Robin Thicke Ties Personal Record Atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
As "Blurred Lines" picks up an 11th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke ties his personal longest No. 1 run on the chart set with "Lost Without U" in 2007. "Blurred Lines" is poised to tack on additional chart-topping weeks as it continues to increase its R&B/hip-hop audience reach, rising 1% to 22.9 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
The track's reign on the Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz) also rolls into its third week, while Thicke simultaneously breaks into the top 10 with follow-up single "For the Rest of My Life" (11-10). Only one other artist has posted two concurrent top 10s at the format this year: Tamar Braxton with "Love & War" and "The One" in three frames last month. No artists achieved this feat in 2012.
Though staying put at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Jay Z's "Holy Grail," featuring Justin Timberlake, jumps 13-8 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay marking the rapper's 29th top 10 hit on the list. Jay now sits in third place for most top 10s among all acts in the nearly 21-year history of the chart, trailing Lil Wayne (40), Drake (33), and R. Kelly (30).
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert, and "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton, each reclaim the Nos. 3 and 4 positions, respectively, as does Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home," featuring Majid Jordan, at No. 5. It earns both airplay and streaming gainer awards this week, rising 74% to 32.2 million listener impressions, and 123% to 1.5 million domestic streams, according to Nielsen BDS.
Sage the Gemini's "Gas Pedal" continues its ascent, stepping 7-6 in its fifth week on the list. The song reached 2.2 million listeners this week (up 53%) and also garnered 2.2 million streams (up 6%). J. Cole's "Power Trip," featuring Miguel, steps up 8-7 as well, while Macklemore & Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, tumbles 6-8.
Ciara's "Body Party" and Justin Timberlake's "Take Back the Night" stay put at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, to close out the top 10.
Blasting onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 42, solely fueled by airplay and streaming activity, is Big Sean's "Control," featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica.
Sean unleashed the track on Aug. 12, debuting it on Funkmaster Flex's radio show on WQHT New York. It immediately set off a firestorm of reaction because of Lamar's provocative verse. "Control" reached 3.2 million listeners and garnered 1.2 million U.S. streams in the Aug. 14-20 tracking period.
Moving on to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, K. Michelle's debut "Rebellious Soul" opens atop the chart with 72,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With the impressive debut, the Memphis-born singer, who also stars on Vh1's "Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta," posts the biggest opening for a female R&B singer since Fantasia's "Side Effects of You" debuted at No. 1 with 91,000 on the May 11 chart week. The lead single off of "Rebellious Soul," titled "V.S.O.P.," moves 45-34 in its third week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is dethroned on the albums chart after two weeks at No. 1. It slides 1-2 with 48,000 copies (a 26% drop). Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" also slips 2-3 with 37,000 (down 23%) while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" (16,000, up less than 1%) and Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" (15,000, up 4%) hold tight at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, to round out the chart.
Just outside the top 10 of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Columbia, Mo. rapper Stevie Stone posts his third set 2 Birds 1 Stone opens at No. 11 with 5,000 copies. His debut Rollin' Stone opened at No. 12 on the list in June of last year with 7,000. Stone had a short stint on Ruthless Records but signed with Tech N9ne's Strange Music in 2011 after performing with the Missouri-based label on numerous shows and tours.