We're doing things a little different this week, scrapping the 1-10 rundown for only the most interesting developments on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. As always, you can view the top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the top 40 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in our charts section.
The biggest story of the week is definitely Marsha Ambrosius' surprising debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The former Floetry member's first solo offering "Late Nights & Early Mornings" opens at No. 1 on the chart with 96,000 copies sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). The impressive start marks the biggest debut since Jamie Foxx's "Best Night of My Life" bowed at No. 2 with 144,000 copies back in January.
Floetry posted three titles on the list during its run-2002's "Floetic" (No. 4 peak), 2003's "Floacism 'Live' " (No. 11) and the act's highest-charting set, "Flo'ology," which opened and peaked at No. 2 in 2005. "Flo'ology" also gave the group its best sales week of 77,000 copies, a sum Ambrosius dismantles with her "Late Nights" debut.
On R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Marsha's latest single "Far Away" reaches a new peak as it moves 28-24 with 11.4 million listener impressions (according to Nielsen BDS). The first single from the set, "Hope She Cheats On You (With a Basketball Player)," peaked at No. 22 in October of last year with 10.8 million in audience.
At the top of R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life," featuring Drake, reigns for a fourth straight week despite dropping 6% in audience to 36.9 million. Her follow-up "Did It On 'Em" leaps 34-18 in its ninth week, marking Nicki's seventh top 20 hit.
The three songs below "Moment 4 Life" all look good enough to overtake the No. 1 spot in the near future. Lil Wayne's "6 Foot 7 Foot," featuring Cory Gunz, steps 3-2 with 31.5 million listener impressions, Trey Songz's "Love Faces" moves 4-3 with 30.4 million in audience, and Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now," featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes rises 5-4 with 29.2 million. The Lil Wayne and Chris Brown cuts have the advantage of their videos being released this week which will likely push the songs up the chart faster.
The most noteworthy new addition to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week is Aaron Alexander's "Crazy Luv" which opens at No. 93 with 1.1 million listener impressions. With the song, the 21-year-old looks to make a name for himself outside of his strong musical lineage; his parents are R&B singer Pebbles (who scored four No. 1s between 1987 and 1990) and Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid. Out of the 19 stations playing the cut, WEMX Baton Rouge, La., is leading the audience push, racking up more than 200,000 listener impressions in the chart's tracking period.