Nicki Minaj debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 13, taking the Hot Shot Debut prize with her latest single "Pills N Potions." The song – from her upcoming "The Pink Print" album – opens with 84,000 digital downloads sold in the week ending May 25 (according to Nielsen SoundScan). That's good enough for a debut at No. 2 on Rap Digital Songs, her 20th Top 10 showing on the list.
Domestic streams of the song reach 709,000 this tracking week (ending May 27), with 97 percent of clicks stemming from an official pseudo video on her VEVO on YouTube channel. On Hot Rap Songs "Pills" debuts at the No. 5 spot.
Meek Mill Arrives: The second-highest debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs goes to Meek Mill's "I Don't Know," which arrives at No. 35. On Rap Digital Songs, it bows at the No. 4 position, moving over 31,000 downloads. Meek Mill last appeared on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as a lead artist with his 2013 "Levels," peaking at No. 43. "I Don’t know" is the first official single off of his recently announced upcoming album "Dreams Worth More Than Money."
Robin Thicke is 'Back:' On Hot R&B Songs, Robin Thicke debuts at No. 18 with his newest single "Get Her Back," which he premiered during a performance on the May 18 Billboard Music Awards. The track sold 30,000 digital downloads in its first week, enough to also enter R&B Digital Songs at No. 8. (It also debuts at No. 36 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.)
At radio, the song enters the Adult R&B airplay chart at No. 18, recording 326 spins at the format in the week ending May 25 according to Nielsen BDS, and taking the Greatest Gainer tag. Concurrently, he drops 4-6 on the chart, a 6 percent decrease, with "For The Rest of My Life," in its 52nd week on the chart.
Jackson Mania: As mentioned in yesterday's Chart Beat column, Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" re-enters the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 6, following its use in a viral dance video from a high school talent show.
On Hot R&B Songs, Jackson commands with three songs in the Top 10. As "Billie Jean" debuts at No. 5 and is followed by "Love Never Felt So Good" (with Justin Timberlake) dipping 4-6, and “Slave To The Rhythm” jumping 19-10. Jackson becomes the sixth artist to achieve three simultaneous top 10s in the chart's short history. (The list premiered on Oct. 20, 2012.)
Roots Return: Elsewhere on the R&B charts, the Roots return to the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as "…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin" enters at No. 3, moving nearly 20,000 copies in its opening week. The group last hit the chart (where they've now notched a total of nine top 10s), with their 2011 set "Undun." It peaked at No. 4.
Chris Brown Takes 'Loyal' to No. 1: At radio, Chris Brown skips 2-1 on the R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart with "Loyal" in its 20th week on the chart, registering 264,000 spins (a 9 percent decrease, week ending May 25) according to Nielsen BDS. The song dips 8-6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs, logging 3.8 million domestic streams, with 70 percent originating from YouTube and Vevo at YouTube views.