With a 15th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) ties the Nielsen-era record for the chart's longest No. 1 run. Since the chart migrated to monitored airplay by Nielsen BDS and SoundScan sales data in December 1992, only Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" can claim to have had such a lengthy stay at the top (also 15 weeks).
In order for "Blurred Lines" to gain sole possession of the record next week, it will have to fend off Jay Z's "Holy Grail" -- which stays put at No. 2 for a sixth of its 11 chart weeks – and Eminem's surging "Berzerk" (4-3).
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" and "Can't Hold Us" retain the Nos. 5 and 6 positions, respectively, as does Robin Thicke's "Give It 2 U," featuring Kendrick Lamar, at No. 7. The second single off of "Blurred Lines" sold 56,000 downloads to reach 302,000 release-to-date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
J. Cole's "Crooked Smile," featuring TLC (9-8), continues its ascent thanks in part to a 15% increase to 58.5 million listener impressions across 203 stations in the Sept. 11-17 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS. To this point, the song hit No. 1 on the Rhythmic Airplay chart this week.
New to the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs is Chris Brown's "Love More," featuring Nicki Minaj, with an 11-9 jump. The move marks Brown's 26th top 10 hit on the list, the second-most among singers in the Nielsen era. R. Kelly leads all singers with 32 top 10s and Lil Wayne leads all artists with 37.
Below is a breakdown of the singers (non-rappers) with the most top 10s on the list, December 1992 to present:
R. Kelly – 32
Chris Brown – 26
Usher – 25
Mary J. Blige – 21
Mariah Carey – 20
T-Pain – 20
Beyonce – 19
Trey Songz – 18
Alicia Keys – 15
Janet Jackson – 14
To close out the top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, Sage the Gemini's "Gas Pedal" dips 8-10.
On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Toronto singer the Weeknd posts his first studio album "Kiss Land" at No. 1 with 95,000 copies. It's his second No. 1 following his "Trilogy" compilation, which opened atop the list on Dec. 1, 2012 with 86,000. ("Trilogy" compiles his three earlier-released mixtapes "House of Balloons," "Thursday" and "Echoes of Silence.")
2 Chainz' "B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME" debuts at No. 2 on the list with 63,000 copies. In comparison, his debut "Based on a T.R.U. Story" entered atop the chart with 147,000 last September. "T.R.U. Story" owes its stronger opening, in part, to the success of its single "No Lie," featuring Drake, which was in the middle of a five week run at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs when the album debuted. "Feds Watching," the Pharrell-assisted first single off of #METIME however, reaches its new peak of No. 18 this week.
Janelle Monae notches her biggest sales week ever as "The Electric Lady" moves 47,000 units for a No. 3 debut on the albums list. Her previous best was 21,000 achieved by "The Archandroid: Suites II and III" in its debut week of June 5, 2010. The current set's lead single "Q.U.E.E.N.," featuring Erykah Badu, debuted and peaked at No. 47 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in May. Meanwhile, current single "Primetime," featuring Miguel, is gaining traction on Adult R&B radio stations.
Tamar Braxton's "Love and War" tumbles 1-4 in its second week with a 70% erosion to 35,000. John Legend's "Love in the Future" also falls 2-5 with a 56% decline in second-week sales to 30,000. Just outside the top five, Earth, Wind & Fire post "Now, Then & Forever" at No. 6 with 27,000 copies. This is the veteran group's best position on the chart since "Touch the World" peaked at No. 3 in 1987.