Photos: Essence Music Festival 2012
Charlie Wilson performs during the 2012 Essence Music Festival on July 6, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

It’s been a big week for former Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson who celebrated his 60th birthday on January 29 with the release of “Love, Charlie,” his sixth solo album. The set debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week with 44,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is Wilson’s second leader on the list after “Uncle Charlie” which debuted and peaked at No. 1 on the March 7, 2009 chart.

On the Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable on billboard.biz), "Love, Charlie’s" lead single, “My Love is All I Have,” steps 2-1 with a 20% increase to over 2,000 plays, according to Nielsen BDS. The move marks Wilson’s fourth chart-topper, with each of his previous leaders residing at the summit longer than its predecessor. “Charlie Last Name: Wilson” spent six weeks at No. 1 in 2005, followed by “There Goes My Baby” with nine weeks in 2009, and then “You Are” racking up 13 weeks in 2010. Time will tell if “My Love” upholds the impressive pattern.

Returning to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, A$AP Rocky’s “Long.Live.A$AP” vacates the No. 1 spot after two chart-topping weeks and falls to No. 2 with 25,000 copies, a 35% decline compared to last week. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” slips 2-3 with 21,000 (though up 7%) while Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” holds tight at No. 4 with 19,000 (up 9%). Closing out the top five is Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city” tumbling 3-5 with 17,000 (down 3%) in its 15th week on the list.

On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” adds a fourth week to its No. 1 run. Though A$AP Rocky’s “F***kin Problems” steps 3-2 to a new peak this week, “Thrift Shop” continues to distance itself from challengers winning all three Airplay, Digital, and Streaming Gainer awards simultaneously. Expect it to reside at the top for the foreseeable future.

The last reigning leader on the list, Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” falls 2-3 on the list followed by Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” holding at No. 4 in its 23rd week. Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” Lil Wayne’s “Love Me,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank),” and 2 Chainz’s “I’m Different” all stay put at Nos. 5, 6, 7, and 8, respectively.

Reentering the top 10 and reaching a new peak this week is Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything” skipping 11-9. On top of the track selling 44,000 last week, the song was spun nearly 6,000 times on U.S. radio.

With the cut, James earns his first No. 1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart (viewable on billboard.biz) as well. He and A$AP Rocky, who reached the summit of Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop last week with “F***kin Problems,” are the first two artists to top the chart with their debut singles since Ca$h Out did so with “Cashin’ Out” in June 2012.

Back on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” rounds out the top 10, hopping 12-10 in its seventh week on the list. The song sold 53,000 downloads last week, its biggest sales week yet.

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