In its seventh week on the chart, Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" skips 3-1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums marking the longest climb to No. 1 since Jamie Foxx's "Intuition" took eight weeks to reach the summit in 2009. "Pink Friday" claims the chart throne despite a 36% decline to 39,000 copies sold. (All but two of the chart's 75 titles experience sales decreases this week, following the robust holiday shopping season).
Even more impressive, Minaj is only the fourth female rapper to top the list in this millennium, following Lil' Kim with "The Notorious KIM" in 2000, Eve with "Scorpion" in 2001 and "Eve-olution" in 2002, and Trina with "Still Da Baddest" in 2008.
Below the new No. 1, Eminem's "Recovery" slips 1-2 and Rihanna's "Loud" dips 2-3.
Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" holds steady at No. 4. After debuting at No. 59 the week of Dec. 4, 2010, due to street date violations and spending the following two frames at No. 1, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has hit an apparent glass ceiling at No. 4.
R. Kelly's "Love Letter" returns to the top five of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for a second week (it bowed at No. 2 three weeks ago) as it moves 7-5, leapfrogging Jamie Foxx's "Best Night of My Life" (6-6).
T.I.'s "No Mercy" (9-7) and Michael Jackson's "Michael" (10-8) each lift two positions, while songstresses Keyshia Cole and Keri Hilson round out the top 10 with "Calling All Hearts" falling 5-9 and "No Boys Allowed" dropping 8-10, respectively.
Once again, there are no new entries on the chart this week following the release-heavy holiday season.
On R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Trey Songz's "Can't Be Friends" claims an 11th week atop the chart, the longest run since Alicia Keys' "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)" spent 12 weeks at No. 1 last year.
Rihanna's "What's My Name?," featuring Drake (3-2), and Rick Ross' "Aston Martin Music," featuring Chrisette Michele (2-3), trade places, while Waka Flocka Flame's "No Hands," featuring Wale and Roscoe Dash, maintains the No. 4 spot. Back in December, both "Aston Martin Music" and "No Hands" seemed poised to give their respective artists their first chart-toppers on the list but both capped out at No. 2 under Trey Songz's reign.
Chris Brown's "No BS" leaps 10-5 this week as the chart's Greatest Gainer/Airplay (26 million in audience, up 31%, according to Nielsen BDS), marking the Virginia singer 12th top five hit on the list. That number could be 13 as soon as next week if Twista's "Make a Movie," on which he is featured, can beat its current peak at No. 6, where it remains for a fourth consecutive week.
Lloyd's "Lay It Down" also holds at No. 7, while Nicki Minaj's "Right Thru Me" falls 5-8.
Closing out the top 10 are Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" holding steady at No. 9 and Keri Hilson's "Pretty Girl Rock" skipping 12-10 to mark her fifth top 10 on the list. "Knock You Down" remains her only chart-topper picking up 2 weeks at No. 1 in 2009.
Unlinke R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, there are notable new entries on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Excuse Me," the third single off Jazmine Sullivan's "Love Me Back," opens at No. 75 with a 127% increase to 1.7 million listener impressions, per BDS. At No. 90, Florida emcee Ace Hood returns to the chart after a two-year hiatus with "Hustle Hard."
At No. 94, Kanye West and Jay-Z bow with "H*A*M," the first single from the pair's upcoming joint album "Watch the Throne." Impressively enough, the duo debuts after only one day of airplay (Jan. 11), during which the song reached more than 1 million listeners. With that kind of opening, it is sure to make a huge leap next week.