Tech N9ne & Atmosphere Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Kansas City, Mo. rapper Tech N9ne scores his second Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No. 1 as the fifth installment of his Tech N9ne Collabos series, "Strangeulation," opens with 36,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first chart-topper, the solo set "All 6's & 7's," debuted atop the list with 56,000 copies in 2011. The debut positions of previous Collabos albums -- "Misery Loves Kompany" (2007, No. 23, 13,000), "Sickology 101" (2009, No. 12, 21,000), "The Gates Mixed Plate" (2010, No. 5, 17,000) and "Welcome to Strangeland" (2011, No. 4, 26,000) -- rose steadily with each successive album.
The Tech N9ne Collabos series showcases the independently-distributed rapper's Strange Music roster. It includes Krizz Kaliko, Brotha Lynch Hung, Jay Rock and Prozak, all of whom have posted top 10 sets on Rap Albums. Underground veteran Murs, the label's latest signee, is featured on three cuts after inking with Strange in February.
While Pharrell's "G I R L" stays put at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with Greatest Gainer honors (growing 13 percent to 24,000 copies), another indie-distributed act, Atmosphere, opens at No. 3 with "Southsiders" (23,000), marking the act's ninth appearance on the list. The impressive entrance for the Minneapolis hip-hop duo, consisting of rapper Slug and DJ/producer Ant, ties their previous best chart position achieved by 2011's "The Family Sign" with 28,000. "Southsiders" comes on the heels of Atmosphere's "The Lake Nokomis: Maxi Single" EP, which debuted and peaked at No. 36 on the chart dated May 3 with 2,000 units.
Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" falls 1-4 in its third week, with a 31 percent drop to 16,000, and John Legend's "Love in the Future" holds tight at No. 5, with a 20 percent lift to 13,000, to close out the top five.
The top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs remains static as the top 1-6 all hold firm. At Nos. 1-6 are John Legend's "All of Me," Pharrell's "Happy," Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty," Chris Brown's "Loyal" and Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "Love Never Felt So Good," respectively.
Derulo's Snoop Dogg-assisted "Wiggle" flies 16-7 in its third week with Digital and Streaming Gainer honors, pushing down Trey Songz's "Na Na" (7-8) while Kid Ink's "Show Me" (10-9) trades places with Beyonce's "Partition" (9-10) to round out the top 10.
The true action happens outside of the region with debuts from Usher, Pharrell and DJ Khaled.
More than 20 years after first appearing on the chart and nearly two years since his last appearance, Usher returns to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Good Kisser" opening at No. 18 with Hot Shot Debut honors. The banging track's entrance marks his best since "Love in This Club Part II," featuring Beyonce and Lil Wayne, opened at No. 14 on the chart dated May 10, 2008. "Kisser" also debuts at No. 19 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, reaching 9.5 million listeners in the May 5-11 tracking week, and at No. 11 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs on 29,000 downloads.
Meanwhile, Pharrell follows the dethroning of "Happy" atop the May 17 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs by posting "G I R L's" second single "Come Get It Bae" at No. 21. Though narrowly missing the top 20, the debut is the best in the singer/songwriter/producer's 10-plus-year chart history as an artist, beating the No. 29 start for "Happy" in January. "Bae" reached 2.5 million listeners in the May 7-13 tracking week (a 108 percent rise, according to Nielsen BDS) and was downloaded 29,000 times (a 235 percent lift).
Further down the list, DJ Khaled returns with "They Don't Love U No More," featuring Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana, bowing at No. 30. The Mike Zombie-produced track is the first single off Khaled's eighth studio set "I Changed A Lot," due later this year.
"They Don't Love U" made headlines upon its April 28th release thanks to this Jay Z line purportedly aimed at Drake" "Haters wanna ball, let me tighten up my draw string / Wrong sport, boy, you know you're soft as a lacrosse team." While Drake has yet to respond, a written statement from Major League Lacrosse immediately shot back, "Mr. Carter would not last one minute on a lacrosse field during a match and he is more than welcome to come to any of our games and try."