Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Replace Themselves at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis prevent themselves from tying a Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs record as "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton, replaces "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, at No. 1.
Had "Thrift Shop" picked up its 15th week at the top, it would've tied Mary J. Blige's 2006 smash hit "Be Without You" for the longest tenure at No. 1 in the Nielsen era (Dec. 1992-present). "Can't Hold Us," however, notched Airplay, Digital and Streaming Gainer awards in its move to the summit.
The last time an artist with lead billing replaced themselves at No. 1 on the chart was August 18, 2012 when 2 Chainz' "No Lie," featuring Drake, displaced his "Mercy," alongside Kanye West, Big Sean and Pusha T, at the top. Since 2005, only five artists have achieved the feat, lead billing or not -- Alicia Keys (2008), Lil Wayne (2011), Drake (2012), 2 Chainz (2012) and now Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Behind the Seattle duo's pair of chart-topping hits, the rest of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs is pretty stagnant. Nos. 3-7 all are non-movers, respectively: Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay-Z, Drake's "Started from the Bottom," Lil Wayne's "Love Me," featuring Drake and Future, J. Cole's "Power Trip," featuring Miguel, and Wale's "Bad," featuring Tiara Thomas.
Rihanna's "Pour It Up" (9-8) trades places with A$AP Rocky's "F--kin Problems," featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar (8-9), while Ace Hood's "Bugatti," featuring Future and Rick Ross, closes out the top 10 for the second week in a row.
Further down the chart, seven new titles debut, including Sean Kingston's "Beat It," featuring Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa, at No. 14, thanks in part to 33,000 first-week downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The impressive sales figure is Kingston's biggest digital opening since "Letting Go (Dutty Love)," featuring Nicki Minaj, opened with 55,000 copies in 2010.
Over on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Kid Cudi scores his second consecutive chart-topper as "Indicud" opens with 136,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 20% less than the arrival of his previous set, 2010's "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" (169,000). His debut "Man on the Moon: The End of the Day" bowed at No. 5 with 104,000 copies in 2009.
Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" vacates the No. 1 position after residing there for four weeks and falls to No. 2 with 76,000 copies. Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being II" (31,000) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" (30,000) stay put at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, and Tyga's "Hotel California" falls 2-5 with a 64% drop to 19,000 copies to close out the top five.
Overall, eight new titles enter Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week marking the most debuts since the Dec. 8, 2012 frame, which also saw eight new entries. Six debuts populated the chart in each of the March 16 and March 30, 2013 issues, but neither week featured the sort of veteran presence found this week.
Ghostface Killah picks up his 10th top 10 album as "Adrian Younge Presents: Twelve Reasons to Die" opens at No. 7 with 15,000 copies. The Wu-Tang rapper's latest is his first independently-distributed set, and it also arrives at No. 6 on Top Independent Albums.
Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y post their "Live: In Concert EP" at No. 8 on the list with 13,000 copies, marking each rapper¹s fourth top 10. The two emcees first linked up on 2009's "How Fly" mixtape and find themselves rapping over samples of jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey samples on this six-song set.
And outside of the top 10, N.O.R.E. bows "Student of the Game" at No. 15 with 4,000 copies, his highest debut since God's Favorite opened at No. 3 in 2002. Styles P also posts his latest effort "Float" at No. 17 with slightly fewer than 4,000.