As the latest R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Jan. 12, 2013) reflects the final sales tracking week of 2012, T.I. closes out the year with its final No. 1: "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head." It clocks a second week atop the chart despite a 59% decrease to 74,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Rihanna's "Apologetic" rises 3-2 with 68,000 copies followed by the week's Greatest Gainer, Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city," hopping 7-3 with a 27% increase to 44,000 copies. The set has now sold 583,000 copies and spent 10 weeks in the top 10. Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" falls 2-4 with 42,000 while Wiz Khalifa's "O.N.I.F.C." jumps 8-5 with an 11% increase to 37,000.
Taking a step back for a moment to reflect on the year, interestingly, 2012 witnessed fewer albums spending a long time in the top 10. In 2011, six albums racked up 20 or more weeks in the top 10 including the year's longest run -- 42 -- weeks achieved by Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday." In 2012, only three albums beat the 20-week mark with Drake's "Take Care" lasting the longest with 32 weeks. ("Take Care" also spent seven 2011 weeks at No. 1.)
Back to the present day, on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the top six tracks retain their positions thanks to a combination of frozen radio playlists and record digital sales weeks from holiday gift card redemptions across the board. Rihanna's "Diamonds" stays at No. 1 with a new best of 365,000 downloads while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" remains at No. 2 also with a new best of 304,000 (which pushes the song passed the million download mark for the first time).
Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire" at No. 3 hits the new high of 231,000 downloads as Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" at No. 4 almost triples its previous best to 161,000 downloads. GOOD Music's "Clique" at No. 5 failed to beat its 209,000 peak but A$AP Rocky's "F**kin Problems" at No. 6 more than doubles its previous peak with 152,000 downloads.
The rest of the top 10 shows Lil Wayne's "No Worries" skipping 9-7, 2 Chainz's "I'm Different" holding steady at No. 8, Juicy J's anthem "Bandz a Make Her Dance" stepping 10-9, and Miguel's "Adorn" falling 7-10. As radio playlists defrost and digital purchases even out, we could see significant movement on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as soon as next week.