R&B is synonymous with Usher this week, as the singer dominates both Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Albums charts simultaneously for the first time since 2004. His single "Climax" remains atop the Songs tally and new set "Looking 4 Myself" blasts in at No. 1 on the Albums ranking.
Usher had last led both lists at the same time for nine weeks in 2004 with his album "Confessions" and three No. 1 singles: "Yeah!," featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris; "Burn"; and, "My Boo," with Alicia Keys. Each of those songs led for three weeks while "Confessions" topped R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. (The set spent 11 weeks at No. 1 overall.)
Usher is the second artist this year to lead both rankings simultaneously, following Drake, who did so for four weeks. As his "Take Care" held court atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, "Make Me Proud," featuring Nicki Minaj, crowned the songs tally the week of Feb. 4 and "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne, ruled the weeks of Feb. 25 and March 3.
Nabbing the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs' top spot for a 10th week, "Climax" becomes the first song to spend double-digit weeks at No. 1 this year. It's the first such smash since DJ Khaled's "I'm On One," featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, spent 11 weeks at the top starting in July 2011. "Climax" holds at No. 1 with a 3% increase to 29 million in audience, according to Nielsen BDS.
Below "Climax" on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Kanye West and friends Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz move 3-2 with "Mercy" (25 million, up 5%). Trey Songz busts some serious moves to land in the top three (5-3), gaining by 7% to 23 million audience impressions. Ca$h Out's "Cashin Out" dives 2-4, while J. Cole's "Nobody's Perfect," featuring Missy Elliott, slips 4-5.
Speaking of DJ Khaled, the DJ/producer/radio talent nabs his fourth R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10, as "Take It to The Head," featuring Chris Brown, Ross, Minaj and Weezy, breaks into the top tier (11-9) with help from Khaled's Maybach Music and Young Money/Cash Money buddies. Khaled had last ranked in the top 10 with "I'm on One."
'4' = 1: On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, "Looking 4 Myself" marks Usher's fifth No. 1. The set debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. He had last reigned with "Raymond V Raymond" in 2010.
At No. 2, Waka Flocka Flame's sophomore studio set "Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family" starts with 33,000 sold. (The album also becomes his first No. 1 on the Rap Albums chart; his debut, "Flockaveli," reached No. 2 in 2010.)
"Triple" is home to such singles as "Round of Applause" (featuring Drake), which peaked at No. 15 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and current hit "I Don't Really Care" (featuring Trey Songz), which ranks at its highest position this week (No. 25).
In between his two albums on his own, Waka Flocka Flame released a duets album with Gucci Mane last August. "1017 Bricksquad Presents Ferrari Boyz" debuted at No. 5 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 16,000 units.
Newcomer to the rap game, Kid Ink, steps onto the scene with his first album "Up & Away" at No. 3 (20,000). The tatted up Los Angeles native is signed to the independent Tha Alumni Music Group label.
Rounding out the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums top five, Big K.R.I.T.'s "Live From the Underground" drops 1-4 (12,000, down 71%) and Nicki Minaj's former seven-week No. 1 "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" continues its descent, sliding 3-5.