R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: The Grammy Effect
The effects of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are being felt on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week as winners and performers experience decent gains. Firstly, Eminem's Best Rap Album -- winning "Recovery" reclaims the No. 1 spot with 61,000 copies (up 60%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). It is the set's 15th week atop the list making it the longest run at No. 1 since MC Hammer's "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" spent a record 29 weeks there in 1990!
Without a performance or a win for her single nomination, Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" ends it No. 1 run at six weeks, sliding 1 -- 2 with a 2% decrease to 46,000 copies. She was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for her featured turn on Ludacris' "My Chick Bad."
Rihanna's "Loud" stays put at No. 3 despite experiencing a 24% increase to 45,000 copies following her provocative performance of "What's My Name?," featuring Drake. R. Kelly's "Love Letter" also reclaims its No. 4 spot despite dropping 11% to 23,000 copies.
Cee Lo Green's awesome performance of "F**k You (Forget You)," featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, seems to have caused a stir as "The Lady Killer" catapults 12 -- 5 in its 15th week on the chart (23,000 copies, up 96%). The jump marks the set's fifth week in the top 10 and its third best sales week after moving 41,000 copies its first week (No. 2 debut) and 25,000 copies its second week (2 -- 7 fall).
Below Cee Lo, Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" steps 7 -- 6 with a 39% increase to 21,000 copies while R&B veteran Ginuwine opens his latest set "Elgin" at No. 7 with 19,000 copies. His previous release "A Man's Thoughts" debuted at No. 1 on the list and started with 37,000 copies back in 2009.
Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" slides 6 -- 8 with 17,000 copies, Jamie Foxx's "Best Night of My Life" falls 5 -- 9 with 16,000 copies, and T.I.'s "No Mercy" closes out the top 10 moving 8 -- 10 with 15,000 copies.
A notable new addition to R&B/Hip -- Hop Albums is Saigon's previously -- shelved debut "The Greatest Story Never Told" which opens at No. 15 with 11,000 copies. While battling Atlantic over the rights of the album, the Brooklyn MC released a couple of street albums including "Warning Shots 2" which debuted peaked at No. 35 back in 2009.
R&B/Hip -- Hop Songs remains pretty stationary this week with Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life," featuring Drake, picking up a second week at No. 1. The only new entry to the top 10 is Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now," featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, which leaps 14 -- 7 with a 28% increase in audience to 20.1 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
To view the rest of R&B/Hip -- Hop Songs' top 10 this week, click here.