Last Thursday I took a stab at writing a chart story that highlights some of the top hip-hop and R&B albums/songs making noteworthy chart moves for the week. And, as fun as that was *blank stare*, I've decided to go to the professionals this time, recruiting my trusty chart guy, Rauly Ramirez, who will continue to give the Juice on all chart news moving forward. Woo hoo! In Will.i.am's voice: Check it out, check it out.
By: Rauly Ramirez
Just four debuts dot Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week, with the highest, ABK's "Medicine Bag" (No. 18), the only new entry to arrive in the chart's top 20. "Medicine Bag" begins with sales of 4,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums top 10, Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" notches a third week at the summit, while Eminem's "Recovery" and Trey Songz's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" hold steady at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
The only album in the top 10 to post a sales gain this week is Rick Ross' "Teflon Don," which jumps 10-8 with 9,000 copies sold (up 2%) and boasts up Greatest Gainer honors.
On R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Chris Brown's "Deuces" dominates for a ninth week at No. 1. Two Trey Songz titles swap positions directly below, as "Bottoms Up," featuring Nicki Minaj, drops 2-3 and "Can't Be Friends" rises 3-2. The latter title logged 36. 5 million audience impressions in the chart's tracking week (up 9%, according to Nielsen BDS) and is 1.8 million impressions behind "Deuces," which declines by 3%.
Jazmine Sullivan's "Holding You Down" holds down the No. 4 spot another week, while Waka Flocka earns his first top five with "No Hands" stepping 6-5.
Lil Wayne's "Right Above It," featuring Drake, jumps 8-6 with Greatest Gainer accolades (26.8 million in audience, up 19%). The track is Wayne's only venture into the top 10 as a lead artist this year and marks his second-highest chart position of 2010; Drake's "Miss Me," on which he guests, peaked at No. 3 in August. (In real-life good news, Lil Wayne is scheduled to be released from prison at New York's Rikers Island Nov. 4).
Monica's "Love All Over Me" falls 5-7, while Ross' "Aston Martin Music," featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele, leaps into the top 10 (14-8). The song becomes Rozay's seventh top 10 dating to his first, as a featured artist on DJ Khaled's street anthem "I'm So Hood," which peaked at No. 9 in 2007.
Drake's "Fancy," featuring T.I. and Swizz Beatz, slides 7-9, while Miguel's "All I Want Is You," featuring J. Cole, rounds out the seven top 10 tracks with audience gains this week while remaining in its No. 10 spot.
Fabolous' punchline-ridden "You Be Killin Em" claims Hot Shot Debut honors on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 69 (2.2 million impressions, up %172). Also new to the survey: Ray J's "Last Wish" (No. 73), Just Brittany's "Slumber Party" (No. 95), Freddie Jackson's "I Don't Wanna Go" (No. 96), Sean Garrett's "Feel Love," featuring Drake (No. 97), and will.i.am and Nicki Minaj's "Check It Out" (No. 100). The lattermost title rises 28-25 on the Billboard Hot 100.