Melanie Fiona earns her first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her two-week old "The MF Life" (2-1). It's the first album to reach No. 1 without debuting in the top slot since Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" ascended in its seventh chart week in January 2011.
"The MF Life" lifts despite a 53% decline to 16,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her first charted album, "The Bridge," debuted and peaked at No. 4 in November 2009 at the start of a 46-week chart run.
Fiona's jump helps pushes last week's leader, Odd Future's "The OF Tape Vol. 2," down to No. 5 (12,000, down 70%). Back from the depths of the top five is Drake, whose "Take Care" makes a 5-2 move despite an 11% decrease in sales. Rihanna holds close to Drake's coattails, bumping 4-3 with "Talk That Talk." Tyga's "Careless World Rise of the Last King" rises 6-4 in its sixth week, followed by Diggy's "Unexpected Arrival" (3-6) and Young Jeezy's "TM: 103: Hustlerz Ambition" (7-8).
The top 10 rounds out with Bay area rapper E-40, who debuts his 15th, 16th and 17th studio albums concurrently on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. "The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1,2,& 3" debuts at No. 8 with 10,000 sold. Broken out, each version of the set also arrives, at Nos. 9 ("Soil 2"; 8,000), 10 ("Soil 1"; 8,000) and 13 ("Soil 3"; 7,000). The four albums, thus, sold a combined 24,000. E-40's previous two albums came in pairs and were sold separately, as well as in bundles. E-40 debuted "Revenue Retrievin': Night Shift" and "Day Shift" (and a combined version) in April 2010 with total first-week sales of 29,000. "Revenue Retrievin': Graveyard Shift" and "Overtime Shift" (also in a combined edition), released in April 2011, totaled overall sales of 30,000 in their inaugural week.
HUNGRY FOR MORE: Beyoncé and Drake seem to be the Katniss and Peeta of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, considering neither of them have moved from their winning positions in six weeks. Bey's "Love on Top" remains literally on top at No. 1 despite a 2% decrease to 34 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. Drake's "The Motto" holds at No. 2 (27 million, down 6%).
Usher's "Climax" claims the Greatest Gainer/Airplay tag, supported by a 21% increase to 25 million in audience. The track is the crooner's first song to reach the top three since "There Goes My Baby" racked four weeks at No. 1 in summer 2010.
The song buzzworthy "Birthday Cake" by Rihanna and featured artist Chris Brown cools, holding at No. 4 with a slight 1% decrease to 25 million. Brown's "Strip," featuring Kevin K-MAC McCall, drops 3-5.
Wale's "Lotus Flower Bomb," featuring Miguel, dips 5-6; LoveRance's late bloomer "UP!" rises 9-7 (19 million, up 8%) in its 30th week; Trey Songz's "Sex Ain't Better Than Love" slips 7-8; and, Kirko Bangz's "Drank in My Cup" deflates 8-9, although with a 1% gain to 18 million.
Rapper Future makes it over the top 10 hump, as "Magic," featuring T.I., jumps 12-10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The title becomes his first top 10 as a lead artist and second overall. He guested on YG's hit "Racks," which peaked at No. 6 in May 2011. His new rank comes just after two other rap songs, Kirko Bangz's "Drank" and LoveRance's "UP!," each made it to the top tier after 29 weeks or more. "Magic" reaches the region in its 29th frame, making it the third rap title to complete such a long haul to the top 10 in each of the last three weeks.