Chart Juice: Slaughterhouse Debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Tamia Returns
Slaughterhouse, the super group comprising rappers Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce da 5'9", debuts its second studio album "Welcome to: Our House" at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 52,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set -- its Shady/Interscope debut -- marks the highest rank for the foursome as its self-titled first studio set (on eOne) bowed and peaked at No. 4 on the survey in 2009.
As the new album's singles appeal predominantly as mix show records, they have yet to chart on the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. (However, they have been played in mixes by heavyweight DJs like Funkmaster Flex.) On the download side of things, three singles from the album have charted on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart: "My Life" featuring Cee Lo Green (selling 68,000 downloads to date) "Goodbye" (9,000) and "Throw That" (42,000).
Last week's No. 1, Trey Songz's "Chapter V," slips to No. 2 with 41,000 (down 69%) and 2 Chainz's "Based on a T.R.U. Story" dips 2-3 (29,000; down 38%) and Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't" is stationary at No. 4 (21,000; down 24%). Rounding out the top five is DJ Khaled's "Kiss the Ring," falling 3-5 with 15,000 (down 64%).
The R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart's second highest debut this week comes from singer Tamia, who returns after a nearly six-year absence. She sees her fifth studio album "Beautiful Surprise" bow at No. 6 with 13,000, marking her first chart appearance since "Between Friends" debuted and peaked at No. 9 on Dec. 2, 2006. "Surprise" is the singer's fourth straight album to debut in the top 10, following "Between Friends," "More" (No 4, 2004) and "A Nu Day" (No. 8, 2000). The new album's lead single -- its title track -- has so far peaked at No. 26 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Usher's former No. 1, "Looking 4 Myself," makes noise this week as it reappears in the top 10, rising 12-7. Last week's decline to No. 12 was the only time it had been outside of the upper tier since its chart debut on June 30. This week, the set earns the Greatest Gainer award on the tally, rising 31% in sales (11,000 sold) due to an iTunes promotional email blast that featured the set at a sale price of $6.99. Digital sales for the set skyrocketed 182%.
Over on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week, rapper French Montana -- the Bronx transplant from Rabat, Morocco -- earns his first top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as "Pop That," featuring Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne bumps up 12-9.
The song is the second single from Montana's debut studio album "Excuse My French," which is slated for release in November (first single "Shot Caller" peaked at No. 39 in February). "Pop" jumps with a 15% increase in airplay audience impressions (16.6 million, up 2 million according to Nielsen BDS). Leading "Pop's" airplay last week: KBXX in Houston (490,000) and WVEE Atlanta (230,000).
Meanwhile, up in the top five, 2 Chainz's "No Lie" holds at No. 1 for a fifth week while Miguel's "Adorn" hits a new peak, rising 3-2. Wale's "Bag of Money" (featuring Rick Ross, Meek Mill and T-Pain) falls 2-3, Usher's "Lemme See" is static at No. 4 and "Mercy" by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz rises 6-5.
Further down the chart, 2 Chainz's "Birthday Song" -- in which he proclaims a woman with a large derriere is his only wish for his birthday -- makes headway (30-17) with Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors. The track, featuring Kanye West, is in its sixth week on the chart and gains 7.3 million in audience impressions.