For the first time in more than a year, four of the top five on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart are debuts. And, they're by four very varied artists.
Big K.R.I.T. claims the No. 1 position with "Live From the Underground" (Island Def Jam) with 41,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is K.R.I.T.'s first full-length album; his "EP 4eva N a Day" charted for a week in April at No. 53.
Curren$y debuts his second album on Warner Bros. and fourth overall set, "The Stoned Immaculate," at No. 2 with 36,000. That's his highest debut and position to date.
Below lone top five holdover "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" from Nicki Minaj (1-3), Capitol Records' new R&B act Emeli Sandé debuts her first album, "Our Version of Events," at No. 4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (12,000). The former supporting act for Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto tour has logged six weeks on the Adult R&B airplay chart with the album's first single, "Next to Me."
The fourth of the tally's top five newcomers belongs to soul veteran Eric Benét, who debuts his sixth charted album, "This One" (10,000), at No. 5. The set's "Harriett Jones" jumps 21-20 in its sixth week on Adult R&B, up 22% in plays, according to Nielsen BDS.
USHER MARKS MILESTONE: Usher picks up his 25th top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Lemme See," featuring Rick Ross, surges 13-8. Since the chart began employing Nielsen BDS data in December 1992, Usher boasts the second-most top 10s among male R&B singers; R. Kelly leads with 32.
Usher meanwhile maintains the No. 1 slot on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Climax," which reigns for a ninth week. His 19-year career span has included double (or more) concurrent titles in the top 10 a hefty 59 times. This week is his first with a double share of the top 10 since "There Goes My Baby" and "Hot Tottie" placed at Nos. 6 and 9, respectively, the week of Oct. 23, 2010.
"Climax" stays on top with a 2% gain to 29 million in audience, according to BDS. Ca$h Out's "Cashin Out" remains at No. 2 (26 million, up 2%), followed "Mercy" by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz (4-3), J. Cole's "Nobody's Perfect," featuring Missy Elliott (6-4) and Trey Songz's "Heart Attack" (5-5).
Songz also claims the chart's top debut, as "2 Reasons," featuring T.I., starts at No. 60.