R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Drake Vs. Drake and Bob Marley's Debut
Without a song of his own on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Drake is in a heated battle for No. 1… Against himself! Jamie Foxx's "Fall For Your Type," on which Drake is featured, holds onto the top spot with 34.9 million listener impressions (according to Nielsen BDS) while Nicki Minaj's "Moment For Life," also featuring Drake, jumps 5-2 with 33.9 million in audience. Should the latter song make up the million listener difference next week, it will mark Nicki's first chart-topper on the list and Drake's fifth.
Lil Wayne leaps into the No. 3 position with "6 Foot 7 Foot," featuring Cory Gunz, moving 7-3 in its eighth week (30.2 million listeners, up 12%). The jump marks Wayne's 17th top 5 hit going back to his first appearance as a featured artist on Juvenile's hit "Back That Thang Up" which peaked at No. 5 in 1999. Since then, only Ludacris has taken more songs to the top 5 with 18.
Keri Hilson's "Pretty Girl Rock" stays put at No. 4 despite the song stepping 2-1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart to mark her third topper on that list. "Knock You Down" is her only No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, spending two weeks there in 2009.
Chris Brown reenters the top five with "No BS" stepping 6-5 after falling out last week while Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" achieves a new peak leaping 10-6 in its 19th week on the list. Although his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers during Sunday's Super Bowl XLV, Wiz's chanting song was inescapable last week - as a matter of "Black and Yellow" jumps 4-1 on the Hot 100 this week!
Rick Ross' "Aston Martin Music," featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele, steps 8-7 back on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as Trey Songz's former chart-topper "Can't Be Friends" plummets 2-8. Rihanna's "What's My Name?," featuring Drake (again), also nosedives 3-9 in its 17th week.
If you were worried about losing Trey Songz in the top 10, don't be, his latest single "Love Faces" claims the No. 10 position this week moving 13-10 with a 21% increase in audience. It is his 12th top 10 on the list.
Only three new songs enter the chart this week - Cee-Lo Green's "Fool For You," featuring Philip Bailey, opens at No. 92 with 1.3 million listener impressions; T.I.'s "Popping Bottles," featuring Drake (of course), bows at No. 97 with 1.1 million impressions; and Gorilla Zoe's "What's Goin On" debuts at No. 99 with over 1 million in audience.
Over on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" posts a fifth week at No. 1 as it crosses the million-copies-sold mark AND tops the Billboard 200 for the first time with 45,000 copies this week (see story), according to Nielsen SoundScan. She is now tied with Alicia Keys' "The Element of Freedom" for the third longest run at the summit in the last calendar year - Eminem's "Recovery" leads the pack with 14 chart-topping weeks followed by Usher's "Raymond Vs. Raymond" with seven weeks atop the chart.
Rihanna's "Loud" (2-2) and Em's "Recovery" (3-3) retain their last week positions with 29,000 and 25,000 copies sold, respectively, while Bob Marley's "Live Forever: September 23, 1980 * Stanley Theater * Pittsburgh, PA" opens at No. 4 with 23,000 copies. The set is Bob Marley's last recorded concert and gives the Reggae legend his highest position on the chart ever, beating previous best "Rastaman Vibration" which peaked at No. 11 in 1976.
Jamie Foxx's "Best Night of My Life" steps 6-5 with 20,000 copies while R. Kelly's "Love Letter" falls 4-6 with 19,000 copies and Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" slips 5-7 with a 6% decline to 18,000 copies. According to Nielsen SoundScan, "Fantasy" is just 1,000 copies short of breaking the million-sold mark, a feat he will certainly achieve next week.
Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" (9-8) and T.I.'s "No Mercy" (8-9) trade positions as both break 15,000 copies but Wayne manages to sell a couple hundred copies more than the incarcerated rapper.
Closing out the top 10 this week is Keyshia Cole's "Calling All Hearts" staying put despite a 26% increase to 13,000 copies. With its second single "Take Me Away" racing up R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - it leaps 67-39 in its second week - expect the album to continue to gain in the coming weeks.
Besides Bob Marley's "Live Forever," only one other title debuts on the chart this week. John Legend & the Roots' "iTunes Live From SoHo" opens at No. 48 with 2,000 copies sold.