Just one week away from tying Mary J. Blige's Nielsen-era record for longest No. 1 run on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (15 weeks with "Be Without You"), Rihanna's "Diamonds" is dethroned by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop." (The chart's so-called Nielsen era began in December of 1992, when the tally started using sales and airplay data from Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, respectively.)
With "Thrift Shop's" 2-1 step in its 15th week, it makes the Seattle duo the first act to reach the top of the chart with its debut single since Drake did so in 2009 with "Best I Ever Had."
This week's new chart-topper also earns the list's greatest increases in airplay audience (up 33% to 4.4 million overall listener impressions), digital sales (up 18% to 279,000 downloads) and streams (up 15%).
As for "Diamonds," it reigned for 14 straight weeks from the Oct. 20, 2012 frame, when the chart was modified to include digital sales and streaming information. It finally falls to No. 2 while Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" holds steady at No. 3. A$AP Rocky's "F**kin Problems" hits a new high (5-4), trading places with Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (4-5). The former's just-released album "Long.Live.A$AP" is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts next week with perhaps 130,000 sold (so say label sources).
2 Chainz's "I'm Different" continues its climb (7-6) displacing Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean's "Clique" (6-7) which continues its descent after weeks at No. 2 under the weight of Rihanna's "Diamonds." Miguel's "Adorn" was the last leader before "Diamonds" (four weeks) and it stays put at No. 8, as does Lil Wayne's "No Worries" at No. 9 and Juicy J's "Bandz a Make Her Dance" at No. 10.
With another week of steady declines in album sales, the top five on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums remain the same, albeit in different positions.
T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head" returns to No. 1 for a third week with 23,000 copies sold (down 35%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rihanna's "Unapologetic" skips 4-2 with 21,000 (down 24%) pushing Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" 2-3 with 19,000 (down 47%).
Last week's top album, Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire," falls to No. 4 with a 60% decrease to 18,000 copies, an erosion expected after it made a big gain last week thanks to discount sale pricing. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" reclaims its No. 5 spot with 17,000 (down 27%), bringing its cumulative sales past the quarter-million mark (254,000).