Chart Juice: 2 Chainz Gets Back-to-Back No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
On the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, 2 Chainz gets his second overall No. 1 -- and first topper as a lead artist -- as "No Lie" (featuring Drake) rises 2-1.
2 Chainz replaces himself atop the list as "No Lie" bumps "Mercy" down to No. 3 after a five-week nonconsecutive reign. ("Mercy" is credited to Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz).
This is the second time this year that an artist has replaced themself at No. 1. Ironically, it was last done by "No Lie's" featured artist Drake. On Feb. 25, his "The Motto" (featuring Lil Wayne) jumped 3-1, pushing Drake's own "Make Me Proud" (featuring Nicki Minaj) down 1-2.
As for the first of the chart's top five, Usher's "Lemme See" (featuring Rick Ross) rebounds back to No. 2 (up one slot). It's been bouncing around the Nos. 2 and 3 slots the past five weeks. Wale's "Bag of Money" (featuring Ross, Meek Mill & T-Pain) rises to a new peak of No. 4 (up a rung) and Trey Songz's "Heart Attack" also climbs to a new high: 7-5.
ROSS 'FORGIVES' AT NO. 1: Over on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Rick Ross debuts at No. 1 with "God Forgives, I Don't," selling 218,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks Ross¹ fourth chart-topper, his best sales frame yet and, perhaps surprisingly, his first album to debut at No. 1. (His previous three chart-toppers made early arrivals on the chart, at a lower rung, courtesy of street date violation sales.)
"God Forgives, I Don't" has spun off three charting singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Touch'n You" (featuring Usher, No. 15), "So Sophisticated" (featuring Meek Mill, No. 91) and "3 Kings" (featuring Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, No. 60). Ross' last album, 2010's "Teflon Don," launched at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, moving 176,000 units in its first week. It was locked out of the No. 1 slot by Eminem's "Recovery," which was in its fifth straight week at No. 1.
Two steps below Ross is Joss Stone's new "The Soul Sessions: Vol. 2" album, entering at No. 3 with 24,000. It's the singer's fourth straight top 10 album on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and follows last year's "LP1," which also debuted and peaked at No. 3.
Last week's No. 1, Nas' "Life Is Good," slips to No. 2, while Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" drops 2-4 and Chris Brown's "Fortune" descends 4-5.
Just outside the top five, at No. 7, the soundtrack to Whitney Houston's final film, "Sparkle," debuts with 12,000 sold. The set -- which includes two cuts by the diva -- could see a sales gain in the coming weeks, following the release of the film in theaters on Aug. 17.