R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Eminem, Michael Jackson, Skillz
Fresh off his coronation as Billboard's top R&B/hip-hop artist of 2010, Eminem returns to the top of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "Recovery" - the past year's top title on the tally - rebounds 3-1 on the chart.
The jump grants "Recovery" its 14th week at No. 1, extending the list's longest reign since M.C. Hammer's "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" ruled for 29 weeks in 1990.
"Recovery" boasts the most weeks totaled atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums since the chart adopted Nielsen SoundScan sales data in December 1992 (a year-and-a-half after the Billboard 200 converted to SoundScan-powered information). In second place in that span with 11 weeks on top is Usher's "Confessions" in 2004.
Here is a look at the sets to lead R&B/Hip-Hop Albums the longest since M.C. Hammer nailed his 29-week command:
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Month/Year Reached No. 1
29, "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em," M.C. Hammer, April 1990
14, "Recovery," Eminem, July 2010
12, "Dangerous," Michael Jackson, January 1992
11, "Confessions," Usher, April 2004
10, "Waiting to Exhale," soundtrack, December 1995
10, "Above the Rim," soundtrack, April 1994
Below Eminem on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Rihanna's "Loud" jumps 6-2, Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" steps 4-3 and Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" leaps 9-5.
Keyshia Cole's "Calling All Hearts" holds steady at No. 5 in its second week despite suffering a 71% decline to 37,000 copies sold, according to SoundScan. Her previous release, "A Different Me," spent six weeks atop the list beginning two years ago this week.
Jamie Foxx's "Best Night of My Life" falls to No. 6 from its No. 2 debut last week. Like Cole, Foxx enjoyed multiple weeks atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his previous release, "Intuition" (three, 2009).
R. Kelly's "Love Letter" (8-7) and Keri Hilson's "No Boys Allowed" (7-8) trade ranks, while T.I.'s "No Mercy" lifts 10-9 in its fourth week.
Closing out the top 10, Michael Jackson's "Michael" falls 1-10 (27,000, down 82%). The set spent its first two frames atop the list, marking Jackson's seventh No. 1 in his 39-year solo history on the survey.
As label release schedules annually feature few releases directly following the hectic holiday shopping period, no titles debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week.
On R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the chart's upper reaches remain mostly static, as only two songs in the top 10 make moves; Lloyd's "Lay It Down" (8-7) swaps spots with Chris Brown's "Deuces," featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall (7-8).
Click here to view the entire R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10.
Just two new titles enter the 100-position R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list this week: Skillz' "2010 Rap Up" (No. 92) and Ron Isley's "What I Miss the Most" (No. 96).
For Skillz, the new track is the Virginia rapper's fifth consecutive charting "Rap Up," a string that began with "06 Rap Up," which debuted at No. 67 the first week of 2007.