Trey Songz and Robin Thicke Take Top Two on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Plus: Busta Rhymes and Eminem debut with "Calm Down," Lil Wayne's "Believe" hits No. 1
Trey Songz crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his newest set "Trigga," opening with 105,000 copies sold in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The entrance grants the R&B singer his third chart-topper on the list, following 2010's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" and his 2012 set "Chapter V." "Trigga" also debuts atop the Billboard 200, his second No. 1 on the overall albums chart, after "Chapter V" entered at the top, selling 135,000 units in its first week.
Songz currently occupies four spots on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, leading with "Na Na," which rises 7-5 in its 24th week, reaching a new peak. Taking streaming gainer honors, "Foreign" climbs 34-26. The track was streamed over 1.4 million times domestically during the tracking week (an 87 percent increase), with nearly 393,000 clicks stemming from Spotify plays. "SmartPhones" dips 36-38 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while "Touchin, Lovin" (featuring Nicki Minaj), enters at No. 50.
THICKE'S 'PAULA' BOWS: Robin Thicke's latest set "Paula" enters at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums, selling 24,000 copies. The crooner posts his sixth top 10 on the chart, and follows his 2013 set "Blurred Lines," which has sold 742,000 copies to date. Thicke falls 25-33 on Hot R&B Hip-Hop Songs with "Get Her Back," after re-entering the chart last week following the release of a music video for the song on June 23. The video has amassed over 5.2 million Worldwide views to date.
BUSTA + EMINEM = DEBUT: Busta Rhymes debuts at the No. 29 spot on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Calm Down" (featuring Eminem). The track marks Rhymes' best entrance on the chart in 16 years, when he also opened at No. 29 as a featured act on Puff Daddy & The Family's "Victory," also featuring The Notorious B.I.G. Rhymes' highest debut as a lead act also came in 1998 when "Dangerous" opened at No. 14 and later peaked at No. 4. "Calm Down" is the first time since 2012 that Eminem has appeared on the chart as a featured act, when Rihanna's "Numb" reached the No. 42 spot.
'BELIEVE IT: LIL WAYNE IS NO. 1: On Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, Lil Wayne catches his 16th No. 1 as "Believe Me" (featuring Drake), skips 4-1. The track saw a 6 percent rise in airplay to 3296 spins at the format, according to Nielsen BDS. Lil Wayne stands in second place for most No. 1s on the chart, Drake leads with 18.
NEW 'FLAME,' NEW HIT: Chris Brown enters Hot R&B Songs at No. 15 with his newest effort, "New Flame" (featuring Usher & Rick Ross). The track concurrently becomes Brown's 10th top 20 effort on the chart, and also opens at No. 21 on R&B Streaming Songs.
USHER TIES DRAKE: Usher takes first place on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay as "Good Kisser" climbs 3-1, giving the singer his 13th No. 1 and tying him with Drake for the most chart's most leaders. He'd last capped the chart with "Climax," which spent 11 weeks at No. 1 in 2012. With Usher having first led R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (which launched in April 1992) with "You Make Me Wanna…" the week of Sept. 6, 1997, he extends his record for the chart's longest No. 1 span: 16 years, 10 months and two weeks.
"Kisser" spends a fourth week at No. 11 on Hot R&B Songs, while climbing 25-19 on R&B Streaming Songs, with a 14 percent rise (to 906,000 streams).