Atlanta singer-songwriter The-Dream returns to the upper tier of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "IV Play" opens at No. 2 with 23,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His previous release, the mixtape-turned-album "Terius Nash 1977," peaked at No. 29 on January 5, ending his streak of consecutive top 10s at three. His debut set "Love/Hate" debuted and peaked at No. 5 with 59,000 in 2007 followed by the No. 1-opening Love VS Money with 151,000 copies in 2009 and "Love King" (No. 3) with 58,000 in 2010.
Though "IV Play" has yet to produce a charting single, the album’s title track lies just below the threshold of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
On that chart, The-Dream has posted six top 10s out of 17 chart appearances as an artist, though his true success has come from behind the boards. As a writer and/or producer, The-Dream has posted 20 top 10 hits on the list including four chart-toppers: J. Holiday’s “Bed” (No. 1 for five weeks, 2007), Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” (12 weeks, 2008), Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It,” featuring T-Pain (14 weeks, 2009), and Beyonce’s “Love On Top” (7 weeks, 2012).
The-Dream continues to generate buzz for the album through "not safe for work" online video promos videos as clips starring a lingerie-clad model dancing provocatively to “High Art,” featuring Jay-Z, “P*ssy,” featuring Big Sean and Pusha T, and “Turnt,” featuring Beyonce and 2 Chainz, are currently proliferating the blogosphere.
Meanwhile, recent RCA signee Kid Ink debuts his "Almost Home" EP at No. 5 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 15,000 copies. His first chart appearance was last year’s independently-released set "Up & Away" which opened at No. 3 on the list with 20,000 copies. The lead single off of the current set, “Bad Ass,” featuring Meek Mill and Wale, debuted and peaked at No. 27 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in March and has sold 120,000 downloads to date.
As for the rest of the top five on the albums chart this week: Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" returns to No. 1 (up one slot) with 31,000 (down 26%), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" is steady at No. 3 with 22,000 (down 10%) and French Montana's "Excuse My French" falls from No. 1 to No. 4 with 18,000 (down 68%).
On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa's "We Own It (Fast & Furious)" speeds into the top 10, rising 19-4 in only its second week on the chart. The song's rise is powered by a huge sales increase, as it sold 208,000 downloads last week (up 138%), making it the No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song of the week.
The rest of the top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs is fairly static, as the top three titles are all holdovers from last week: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" (featuring Ray Dalton), Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. + Pharrell) and Macklemore & Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) are steady at Nos. 1-3, respectively.
Mariah Carey's "#Beautiful," featuring Miguel, is pushed backwards 4-5 -- though it continues to gain in points. The same thing happens to J. Cole's "Power Trip," featuring Miguel, which is displaced 5-6.
Drake's "Started From the Bottom" slips 6-7, Emeli Sande's "Next to Me" falls 7-8 and Wale's "Bad," featuring Tiara Thomas, rises 11-9.
Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay-Z, closes out the top 10, falling two rungs to No. 10.