Chart Juice: Joe Budden and Avant Make Big Debuts on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Joe Budden

Chad Griffith

Budden notches his first No. 1 with 'No Love Lost'

Nearly 10 years after his self-titled debut album opened at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Joe Budden nets his first No. 1 on the list with "No Love Lost" (30,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The chart-topping bow is the latest in a string of successes for the New Jersey rapper, who joined Royce Da 5'9", Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz to form the rap supergroup Slaughterhouse in 2008. The collective's Shady/Interscope debut "Welcome To: Our House" also opened atop the list in September with 52,000 copies.

Most recently, Budden joined the cast of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop New York" reality TV show, giving fans a look into his current and past relationships as well as his struggles with drug abuse and sobriety. Notably, he opened up about relapsing with hip-hop's current drug of choice, molly (concentrated ecstasy), after 14 years of sobriety. On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "No Love Lost" lead single, "She Don't Put It Down," featuring Lil Wayne and Tank, jumps 48-35 for a new peak in its fourth week on the list.

Also debuting high on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week is R&B veteran Avant with "Face the Music" at No. 7 with 14,000 copies. The Cleveland crooner's seventh studio album is his first top 10 title since 2008's "Avant" debuted and peaked at No. 6. The current set's lead single, "You & I," featuring long-term collaborator Keke Wyatt, holds steady at No. 3 in its 22nd week on the Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable on billboard.biz).

Back in the top five of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Rihanna's "Unapologetic" rises 4-2 with a 27% increase to 24,000 copies, due to her rousing Grammy Awards performance of her latest single "Stay," featuring Mikky Ekko. Digitally, the song shot up 289% to 67,000 copies ushering a No. 25 debut on the Digital Songs chart this week. As a pop single not being worked to R&B/Hip-Hop radio, do not expect to see "Stay" on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" holds tight at No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 23,000 copies (a 10% increase) while A$AP Rocky's "Long.Live.A$AP" falls 4-2 with a 20% decrease to 20,000 copies. Closing out the top five is last week's No. 1, Charlie Wilson's "Love, Charlie" with a 56% drop to 20,000 copies as well.

Moving on to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" remains at No. 1 for a fifth consecutive week while Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" returns to its peak position, hopping 5-2 in its fifth week on the list. The rise is likely tied to Timberlake's performance of the song on the Grammys on Sunday and will probably challenge Macklemore's reigning chart-topper next week following rumors of a tour with Jay-Z and the song's video release today (Feb. 14).

A$AP Rocky's "F**kin Problems" slips 2-3 on the list while Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" stays put at No. 4 despite her own performance of the song on the Grammys telecast, alongside Maroon 5. Rihanna's "Diamonds" continues its descent, falling 3-5, trailed by Lil Wayne's latest single, "Love Me," holding at No. 6 and Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" steady at No. 7.

Rihanna's "Pour It Up" skips two spots (10-8) in its eighth week as does Miguel's "Adorn" (11-9) to reenter the top 10. Miguel's lift is directly tied to his outstanding Grammy performance of the song. Trinidad James hangs on to the last top 10 spot, slipping 9-10.

New additions to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week include Drake's "Started from the Bottom" at No. 19 and Young Jeezy's "R.I.P.," featuring 2 Chainz, at No. 21. Drake announced the title of his upcoming album, "Nothing Was the Same," and released the video for its first single moments after winning the Grammy for Best Rap Album for his sophomore set "Take Care." "R.I.P." originated on Jeezy's December mix tape "It's Tha World" but will now serve as the first single off his upcoming, as-yet-untitled album.

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