Alicia Keys Scores Record-Tying Sixth Straight No. 1 Album on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Alicia Keys earns her sixth straight No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Girl On Fire" this week, tying her for the most consecutive No. 1s among solo artists with DMX, R. Kelly, Kanye West and Luther Vandross. (Keys already had the most straight leaders among women.)
In the lead among all acts is the Temptations, who strung together an amazing 10 straight No. 1s between 1965 and 1969.
DMX's first six albums all hit the top -- from 1998's "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot" through 2006's "Year of the Dog... Again." For R. Kelly, his streak ran from 1994's "12 Play" on to 2003's "Chocolate Factory." All six of Kanye West's releases have topped the list (that includes "Watch the Throne" with Jay-Z), while Vandross' first six entries hit No. 1 between 1981 and 1988.
Keys' "Girl On Fire" actually jumps from No. 65 to No. 1 on the chart, after street-date violation sales forced it onto the chart week one early. It moved 159,000 in its first official week on sale, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The week previous, it did just over 1,000.
"Girl On Fire" bumps Rihanna's "Unapologetic" down to No. 2 (72,000; down 70%), while Keyshia Cole's "Woman to Woman" falls 2-3 (37,000; down 61%). It's the first time the entire top three slots are ruled by women since the Aug. 13, 2011 tally. That week, Kelly Rowland's "Here I Am" led the list, followed by Beyoncé's "4" and Joss Stone's "LP1."
Back on this week's chart, Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City" descends 3-4 (29,000; down 42%) while Cee Lo Green's "Cee Lo's Magic Moment" hits a new high, rising 16-5 with 21,000 (up 104%).
The album had initially bowed at No. 12 with just 6,000 copies on the Nov. 17 chart, but this week finally hits the top 10, giving Green his fourth top 10 entry (out of four tries).
The sudden increase in sales can be linked back to "The Voice" coach's recent television performances. On Nov. 27, he performed "Bein' Green" on "The Voice," alongside Kermit the Frog, who is featured on "Magic Moment" with his fellow Muppets. The following night, Green performed "This Christmas" and "All I Need is Love," off the set, on NBC's "Christmas as Rockefeller Center." Finally, on Nov. 30, the aptly-titled Christmas special "Cee Lo's Magical Moment" aired on the TV Guide Network with guests Rod Stewart, Eric Benet and the Muppets.
Over on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, 50 Cent earns his highest debut ever as "My Life" crashes in at No. 6. Featuring Eminem and Adam Levine, the song enters high as a result of its strong first-week sales. 50's previous highest entry came with "Disco Inferno" in 2005, which bowed at No. 38.
"My Life" moved 140,000 downloads last week and enters at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs.
The only R&B/Hip-Hop song to sell more last week was Keys' "Girl On Fire," which shifted just over 140,000. It moves 2-1 on the list. Last week's leader, Rihanna's "Diamonds," falls to No. 3 with 122,000 (down 31%).
However, on the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- which blends sales, airplay and streaming data -- Rihanna's "Diamonds" continues to shine at No. 1 for a ninth week. "Girl On Fire" jumps 5-2, Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" climbs 4-3 and Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean's "Clique" slips 2-4.
Miguel's "Adorn" steps down 3-5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) holds at No. 7 and Juicy J's "Bandz a Make Her Dance" dips 6-8. Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" falls 8-9 and Lil Wayne's "No Worries" (featuring Detail) is stationary at No. 10.