JLO, A.K.A. CHART LEADER: Jennifer Lopez crowns the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with "A.K.A.," which arrives with 33,000 copies sold in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The entrance marks her third No. 1 on the chart (and eighth top 10). She previously ruled with “J.Lo” in 2001, her best-selling album to date (3.8 million), and “J to the L-O! The Remixes” in 2002. Simultaneously, Lopez boasts two titles on the Billboard Hot 100: Pitbull's official World Cup song "We Are One (Ole Ola)," on which she and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte are featured (No. 85), and her new set's "First Love," which debuts at No. 87.
On the other hand, this is Lopez's smallest sales debut for any of her studio albums, dipping below the 48,000 bow of her Spanish-language set "Como Ama Una Mujer" in 2007.
NOT SO ‘MEDIOCRE’ DEBUT: T.I. arrives at No. 8 on Hot Rap Songs with “No Mediocre,” featuring Iggy Azalea, granting the former his first trip to the top 10 since “Ball,” featuring Lil Wayne, reached No. 10 in 2012. The new track opens at No. 2 on Rap Digital Songs, selling 51,000 digital downloads. On Rap Streaming Songs, the track enters at No. 12 with over 1.4 million domestic streams, 78 percent of which stem from the music video, released June 18. The not-so mediocre debut on Hot Rap Songs gives Azalea her third top 10, and first as a featured artist. She presently holds the top spot with “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, for the 10th consecutive week.
MALI MUSIC’S MAINSTREAM ARRIVAL: Mali Music makes his first appearance on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with “Mali Is” (No. 2, 18,000). The 26-year-old (real name: Kortney Jamaal Pollard) steps into the secular music arena after having released two prior gospel albums. In 2009, he reached No. 15 on Gospel Albums with The 2econd Coming.
MARY J. TIES WITH MARIAH: Rounding out the trio of top 10 debuts on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Mary J. Blige bows at No. 6 with her “Think Like a Man Too” soundtrack (9,000). The entry, which accompanies the film that opened on June 20, marks Blige's 16th top 10, tying her with Mariah Carey for the second-most top 10s by a female artist; Aretha Franklin leads all women with 31, dating to the chart's 1965 launch. Blige had last appeared on the list with her holiday album “A Mary Christmas," which reached No. 2 in December.
DERULO ‘WIGGLES’ HIS WAY TO NO. 1: On Hot R&B Songs, Jason Derulo hooks his second chart-topper as “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg shimmies 2-1. The rise ousts John Legend, who held a consecutive seven-week run at the top with “All Of Me,” descending 1-2 in its 45th week on the list.
"Wiggle" sold 128,000 digital downloads this tracking week (a 9 percent dip), enough to hold onto the No. 2 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. “Wiggle” also climbs 5-3 on the Rhythmic chart, with a 10 percent gain (to 3,678 spins), according to Nielsen BDS.
BECKY G SLASHES INTO TOP 10: Lastly, 17-year old rapper/singer Becky G jumps 13-7 on Hot Rap Songs with “Shower,” to claim her first top 10 on the list. The track vaults 75-55 on the Hot 100, her highest peak yet, moving 40,000 digital downloads for the week (a 39 percent increase). “Shower” remaining at the No. 4 position on Rap Digital Songs for a second consecutive week.