French Montana Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Best Bets Albums 2013, French Montana

Shareif Ziyadat

French Montana makes his Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums debut with "Excuse My French" opening at No. 1 with 56,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The solid first-week sales figure is the second-highest by a new rapper in 2013, behind A$AP Rocky's "Long.Live.A$AP" which entered with 139,000 copies in February. Montana scored his biggest hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Pop That," featuring Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne, peaking at No. 2 in October. Current single "Freaks," featuring Nicki Minaj, peaked at No. 25 on the list back in March.

The Bronx rappper's opening at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums pushes down the rest of the top five one position. Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" slides 1-2 with 42,000 copies (down 4%) while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" (2-3) sells 24,000 (down 7%) to cross the 750,000 sold mark. The Seattle duo's debut set has now sold 754,000 copies in the 33 weeks since its release; only four of those weeks were spent outside of the top 10.

Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being II" (3-4) surpasses 450,000 total copies sold with 15,000 copies (down 5%) to 453,000 this week. The album has spent all nine of its chart weeks in the top five. Fantasia's "Side Effects of You" (4-5) rounds out the top five with 12,000 copies (a 21% drop).

On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, though Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" picks up a sixth week atop the list, their "Thrift Shop" (2-3) is knocked out of the No. 2 position by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (3-2). Thicke's infectious record earned Airplay Gainer honors this week thanks to a 73% increase to 28.7 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. Should "Lines" overtake the No. 1 spot in the next few weeks, it'll become the singer's third chart-topper behind "Lost Without You" (11 weeks at No. 1 in 2007) and "Sex Therapy" (two weeks in 2010).

Mariah Carey's "#Beautiful" (5-4) reaches the new peak of No. 4, thanks in part to 1.8 million domestic streams, a 19% increase over last week. J. Cole's "Power Trip" (6-5) returns to its peak position of No. 5 while Drake's "Started from the Bottom" slips 4-6. The first single off the upcoming "Nothing Was the Same" peaked at No. 2 in its third week on the list, March 9, 2013.

Emeli Sande's "Next to You" also achieves a new peak, jumping 9-7 in its 16th week. The song picks up Digital Gainer honors as it achieves the new sales high of 87,000 copies (a 22% increase) and has now sold 746,000 copies to date. Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" (7-8) and Lil Wayne's "Love Me" (8-9) continue their descents while Chris Brown's "Fine China" (12-10) re-enters the top 10 to close out the region.

Outside of the top 10, 2 Chainz debuts two cuts simultaneously. His "We Own It (Fast & Furious)," alongside Wiz Khalifa, opens at No. 19 on the list thanks in part to 87,000 downloads sold in its first week. The impressive sales figure for the lead single from the Fast & Furious 6 soundtrack -- which itself opens at No. 4 on Rap Albums with 11,000 copies this week -- spawns a No. 3 debut on Rap Digital Songs (viewable on billboard.biz).

2 Chainz is also featured on B.o.B's "Headband" which enters at No. 21 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and at No. 4 on Rap Digital Songs with 81,000 downloads. "The twerk anthem for the summer," as the Atlanta rapper called it, is the second single off of his upcoming "Underground Luxury" album. First single "We Still in this Bitch," featuring T.I. and Juicy J, peaked at No. 19 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs on May 11 and is leapfrogged this week by the incoming "Headband."

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