Lately, It seems like Drake is one of the main ingredients required to make a fresh glass of Chart Juice. The ever-present rapper not only leads Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart again, but he continues to dominate Rap Songs with his latest feat.
After breaking the record for the most No. 1s on the Rap Songs list last week, Drake adds another chart-topper to his tally as "The Motto," feat. Lil Wayne, becomes his 12th leader. Last week he surpassed Diddy (10) for the most No. 1s in the chart's history. Further, this week Drake becomes the first artist to replace himself at No. 1 as a lead artist on each track since T.I. did so on Nov. 29, 2008, when "Whatever You Like" bumped his own "Live Your Life" from the top slot. Drake also becomes the first act to claim the Nos. 1 and 2 slots as a lead artist since he himself doubled up on Sept. 12, 2009 when "Best I Ever Had" was No. 1 and "Successful" rose 3-2.
With the success of these "Take Care" tracks, it's no surprise that "Make Me Proud," feat. Nicki Minaj, continues to sit at the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs altar. Even with a slight 2% decrease in audience impressions to 33 million, according to Nielsen BDS, the cut remains 3 million ahead of the No. 2 title, Wale's former No. 1 "Lotus Flower Bomb," feat. Miguel. Holding steady at No. 3 is Drake's "The Motto," which jumps 10% in audience to 29 million.
Beyoncé's "Love on Top" enjoys its second week in the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10, rising 9-4. The song wins the Greatest Gainer/Airplay tag as it improves by 20% to 25 million audience impressions. This is the second consecutive week that Beyonce charts two titles in the top 10, a feat she had last accomplished in Jan. 2009 with "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" and "Diva." "Party," Bey's other current top 10, falls 5-8 in its 18th week in the top bracket.
Chris Brown's "Strip," feat. Kevin "K-MAC" McCall, rebounds to a new peak (11-6), while Tyga, Young Money's next of kin to step into the rap ring, nabs his first R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 as a lead artist with "Rack City" (12-7). His first top 10 came when he was featured on Brown's No. 1 "Deuces" in 2010. "City" registers a 10% increase to 21 million in audience. This is the second charting single from his second studio album (and first with Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic) "Careless World: Rise of the Last King," slated for release on Feb. 21. "City" is Tyga's first top 10 track earned during his Young Money Affiliation and the 21st top 10 for the YMCMB collective.
Rick Ross' "You the Boss" steps down 8-9 and Big Sean's "Dance (A$$)" slides 7-10. Both songs, like Drake's chart-topping "Me Me Proud," are assisted by Minaj. This is the 10th week in which she has written a trilogy in the top tier. The last woman to attain the honor was Ashanti, although only for two weeks, in March 2002.
Just outside the top 10, power pair Jay-Z and Kanye West make headlines with "Ni**as in Paris." Despite a 6-12 chart plummet, the track receives a double-Platinum certification from the RIAA. With an additional 88,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the title likewise spills over the 2-million mark in digital sales, per SoundScan's weekly point-of-sale measurement. "Ni**as in Paris" is the first song from "Watch the Throne" to reach the milestone.
On the more static R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Drake takes back the top spot for an eighth frame with "Take Care" (30,000 sold, according to SoundScan) after lending it out for only four of the set's 12 chart weeks. He stepped aside and let Rihanna feel the warmth of the coveted No. 1 position on Dec. 10, the week that her "Talk That Talk" (currently at No. 2) debuted.
On Dec. 24, the posthumous debut of Amy Winehouse's last project, "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" (on the same label as his, Universal Republic) debuted, again making Drake the gentleman who let the late Winehouse step in for a week. On Jan. 7, Young Jeezy replaced Drake at No. 1 when his "TM: 103: Hustlerz Ambition" started out. Drake's temporary move to No. 2 that week was quickly reversed when he went back to his personally-molded seat up top the week after.
The Greatest Gainer badge on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums gets pinned to Mary J. Blige's "My Life II …," following her recent promo tour during the end of January and earlier this month. The set jumps 5-3 with a 53% increase in sales to 22,000. Blige was recently interviewed by Dr. Maya Angelou about the steps she took to become Nina Simone, the artist she'll portray in an upcoming biopic. She is also involved in three projects with BET and Centric for Black History Month and launched her RED Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS during her pre-Grammy Awards party last night (Feb. 9). Blige's commercial gain clearly reflects the busy soul songstress's media buzz for her philanthropy, activism and dedication to black history education.
Young Jeezy's "TM: 103: Hustlerz Ambition" holds at No. 4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (22,000, up 25%) and Seal's "Soul 2," his collection of covers from some of R&B's greatest artists that debuted last week at No. 1, drops to No. 5 (19,000, down 30%).