Blige continues to boast the most top 10s among women since the tally began using Nielsen data in December of 1992 (21 in that span; 23 overall). Mariah Carey ranks second in that period with 19. We're edging closer to Blige's 20th anniversary on Billboard charts, as she first graced our lists on April 25, 1992, when "You Remind Me" bowed at No. 40 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart. Expect her album sales to surge next week: Queen Mary was the featured mentor on "American Idol" last night.
Drake, meanwhile, has stampeded to his sum of 23 top 10s in less than three years. His debut, the seven-week No. 1 "Best I Ever Had," entered the survey the week of May 2, 2009.
Rounding out the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 are chart-topper Beyoncé's "Love on Top" (No. 1 for a second week), Drake's "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne (No. 2), and "Make Me Proud," featuring Nicki Minaj (No. 5), Chris Brown's "Strip," featuring Kevin K-MAC McCall (No. 3), Wale's "Lotus Flower Bomb," featuring Miguel (No. 4) and Tyga's "Rack City" (No. 6), all of which remain in place from last week.
Trey Songz makes an upward movement as "Sex Ain't Better Than Love" steps up 9-7, swapping spots with Young Jeezy's "I Do," featuring Jay-Z and Andre 3000 (7-9). In between, Melanie Fiona's "4 AM" stays cemented at No. 8 (with a lil bump of 4% in audience).
'RADIO' SMASH: Jazz pianist Robert Glasper makes his premiere appearance on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as his first crossover set, "Black Radio," debuts at No.4 with 21,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the artist¹s fifth album, and fourth to reach the Traditional Jazz Albums chart, where it debuts at No. 1. The new album graces the R&B/Hip-Hop tally thanks to his all-star team of collaborators on the set, which include Lupe Fiasco, Erykah Badu and Musiq Soulchild.
In other album chart news, Tyga holds at No. 1 with "Careless World: Rise of the Last King" (37,000; down 39%), while Drake¹s "Take Care" spends a 16th consecutive week in the top three (3-2; 29,000, up 13%). This marks the first time that "Take Care" has been absent from the No. 1 position for two weeks straight.
Rihanna pops back up 4-3, still glued to Drake's back. The budding success of her new single "Birthday Cake" surely aided the set's 9% increase in sales this tracking period.
Whitney Houston's "Triple Feature: I'm Your Baby Tonight/My Love Is Your Love/Just Whitney" earns the Greatest Gainer tag on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and zips into the top 10 (13-5). Sales increased 140% to 17,000 in its third charting week. The last time the late, great voice had placed a title in the top 10 was in 2009 when what would be her final album, "I Look to You," launched at No. 1 and spent 13 weeks in the top tier.
Houston collected five No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, beginning with her self-titled debut set, which ruled for six weeks in 1985.