Beyonce Scores Sixth No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart
In just its sixth week on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" (featuring Jay Z) jumps 5-1 to mark her sixth leader on the list. She last topped the chart in 2012 when "Love on Top" reigned for seven weeks. In terms of most No. 1s by a female, Mrs. Knowles-Carter moves closer to leader Alicia Keys, who's taken eight titles to the top.
Here is a look at the female artists with the most No. 1s in the Nielsen BDS-based R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart's nearly 22-year history:
8, Alicia Keys
4, Erykah Badu
4, Mariah Carey
Aside from moving Beyoncé up the all-time list, "Drunk in Love" also becomes the fastest-rising chart leader in nearly five years. The last song to hit No. 1 in six weeks or fewer was Jamie Foxx's "Blame It," featuring T-Pain, which took six weeks to reach the summit and went on to spend 14 weeks on top in 2009. Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" (nine No. 1 weeks, 2006) and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (12 No. 1 weeks, 2008) both also shot up the survey, reaching the summit in five and six weeks, respectively.
As if her return to chart dominance weren't evident enough, Beyoncé rules Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her self-titled release for a sixth consecutive week (61,000 copies, down 22%, according to Nielsen SoundScan), marking the longest No. 1 run in her 10-year solo chart career. Her debut apart from Destiny's Child, "Dangerously in Love," led for one week in 2003; "B'Day" and "I Am… Sasha Fierce" each ruled for two weeks in 2006 and 2008, respectively; and "4" managed five weeks at No. 1 in 2011.
Below "Beyoncé," Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" steps 2-3 in its 12th week with 29,000 copies sold (down 19%), while R. Kelly's "Black Panties" shifts 4-3 with 16,000 (a 10% drop) in its sixth week. Kelly's 12th studio set has now moved 301,000 units to date. Drake's "Nothing was the Same" lifts 5-4 with 15,000 (down 11%) and last week's Hot Shot Debut, Kid Ink's "My Own Lane," falls 2-5 with a 71% decline to 14,000.
Just outside the top five, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings match their highest chart position ever as "Give the People What They Want" opens at No. 6 (14,000). The revered funk/soul troupe's "I Learned the Hard Way" also debuted at No. 6 in 2010, that time with 23,000 first-week units.
On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Eminem's "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, posts a 12th week at No. 1, keeping Beyonce's "Drunk" at No. 2 for a fourth week. Jason Derulo's breaking hit "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz, leaps 9-3 in its seventh week, displacing Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home," down 3-4 in its 24th frame. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "White Walls," featuring Schoolboy Q and Hollis, stays at No. 5, while Kid Ink's "Show Me," featuring Chris Brown, dips 4-6.
Pharrell scores his second top 10 hit as a lead artist with "Happy", which leaps 17-7 in its third week. His Jay Z-assisted "Frontin'" led the list for six weeks in 2003, while his two other lead chart appearances – "Can I Have it Like That," featuring Gwen Stefani (No. 32, 2005), and "Number One," featuring Kanye West (No. 40, 2006) – capped out well shy of reaching the top tier.
YG's "My Hitta," featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, slips 7-8 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while Mike WiLL Made-It's "23," featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, tumbles 6-9. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, closes out the top 10 with an 8-10 drop.
Outside the chart's top 10, R&B newcomer Jhene Aiko debuts "The Worst" at No. 38, marking her first appearance as a lead artist. The 25-year-old singer has already graced the top 10 with her guest spot on Big Sean's "Beware," also featuring Lil Wayne (No. 10, September), and is featured on Drake's "From Time," which re-enters at No. 43 this week. "Time" rises by 16% to 6,000 downloads sold thanks to Drake and Aiko's performance of it on the Jan. 18 broadcast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," which the Canadian rapper also hosted. Aiko is also slated to perform on the Jan. 24 broadcast of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.