Chart Juice: Beyonce Banks First Adult R&B No. 1
In a seeming case of chart déjà vu, Drake continues his reign on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne, rules at No. 1 for a second consecutive week.
The routine success of Drake leaves allow plenty of room to focus on a stellar feat accomplished by Beyoncé and her old-school-reminiscent "Love on Top." The song earns the Greatest Gainer/Airplay award, lifting 4-2 (30 million audience impressions, up 22%, according to Nielsen BDS). Even better, "Love" becomes Queen Bey's first No. 1 song on the Adult R&B radio tally, where it rises 2-1 in its 19th week (dethroning Robin Thicke's "Love After War" after three weeks).
A veteran of charting on Adult R&B for close to 10 years as a soloist, Mrs. Carter was previously closest to the top in 2008, when "Until The End of Time," with Justin Timberlake, reached No. 2. She also placed six songs on the chart in 1998-2005 as a member of Destiny's Child, rising as high as No. 10 with 2005's "Girl."
Back at the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs ranch, Wale remains at No. 3 for a second week with "Lotus Flower Bomb," featuring Miguel. The song has been cemented in the top five - including having logged five weeks at No. 1 - since the first week of December.
Drake's "Make Me Proud," featuring Nicki Minaj and the chart's leader for three weeks before the rapper replaced himself at No. 1 with "The Motto," drops 2-4.
Chris Brown throws up deuces to all who are affected by his successes with a little help from his song "Strip," which blows up 6-5 (27 million, up 14%). Concurrently, the release of his controversial "Turn Up the Music" remix featuring ex-gal pal Rihanna is making waves at urban radio regardless of any backlash Brown may still be receiving following his assault of Rihanna three years ago. (The song storms the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 10 with sales of 180,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
As Tyga's promotion for his new album "Careless World: The Rise of the Last King" builds - the set was released Tuesday (Feb. 21) - single "Rack City" rises to a new peak (7-6).
Falling 5-7 is Young Jeezy and his Jay-Z and Andre 3000-assisted "I Do." Not to worry: his new single, "Leave You Alone," featuring R&B heavyweight Ne-Yo, debuts this week at No. 66.
Adding to Bey-mania this week, Beyoncé's former No. 2 hit "Party," also featuring Andre 3000, rebounds 10-8 in its 34th week.
Trey Songz rounds out the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 with titles at Nos. 9 and 10. J. Cole's "Can't Get Enough," featuring Songz, dips 8-9, while Songz' own "Sex Ain't Better Than Love" jumps 14- 10 (16 million, up 9%) to become his 15th top 10. Dating to his first week in the top tier (Oct. 15, 2005), only four acts boast more top 10 tracks: Lil Wayne (25), Drake (22), Brown (20) and T-Pain (19).
When comparing Songz strictly with other notable singers (not rappers), his chart history is looking even more impressive as his career builds. With a 15th top 10, he passes such star R&B singers as Babyface and Alicia Keys, each with 14.
' CARE' CONTINUES COMMAND: On the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums front, Drake continues his stride toward matching Eminem's SoundScan-era record 16 weeks at No. 1. Now at 10 weeks, his "Take Care" sold 31,000 copies (down 4%) in the chart's tracking week, according to SoundScan.
Rihanna remains at No. 2 with "Talk That Talk" (26,000, up 10%) and Young Jeezy's "TM: 103: Hustlerz Ambition" moves 4-3.
Jay Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" rises 5-4. In its 28 weeks, "Throne" has never left the top 10 and has been at every rung on the ladder, from its debut at No. 1 to its lowest rank so far at No. 10 (Jan. 7).
Mary J. Blige's "My Life II: The Journey Continues… (Act I)" closes out the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums top five, dropping 3-5.
HONORABLE MENTION: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" has been certified double-Platinum by the RIAA in the U.S. (LilWayneHQ.com estimates that the album has sold more than 3.5 million globally).
In step with its double-Platinum RIAA stripes, "IV" passes the 2-million mark in U.S. sales this week, according to SoundScan. With another 16,000 sold, the set holds at No. 6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.