The 89th Academy Awards
Chris Brown & Friends Charge Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Chris Brown's "Loyal" reaches a new peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, jumping 10-6 while taking home the chart's Digital and Streaming Gainer awards.
With the third -- and seemingly final version -- of the song (featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga) being released on March 26, "Loyal" rises 52% to 53,000 downloads (of which 19.8% were of the new mix) sold in the week ending March 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
French Montana and Too $hort were featured along with Wayne on previous incarnations of "Loyal," but Tyga's verse made the song's March 24th-released official video, which caused streams to more-than-double during the chart week by 103% to 4.1 million, according to Nielsen BDS.
Sevyn Streeter, signed to Brown's CBE imprint, follows in her label boss' footsteps as her latest single "nEXt" opens at No. 39. The track was recently re-worked, with Streeter enlisting buzzing Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink for a verse. That version was made available for sale on March 25, resulting in a 209 percent lift in downloads to 5,000 for the week. A video featuring Ink premiered the following day, aiding a 310 percent spike in overall U.S. streams to 503,000
Further tying the aforementioned acts together, Kid Ink's second single "Main Chick," featuring Brown, debuts at No. 42 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The pair's previous collaboration, "Show Me," is in its 14th week in the list's top 10 and has sold 1.1 million downloads to date.
At the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Pharrell's "Happy" posts an eighth consecutive week at No. 1 followed by John Legend's "All of Me," Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," Aloe Blacc's "The Man" and Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" all holding tight at Nos. 2-5, respectively. Chris Brown's aforementioned "Loyal" (10-6) pushes "Show Me" (7-8) down one position, as well as Eminem's "The Monster" (7-8).
Trey Songz's "Na Na" stays put at No. 9 despite gaining across all three chart metrics. On-air, the DJ Mustard-produced track rose 7% to 35.1 million listener impressions while streaming-wise, it increased 4 percent to 2.4 million hits. Digitally, "Na Na" had its best sales week yet with a 9 percent gain to 37,000. It has now sold 251,000 units to date.
YG's "My Hitta" closes out the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 with 8-10 dip.
Over on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Pharrell nets his first No. 1 as "G I R L" steps 2-1 in its fourth week. Despite eroding 26% to 25,000 copies, Pharrell's set outsold last week's No. 1 debut, YG's "My Krazy Life," which falls to No. 2 after dropping 63% to 23,000. Rick Ross' "Mastermind" (19,000, down 31%) and Beyonce's self-titled set (16,000, down 17%) hold onto the Nos. 3 and 4 positions, respectively, while Aloe Blacc's "Lift Your Spirit" (14,000, down 3%) moves 6-5 to close out the region.
Debuting in the top 10 of the list is Christon Gray's "School of Roses" which moves 8,000 copies to open at No. 9 with Hot Shot Debut honors. The 25-year-old singer/songwriter/producer/rapper has already graced multiple Billboard charts as a member of Christian rap outfit W.L.A.K. (We Live as Kings), whose self-titled debut set opened at No. 1 on Gospel Albums in March 2013 (with 6,000 sold). Gray took a more secular approach to his Collision Records debut, focusing on love, relationships and real-life situations as opposed to strict praise and worship-related matters.
Sage the Gemini's debut full-length "Remember Me" narrowly misses the top 10, entering at No. 11 with 7,000. His "Gas Pedal: the EP" debuted and peaked at No. 29 on the list in August 2013 and has sold 40,000 to date. Both "The EP" and "Remember Me" house Sage's breakout hits "Gas Pedal" (featuring IamSu!) and "Red Nose," which peaked at Nos. 6 and 14, respectively, on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs last year. "Gas Pedal" has sold 1.4 million downloads and even spurred a Justin Bieber remix (featured on "Remember Me." Perhaps surprisingly, the Bieber remix is responsible for just 3 percent of the song's total sales.