Kid Ink Sets Record For Most Weeks at No. 1 on Rap Airplay Chart

Kid Ink

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On Rap Airplay, Kid Ink scores the record for most weeks at No. 1 as his breakout hit "Show Me," featuring Chris Brown, spends its 18th consecutive week at the top (31 million audience – down 6 percent – in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen BDS).

The California rapper overtakes the previous record holder, Juvenile, who had 17 weeks at No. 1 with "Back That Thang Up" in 1999. (The Rap Airplay chart launched on Feb. 20 of that year.) "Show Me" is the first single from Kid Ink’s album "My Own Lane," which was released in January and debuted at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Meanwhile, Eminem's "Headlights," featuring Nate Ruess, leaps 35-11 to a new peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs following the release of the track’s music video on Mother’s Day (May 11). The video spurred a 532 percent increase in domestic streams to 3.8 million, with 3.2 million views attributed to the official video on VEVO on YouTube. Digital sales were also impacted by the video and its timely release, with 20,000 downloads shifted (up 40 percent) bounding 29-15 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs.

On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Michael Jackson scores his ninth No. 1 with "Xscape," selling 157,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first No. 1 came in 1979 when "Off the Wall" spent a lengthy 16 weeks at the top, and most recently with "Michael," which had two weeks at No. 1 in 2011.

Following the televised virtual performance of the new album's "Slave to the Rhythm" on the Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on Sunday (18), the track enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 38. "Slave" sold 12,000 downloads in its first week and also enters R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs at No. 32.

Michael Jackson Hologram at Billboard Music Awards

IamSu! arrives on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 12 with his first studio album, "Sincerely Yours," moving 6,000 units. The 24 year-old California rapper has multiple mixtapes under his belt, including his 2013 “Kilt ll: Deluxe” which appeared on the list for a single week at No. 52. Last year, IamSu! appeared as a featured act on Sage The Gemini’s “Gas Pedal,” which peaked at No. 6 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in August 2013. "Sincerely Yours" includes features by 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa and Sage The Gemini, among others.
 
Also on Rap Airplay, Lil Wayne extends his lead for the most top 10s (40) as "Believe Me," featuring Drake, hops 14-10 (14.2 million audience; up 62 percent with Greatest Gainer honors). The climb also pushes Drake up the ranks, as he ties with Jay Z for second-most top 10s on the chart (31).

Elsewhere, Usher soars 31-16 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop with his latest song "Good Kisser," taking the chart’s Greatest Gainer trophy. On-air, the track recorded 1,600 spins this tracking week (up 52 percent), with WHZT, Greenville-Spartanburg leading in plays (61). The track dips 11-14 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, selling 20,000 downloads in its second week (a 30 percent decrease, according to Nielsen SoundScan)."Kisser" is the first single from Usher’s forthcoming eighth album, due in the fall.