Rap trio Travis Porter debuts its first full-length studio album, "From Day 1," on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at No. 2 with 14,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The group missed the No. 1 position by 1,000 units as Nicki Minaj rang in 15,000 during the tracking period with "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded." Although this is the group's first studio set, it previously released nine uncharted mixtapes between 2009 and 2011. "From Day 1" has produced four chart singles on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since 2009: "Make It Rain," which peaked at No. 15; "Bring It Back," (No. 18); "Ayy Ladies," which features Tyga and gave the trinity its first top 10 (No. 9); and, current track "Ride Like That" (featuring Jeremih), which lifts 65-63 in its fourth frame this week.
New Columbia Records recruit and 2010 U.K. "X Factor" contestant Rebecca Ferguson introduces her debut album "Heaven" at No. 3 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 12,000 sold. The Liverpool native's set, first released internationally and already certified Platinum in Ireland and the U.K., has generated the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs entry "Nothing's Real But Love," which reached No. 68 in April.
CELEBRATING WHITNEY'S RETURN: As previously reported in The Juice and Chart Beat, while Whitney Houston's final motion picture effort, "Sparkle," isn't due to hit theaters until Aug. 17, the soundtrack¹s first single, and her the last recorded song, "Celebrate," featuring Jordin Sparks, debuts on the Adult R&B airplay chart at No. 34 and No. 84 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
"It's too early to tell about it being a hit, but I just like the song," says adult R&B WBAV Charlotte, N.C., program director/music director Terri Avery. "It's Whitney. People miss her voice."
Steady waters, meanwhile, flow through the top of R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as the top four remains static from last week.
Usher's "Climax" logs an eighth week at No. 1, registering 29 million audience impressions (up 11%), according to Nielsen BDS. The reign ties his second-longest, first established with "Nice & Slow" in 1998 and "Yeah!" in 2004. He led longer only with his first No. 1, "You Make Me Wanna…," which ruled for 11 weeks in 1997.
Ca$h Out's "Cashin Out" stays at the second step of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs podium with 26 million in audience (up 4%). At No. 3, Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," featuring Chris Brown, may be getting stale; the song holds after peaking at No. 2.
One track enters the top five for the first time: Trey Songz's "Heart Attack," which jumps 7-5 (21 million, up 17%) in its 11th chart week.
DRAKE'S 'CREW' WORKS WAY TO TOP 10: In its 28th chart week, "Crew Love," an album cut from Drake's "Take Care," becomes the longest-climbing top 10 of the Canadian's 24 titles to reach the upper tier. Previously, his longest run to the top 10 was 11 weeks with both "Fancy" (2010) and "The Motto" (January 2012).
While "Crew" has been rumored to be an official single, Universal Republic is focusing its promotion efforts on Drake's "HYFR (Hell Yeah F*****g Right)" (featuring Lil Wayne), which climbs 25-21 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.