15,000 Royalties
  • Third place: 10,000 Royalties 
FanLabel Staff

FanLabel Staff

Enjoy great music and fun contests as you operate your own fantasy record label in the FanLabel app! Pick the songs you think will rise on the contest charts. Compete for the top spot and become a music mogul!