Chart Juice: Robin Thicke Scores Third No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Robin Thicke

Anthony Mandler

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell jumps to No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, dislodging Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, from the penthouse after a seven week stay. ("Blurred" is up one slot, while "Can't" falls to No. 2.)

Thicke’s upbeat track achieved the No. 1 coup in part by posting a new sales high of 315,000 downloads (up 38% according to Nielsen SoundScan) and by improving 65% in streams to 3.4 million, which is also good enough for a No. 1 ranking on R&B Streaming Songs.

“Blurred” is Thicke’s third to lead Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, following “Lost Without You” (11 weeks, 2007) and “Sex Therapy” (2 weeks, 2010), and fourth overall for both T.I. & Pharrell.
 
Mariah Carey’s “#Beautiful,” featuring Miguel, skips 5-3 in its sixth week on the list, pushing down Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, 3-4. “Shop” has sold 6.5 million downloads since its September 15 release and leads all digital tracks for the year with 3.7 million hits in 2013.
 
Wale’s “Bad” reaches a new peak as it rises 9-5 thanks primarily to a newly released remix (June 3) featuring Rihanna. The title shifts 71,000 downloads (up 199%), with the version incorporating Rihanna’s vocals accounting for 67% of that sum (48,000). Even with the availability of a star-aided remix, the original “Bad,” with Tiara Thomas, holds fairly steady with 23,000 downloads sold (down 3%). Both versions will be featured on Wale’s album "The Gifted," which is now available for pre-order ahead of its June 25 due date.
 
While “Bad” leapfrogs J. Cole’s “Power Trip,” featuring Miguel, which stays put at No. 6 on the list, Cole gets the upper hand on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop (viewable on billboard.biz) replacing Wale at No. 1. The 2-1 move marks the North Carolina’s emcee’s first No. 1 hit at the format after the Missy Elliott-assisted “Nobody’s Perfect” stalled at No. 2 last year.
 
Closing out the top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs are 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa’s “We Own It (Fast & Furious)” falling 4-7, Drake’s “Started from the Bottom” dipping 7-8, Emeli Sande’s “Next to Me” (8-9) also dropping one spot and Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z holding tight at No. 10.
 
Over on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” picks up a ninth week at No. 1 (27,000 copies, down 14%) marking the longest run at the top since Drake’s “Take Care” posted 12 weeks in 2011-12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” steps 3-2 with 22,000 copies (up 1%) while Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being II” jumps back into the top five (6-3) with 11,000 (down 10%).

French Montana’s “Excuse My French” holds tight at No. 4 with 11,000 as well, despite a 38% decline and The-Dream’s “IV Play” tumbles 2-5 in its second week with 9,000 copies, a 60% drop, to round out the top five.
 
Further down the list, Broadway makes a rare appearance as the original Broadway cast recording of "Motown: The Musical" debuts at No. 15 with 4,000 copies. The critically-acclaimed show, and subsequent recording, features over 50 Hitsville classics helping to tell Berry Gordy's story of the label¹s early days. Two of the show's stars, Charl Brown and Valisia LeKae, received 2013 Tony Award nominations for their portrayals of Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross, respectively.
 
Danish duo Quadron makes its U.S. debut as “Avalanche” opens at No. 16 with 4,000 copies. The pair began generating buzz in 2009 with its Motown-inspired "Slippin," featured on their self-titled first album as well as “The Kids are All Right” soundtrack. Most recently, Quadron's vocalist Coco O. contributed a song to "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack, "Where the Wind Blows." "Avalanche's" lead single "Hey Love" has been viewed 520,000 times on YouTube.

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