Thanks to Kanye West, Paul McCartney Debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
A Beatle arrives on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, thanks to Kanye West.
Kanye West's new single "Only One," featuring Paul McCartney on keyboards (though not vocals), debuts at No. 11 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It's the fourth charting single for McCartney, following three earlier hits logged between 1982 and 1983. He first charted in 1982 alongside Stevie Wonder, with "Ebony and Ivory" (peaking at No. 8), followed by two collaborations with Michael Jackson that peaked in 1983: "The Girl Is Mine" (No. 1 for three weeks) and "Say Say Say" (No. 2). (With The Beatles, McCartney never visited the chart, though the band did hit what's now known as Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums once, with Abbey Road in 1970, peaking at No. 38.)
Logging 125,000 downloads in the week ending Jan. 4, according to Nielsen Music, West's new ballad also starts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs with the chart's biggest sales week since the July 5, 2014-dated chart, when Jason Derulo's "Wiggle," featuring Snoop Dogg, sold 128,000.
Sam Smith Sails Into Top 10: Sam Smith nets his fourth top 10 on Rhythmic as "I'm Not The Only One" rises 11-10 in its 11th week on the airplay chart. Spins increased four percent at the format during the tracking week ending January 4, reaching its highest weekly play count (2,231). The climb marks Smith's second top 10 as a lead act, after "Stay With Me" peaked at No. 5 on Sept. 27, 2014.
Iggy's 'Beg' Bounces Up: Iggy Azalea also collects a new airplay top 10 hit, as her "Beg For It" steps 11-10 on Rap Airplay. "Beg," featuring MØ, is the fourth consecutive top 10 on the list for Azalea, and follows "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, which peaked at No. 6 on Oct. 18.