It was an uneventful week on the major R&B/Hip-Hop charts with very little movement in the top tiers. For Seattle's Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, however, the timing couldn't have been better for an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" last weekend.
Stemming from their performances of "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, and "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton, on the show's March 2 broadcast, their debut "The Heist" rose 89% to 42,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the set steps 2-1 for only its second week at the top after its debut there on October 27, 2012.
Despite rising slightly to 29,000 copies, Rihanna's "Unapologetic" slips 1-2 on the chart thanks to "The Heist's" big jump. Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" stays put at No. 3 with 16,000 copies (down 22%) as does Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" at No. 4 with a little less than 16,000 (up 4%).
Rounding out the top five on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is Michael Bolton arriving with his new album "Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A." The Motown covers album, which debuts with 14,000, features such classics as "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)." The set's title track, originally performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, features Kelly Rowland. Covering R&B nuggets is familiar territory for Bolton, as he notched numerous hits in the 1990s with oldies-but-goodies.
Over on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char, the top seven tracks remain stationary with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" notching an eighth week at No. 1. In terms of rap songs, it's now tied for the third-longest run at No. 1 in the Nielsen era.
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It's tied with Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now," Yung Joc's "It's Goin' Down," and Puff Daddy's "I'll be Missing You."
DJ Khaled's "I'm On One" holds the record for the longest reign by a rap single with 11 weeks, followed by the Notorious B.I.G.'s "One More Chance/Stay With Me" and 50 Cent's "In Da Club" tied with nine weeks each. "Thrift Shop's" momentum could propel it passed the record in the next month.
At Nos. 2-5, respectively, we have Drake's "Started from the Bottom," Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" (featuring Jay Z), Lil Wayne's "Love Me" (featuring Drake and Future), and A$AP Rocky's "F**kin Problems" (featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar).
Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" (featuring Nicki Minaj), and Rihanna's "Pour it Up" also stay put at Nos. 6-7, while Kendrick Lamar's "Poetic Justice," featuring Drake, continues its climb, stepping 9-8.
Rounding out the top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs is Rihanna's steadily-declining "Diamonds," slipping 8-9 in its 23rd week on the list. Trinidad James' "All Gold Everything" returns to the top 10, rising 11-10 for a fourth week in the top 10.
Further down the list, former Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J continues his solo rollout with "Show Out," featuring Big Sean and Young Jeezy, which debuts at No. 34. His first solo offering "Bandz a Make Her Dance," featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, is in its 35th week on the list after peaking at No. 6 in November. B.o.B.'s "We Still in this B****," on which Juicy J is featured alongside T.I., also reaches the new peak of No. 28, its eighth on chart.
French Montana also debuts with "Freaks," featuring Nicki Minaj, at No. 49 marking his fourth chart appearance as a lead artist. The latest single off his upcoming Excuse My French, now due May 21, samples Lil Vicious' vocals from Doug E. Fresh's 1994 hit by the same name as well as the beat from Chaka Demus & Pliers' 1992 reggae hit "Murder She Wrote." The Bronx rapper's biggest song to date, "Pop That," featuring Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne (No. 2 peak), also sampled an early 90's hit, Uncle Luke's "I Wanna Rock" from 1992.