Mariah Carey Scores 27th Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hit, Fourth-Most For a Woman
With a 39-7 catapult on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "#Beautiful," featuring Miguel, becomes the 27th top 10 hit for Mariah Carey. The singer was previously tied with Whitney Houston for the fourth-most top 10s all-time for a female but now claims the position all to herself. Ahead of Carey on the list are Aretha Franklin (52 top 10s), Dinah Washington (35) and Janet Jackson (31). ("All-time" refers to the char's earliest incarnation, dating back to 1942.)
MOST TOP 10 HITS BY A WOMAN ON HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS:
Aretha Franklin - 52
Dinah Washington - 35
Janet Jackson - 31
Mariah Carey - 27
Whitney Houston - 26
The last time Mariah visited the top tier was in 2008 when "Touch My Body" peaked at No. 2. By reaching the region in only two weeks, "#Beautiful" joins Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay-Z, Lil Wayne's "Love Me," featuring Drake and Future, and Drake's "Started from the Bottom" as the fastest-rising songs of 2013 – all reaching the top 10 in their second week.
Above "#Beautiful" on the chart, the top six songs remain stationary. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton, posts a fourth week at No. 1 ahead of their breakout hit "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, at No. 2. Drake's "Started from the Bottom" reclaims the No. 3 position as does Justin Timberlake's aforementioned "Suit & Tie" at No. 4. And J. Cole's "Power Trip," featuring Miguel (No. 5), and Lil Wayne's "Love Me" (No. 6) both stay put as well.
Despite achieving its biggest sales week to date with 76,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Emeli Sande's "Next to Me" holds tight at No. 8. On R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, the song reaches the new peak of No. 4 in its 14th week. Closing out the top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs is Wale's "Bad," featuring Tiara Thomas, falling 7-9 and Ace Hood's "Bugatti," featuring Future and Rick Ross, slipping 9-10.
On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" posts a sixth week at No. 1 with 66,000 copies, down 3% from last week. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" steps 3-2 despite a 15% drop to 30,000 as Fantasia's "Side Effects of You" (2-3) erodes 39% to 22,000. Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being II" holds down the No. 4 position again with 18,000 copies (down 15%) and Rihanna's "Unapologetic" (6-5) re-enters the top five with 15,000 (down 2%).
Debuting just outside the top five this week is Talib Kweli's "Prisoner of Conscious" at No. 7 with 10,000 copies. The Brooklyn rapper has now posted seven top 10s out of his nine chart appearances -- His debut "Black Star," alongside Mos Def, (No. 13, 1998) and "Right About Now: The Official Sucka Free Mix CD" (No. 25, 2005) are the only two to miss the region.